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Raj World—Two Week Ago: Now we know where the hell that Bengal tiger came from. That’s exactly one mystery solved from the Season 2 premiere. An East Asian-inspired cover of “ Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes kicks off our entrance into an early-20th-century-set world. This week’s fun cold open plays out in an entirely different section of the park, and takes great pains to orient the viewer in the show’s timeline. Raj World (shall we call it Raj World?) opens with two characters we haven’t met before—devastatingly attractive guests Grace and Nicholas, who immediately take a shine to each other, played by Katja Herbers and Neil Jackson.

Why do we have to watch their whole gunplay-as-foreplay interaction? Well, first of all, this section establishes for the viewer that, yes, we are definitely watching two humans enjoying the fairly problematic pleasures of colonial-era India.


Remember that according to the original safety rules of the park, guests can’t be hurt by guns. Secondly, we know that when Grace and Nicholas meet, the rules of the park are still in place. By the time they go tiger hunting, the hosts are rebelling.

Team Bernard—Several Days Ago: With one exception, the rest of the episode takes place entirely in chronological order, so we’ll save that little flash-forward until the end. The Charlotte story line you need to focus on first picks up exactly where we left her: with Bernard looking for Dolores’s onetime dad, Peter Abernathy. Remember, Abernathy has a bunch of data stored in his head that she needs. We see that Abernathy has been captured by the delightfully mustachioed host Rebus ( Steven Ogg).

We learn a few things from this little encounter. First of all, it does seem to me that the hosts are coded to target guests in formal wear. That’s why Abernathy has been rounded up with the rest of the humans. Or perhaps this is just some of the special coding Sizemore and Charlotte did in order to smuggle him out of the park. Secondly, there’s some kind of official bounty on their heads. Charlotte and Bernard capture the violent Rebus and re-code him to be a kinder, gentler version of himself. (Sadly, if you’ll recall, it’s exactly that kind of chivalry that got Rebus killed on the beach in the present-day plot line in the Season 2 premiere. He was shot trying to protect a female host.) Some Confederados ride up and capture a confused Abernathy (“Glory, Glory Hallelujah” is a fun choice for Abernathy to sing, given all the talk of “glory” among the hosts) and Bernard, while Charlotte callously ditches them and rides back to find help. Their plotline then merges with . . .

As Bernard later points out, Abernathy is glitching through all the personalities he’s ever had. (Like father, like daughter.) And if you’ll recall from Season 1, one of Abernathy’s former personalities was fond of quoting Shakespeare. That’s where “these violent delights have violent ends” comes from. You can blame both Abernathy and Romeo and Juliet for that. Season 1 was a good time for Romeo and Juliet, what with William and Dolores playing star-crossed lovers. This time, Abernathy is (quite appropriately) quoting King Lear: “I am bound / Upon a wheel of fire / That mine own tears / Do scald like molten lead.” In Lear, the confused, elderly king and father says exactly that to his faithful and ministering daughter, Cordelia. Get the parallel? Good.

Dolores’s emotions towards Abernathy signal to the viewer that she’s not so awake as to have forgotten all ties to her former life. I suppose we already knew that, given her continued affection for Teddy. But this sequence underlines that like Maeve and her daughter, Dolores has robot family ties that bind. She later enlists Bernard to help her fix her father, and here is where we learn that, at least right now, Bernard shares no memories with Arnold—the human he’s based on—and has no memories of the world outside the park. Much like last week, we also get an intriguing clash of woke-host ideology. Then, it was Maeve and Dolores. Now, it’s Maeve and Bernard.

Last season, Ford said he had always kept Bernard and Dolores apart because he wasn’t sure how they would interact with each other. Here, we see Dolores trying to convince Bernard her way is the right one. Have they woken anything new inside each other?

Unfortunately, he’s rudely interrupted before he can finish trying to puzzle this out—when Charlotte and her Delos security team attack the fort. And here is where Colonel Brigham is going to wish he had read the title of the episode before making an alliance with Dolores.

Virtù e Fortuna” is a reference to a Machiavellian principle on what it takes to achieve victory. Essentially (and don’t get mad as I boil this down, Machiavelli scholars), “fortuna” means chance/luck, and “virtù” means strength—and the ability to compel objective reality to obey your will. We’ve seen a lot of “virtù” from Maeve this season, but in this episode, it’s Dolores going full Machiavelli on the Confederados. As it turns out, she was just using them as a line of defense against the Delos men. Suffice it to say, Craddock is pissed off.

In a very Game of Thrones-ish move, Dolores yanks her banner from the wall of the fort as a signal to her men to retreat. They abandon the Confederados to die, but Charlotte and her team still break in the back door and steal Abernathy, in a scene that prompts us to wonder if Dolores can be killed at all anymore. (She hinted at her own immortality to Bernard earlier in the episode.)

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