In Review: Westworld – Virtù e Fortuna

There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn't we, too, try to survive?

Synopsis: There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?

Review: This episode opens up with a glimpse of one of the other worlds within the complex. It is a world set during the British colonization of India and centers on a couple who find out that the Hosts have rebelled during a narrative. The women get’s away, but only just as she sees off a tiger.

We then flit to Bernard and Charlotte Hale are still looking for the host known as Peter Abernathy. They manage to find him, but he is among a group of hostages that have been taken by some bandits for the for a group of Confederate soldiers. In order to try and get Peter Abernathy Bernard and Hale concoct a plan to change the settings on the main bandit so that he becomes a good guy. The bandit having been slightly reprogrammed by Bernard goes back to the cam and frees the hostages and Abernathy, but when Hale and Bernard try to get Abernathy to go with them the camp is attacked by Confederate soldiers. In the confusion, Hale takes off on horseback leaving Bernard to fend for himself. Both Abernathy and Bernard get taken back to the Confederate fort.

The episode flits between Deloras and Meave’s narratives throughout and it all seems to be set during the aftermath of Robert Ford’s death. Bernard ends up catching up with Deloras who asks him to try and fix Peter Abernathy, who in one of the narratives was Deloras’s father. Bernard runs into problems with Abernathy when he finds that he is carrying a huge software package, which is covered over with a very thin personality. The issue is Abernathy is flitting between all the old narratives that he had been programmed for. While Bernard is trying to sort out Abernathy Deloras is preparing for the coming attack from the Delos Corp soldiers who are coming for Abernathy. Though Deloras’s only interest is in killing them so she can take over the world and eventually get out into the real world.  She is not aware that the soldiers are after taking Peter Abernathy.

Overall. This was a great episode, which pretty much stayed in the same time period. We did not really get much in the way of flashbacks this week, but instead, we got some great character moments and lots more narrative that explored the nature of the hosts and their newfound self-awareness. There’s a great moment where Lee, Meave, and Hector are walking the corridors of the complex trying to find there way around when Hector and Meave hold hands. Lee interrupts the moment by telling them that they were never meant for each other in the narrative that he’d written. He tells them that they were both meant to be alone and Hector was only ever to love Isabella. Hector takes exception to this and starts wooing Meave at which point Lee anticipates and quotes exactly what Hector is going to say before he can get it out.

In anything. This episode highlights the limitations of the hosts but also highlights where they have managed to surpass those limitations in terms of where they exceed their programming and it would seem that Meave and Deloras are the two main Hosts that are the most self-aware and most ambitious with their plans. Even though it seems that Meave is making it up as she goes. While Deloras seems to be a bit more methodical to the extreme given that she is not afraid to use other hosts as cannon fodder.

The episode ends with the women we saw at the start making it to Westworld only to reach the shoreline and be spotted by the Native American tribe that Meave and her companions got away from earlier.

Evan Rachel Wood puts in a fantastic performance this week as Deloras. The reunion that she has with Peter is really touching. Also enjoyable was the conversation that takes place between Deloras and Bernard when Deloras figures out that Bernard has not seen outside of the Delos complex. It is completely counter to the relationship that Deloras had with the real Bernard who showed her the outside world. I much prefer this driven version of Deloras to the innocent Deloras we saw throughout most of last year. 

9.5
Westworld - Virtù e Fortuna
  • Story
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.3

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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