Game of Thrones has been one of the biggest hits in modern television history. With Game of Thrones only two seasons away from its final episode, HBO is looking to replace one hit with another. They need a show with rich story lines, breathtaking visual effects, and characters viewers can love or hate. HBO may have found that replacement in Westworld.
What is Westworld?
Westworld is a one-hour show that explores what it means to be human. The show focuses on an amusement park, of sorts. Wealthy patrons pay 40 thousand dollars a day to experience the different aspects of life in the old west. But instead of seeing exhibits from behind glass, these patrons interact with human-like robots called hosts. While visiting the park, the visitors can carry out “every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved.”
The hosts of Westworld look and act like normal humans. In fact, the only thing that sets them apart from the visitors is their hands and an inability to harm the visitors. The hosts are programmed to carry out a certain series of tasks and are capable of slight deviations.
What Makes Westworld so Interesting?
One of the things that make this show so fascinating is how it blends the future with the past. The show is set in the near future. Human-kind has made fantastic leaps in science and medicine. Much of the show takes place behind the scenes of the park and shows how the organization runs. This part of the show focuses on the lives and machinations of those in charge, from programmer and script writers to the managing supervisor and original creator.
The other half of the show focuses on the interactions between the hosts and the visitors. Through these interactions, the visitors show us the savagery of humanity while the host raises questions about consciousness and what it means to be alive.
Westworld has an ensemble cast. The show includes stars like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton. There are dozens of other talented thespians who play host, visitor, or behind the scene park services
Is it Worth it?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is well that depends. If you already have cable or a satellite subscription, you may want to call your provider and ask them to give you a month of free programming to try it out. Free makes everything worth it.
But if you have to pay a monthly subscription, pay long enough that you catch the first season of the show. If you don’t like it, cancel. Aside from the subscription, you may want to ask yourself if Westworld is right for you. The show contains violence, language, and nudity. If these things offend you, then you will probably want to skip over this show.
For those interested still interesed, you can watch the first episode of the show free at HBO.com. You can catch Westworld on Sunday nights on HBO.