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Providing its major characters rich layers of context, Westworld's "Trace Decay" begins pulling together the elements of the park's origins and setting the stage for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion.
Sunday night's episode of Westworld, entitled "Trace Decay," is another solid chapter in an already impressive first season.
We can't expect major twists every week, but while "Trace Decay" didn't feel like it was stalling, it perhaps could have pushed things further. It's a minor complaint, though - a bump in the ride we're still enjoying.
Thanks to the latest edition of Westworld, I can confidently say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I have never related harder to a television character than I related to Dolores.
[Thandie Newton] has become Yul Brynner in the original Westworld, a robot hellbent on destruction, only infinitely smarter and more devious. Her liberation is the show's, too.
The reason that the hosts are coming apart at the seams - or, arguably, finally coming together - is because they are not allowed to heal from their trauma.
Westworld implies humanity is a very fluid concept.
"Trace Decay" was among the season's more frustrating installments, getting too caught up in temporal loops and dreams and memory fragments at the expense of thoroughly exploring how the characters are feeling about their... circumstances.
"Trace Decay" is the sort of episode that does mostly expositional yeoman's work, and thus is sort of a mess... There's one shining exception, though: Maeve's storyline, which is still pretty fascinating.
Where does it all go from here? I don't know, honestly. What I do know is that I can't wait to find out. Without doubt, Westworld is the best thing on TV right now.
While naysayers criticise... this latest episode... leaves little doubt that the entire season is wonderfully, deliberately crafted, and there are a hell of a lot of incredibly smart things going on.
I find Evan Rachel Wood's performance so compelling. The journey this character is on is fascinating even if it sometimes feels like we're being driven in circles.
Now on to the episode, which may have finally revealed the identity of Wyatt as well as made several popular fan theories very hard to deny.