Sunday’s Westworld episode – the sixth of the season – follows Caleb and the smart, suspicious and foul-mouthed rebel known as “C”.
We last saw these characters in Episode 4,which caught Maeve and Caleb (now a host) down to the timeline that Bernard and Stubbs traveled this season. We also learned that C is the adult version of Caleb’s beloved daughter, Frankie.
In the final episode, C eliminates an impostor planted by Chalores, and Caleb points sharp words at the head host. Still, it seems the good guys have cleared very little ground to overthrow the evil empire of Chalores. (She still commands an entire city of humans and overpowers hosts like William.) Given that Caleb is locked in a waking nightmare, it seems like it’ll be up to C, Maeve, Bernard (and maybe Christina?) to do something thing about it.
Here’s what else you need to know about episode 6. There are only two episodes left in the season… I look nervously at the hourglass.
Considering all the timeline changes, it took my brain a minute to adjust to this week’s opening scene. Ah, that’s the real Frankie, not the fake one. It’s a flashback, okay.
The show opens with a teenager sitting near a playground on a bench. Young Frankie approaches and leads him to Uwade, Caleb’s wife. It is revealed that the teenager is the younger version of J and that his brother is missing. Uwade says nothing can be done for his brother – an outlier taken by the Chalores crew. She and Frankie are there so J doesn’t suffer the same fate. (Last week,on some humans. She’s not surprised there’s “harvest spoilage,” but it causes big trouble for the hosts.) Some drone hosts show up and the group narrowly escapes, minus one of the hosts’ allies. Uwade, who gets caught.
Chalores seeks answers
Chalores is still searching for an answer to its host/outlier problem – nearly 40 hosts have committed suicide after interacting with outliers, and the risk to its people continues. Chalores is Charlotte Hale’s nickname. In the past, Dolores has made copies of herself – the “me” that exists in her pearl – and put one into a host version of Hale.
Chalores asks Caleb (a host version of him) how outliers cause hosts to commit suicide. She brings up a scene in episode 4, when the human Caleb fights his parasite, telling her he “had something” that she didn’t. Chalores wants to know what allowed him to resist him, and Caleb won’t give up on it.
A frustrated Chalores leaves, but not before telling Caleb that Frankie is alive. She also tells him he’s in a “temporary” host body that won’t last much longer.
When we last saw Bernard and C/Frankie, they had just pulled a ramshackle looking Maeve out of the desert. In Episode 6, Bernard and C go to the 20s theme park to revive her. (It’s abandoned, a far cry from the bustling spot Maeve and Caleb occupied two decades ago.) Bernard begins scavenging the park for “supplies” to get Maeve back up and running, and C, who doesn’t has not yet figured out his identity. as a host, becomes suspect.
Bernard says Maeve’s time in the ground has corrupted her control unit. It extracts another from the head of a random host. Bernard reveals to C that Chalores needed to understand human minds, so she gathered data from people who visited the park. But instead of use cowboy hats like Delos did, she used… scanners hidden behind mirrors? That’s what it seems to me, at least. Bernard says the mirrors worked because they played on the lowest human impulse: vanity.
Bernard opens a mirror and tells C to take a look, and a machine scans it. He takes something that looks like a chip from the machine and sticks it into a device he’s holding. C asks what he’s doing, and he says what he typed will help speed up Maeve’s data transfer. (Hmm, that sounds a bit suspicious.) For the actual transfer, a cord connects Maeve’s control unit and the random host’s control unit. Anticipating the return of C’s friends, Bernard hides Maeve’s control unit in a piano.
An impostor in ‘the cause’
Earlier, during Chalores’ tense conversation with Caleb, she tells him that she sent a “visitor” Frankie’s way. My mind immediately went to thea few episodes back. But as the episode goes on, it becomes clear that she has something else in the works.
When C’s allies return, they tell C that they suspect a spy is among them. Without warning, C suddenly shoots Bernard, identifying him as the “mole”. She says that “the park was designed to collect data from customers”, and Bernard tries to copy it all. Stubbs is puzzled. The only thing Bernard says in his defense is “it’s complicated”. What could he have up his sleeve?
A short time later, a restrained Bernard tells C that a friend of his is not who he claims to be. “Your team went to the heart of Hale town, but one of them didn’t come back,” he says. Bernard’s prophetic abilities are unable to reveal who the impostor is.
C locks his girlfriend, Odina, in a room, unable to tell if she is the hidden guest. But it turns out that J. C realizes the truth when “J” tells him she’s like a sister to him. At the beginning of episode 6, when C/Frankie appears as a child, she tries to contact Caleb by radio. J is also in the room and hears Frankie telling her father that she always wanted a brother. Teen J, obviously still hurt by the news of his own brother, rejects the term.
C shoots at the host version of J, but it’s not enough to take him down. Host J urges her to tell him where Maeve’s control unit is. She tells him that she hid him…behind him. He turns around and we see Maeve – reanimated – stabbing him in the head.
Westworld turns up the horror
While Bernard and C are busy bringing Maeve back/spotting cloaked enemies in the desert, Caleb is starring in a horror movie. When Chalores leaves Caleb in his cell, things get dark. We see more host versions of Caleb locked in the cells around him. A Caleb has horrible marks on his face, which appear to be the result of staying too long in a decaying host body.
Caleb looks inside an hourglass in his cell and finds a small metallic object. He presses on it, and it exposes a needle that pricks him. Things are starting to get blurry. The next thing Caleb knows, a drone host has decided to burn down the room with him still inside. Caleb pulls a vent on the ground until it opens. (A small arrow carved into it tells him which way to shoot it.) He lands in a pit of ashes… which he seems to register as coming from the bodies of other Calebs.
From there, the nightmare continues. Caleb confronts a drone host, eventually stabbing him quite badly in the head. After a trail of bloody handprints – presumably left by fellow host Calebs who braved an escape – he crawls through a ceiling vent. So things become really horrible. Caleb reaches the end of the ventilation maze and finds that there is a steep drop on the floor below. Two Calebs lay dead on the floor below him. (Sheesh, Westworld, that’s pretty sick stuff.) There’s a Caleb still in the vent with him, clinging to life, and he tells main host Caleb to use his body to break the fall. Caleb does and survives the jump. He then stumbles on a roof.
Using technology on the roof, Caleb leaves a message for Frankie. He tells her that “it must be her” (sounds like serious foreshadowing to me). We see that C/Frankie has heard the message a bit and knows that his father is alive (well, at least to some extent). Chalores appears and tells Caleb that she’s fashioned his recent heartbreaking experience, sticking the needle in so he’ll have a “little bit of hope” and maybe show his cards. But she didn’t take much from Caleb’s message to Frankie.
Caleb fires verbal arrows at Chalores, telling him with labored breathing that his hosts would rather die than live in his world. “They are not infected,” he says. “They’re just trying to get away from you.” This hits a nerve with Chalores, who angrily snaps his neck.
C like Cookie…
When Caleb leaves his message for Frankie, it begins with his nickname, Cookie. Could this be the reason why the rebel goes through C?
- After seeing Uwade as a rebel during a flashback, we learn from C/Frankie that she has fallen very ill. This, coupled with her absence from the adult Frankie timeline, seems to suggest that she is deceased.
- Westworld’s Famous “Pearl” Is Inside These Lightbulb-Shaped Objects in the episode.
- I don’t know if the ‘outliers’ this season are supposed to be the same people called ‘outliers’ . (In season 3, Serac considers unpredictable humans to be “outliers,” a threat that needs to be addressed.) It seems to me that the word is now being repurposed to describe a different set of people. But it’s Westworld… Are there already these kinds of coincidences?
- Maybe that’s too simple of an assumption, but I guess love for his daughter is what allowed Caleb to challenge Chalores. Earlier in Episode 4, as part of her explanation of why she once escaped Caleb’s life, Maeve tells him that she “wanted him to have something to fight for. ”, speaking clearly about Frankie. It seemed like a big nugget to me.
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