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Charlotte Hale's inner turmoil takes center stage in "The Absence of Field", an episode that cleverly blurs the line between past and present, human and machine, and the two sides of a conflict that seemed all too clear so far.
Episode 3 may not be the game-changing entry fans have been waiting for, but it's an involving hour filled with smart, subtle touches and Thompson's excellent performance.
Westworld has become a very blunt allegory on privacy in the information age...It might not challenge your own personal control unit, but at least you'll be entertained while processing it.
Complicated exposition is always tough to deliver in shows and Westworld deftly wraps this bit around Caleb's backstory to show the audience what's going on rather than Dolores merely speechifying.
The battle lines feel pretty sharply drawn on Westworld, though this newest episode, "The Absence of Field," does put one character squarely in the middle of that conflict thanks to her now chaotic allegiances.
It's more like Nolan (and Westworld's co-creator Lisa Joy) have finally become comfortable leaning into their instincts and just letting this be a TV show, as opposed to some kind of revolution.
Both these little passages combine to show something interesting going on inside Hale.
The third episode brings that thesis back online, prioritizing the most compelling part of the show while at the same time moving the plot forward.
It's a fantastic episode about breaking free of the system and being your own person, and pushes Westworld further down a fascinating path of taking back one's destiny.
It makes a ton of sense that we don't quite understand what this Not-Charlotte is attempting to accomplish.
Despite our impatience with Dolores as a character and our up-till-now only minor interest in Charlotte Hale, this episode took the story in intriguing directions.
Sci-fi, truly great sci-fi, helps us both understand our world and contemplate what could be next - this episode does both beautifully.
I absolutely love Aaron Paul in this role. It's such a different role than Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad but he instills Caleb with just as much turmoil and mileage.