Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how elicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.
Program creators: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy
Westworld has just aired its 6th episode. If I’m not mistaken, the US gets it on a Monday, which means I get to watch it on a Tuesday. It’s Wednesday as I am writing this, I just watched Westworld’s newest episode last night, and I think it’s safe to say: I’m hooked! To the point where it’s a case of can I have the next episode now please?!? It’s been a while since I’ve come across a series that isn’t super-hero related that has had me begging for the next episode. I guess that’s HBO for you, considering the last series that had me feeling this way was Game of Thrones!
I think what I love most about Westworld is that it’s a place where people can go to escape reality. People can come in, dress up forget about their woes, shoot some bad guys (or good guys, depending on you personality) and become someone else completely. Yes, you need to be extremely rich to be there, but it’s still an escape. We really get an in depth view of the cast, the hosts, the creators, lots of behind the scenes of the place. We see where the hosts go when they’re decomissioned and more. These people, the people who run Westworld, are basically playing God. They choose which animals go in the park, which hosts stay in the park, and what storylines play out.
If I were to pick something negative about the show, it would be the pace of the story. As I’ve been watching the series, my mam joined me while I was watching episode three, and she was able to follow along the storyline (with a little help from me) and figure out what was going on. Now, it has picked up a little since episode three, but there’s still a lag in it. I find it goes very in depth with the characters. It’s not the worst, but it could be going a little bit quicker.
If you’re still on the verge of deciding whether or not you should watch Westworld or not, well let me try and sway you. It’s got J. J. Abhrams working on it as well as Jonathan Nolan! Two brilliant creators, these alone should be good enough for you to watch it. If not then, if you like Red Dead Redemption the video game, you’ll love this. As far as TV shows go, there’s nothing really to compare it too. We haven’t had a ‘western’ TV show in a good number years, and the closest thing I can think of is Deadwood, and that doesn’t even come close to Westworld.