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TV Review: Westworld, Season 1, Ep 9: The Well-Tempered Clavier

11.27.2016
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This recap/review of Westworld is written with the expectation that everyone who reads this and comments below will have seen the episode already. Thus, if you've yet to see the episode in question, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. SPOILERS!

EPISODE: Season 1, Episode 9: The Well-Tempered Clavier

PLOT: Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) forces Ford (Anthony Hopkins) to restore his memories, while Maeve (Thandie Newton) solidifies her allegiance with Hector (Rodrigo Santoro).

REVIEW: So Bernard is Arnold, or, kinda. Or at least, he was. After an episode that largely focused around Bernard forcing Ford into showing him his deleted memories, we learn that Bernard is a copy of Arnold, the man who co-founded the park with Ford. As usual with HBO shows, where the penultimate episodes tend to be massive, there's a lot going-on here, with a devastating ending that supposed to leave you chomping at the bit for the finale.

To that end, we see Bernard kill himself at Ford's command, with the latter only having allowed the former the allusion of holding him captive with the lobotomized Clementine (Angela Sarafyan). But that's not the only monkey wrench thrown in to gum up the works. A moment of sadism from Logan (Ben Barnes) reveals to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) that she's a robot, prompting her to run away. She flashes back to her creation, but then, is confronted by The Man in Black (Ed Harris), seemingly doing away with the theory that the show takes place in two separate periods, or does it? How will this be explained?

Otherwise, Jimmi Simpson's William is shown to have a violent streak, slaughtering the hosts guarding Logan, and threatening his former brother-in-law with a knife. What's going on here? Like Bernard, James Marsden's Teddy also learns more about his past, flashing back to when he was used as a killer in Ford's more violent stories, giving him a connection to Maeve. As for the latter, she's mostly off-screen, using her time to win-over Hector, who's now her ally. Importantly, we also learn Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) answers, in a way, to Harris's The Man in Black, being aware he's on the loose in the park, despite mostly being off the grid.

Suffice to say, there was a whole lot going-on. While I'm more confused than ever, I can't argue that "Westworld" isn't one heck of a head-trip, and the finale should be interesting although I doubt it will provide much closure. With it being renewed recently, HBO is not going to give us fans much of a relief, I suspect, when the season ends. Hopefully some questions, specifically what William and Logan's role is, and why Ford is so keen on the Wyatt storyline, will be revealed. As always, we'll see.

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:35PM on 11/29/2016

This episode does anything but throw a wrench into multiple timelines theory

Dolores is re-tracing her steps (with help from Ford's new narrative [which re-creates the actions of the incident 30 years ago]) from 30 years ago with William.This explains William disappearing and her clothing changing during some of her scenes. How else are Lawrence and Angela each seen in so many different roles?

William and the Man in Black will never co-exist,
the two different Westworld logos will never co-exist,
Arnold and Bernard will never co-exist.

It's all but proven at
Dolores is re-tracing her steps (with help from Ford's new narrative [which re-creates the actions of the incident 30 years ago]) from 30 years ago with William.This explains William disappearing and her clothing changing during some of her scenes. How else are Lawrence and Angela each seen in so many different roles?

William and the Man in Black will never co-exist,
the two different Westworld logos will never co-exist,
Arnold and Bernard will never co-exist.

It's all but proven at this point that it is different timelines being shown simultaneously.
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12:31AM on 11/29/2016

I don't know....

I really liked where everything was going until this episode, then I felt like it got sidetracked. Yeah it was well-written (and thought provoking), but it became pedestrian with Hopkins turning into the stereotypical villain (even his motivation was boring). Then there was the weirdness with Woods having the flashbacks and literally disappearing, then coming back healed (plus William's turn completely killed everything cool about his character arc). The murder of two high-ranking women in
I really liked where everything was going until this episode, then I felt like it got sidetracked. Yeah it was well-written (and thought provoking), but it became pedestrian with Hopkins turning into the stereotypical villain (even his motivation was boring). Then there was the weirdness with Woods having the flashbacks and literally disappearing, then coming back healed (plus William's turn completely killed everything cool about his character arc). The murder of two high-ranking women in the company without anyone even noticing is painfully dumb. Unless it pays off with the police getting involved next season, it's a huge plot hole in the show.

I also can't buy Maeve's remarkable transition (and the fact that nobody has noticed). It feels way too out of left field for a show where EVERYTHING in the park is so closely monitored. It was really good, but just felt too forced (while real outstanding moments like Maeve's child dying in front of her didn't get explored like I would have hoped).

BTW, Marsden has been absolutely brilliant as Teddy. I keep thinking I've seen everything from him, then it takes a left-turn and goes deeper and darker.
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11:13AM on 11/28/2016

Easily a 9 or 10/10 for me

This was a gripping episode that explained and revealed so much. I know there's one episode left but I'm glad they didn't leave us hanging for a year and a half until the next season premieres. This show gets better and better with each episode.
This was a gripping episode that explained and revealed so much. I know there's one episode left but I'm glad they didn't leave us hanging for a year and a half until the next season premieres. This show gets better and better with each episode.
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10:02AM on 11/28/2016

Great episode

Fantastic episode
Fantastic episode
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8:44AM on 11/28/2016

LOL

It's funny how confidently you talked each week about there being multiple timelines and yet, in an episode that essentially confirms the theory, you're thrown off and don't know what to think!

Thematically, it presented William officially as the Man in Black -- both in giving him the present-day photograph (featured in the first episode) and having her say "William" right before the church doors opened and the Man in Black walked in.

Everything seems like a logical tie-in at this
It's funny how confidently you talked each week about there being multiple timelines and yet, in an episode that essentially confirms the theory, you're thrown off and don't know what to think!

Thematically, it presented William officially as the Man in Black -- both in giving him the present-day photograph (featured in the first episode) and having her say "William" right before the church doors opened and the Man in Black walked in.

Everything seems like a logical tie-in at this point, given William's sudden penchant for murder (and the Man in Black's earlier brutality). It's almost a little disappointing, to be honest... all predictions turning out to be true.

Either way, the finale should be interesting.
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11:11AM on 11/28/2016
I agree. This episode was epic and clearly explained that William is the Man in Black and there are two timelines going on. That picture of William's fiance was found aged and partially buried in either the first or second episode.
I agree. This episode was epic and clearly explained that William is the Man in Black and there are two timelines going on. That picture of William's fiance was found aged and partially buried in either the first or second episode.
3:59AM on 11/28/2016
It does take place over multiple timelines. The picture of the dude's sister is the same picture that was found in the dirt in the beginning
It does take place over multiple timelines. The picture of the dude's sister is the same picture that was found in the dirt in the beginning
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