Westworld 406 is the sixth instalment of the fourth season of an American dystopian science fiction television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The first two seasons were loosely based on Michael Crichton’s Westworld movie where android hosts in a Western theme park rebelled against their human masters. The third season explored the world in which this theme park were set in, thereby rendering the title irrelevant. At the end of which, the status quo of the world had been altered when Rehoboam, the A.I. that controlled and ordered the world was destroyed.
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Entitled “Fidelity”, Westworld 406 focuses mainly on the Hale android’s continued effort to extract vital information from host versions of Caleb – whom Hale has imbedded with his consciousness in a bid also to achieve fidelity i.e. complete alignment between host body and human mind. This narrative is quite expertly handled as we are presented with a sequence of Caleb hosts that take incremental steps to achieve a simple goal – to transmit a message to his daughter Frankie – now known as the rebel C.
Speaking of C, Westworld 406 follows Bernard’s attempts to revive Maeve in order to use her as a weapon against Hale. While, it made perfect sense that the rebels – especially C herself – were wary of Bernard and Stubbs, the manner in which the scenario was resolved seemed to be missing a couple of steps. Although to be fair, the resolution was utterly predictable and probably something that most series followers would not be too surprised by.
All of which points to the ultimate showdown between Hale and Maeve and perhaps a reunion between Caleb and Frankie? There are still several other players to consider – besides Bernard, the story still needs to pick up on Christina and Teddy, not to mention the Man in Black a.k.a. William.
Westworld 406 is now streaming on HBO Max.
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