In Review: Westworld (S4 – EP1) The Auguries

Seven years have passed since the events seen in the last season.  Caleb has moved on from Meave and settled into a marriage and has a little girl that looks surprisingly like the young girl that Meave had as a daughter in one of her storylines from the Westworld theme park.
the Auguries

Synopsis: In The Auguries we learn that the Man in Black aka William is on the hunt for Maeve, but why has he waited seven years to go after her?

 

The Story

Seven years have passed since the events seen in the last season.  Caleb has moved on from Meave and settled into a marriage and has a little girl that looks surprisingly like the young girl that Meave had as a daughter in one of her storylines from the Westworld theme park. Speaking of which Meave has been off-grid for seven years and is thought to be the only surviving android from Delos Corp’s now-defunct Westworld park. However, her peace is soon interrupted when she accidentally shorts out an entire city’s electrical grid, which informs The Man in Black that she is still alive.

Meanwhile, in another storyline, we meet a games writer by the name of Christina who is being stalked by someone from Delos who holds her responsible for his life going wrong. Christina looks very much like Deloras Abernathy, the Android leader that was killed off in the last series. The question being. Is this new Christina character human or is she another droid passing as human?

 

The Acting

Evan Rachel Wood puts in a solid performance as she introduces us to this new character of Christina who is somewhat sensitive and in search of answers. Her establishing scenes are pretty solid as we see her go about her typical day. 

Thandiwe Newton kicks butt as Meave who is very much back after having been discovered by some of William’s hired men or in this instance a hunter android. The scene at the end where she reconnects with Caleb is setting the scene for further mayhem as Meave goes after The Man In Black with a view to ending him. We also get a solid performance from Aaron Paul as Caleb who is dealing with quite severe PTSD from his first adventure with Meave. It will be fun to see if further symptoms manifest in his character once they wind up in the thick of things again.

 

Overall

The Auguries is pretty much-setting storylines up that will have to be resolved by the close of this season as it is the last. Maeve has a score to settle and the early indications are that it will be pretty epic when Meave and The Man in Black do finally have their stand-off.

The storyline around Caleb’s PTSD was well handled as was the brief look that we had at his domestic life. Obviously, he has chosen to go with Meave so he can protect his daughter and wife from the monsters. But is he also going to protect them from him?

The storyline surrounding Evan Rachel Wood’s new character is a bit of mind f###. I mean she is a writer of video games and she gets told from her boss that the game she wrote where everyone died was great. Now, is it just me. Or did the description of that game. Such as it was. Sound a little bit like the season three finale of Westworld. Or is that just a path that the writers are trying to lead us down before pulling the rug from under us?

Overall. I think fans of the show will be talking about this episode around the water coolers.

What are your theories about this episode? Let us know in the comments below.

 

9
Westworld (S4 - EP1) The Auguries
  • Story
    8.4
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.2
  • Incidental Music
    8.6

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