At the start of the first episode of Westworld we are thrown in into this altered reality. The episode majorly follows Dolores the main Host which is later known she is the oldest host with in this altered reality. She is being interrogated by the team responsible for hosts actions. At around the (02:00) mark Dolores is asked what does she think of her world which she replies with “Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the beauty”
It is Obvious as the episode goes on that Dolores is programmed to have such responses so she could fit into the role the designers, programmers, and everyone involved want her to play. But at the end around the end (1:06:00) Dolores after the series of malfunctions with in the update reacts to the fly that sits on her face (like any other host).But this time she slaps it on her neck killing it. Signifying her deeper awakening a consciousness coming into fruition.
Continuing into “Westworld” Park as everyone outside of the reality calls it. A recent update within the reality has caused malfunctions with in the reality with a set of characters that have interfered with the “guests” (actual humans) enjoyment of the park. Throughout the episode the affected hosts would either breakdown or commit actions outside their programmed roles. And outside the limit set for them to improvise. The host that standed out the most has been Dolores father after finding a buried picture around the cattle hold. Which appeared to be of a young woman possing in Times Square (32:22). Around the (1:02:44) mark it is revealed that some hosts have had previous roles within the reality park. And with this update fragments of those past roles have come back causing some malfunctions.
At the 1:01:26 mark Dolores father sites this Shakespeare passage after literally meeting his makers “A most mechanical and dirty hand. I shall have such revenges on you both. The things I will do, what they are, yet I know not. But they will be the terrors of the earth. You don’t know where you are, do you? You’re in a prison of your own sins.” This quote alone foreshadows what is yet to come to all involved with in this twisted reality.
Which may as well come forth from a dark figure within the reality confirmed as a guest. Early on stated the lengthy relationship he has had with Dolores in this reality. At the 44:42 mark the man in black says to the teller “The others, they just come here to get their rocks off, shoot a couple Indians, There’s a deeper level to this game.” He then continues to skin off his scalp which had a symbol or map under it. Eluding to the fact that there is a deeper level to this game.
Ford the creator states “We’ve managed to slip evolution’s leash now, haven’t we? We can cure any disease, keep even the weakest of us alive and one fine day perhaps we shall even resurrect the dead, call forth Lazarus from his cave. Do you know what that means? That means we are done, that this is as good as we’re going to get.” He gets to the point that androids are the next step of evolution. That humans have reached the end of their journey. These beings (hosts) might be the way mankind continues forward. if it does not it would be a fight for survival between man and machine which had been a recurring theme within our studies.
These moments within the first episode caught my eye and I believe will set up the rest of the season. Which like stated in class can lead endless reasons to why these events might have happened and what will occur after them. This is what makes Science Fiction a whole different reality from other genres because it can allows us to roam around and encounter endless possibilities. I will definitely finish out this series and stay updated with it as well. This show tackles not only scientific possibilities and technological advances it also tackles human possibilities and expansion of our beings.