TV Show Reviews
"Westworld" review by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 9pm on HBO
After two episodes, I already love this show. I hate that
because I just don't have time to add another show to my
long list! It's a really good scifi show with amazing
actors and lots of layers. I did love the original
"Westworld" movie (and its sequel, "Futureworld"), but this
show takes that original concept and updates it, making it
a lot more complex.
The original movie was about a fantasy recreational world,
where people could come and interact with lifelike robots
in a western fantasy, doing whatever they wanted, but then
the robots started acting up and killing people. They also
had other worlds besides Westworld. They had a Roman world,
In this version, there's only a Westworld (which seems kind
of limiting to me; why wouldn't you have multiple types of
worlds?). The robots aren't allowed to kill people (so
far!), but they are acting up and having problems. The
humans who run the show have their own problems, including
office politics. Then there are the rich visitors to the
park, who are a bit depraved.
James Marsden plays Teddy, a handsome cowboy robot who
always saves the damsel. He's in love with Dolores, the
farm girl (Evan Rachel Wood). However, the evil bad
guy (a customer who visits a lot, played by Ed Harris)
keeps killing the cowboy and raping the heroine. The
robots are not supposed to remember what happens; they're
rebooted and used, over and over again. However, something
happens to make them remember parts of their past trauma,
like some sort of robot PTSD. It starts affecting them.
Ed Harris' character starts torturing various robots to
find out the mythical hidden game called "The Maze." He
intends to stay in the game forever, it sounds like.
Jeffrey Wright plays Bernard, the main programmer. He seems
to be messing with the robots' programming and perhaps
causing them to act up (but why? We don't know). The
great Anthony Hopkins plays Ford, the creator of the whole
The people at the theme park treat the robots (androids?)
like pieces of meat, which is supposed to disgust us, since
we know that they're somewhat more like people. This has
been done before in other shows, like "Human" on AMC. They
don't really explain the technology, but it appears that
these are some kind of living machine. They do feel like
humans and have biological components, even though they
also have some sort of computer inside that the humans can
turn on and off or use to track them, among other things.
Other great cast members include Thandie Newton and Sidse
Babett Knudson. They've really done an outstanding job of
bringing together this cast.
It's a really good show, and I look forward to seeing more
of it. You should definitely check this one out!
The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey
about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution
of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the
reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human
appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony
Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie
Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett
Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward,
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela
Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.
Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and
directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad
Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter
Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive
producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive
producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams,
Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.
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