Westworld (2016– )
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The Original 

The park staff begin to notice strange behavior from the hosts; A mysterious Man in Black roams the park, wreaking havoc.

Director:

Jonathan Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (created for television by), Lisa Joy (created for television by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton ... Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright ... Bernard Lowe
James Marsden ... Teddy Flood
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Armistice
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Theresa Cullen
Simon Quarterman ... Lee Sizemore
Rodrigo Santoro ... Hector Escaton
Angela Sarafyan ... Clementine Pennyfeather
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Robert Ford
Louis Herthum ... Peter Abernathy
Steven Ogg ... Rebus
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Storyline

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld - a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android "hosts" - top programmer Bernard Lowe alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores encounters a gunslinger named Teddy in the street - but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The park has "been operating for 30 years since the last glitch". There is a scene in the lower level which is now used for "cold storage" that looks like the ruins of the original Delos entrance to the park dating back to the original Westworld and Futurewold movies. The depicted Delos entrance was only visible in the sequel - there was no entrance foyer shown in the original Westworld movie. This hints at a continuation of the original story-line rather than being a complete reboot.

This would be evidenced as canon if Westworld (1973) took place in 1983 and Future World (1976) being set in 1985. 30 years being 2015. See more »

Goofs

After one of the guests, Craig, shoots Hector and Armistice at the end of the saloon robbery, Armistice falls backwards on the ground and her hat falls off and rolls away. A minute later, as the guests look at Armistice laying on the ground, her hat is on her head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[dark room, all lines voice-over]
Bernard Lowe: Bring her back online.
[a ring of light appears, scarcely illuminating a blond female form. More lights turn on behind, straight segments surrounding areas containing more halo-like lights]
Bernard Lowe: Can you hear me?
[the light over the female brightens. Though still draped in shadow, she is unmistakably nude]
Dolores Abernathy: [In Western accent] Yes. I'm sorry. I'm... not feelin' quite myself.
Bernard Lowe: You can lose the accent. Do you know where you are?
[...]
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In Loving Memory Eddie Rouse 1954-2014 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Collider TV Talk: Pilot Review: Westworld (2016) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Written by Ramin Djawadi
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These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends
2 October 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Westworld is one of the most promising shows in quite some time. Its premise, cast, and crew involved show me this could be the next big thing for HBO. And if the premiere is any indication, it will be just that.

Jonathan Nolan, his wife Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams are the brilliant minds behind this TV series adaptation, and they do a nice job of incorporating many of Michael Crichton's intriguing ideas in the original film while also adding in some nuances as well. Although in the film version the 'hosts' are played more as antagonists, I appreciate the change in having them more as victims and/or toys for the guests. This change brings a good balance so that as audience members, we don't necessarily know who to root for.

Westworld boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth (yep, there's another one), and the great Ed Harris. The premise of the show opens the door for characters to die and come back, considering half are androids, but having big names also helps bring the show down to a more recognizable and understandable level. It's a dense show, but I don't expect anything different from a Nolan product.

The premiere sets up the promising idea that the androids/hosts have a possibility of malfunction due to Hopkins' and Wrights' programming issue. Of course, knowing where the movie ends up is probably a good indication as to the direction the show will take, but I like that it wasn't immediately clear. It's also nice to see that some of the main cast members are hosts. We didn't get to see a whole lot on them in the film, besides Yul Brynner, so I like seeing much more character development come from that angle.

This show is being billed as a Western Game of Thrones, and it now has a strong pilot to show for it. Plus, throw in a great score by Thrones' composer Ramin Djawadi and some incredible visual effects that could rival Thrones, we may have ourselves another Emmy winner. Here's hoping.

+Impeccable cast

+Another Nolan gem

+Score

+Nuances to the film's ideas

9.0/10


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