Caleb (Aaron Paul) takes a strange journey in the last episode of Westworld season 3, after Liam Dempsey (John Gallagher Jr.) administered a party drug called Genre. Using her new access to Incite, as well as one of the other versions of herself, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) pulls a serious blow to power against Serac (Vincent Cassel) by infiltrating and leaking Roboam’s data – and Caleb experiences it through the filter of different genres of films.
When Giggles (Marshawn Lynch) is called in to back up with Ash (Lena Waithe), he immediately recognizes what Caleb is going through and tells him that there will be five genres in total, warning him that he should “watch out for this last act. “So what exactly is Caleb experimenting with the world through the filter of, and what songs go with it?
The first kind is dark movie, with Caleb seeing things in black and white as he, Dolores, and Liam are chased by Serac employees. During the car chase, he changes gender to war, and “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner (the signature theme of Apocalypse now) plays as Caleb shoots the pursuing vehicles with heavy weapons.
Eventually, Caleb and Dolores stop to take a stand against the remaining vehicles and the genre changes again, this time for romance, with the world acquiring a soft pink glow, the swollen music of the 1970 film’s main theme Love story, and Dolores moving in slow motion as Caleb watches her. When they enter the subway, joined by Giggles and Ash, Caleb moves on to what appears to be the criminality genre, with the swagger of Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing” (the most famous in Trainspotting) playing while the lights are pulsing.
The final gender shift comes after Dolores released Rehoboam’s profiles of every person in the world to their owners, so they can see exactly what the supercomputer knows about them and has planned and planned – including what their friends really think of them, whether or not they will be allowed to reproduce, and how their loved ones will die. As chaos erupts all around, an arrangement of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” by Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi begins. Caleb asks Giggles what genre he’s experimenting with now, and Giggles replies he’s experimenting reality.
Finally, the beach scene features the arrangement of “Dies Irae” which was used in Stanley Kubrick The brilliant. At this point, it doesn’t look like Caleb is actually experiencing the world through a horror genre filter, but the song definitely sets the mood for a bloodbath – coming soon.
“Genre” takes the plot further than any other episode of Westworld season 3 so far, with Dolores using her systematic replacement of key humans to deliver the first devastating blow against the world she plans to conquer. Now that everyone’s upset, things will quickly start to go downhill unless Serac finds a way to put them back in order. We may be on the verge of entering the disaster film genre.
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