EW unscrambles 'Reunion' to recap the latest 'Westworld' in chronological order. You're welcome.

By James Hibberd
April 29, 2018 at 09:58 PM EDT
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“Reunion” is the name of tonight’s Westworld, but really it should be called “Reunions.” Tonight, we took a tour through Dolores’ past and present where she had come together once again with Maeve, William, and Logan, as we learned a whole bunch of fascinating new details about the early days of the park (including that amazing cocktail party scene), and even got to see the futuristic world on “the mainland” for the first time (not exactly Blade Runner, is it?).

This is a cleverly constructed and rather complex episode, one that rewards a second viewing. “Reunion” does a lot of heavy lifting about the park’s backstory; there are some really compelling themes here and everything (I think?) fits together with what we’ve seen previously.

But since it’s also ultra tricky to follow, we’re going to try something different tonight. I’ve unscrambled the episode’s time-shifting storyline to recap “Reunion” in chronological order so that it makes more sense. The episode actually opens with its earliest scene and ends with its latest; it’s just everything in between those bookends are arranged as confusingly as possible (of course, it’s totally possible I’m totally wrong about the order, yet I believe this is at least the order we’re supposed to think these scenes go in at this point in season 2).

So we start with…

Before the Park Opened, Mainland: Arnold and Dolores are in the city. The city! Finally we get a look beyond the park into the dystopian hellscape we keep hearing about that humanity is fleeing to Delos’ parks expensive and elaborate simulations to escape. It the outside world is totally…uh…pretty much the same as now? If anything, it’s rather pleasant.

Dolores marvels at the skyline: “It looks like the stars have been scattered across the ground. Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?”

Arnold notes that you get used to such things, and “after a while it doesn’t look like anything at all.” This is a very interesting line. It’s a variation on the host refrain about their programmed blind spots, “it doesn’t look like anything to me.” Only this is the flawed human version suggesting world-weary complacency and habituation, and it comes up again later in the episode.

Next: The return of Logan and that amazing party scene

HBO's ambitious science-fiction thriller 'Westworld' is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. The series developed by Jonathan Nolan stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and more top names.
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