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"The Stray" furthers character evolution while providing juicy backstory and twisty plot progression.
"The Stray" was heavy on the exposition... and a couple scenes would have been unimaginably boring if they didn't include Anthony Hopkins, or robots, or this ungodly mixture of young Anthony Hopkins and a robot.
A spot of horror, the introduction of a significant-sounding slice of backstory (hey, Arnold!) and a few choice Alice in Wonderland references helped make the third episode of HBO's Westworld the most satisfying yet.
It's here in Episode 3 that we get a more solid understanding of the loops that drive the established regular narratives.
It's only after I've taken a day to recover from all the things I didn't like that I can start thinking about the interesting parts.
Instead of crushing Elsie like Piggie in Lord of the Flies, the stray decides to bash his own head in...with EXTREME PREJUDICE I might add.
It's good that Westworld gives you so much to think about, because the moment-to-moment stuff onscreen can sometimes get a little dry.
To me, it was the best episode yet because now I'm caring about several of the people running around in this world. I've always been curious, but just now, I'm starting to care.
The slight hiccups in Dolores' routine are beautifully handled here.
For now, the synthetic woman programmed to be a damsel-in-distress will have to settle for something almost as radical. She's becoming more than the tired, sexist role assigned to her by the men who run her world, and finding a way to save herself.
Dolores is a fascinating figure even before considering her incipient sentience.