‘Westworld’ is unlike any show ever seen on TV. In just the first episode alone, ‘Westworld’ pushes the limits and defies expectations. The show is definitely going to follow in the footsteps of ‘Game of Thrones’ and become a massive hit for HBO.
The first episode of Westworld is a lot to take in. I’d be lying if I said it was easy to follow. I came into this show cold. I really had NO idea what it was about. I have never seen the movie. I was confused for the first 30 minutes of the premiere but very interested. I couldn’t look away.
Not only is the show visually stunning, Westworld explores the existential question about what it means to be human, and really delves deep into the idea of one person’s potential. In the high-tech theme park, created by Dr. Robert Ford (Sir Anthony Hopkins), guests can be whomever they want to be. You choose your destiny, whether it be a hero or a gun-toting criminal.
During one’s journey in Westworld, you realize the true weight of your own power. How far are you willing to go protect yourself? Do you have the ability to take someone’s life? Guests interact with Westworld’s hosts, life-like androids that have no idea they’re living a fantasy.
In the theme park, we meet Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Teddy (James Marsden), Maeve (Thandie Newton) and the Gunslinger (Ed Harris). These androids seem flawless, living each day as if they’ve never lived it before. But they’re anything but perfect.
Over the course of the premiere, cracks begin to surface in some of the hosts. Whether it’s a stutter, a twitch, or a subtle expression of emotion that likely wasn’t designed, it’s alarming to the programmers. It’s these little nuances that prove these androids are more than what they seem. Are they evolving? Will they grasp the power to one day control their own lives, rather than be controlled by others? Westworld will leave you with a lot of questions after the first episode. The show only scratches the surface of what it has set out to do, but that alone will leave you coming back for more. Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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