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[S2E4] Big Time Live



Anyway, Laura tells Bradley that Cory may be fired anyway now, because the company is losing so much money on the streaming service they're trying to launch. (There are some yuk-yuk "another streaming service?" jokes here that are supposed to be funny because this is airing on Apple TV+, and they would land better if the service were doing better or the show were better.) Laura's bizarre piece of imagery: "The company's balance sheet looks like a hemophiliac's used Band-Aid." That is ... a sweaty, sweaty line, right there, wowza. Anyway, Laura tells her to make nice with Cory and the network for the time being.




[S2E4] Big Time Live



And then ... the show is sort of not clear about whether he's trying to blow up his career or show off his charisma, but Daniel takes advantage of a sudden opening in the show to sing Neil Diamond's "America." Everyone is gobsmacked, and I don't know whether we're supposed to believe that a live show has no plan in place if they need to fade out a person singing a song and vamp to fill some time, nor do I think a live show would just let you sing an unplanned song on a live broadcast without ... you know, securing the music rights? These people sometimes feel like Martians. Martians who have never done television before.


Who and what IS Rob Schneider? All of us, all the time. This according to comedian/writer/actor Nina Oyama. She's on board in a big way, 10/10. Nina wants someone to suck her ass. The trio on this ep all think kids should be kept off #SponCon and Tim reckons we should just kill kids early. Plot wise - something happens at some airport and Danny Trejo turns up. He looks like Bob Odenkirk went through the washing machine.


The "Riddle of the Sphinx" episode of Westworld is remarkable in that director Lisa Joy and writers Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan actually answer several burning questions brought up in previous episodes. This is the first time this season that both co-creators headline an episode together, so it makes sense that revelations abound and in true Westworld style, new mysteries are unearthed, a dead character is revealed as alive and nameless characters are named. It is also a hefty 71 minutes long. Before a summary of the chief revelations of this episode, it is important to consider the first scene, described below.


This scene is over, but wow. Is THIS the big project for Westworld? They found a way to clone humans, cheat death and transfer human consciousness (robot consciousness) into a hybrid android-human to live forever? Is that even possible? Have they cracked the God-code? And even if they cracked the God-code, how do they resolve the issue of aging or the lack thereof?


This episode answers a ton of important questions. Yes, old man Delos is deceased and the company - under William's leadership - has been rebuilding Delos' brain and body at least 149 times. Each time they get closer to a true sentient creation, or a clone. Logan Delos, the son, committed suicide via overdose years ago. Bernard and Ford are well aware of the Delos project, and it seems the Delos project might be what's in Abernathy's head. And, in terms of helping us figure out the time periods of things, Old William/Man In Black (Ed Harris) visited his robot father-in-law perhaps hours before all hell broke look at the park. And Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is remembering all manner of things that- horrifically- might have already happened years ago, not hours or days ago. Oh, and Elsie is alive! She's alive!


This is the ultimate set up for the Man In Black running back into Major Craddock, who was just sideswiped by Wyatt/Dolores. The Major thinks he is some sort of godly reincarnation of someone who cheated death and won. The Man In Black grows annoyed with playing the game with the Major - who has now found the buried explosives and guns delivered to this town from season one - and eventually sets up Lawrence with an opportunity to kill him. The only real purpose for this sometimes overly long storyline is to set up what happened to the family of the Man In Black, per his memory. As the rain pours in Westworld, the MIB remembers the water dripping from the chandelier in his house; an indication that water from the bathroom upstairs was leaking. He runs up the stairs to find someone - his wife - floating in a bloody bathtub. She has committed suicide. After this stunning revelation or reverie, the Man In Black comes to the "present" and decides to kill the major.


The big picture is this: Ford had Clementine bring Bernard from Wyatt's oversight to this not-so-random rock cave because inside of it is a hidden, off-the-grid lab. Inside that lab is the brain fluid Bernard needs to live. Also inside that lab, behind a locked door that Elsie shoots open, is old man Delos inside his test tube condo and oblivious to what is happening inside the park.


The big surprise here is that Elsie (Shannon Woodward,) who we thought was murdered by Bernard in season 1, is very much alive. She is chained up in the cave, outside the door to the lab. She is pissed at Bernard and tells him to stay away. She says he left her there with a bucket and some protein bars, which would indicate that all the things he remembers as taking place in that lab took place before he chained Elsie up outside of it. No telling exactly when Bernard killed all the scientists and muscular white hosts inside, or took possession of a small red ball and placed it in his pocket.


Remember the brown-haired woman from the "Virtu E Fortuna" episode, who was in colonial India and escaped the tiger by falling into a lake, only to be captured by some Indigenous-esque people painted in black and white? Well, that young lady is tied up next to director of security Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) who was also captured along with other humans. Everybody is weeping and wailing as they are made to run to a location where they will meet the mysterious "he." The young lady reveals herself to be someone who knows the language the indigenous are speaking. She informs Ashley that she doesn't want to leave the park, so she escapes. The security guard meanwhile has a knife put to his throat and braces himself for death. The indigenous knife wielder says something that sounds like "You only live as long as the last person who remembers you." He slits Ashley's throat except he doesn't slit the throat. All the indigenous disappear and Ashley is left standing, looking puzzled and then amazed that he's not dead. Is he part of the game? Was he reabsorbed into it? Was any of this real?


At this point in the episode, the Man In Black watches Major Craddock (Johnathan Tucker) dance with death, aka the frightened wife of Lawrence. The Major is mean, to this woman, for absolutely no reason. The drawn-out scene just showcases the unnecessary violence of some of these park characters, which might be why it's dangerous for them to become sentient creatures. In any event, the Man In Black is also shown to have visited old man Delos in modern times, the same age as he is now but still wearing that black suit.


This last time, older William goes slightly off the script that he had given to the old man two times already this episode. They get further than they ever have before in conversation. Delos recognizes that son in law is older and only temporarily freaks out at being told that his wife died of a stroke, his daughter committed suicide, his son died of an overdose and he himself is dead, yet alive in this robot body.


Delos is stunned to learn he didn't make and that he is defective. William says he's not sure this program was a good idea. Poor Delos is weeping the best way he knows how and is calling for his dead son. Seems that even robots have a hard time dealing with death.


William/Man In Black leaves the test tube condo and the tech asks if it's time to terminate again. William says no. Let's let him live a few more days. (Obviously, Bernard and Elsie oversee the termination elsewhere in the episode, but this lets us know that the man in black fairly recently saw Ford.)


Mark Joyella is a five-time Emmy Award-winning reporter and news anchor for television stations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and New York City. He's worked in cable news at CNN and Fox and his writing has appeared in Adweek, the New York Post, the Orlando Sentinel, The Dallas Morning News and Men's Health.


\tI have 30 years of experience analyzing both traditional and online social media and am an author of dozens of books. After more than 25 years at S&P Global Market Intelligence, I am Managing Director at Media Forecasting Experts which helps media companies forecast various business models as well as delivering strategic consulting. 041b061a72


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