HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 5, “Contrapasso” Recap

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 5, Dolores and William

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Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 5 of Season 1.

Episode 5 of Westworld takes us to Pariah, a town HBO were obviously very eager to get the viewer to because it makes their gratuitous sex scene loving audience shut up and watch.

As has been explained in earlier episodes, Westworld has varying levels of content. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) was involved in the Sweetwater experience. While adult content still occurred here, it was mostly hidden away. It was like your standard cable package; there is talk about sex but no boobies. Violence is totally okay though. Pariah is your classic HBO cable package. There is full frontal nudity and plenty of it, all wrapped up with a convenient sexposition bow.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 5, sexposition

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But, while we are there, let’s talk about the mission William (Jimmi Simpson) and the reluctant Logan (Ben Barnes) are on. Mostly, there is talk between warring factions and the occasional shoot out when double-crossing is exposed. But, during all of this, the relationship between William and Logan is explored. We know they know each other outside Westworld, but we discover in Episode 5 that Logan thinks William is a sorry excuse for an employee. Logan and William also work for a company that are interested in buying out Westworld.

We also find out more about Dolores. Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) seems to pique her interest but he doesn’t really bite at her bait, so maybe she will have to unleash the virus coding in the next episode of Westworld. While she is in Pariah, she discovers she can create her own coding when required and manages to shoot a whole heap of hosts in order to save William. I’m not really sure why because he mainly just spends his time asking her is she is okay and commenting on the fact she talks to herself. Although, they do finally pash.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 5, Dr Ford and Dolores

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Now, this last bit is important. Dolores is talking to the voice in her head. It is likely Arnold, the guy who died mysteriously 34-35 (depending on who you talk to, Dolores or the Man in Black) years ago. And Dolores is probably a sleeper cell still working for Arnold because when Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) questions Dolores after a fainting episode at Pariah, we discover Dolores will flat out lie to Ford in order to maintain the secret about the voice in her head. We also learn that the last thing Arnold said to Dolores before he died was that she would help him destroy Westworld.

The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is still searching for the maze, so Dr. Ford decides to pay him a visit in Westworld. They certainly know of each other. Teddy (James Marsden), on the other hand, has no idea who Dr. Ford is. After exchanging some smack talk, Dr. Ford gets up and leaves. But, the viewer now knows that the Man in Black is capable of tinkering with the hosts.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 5, Man in Black, Teddy and Dr Ford

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Speaking of tinkering, Elsie (Shannon Woodward) discovers the crazy woodcarver that bashed in his own head with a rock had a “laser based satellite uplink” embedded in his arm. Shit just got real. We also see Dolores pull something similar out of her arm. So can we assume she also has one of these devices? Is the anomaly within the update unleashed in Episode 1 of Westworld just a ruse then?

In the back end of Westworld, viewers find out there is apparently a static structure when it comes to employment. If you are a techie who puts back together hosts, you do not code. So, of course, we are introduced to Felix (Leonardo Nam), who likes to program dead birds.

He is also terrified of the hosts. Which is apparent when Maeve (Thandie Newton) wakes up along with the sparrow he is coding and tells him they “need to have a chat.’

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 5, Maeve and the sparrow

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What did you think of Episode 5 of Westworld? Let us know by commenting below!

Episode 6 (entitled “The Adversary ”) of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, November 6 at 9:00 PM. The synopsis is below.

“Dolores joins William and Logan on a bounty hunt; The Man in Black finds a critical clue in his search to unlock the maze; Dr. Ford and Theresa discuss the park’s future; Maeve is troubled by a recurring vision.”

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