Westworld Season 4 Episode 1 is the first 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 Rehobaum, the A.I. that controlled and ordered the world was destroyed.
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Westworld Season 4 Episode 1 picks up seven years after the events of the third season. The season opens with William – whom we saw die in season 3 – negotiating to purchase a digital storage facility from the Mexican cartel. The cartel refuses but ultimately relents thanks to William’s digital flies.
Next, we wake up with the Dolores (now known as Christina) android – who had ‘died’ at the end of season 3 as well – sense a trend? Christina is a writer working in a game design company and somebody is stalking her claiming that she is somehow writing his life. The Mauve android is in hiding but she is hunted by William’s androids, while Caleb is in domestic bliss with a wife and daughter, a life which will be vastly changed by episode’s end as well.
Westworld Season 4 Episode 1 is boring. The plot and characters are not engaging whatsoever. The series has deviated so far from the original premise (the theme parks) that it is now barely recognisable. Looking at this ponderous episode, it’s hard to imagine that in the beginning, Westworld was one of the most buzz-worthy TV series ever. That is all gone now. Sigh.
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