‘Westworld’ 1.07 “Trompe L’Oeil” Review: Let’s Discuss That Big Reveal!

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We knew a show about the nature of reality would make us question and theorize about a few things. Westworld played a big card from that hand this week. Now would be as good a time as any to say if you haven’t watched the latest episode “Trompe L’Oeil,” full spoilers ahead!

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  1. Bernard is who we thought he was
  2. Charlotte and the Board test Ford
  3. William embraces his new reality
  4. Maeve is 50 percent more intense, 100 percent more awesome

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Sam Flynn

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  • I thought episode 7 was way too melodramatic. The show is at its best when it’s understated, and the new woman executive is just way too much of a moustache twirling villain. And do we really need to out Hopkins’ character as a bad guy? Why couldn’t it remain a mystery? I think the show is verging into “Jump the Shark” territory here.

    • Peter James

      I couldn’t disagree more.
      And I think that expression – “jumping the shark” – is just way over-used in pop-culture nowadays whether it applies or not.

      The way the show is pacing and paced right now, I don’t think revealing Hopkins character as a bad guy (something that most people had either began suspect already, if they hadn’t outright already figured it out), was inappropriate, otherwise the show risked getting into the common trap of JJ Abrams/Bad Robot shows where it’s all secrets and build-up right up to the end and then either zero pay-off, or the pay-off doesn’t live up to all the build-up.
      The ‘mystery box’ disease that Abrams has overused and abused in both his TV shows and movies.

      Besides which, I don’t believe revealing Hopkins as the bad guy now, shows us the whole story as it opens up even more questions and creates new narrative avenues for the show to go. (how is he going to cover this up, for instance (well we kinda know that), and how deep and far back does his cover-up and covering up of stuff like this go).
      Plus, we still don’t fully know Arnold’s role in all this because clearly it’s one aspect of the Park that Ford has no control over and which might be coming .back to bite him in the behind.

    • SAMURAI36

      How is Hopkins the bad guy? I never once got that impression. The thing with this show, which you seemed to have missed, is that there are alot of grey areas here. Technically, everybody (the real humans at least; that is, if every one that we think is human, is actually human) is a bad guy on the show.