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The Stray 

Elsie and Stubbs search for a missing host; Teddy gets a new backstory; Bernard investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts.

Director:

Neil Marshall

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (created for television by), Lisa Joy (created for television by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton ... Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright ... Bernard Lowe
James Marsden ... Teddy Flood
Ben Barnes ... Logan
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Armistice
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Theresa Cullen
Angela Sarafyan ... Clementine Pennyfeather
Jimmi Simpson ... William
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Robert Ford
Louis Herthum ... Peter Abernathy
Bradford Tatum ... New Peter Abernathy
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Storyline

Elsie and Stubbs search for a missing host; Teddy gets a new backstory; Bernard investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The piece the "host" is playing at the piano in the scene between Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright is called "Reverie" by Claude Debussy. The reveries are also an important part of the plot. See more »

Goofs

Following the scene where Elsie leaving a voice text for Bernard, Bernard goes to see Dolores. When Bernard brings Dolores online, her lips are light red. Right after, the camera shows Bernard and then shows Dolores again. Now her lips are intense red. After a few conversations and change of views, her lips are back to light red. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Lowe: Stop. Lose all scripted responses. Improvisation only.
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Connections

Referenced in Talking Dead: Go Getters (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Partita No. 3 In A Minor
(Uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Opening Theme Song
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World building
8 December 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"The Stray" is another episode where "Westworld" offers a little bit more of world building, still putting the basis to the story. We are three episodes in, so there is the feeling that things could be going a little bit faster, but for now, all is quite interesting so it is easy to keep the viewer's attention.

We get a little bit more of the park's background, and get to know better Ford and Bernard. Elsie and Stubbs go in search of a stray 'host'. Teddy gets a new past, that has repercussions in the present. And Dolores starts to get her own identity.

Even with all the story-lines, this is Dolores's show for now, and Evan Rachel Wood is doing a great job in making us care for her, and in seeing the jumps between 'human' and 'robot'. It is too obvious in some occasions, but the jumps and little quirks of the 'hosts' can be unnerving. We get a good chunk of cowboys' adventures, which makes for empty fun, but they all seem to have a deeper reason behind them, which makes the viewer keep their eyes open. Especially because all little changes in the little story-lines have bigger repercussions in the bigger yarn and its long threads. That is the strongest part of the show for now, how little things bring little changes that are part of a bigger story-line.

Secured direction, slow pace and interesting characters make for a good third episode in this early show's life.


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