Recently got into watching Westworld. It takes a while for the story to be set up, but not since Breaking Bad have I found something on TV which has engrossed me with it’s addictive labyrinthine plot and characters.
The relatively simple premise which Michael Crichton came up with in the 1973 film version continues to be explored here, and it gives the audience a lot to chew over. It’s not merely robots malfunctioning, but an insight into the nature of the human mind and the exploration of moral and ethical challenges we may be faced with as technology evolves. In many ways, this show is a more ‘adult’ version of Jurassic Park, which devolves quickly into blockbuster territory, while Westworld takes it’s time and rewards viewers for watching. I’m frequently reminded of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, which almost feels like a prequel.
There remains a risk the show may become too preachy and pretentious over time as it reiterates Crichton’s views on technology, yet there’s a lot of room here for the narrative to grow – and it’s truly thrilling and engaging. It’s worth watching for the plot twists alone, which move beyond Crichton’s trademark themes and keep the ride steady.
With season 2 already hooking me in, the directions the show can go in are as numerous as the possibilities the creators of the theme park envisioned, and there’s always a lot beneath the surface to explore.
So yeah… Great series, check it out.