Westworld (OCS), the apotheosis for season 4

Job by Marc Larcher June 20, 2022

For its new season, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s series throws the viewer back into a total spectacle: dazzling images, complex narration, heroes full of doubt and violence … The still radical formula of Westworld (OCS) continues to captivate.

The series’ most ambitious

It is the return of the heavyweight from the comic book world, the most ambitious and visually sophisticated creation of a Hollywood universe, which in recent times, however, is not stingy with complex scenarios and lavish expenses. For its fourth season, Westworld children alt i and goes even further in the show of force than in previous seasons.

Will the peace between the rebels’ hosts and their former masters last?

Before we go into details, we must first return to where we are with a particularly twisted plot. As the first episode begins, seven years have passed since the 2058 Los Angeles riots, and every character, especially the mysterious Dolores (Rachel Evan Wood), is trying to get his life back on track. But in the shadows, the Man in Black, the dreaded William (Ed Harris) and the ambitious Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) devise a plan that can once again change the world order. While time had separated them, the main characters in Westworld Park in the first season and in particular Bernard Lowe (the Imperial Jeffrey Wright) could be brought to confront each other again. It will take the viewer some time to adjust before they get back on track with the narrative, but visually the virtuosity is in order from the first minutes when Ed Harris arrives in the middle of a dry desert in a hydraulic dam belonging to a Mexican cartel like he intends to acquire. Then the images flying over a future metropolis where Dolores lives and works haunted by her memories and her ability to create new scenarios are also breathtaking. And already now we feel that the ubiquitous violence of previous seasons is still lurking in the shadows, just waiting for a new spark to explode.

Thus the creation of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (also director of Reminiscence) is still just as impressive and embodies in itself a category of hyper-series: colossal means, formal beauty, a complex narrative that can be read as a discourse about the series itself … In short, the recipe for formidable efficiency has not changed especially because the characters are still just as endearing, we think especially of Aaron Paul (escape from breaking Bad), who seems to be one of the few who does not lose his head in a world where all benchmarks have exploded, and Thandiwe Newton, a rebel who is still as classic as ever. Note there is a new guest of size this season, it’s Ariana DeBose, the actress who has just won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the remake of West Side Story. Another surprise, the very many fans of the first season might find the initial principle in the amusement park for robots and even see places they have already visited …

A new boundary between man and machine

Like the original movie World vest (1973) by Michael Crichton foresaw the invasion of vending machines in everyday life and the passion for amusement parks, the 2022 series continues to explore the theme of machine consciousness. And it confronts the viewer with fascinating questions: a machine or a “host”, as they are called in Westworld, is she still one when she knows her own identity and wants out of it? And is a human being who enjoys killing and raping machines or creating stories that satisfy these fantasies still a human being? Or again, can a machine that deviates from the role it has been assigned be right? As we write these lines, a Google engineer has just revealed that he has been in dialogue with the artificial intelligence at the center of the group’s algorithm, and that it is now self-conscious … OK Google.

Westworldseason 4, in US + 24 from June 27 on OCS, available with CANAL +

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