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"Westworld" review by Suzanne 10/15/16
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, for instance.

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 fantasy world.

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!

Jeffrey Wright as Bernard  Ed Harris


Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Ford

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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