As millions tune into “Westworld” to escape reality, HBO’s sci-fi series has proven it works best when sticking to it — well, its version of the real world anyway. Last week’s entry, “The Winter Line,” spent most of its time screwing around in a digital construct, which turned the low stakes adventures of Maeve (Thandie Newton) into tedious walk-and-talks. This week, “The Absence of Field” dives right back into the real world, and the host version of Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) kept raising curious questions, making bold choices, and discovering critical secrets. Meanwhile, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Caleb (Aaron Paul) help up a revealing B-plot involving a dash of action and a key partnership.
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