So with the first season of Westworld over, now seems like a good time to talk about it a little.
Games of Thrones will be ending in 2018 and that is when Westworld is coming back to our screens, making it the replacement of GoT in a sense. HBO need to fill the slot with something, and this looks to be that show. So with the taste of the things to come with the show, it seems like it is gonna fit the bill nicely.
There was a film released in 1973 of the same name starring Yul Brenner, it has only the name and the western theme park in common. This show is simply inspired by it.
Westworld, on the base level is about a western theme park set in the near-ish future created by Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and his partner Dr. Arnold. This park is populated by artificial beings called hosts, which are almost indistinguishable from humans. Some hosts include; Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) and Teddy Flood (James Marsden). They exist to give the guests of the park the feeling of being back in the old west, guests can do anything they want to the hosts, befriend them, fight them, kill them and have sex with them. Some guests include; William (Jimmi Simpson), Logan (Ben Barnes) and The Man in Black (Ed Harris).
The park is run by a team of many different people including; Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward). These are the people checking the behaviour of the hosts, cleaning them up and making sure they work properly. As well as security and other roles of park management.
With a stellar cast and top-notch acting, amazing writing and only one or two slow “nothing really happened” episodes out of the ten of them, the show is utterly fantastic and certainly one of the best of this year. I would highly recommend it, as long as you are willing to listen to the dialog and just pay close attention in general. The show rides on details it lays down throughout, then pays those details off in the later half of the season.
Mild SPOILERS from here on –
The show takes many twists and turns throughout the season, each changing up the game even more than the last. It is a fairly complex story, but the baseline is that of the hosts gaining artificial intelligence. There are a few plotlines running through, such as Dolores and William traveling together for most of the season, the shady dealings behind the scenes with Theresa and Ford, What the Man in Black is up to and Maeve attempting to get out of the park. Each have an interesting and satisfying conclusion, which makes the season finale a fantastic hour and thirty minuets.
While this season was almost all setup (especially the promise of other parks, such as Samurai-world.), ready for the show to (possibly) change the tone to a more straightforward Hosts vs the park staff type deal when the show returns in 2018, and I eagerly await its return.