After the massacre of the second season, Westworld had to come up with something fresh, something new; that we haven’t seen in this show yet. So, as expected, the third season is where we move onto the real/wider world leaving the hypersexualized theme parks behind. And doing so Lisa Roy and Jonathan Nolan strips down the Westworld into a sleeker and leaner one. Though the ambiguity of the story remains, it’s much easier to follow.
After the bloodbath in Delos, we see Dolores(Evan Rachel Wood) escaping with a handful number of Pearls/Orbs containing host consciousness. And she has an exact plan to execute for achieving her true free will or revenge. It’s the world where people are so much dependent on the technology that it gets easier for Dolores to harness it for executing her plan. Meanwhile, Dolores encounters, Caleb Nicholes(Aron paul) a human military veteran who is depressed with his life while working with a robot in daylight and freelancing through a crime app at night.
Even though the story gets leaner, Dolores’ revenge is not the only plot we follow. Bernard(Jeffrey Wright) living the life of a workman and continuously checking his own code whether or not he is been altered or watched, trying to find out why Dolores brought him back. Maeve(Thandie Newton) after cutting her off for good brought back again by Delos for a specific task. Charlotte Hale(Tessa Thompson) who was killed during last season, we see a host version of her experiencing memories that aren’t her own. So, we get to taste the bittersweet convoluted plotline of Westworld here again.
Westworld has a great number of excellent actors. Exemplary acting by each and every one of them has to be appreciated. And not to say adding a new character on significant role-playing in the plot is a giant step taken by the team. None other than Aron Paul could have done it better. His suspiciously engaging story with both Dolores and Delos adds a whole new political storyline to the show. Revelling his physical and emotional spectrum gradually, the theme of the show begins to take an interesting turn. Most importantly, we see an amazingly comparing similarities in writing his character here with Jesse Pinkman.
Westworld has always been the show with “A class” visual storytelling. Lots of wonderful references are just eye-pleasing to watch. Especially, the last one paying tribute to the “Fight Club” with “Dark side of the moon” playing in the background is mind-blowing.
Finally, while striping down the story or leaning down the complexities we lose “Westworld” along the way. Even though it may be the right thing to do with this amazing ambitious and undoubtedly compelling drama.