This post contains spoilers for the fifth episode of Westworld "Contrapasso."Head to our Westworld show hub for more reviews, theories, and deep dives.
Just when you thought the cast of Westworld couldn't get any bigger, it adds a Geek Squad version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In this week's action-packed episode, we spent some of the quieter moments with Felix and Sylvester, two Delos robot-repair technicians who appear to be named after cartoon cats. Like many felines, Felix (Leonardo Nam) spends most of the episode obsessing over a bird, which he nurses back to life using his understanding of biology, a fancy tablet computer, and absolutely zero help from Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum), who might be the most unlikable character on the show not named Logan. Also, Thandie Newton came back to life. Again. It was weird.
But like most seemingly odd or inexplicable moments on Westworld, the bird scenes in this week's episode were also funny, thematically rich, and perhaps important to the larger "robots vs. humans" narrative that's about to take flight. They weren't the most well-acted scenes, and they didn't have an orgy set to Nine Inch Nails in them, but that doesn't mean they weren't important. So, let's take the lab scenes apart like a man repairing a tiny bird on his lunch break.