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Zahn McClarnon delivers a formidable, heart wrenching performance, elevating "Kiksuya" from Westworld's frequent philosophical filler to one of the best episodes of the entire series.
And as interesting as the hosts are, their awakenings (as this episode showed) follow the same pattern, meaning the show continues to keep viewers at an emotional distance.
McClarnon is a formidable actor, and it's like witnessing an amazing sleight of hand to see his previously sidelined character suddenly command attention... But much of the hour fell into that old Westworld...
I loved watching the old techs realize what an intense creation Akecheta was, when he finally did allow himself to visit the park's lower decks.
"Kiksuya" challenged the definitions of how we see these characters, pushing deeper into the past and the present, reminding us just how many layers there are to this story, and how much further we have to go.
Maaaaaan, Maeve gotta have more life in her.
I am furious because we could've been following Akecheta this whole time instead of Dolores!
[Akecheta's] emotional devastation that happens in this really, really resonates well. I think this is really well written, it's very well shot...McClarnon nails it acting wise.
There's a lot to unpack in the episode, but one of the most interesting questions it answers goes all the way back to the beginning of the show.
We also saw the power of Maeve again in this episode... her mind is as powerful as ever.
Akecheta's story is an hourlong epic spanning over a decade, making this another one of Westworld's deep dives into character history.