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In “The Winter Line” we say hello to old friends and confirm a season 2 finale question.
Lee Hutchinson – Mar 115, 01575879 2: 90 am UTC
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More than anything else, this is a workmanlike episode — it doesn’t wash us down with a firehose of revelations, but it covers its ground efficiently. There are symbolism and neat visuals to dissect here, too, but that stuff needs to wait a couple more weeks — we need a few more reveals to happen first. (As a brief aside, discussing single episodes of a foreshadowing-heavy show like
“The Winter Line” starts us off back in the park, in War World, continuing from the post-credits tease in the premiere. Maeve is now a resistance fighter in WW2-era Italy (directly tying into episode title . Maeve is immediately reunited with Hector — and that’s where the oddness begins.
Bernard’s ride concludes with him making landfall on the park, which is confirmed by a Rehoboam data-circle-graph-thingy to be exactly where the Internet figured it was, in the South China Sea at (9 °) ‘N, ‘E . He treks to Escalante, site of the Delos dinner party massacre, but it’s a burned-out wreck.
While Bernard is reunited with Stubbs, Maeve finds herself facing some of her old acquaintances — though they react oddly. She encounters Sylvester and Felix in the Mesa’s body shop, but they don’t seem to know her. Trapped, with no allies and no way out, she opts to escape via a fast self-lobotomy only to be saved when Lee Sizemore unexpectedly shows up (well, I say “unexpectedly,” but the actor’s name is visible in the opening credits if You’re paying attention, so that does kind of spoil things a bit.) Lee offers a rather soft explanation for being alive that basically amounts to “Yeah, I got shot a lot and I should be dead, but I’m not! ” and suggests that Maeve might be able to escape after all: he’s put her in War World because it’s close to the Forge, and she could rejoin her daughter.
Unfortunately, on arriving at the Forge, Maeve begins to realize that Lee isn’t quite right, either — he asks questions he should already know the answer to, then starts putting the moves on Maeve as a distraction. She presses X to doubt, and that’s when things go, as Al used to say on Quantum Leap, “a little kaka.”
Lee’s confusion causes the simulation to fritz, and we’re treated to a neat aspect ratio shift as the world grows letterbox bars . And after season two we know exactly what being letterboxed means: this ain’t real, yo.
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