Westworld’s Maeve still feels more like a plot device than a character

Editor’s note: The article below contains spoilers for the fourth season of Westworld.Maeve Milli (Thandwee Newton) the best character in Westworld. Her fight for independence and freedom in the early seasons was incredibly attractive and her philosophical differences with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) in their own approach led to some of the most thought-provoking parts of the show. Maeve is self-confident and has divine powers to hack robots to boot, it’s a formidable force that anyone can handle. When the story moves to it, you can always expect something interesting to happen. The problem, like most things in WestworldBy the third season, Maeve was in disarray. Its power became the central thing the story needed it to do (unless it was a bit of a trademark prank when necessary) resulting in it becoming a plot tool used to propel narratives or other characters to their desired destination rather than an agent of free will with its own agenda.

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Much of the problem surrounding Maeve’s feeling of consistency comes from the fact that the main show’s cast has changed drastically in the past two seasons. Tons of core characters have been killed or disappeared, especially those close to Maeve. Hector (Rodrigo SantoroTechnicians: FelixLeonardo slept) and sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum), Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), and many of her other connections have been killed, meaning all of Maeve’s connections have been cut off. Maeve has always been a character driven not only by her need to liberate herself but her ability to see humanity in others. She’s allied with humans and hosts alike from the start, yet self-preservation has become all that’s left for her. In season three, she spent most of her time alone hunting Dolores, which made her feel more like a robot than anything we saw her do in season 1 and 2.

While Season 4 was an improvement over Season 3 in countless ways, one thing that seems to have stayed the same is Maeve. Its power makes it a major threat to almost any force against it, so the show must continue to devise ways to render it obsolete. This season she’s working to keep Caleb (Aaron PaulIt is safe and is prepared to be the secret weapon that will take down Charlotte Hill.Tessa Thompson). The story seems to be happening to her instead of being part of the story now. She is there to keep Caleb and use her superpowers to be the trump that will win the day. Maeve’s strength itself isn’t the problem, it’s something I’ve used incredibly well from the start. But now it seems the story isn’t terribly interested in her outside of her powers. When she and Caleb travel to the new fake garden, and witness the re-creation of the “Paint It Black” sequence, she has a few short moments of memory and a sad look in her eyes, but the story moves quickly. It’s disingenuous that Maeve reverts to parodic recreations of her former prison and remake-doll versions of her old friends, yet she’s hardly touched by that.

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It will malfunction and won’t work on updated Hale hosts, so it’s convenient Can breakthrough. In the face of upgraded enemies, one would expect Maeve to do what she’s been doing in the past – hooking up to the system and downloading what you need to gain the upper hand. Instead, she will simply scream more until her powers finally work precisely when the story allows her to. She spends a lot of her time fighting silent computer screens. Maeve seems to be on training wheels, not limited by her abilities but the story’s desire to learn about her. It’s frustrating to see her ability levels seemingly fluctuate based on what the narrative wants to happen, rather than what we know Maeve is capable of.

There are glimpses of Maeve back into being a full-on character in her interactions with Caleb in episodes 4 of season 4. She reminds him of her past and expresses a desire to keep him safe, to allow him to stay with his daughter as she couldn’t not stay with her husband, and see how deep You trust him Plus the lengths you’ll go to to keep it safe. This is like Maeve going back to basics, using her powers because she has something to protect and a goal she wants for her own reasons. until it is detonated. When she and William (Ed HarrisThe host is buried, transformed into a MacGuffin, a main object that the other characters pull to use at the opportune moment. People looking for it in the desert call it a weapon, and at this point, that’s the basis of its job. She is a powerful figure who can be used to help this scattered group of rebels stop Charlotte Hill’s horrific rule, regardless of her well-being or participation. Knowing Maeve, she’ll probably want to help stop this act of ending the world anyway, but her choice on the matter has been omitted entirely. Maeve has become a semi-legendary force, meaning that the plot doesn’t allow her to do anything too quickly, or else the story would simply end, so she’s busy moving around like a chess piece and maneuvering to manipulate Caleb instead of having a plot of her own.

The basis for returning to the form is present. Caleb might be the first contact Maeve needs to start finding connections again, to find something bigger you care about than survival or revenge. But as the plot goes on and its powers are constantly becoming unreliable for story reasons, it feels like a plot device, only when it’s relevant to the others. Maeve is a character who has always been strong, but she seems to be Westworld I forgot how multifaceted its strength is. It’s not just her extraordinary robotic abilities; has not been. Her intelligence, empathy, and ability to relate to others have always been her strengths as much as her ability to deactivate a host or use a sword. Maeve Millay is a character who, at her best, is the most powerful person in any room she enters and knows. She just needs a little more looks in the game to make her feel like she’s part of the story again. Maeve is a wonderful character who doesn’t deserve to be wasted as an accessory to the story. or not, Westworld You’ll get her back on the right track, and instead of writing about her, we’re putting her on the front line – not only as a secret weapon of victory, but also as the self-confident character we know and love.