Westworld Review: Virtù e Fortuna (Season 2 Episode 3)

Westworld Season 2 Episode 3
Dolores makes the Confederados’ stand their last one. Maeve is reunited with her old gang, but in a new setting. Peter Abernathy gets taken. Dolores wages war on multiple fronts. And the Bengal’s home is revealed!

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 3, “Virtù e Fortuna,” Dolores has the Confederados make their last stand without them knowing it, while simultaneously realizing the seeds of betrayal have been planted in her own camp. She fends off an attack from Charlotte Hale, who finally succeeds in her primary goal of acquiring Peter Abernathy but now has this hell-raiser on her tail. Bernard figures out the trade secret that Peter Abernathy is hiding under all those layers of mismatched host codes, and is taken by zombie Clementine. Maeve acquires more of her old partners to her merry band of cohorts and finds herself in a new park. And we’re introduced to a new park and a new woman, whose relation to one of the main characters seems undoubted.

Bengals In Park 6

Landed in an entirely different place, the slow reveal is that Westworld is not the only park, as has been whispered about in previous episodes. But the particular interest is a woman, whose strange foreplay hints at an intimate knowledge of the park, which results in the far more frightening realization that these “violent ends” are more ubiquitous than anyone would have thought. And, just when she believes herself to be safe, the Bengal from the previous episode! (Also, a fun touch of humorous irony that she came to hunt the Bengals and now she’s the one being hunted. Seems even the tiger got Dolores’s memo.) Her intimate knowledge is again confirmed as it seems she knows just where she’s going to get out of the park, despite seeming to not expect the lake that appears to already be there. We know the tiger’s fate, but what’s hers? (A wild theory: due to her intimate knowledge of the park and the friskier side she has, could she be the MiB’s daughter? Maybe not, we’ll see.)

A Transformation to a Gentleman

Back in Westworld, Bernard meets up with Charlotte Hale again, who seems far more suspicious of him than when we last saw them together, and who is still in desperate search of Peter Abernathy. Bernard’s weird mind-jumps take us back to their search, which will invariably cause us to understand Charlotte’s strange almost predatory behavior towards him. Attired as a guest, Peter Abernathy has been taken by the hosts, which is convenient for Bernard, whose deep understanding of the hosts allows for him to transfer one of the hosts from a scoundrel into a true gentleman (a hilarious plot device, and one that reveals why he’s running in front of a long line of them getting shot in episode one. He wants to save them because of how honorable he is). Peter Abernathy’s stand of defiance is the fracturing of all his story lines, and the further proof that some hosts may never truly be awake. Maybe there is no promised land for all of them after all.

Dolores’s Last Stand

Dolores goes to the Confederados’ base, enticing them into camaraderie, though justifiably a little suspiciously. Zombie Clementine is, by far, the scariest of Dolores’s outfit. Dolores presents the Colonel with something he can’t deny: an unbelievable weapon, one from the outside world. She and the Man in Black are both attempting to acquire an army, despite that the Man in Black has Robert and his programming working against him. Dolores merely understands that the hosts around them need to be led, and she has decreed herself the one to do it.

Maeve’s Lost Her Power

Maeve, Hector, and Lee are still moving forward, the opposition to Dolores’s crusade, as their quest is far more intimate than hers. Maeve realizes two critical things: the hosts of the Ghost Nation are the ones that were after she and her daughter in a flashback, and, more surprisingly, her powers and abilities to stop and control hosts no longer work. The immunity of control seems to have even applied to her now. Perhaps that’s why Dolores feels she has to dominate them as a matter of control, because no other way seems to work anymore.

A Callback

Dolores, Bernard, and Peter are reunited in a strange twist of fate. Bernard doesn’t get the same special treatment as her father, despite her knowing them both. Teddy comes to Dolores’s aid when the Confederados try to undermine her, despite the seeming reservations he’s had about her current choices. Dolores’s softness is revealed when her father is reintroduced, offering a different side to the diabolical war machine she has become. Their conversation hearkens back to who they used to be, that idea of home being the thing that Dolores clings to, despite it not being real. It is the only thing she knows, that she associates with comfort, and the “splendor” line appears again. As the rebellious nature of Dolores came first from Peter, it seems only right that it is ignited and propelled by him, despite him being just a shadow of who he used to be.

The stupendous acting of Louis Herthum and Evan Rachel Wood fuels the double meaning, of Dolores’s reminiscence and anger fueling her crusade, both because the makers of the park have destroyed her father, her only comfort, and because that she wants to be at peace, to have a place to call home and to be comforted. The last association that she had with family, even though she says it to Teddy, has been stripped away. Little does she know just how important he is to them too.

The Gang Reunited

Maeve, Hector, and Lee traverse the underbelly of Westworld, despite Lee’s disgust at the idea of their own matchmaking, as it was never supposed to happen. Hector repurposes old dialogue, revealing that like Teddy, but in a different way, he isn’t exactly who he thought he was. Maeve dives into Lee’s backstory, if only to reveal that he can be categorized as the tired archetype of the spurned lover, who creates a story he’d rather live than his actual life. She mocks him, but simultaneously mocks herself; it becomes clear to Maeve that, in order to go forward, they have to abandon old pastimes. But apparently not old friends, as Armistice appears (a personal favorite of mine). “She has a dragon” is easily one of the funniest lines by Hector, and one of the most endearing ways for a host to recognize a weapon. They find Felix and Sylvester, and Armistice has a Darth Vader-like trick to save them from the grenade, the hand that got stuck in the door from last season is now just a metal one. The gang is back together again!

Bernard’s Discovery and Dolores’ Pain

Bernard and Dolores are reunited too, but in very different circumstances than usual. Neither thinks they’re in a dream, but perhaps Bernard thinks he’s in a nightmare. Bernard dictates that he is like her, and that they have been given a function to serve, despite Dolores abandoning that function for her own. Cue another monologue about finding her own voice. She reveals the softer side to Bernard as well, that she wants her father to be fixed, despite having no reason to other than for her own comfort. Dolores realizes what it means to be human, to survive, and that they have that endurance, and that they deserve to have their own space in the world.

Bernard digs through Peter’s brain and coding to find an encryption key and ultimately creates more fuel for Dolores, that she wants them to come because they’ve ruined her last link to home. Charlotte, meanwhile, is reunited with humans and is among those charging at the base, where Dolores has set up her post. Dolores’s ultimate manipulation is revealed, that “we all win in the end” doesn’t have a “we” that includes the Confederados too; she uses them in order to belay the attacks from the outside invaders. Bernard continues digging, causing Peter Abernathy to go into some kind of fit and then ultimately calm down, only to reveal the key, which appears to be a one-time use-only. But one-time for what? Now Bernard knows. Despite Bernard recognizing he could go with the evacuation team, he doesn’t. And he starts to glitch again.

The Confederados’ Last Stand

The Confederados are outmanned and outgunned and, eventually, outplayed by Dolores, who calls in her own soldiers and leaves the rest of the Confederados to their fate. The scene of Dolores marching forward in pursuit of her father, shooting, seemingly unbothered by the bullets hitting her, is by far the most frightening vision to witness (not to mention her sharpshooting). It’s a true vision of her determination and that gritted-teeth, rage-fueled fearlessness. It’s a true vision of the future she plans. She sends out her men to find him but declares there’s something in Sweetwater, and that’s where she and Teddy are going next. Teddy’s being left in the dark with all of these plans, including that she meant to blow the base rather than utilize the Colonel’s men. She doesn’t trust him but expects him to trust her. Zombie Clementine is back, giving a face for nightmares, and catches Bernard before he can escape. Dolores tests Teddy by asking him to kill the Confederados, who fails, right before her eyes. She doesn’t seem mad, just disappointed.

Survival… For Now

The other plot lines find us back with the woman from the beginning, and it seems she’s outlived the Bengal, only to wash up ashore to find the Ghost Nation upon her. She has not had one bit of good luck. And Maeve and co. find themselves in snow. Lee has taken them a click too far, and now they seem to be in a different park altogether. What an introduction to Shogun World! Open the episode with one park, close with another.

 

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What did you think of Westworld Season 2 Episode 3? Will Maeve and co. get out of Shogun World? Is Dolores going to be the one who puts Teddy in the water? What exactly did Bernard find out? And will zombie Clementine dump him back with Dolores? Will the Man in Black be able to beat them to the “weapon”? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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