Introduction to Season One of Westworld, a new dramatic series set in a futuristic theme park populated by human-like robots, where the wealthy can live out their fantasies of adventure, sex, and violence.
Remember when we first hear of the Battlestar Galactica remake? We said -"really? That Star-Wars wannabe cheesy sci-fi show?" And then we got an amazing ride with every kind of emotion and situation that was deep, and interesting. So here we are with Westworld, a remake of a Michael Crichton movie. And we got a wild ride where we literally discuss the ability of mankind to "play God" and create a race of self-aware robots for the explicit purpose of being playthings for rich people. FIrst of all this is just great storytelling, with numerous interwoven plots that jump not just between characters but (you'll figure it out). There is a lot of great acting and the production values are in line with feature films. I recommend this series as one of the best things I've seen ever on television. Well done.
I saw the original West World with Yul Brenner some years back. I did enjoy that movie and thought it was ahead of its time. This new West World is absolutely a mind blowing experience. In the original Yul Brenner was the primary "bad host; wherein this series everyone is primary at one point or another. Expanding the story to include so many characters and personalities, plus the talents of J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, Joy and a host of other excellent writers and producers from other quality shows such as Lost, Person of Interest, Grimm and a few more, means more of top notch programming that I like. I am watching it a second time because I believe shows such as this are a second see because of the many nuances and sublties that are not readily apparent in the first watch. I am constantly searching for quality programming, which is hard to find, even on cable channels. There are award winning actors in this series. I hope they get the recognition they deserve.
Westworld raises interesting questions about consciousness, free will, and the necessary and sufficient mental structures to be "like a human." There is a lot of discussion about the first two items in academic literature and by computer scientists, but very little about the last element, which I think is equally important. Scientists will probably ultimately find some kinds of answers to these questions, but dramatizations raise them in a different, perhaps more graspable way.
Another interesting aspect of Westworld it the questions it raises regarding real human - artificial human relations. Would humans really enjoy torturing and killing artificial humans if they could be remade the next day? What if they were unable to take aggressive actions to protect themselves? Wouldn't that be like dismembering live rabbits?
And would society/governance allow this kind of thing to be a profitable business? What would that do to us?
I thought it started out strong, but the overall story arc became increasingly belabored as it progressed into the last three or four episodes.
I won't introduce spoilers, but I trust people know the basic premise. I think the writers and directors tried to hard to create a twist toward the end and marched thru to said twist with more grim determination and far less humor than would make sense. I was a little slow to realize that they were playing with the timeline and maybe some of my dissatisfaction was the frustration this caused. Still, I thought too many opportunities for humor and wit were eventually foregone in favor of a lot of gory, ultimately gratuitous violence, which made the whole production grim, grim, grim toward the end. Better the Army of the Dead led by the Night King than this robotic nonsense.
I wish Season 2 was here. I'll forget all the details by next spring. Anyway, this is one of those series where you see something different everytime you watch. There are scenes that are very memorable with their visuals. My favorite character is the girl with the tattoo. Ohhh , is she ever a mean one. Don't kill her off. Love Ed Harris in this , and Anthony Hopkins. Gorgeous scenery. This one is a winner. I'm late on watching this. So glad to find it on Amazon Prime
Westworld is another show that unfolds in unpredictable ways, large and small. Just accept that when you think you have it figured out, you don't.
The cinematography, high caliber cast and writing far exceeds most scifi on the small screen. There were times I felt the plot was dragging a bit but I was wrong. EVERYTHING that happens on the screen matters to the story - there is no excess to cut.
I couldn't binge watch this show, and allowed myself a couple of weeks to absorb it all.
Wow, this show is simply amazing! It's brilliant! It has elements of western, sci fi, suspense, twilight zone, and A.I. All wrapped into one cleverly written series. I haven't been this refreshed in years! Looking forward to season 2!
I have just finished the 1st, season. I am completely into this story!! Can't wait for season 2 !! Love this show! Makes you think sometimes I am right,(very rarely). Most times I am wrong. I am suprised every show!! Great writing superb actors! Sometimes a story pulls you in and keeps you, that is what has happened to me. I remember the original movie scared the daylights out of me. This version is so much better. Who dosen't love Ed Harris??' On the edge of my seat for season 2.!! Thank you Kimberly