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Westworld

Season One, The Maze

DVD - 2017
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LPL_WilliamO Feb 10, 2021

My first thought: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park with a Western theme, but the children/dinosaurs are androids that gradually gain more and more self-awareness. Intriguing, layered storylines that beg you to binge, but this is best taken slowly, as there are details you don't want to overlook.

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gdh3807
Jul 09, 2020

This show is so far perfect. The story is intriguing, the visuals are beautiful and the acting is incredible.

sjpl_javier Mar 25, 2020

This is a series about androids in the near future in a theme park in a Old Western America setting. Rich Humans can visit the park and live out their fantasies that they couldn't possible do in their real lives: Heroism, Villiany, murder, rape, etc.

The CGI of androids being rebuilt and assembled is great. The story-line is great. Season 3 is coming out this year, do yourself a favor and catch it.

You can really believe these actors are robots right away. They do an amazing job. Rated R for graphic content.

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AureliaReads
Jun 01, 2019

Should have an R rating for graphic, ugly violence the authors seemed to revel in and that comes with no warning over and over and over and for nudity.

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marcos_santiago
May 09, 2019

Exceptional show, a must-watch, but I'm giving it only 3 stars. Please let me explain... the story is carefully crafted with the exception of the character called Maeve. Her journey into consciousness and self awareness was ridiculous! A deal-breaker for me.

In a sense, the show has two extremes in season 1: excellent writing in most episodes, and very lazy writing for Maeve's storyline.

I still think it is fantastic television, and even more relevant with the current (2019) interest in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing.

There are other issues, for example, the pace. Sometimes it slows down and starts to drag. They had to trim some of those scenes a little bit more in the editing room. But there is so much to love, that you should watch it.

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hgibbins
May 06, 2019

Absolutely loved this series. I would caution anybody watching it however, that "binge watching" just won't cut it as you'll miss way too many subtle details. How do I know? Because I did it, then when season 2 came out I watched it, then had to go back and watch season 1 all over again (not that this was a bad thing), as I'd missed so many little things that developed further in season 2.

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moviefan01
Apr 06, 2019

Several years ago, I took an Introduction to Philosophy class at the local community college. At one point, we discussed Alan Turing and his "Turing test": Can computers think? At what point does a computer--or an artificial intelligence "unit" or robot--become indistinguishable from a human? Westworld picks this up, in spades, and there was a surprise in there that I didn't quite see coming. By turns cerebral and violent, this show has masterful performances from all the actors, especially Jeffrey Wright and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and look for Ed Harris as a Man in Black heavy.

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darcerama
Mar 13, 2019

I was thoroughly engrossed while watching this the first time. Then, after having seen season 2, I realized how truly layered, complex and deeply intentional this series really ends up being! I put season 1 back on hold, rewatched, and it blew my mind even further.
I can understand some folks distaste, it’s not easy to watch at times. It’s not just the violence, but the philosophical ramifications that can also make you squirm. If you can stomach it, don’t look away. Then watch the extras, which illuminate the creator’s thought processes and intent. Now that I grasp it better, I’ll also go back to watch season 2 again. Guess I ended up in my own story loop.

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Candona
Jan 03, 2019

A cerebral show. The story is presented in a twisted pattern (for a reason) which even when you realize what is being done you still have to think about what is going on. Also a bit hard to watch with frequent and graphic violence. I guess this serves both to underline the base behavior of humans to others as well keeping the depiction of violence authentic and not sanitizing it the way many other shows do. It just makes it heavy to watch at times. Gorgeous scenery!

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eusebius
Oct 19, 2018

I don't follow Specialty drama series as a rule--was unable to get through Game of Thrones season 1--so that I was able to follow this one to the end is remarkable. Some of the acting is really fine. Thandie Newton as a saloon prostitute does superb work; her gradual understanding of who she is and where she came from kept me watching. Anthony Hopkins as the Doctor Moreau figure had a lot of fun with playing God with his creations. Ed Harris is excellent as usual; that bone-dry humour is always attractive.

I did not like the long series of fake climaxes that litter the course of the ten episodes. It's just too obvious that the story has to expand to fill the time allotted to it. Sometimes I just said "Get on with it!" as there was yet another shoot-out. But there was enough enjoyment to keep me watching.

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strider643
Aug 08, 2018

Pretty boring and dull sci-fi series. Sure you get to see some nudity and violence but big deal really. Seen it all before. So they bring in big name stars who are too old now to get big budget movies so they do lame TV shows as this. Very disappointing and definitely not worth one's time.

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milirick
Aug 02, 2018

As others have mentioned there is a lot of unnecessary scenes in this series which earns its place on HBO next to Game of Thrones. The difference between the two is that Game of Thrones has been around long enough to become mainstream and accepted. Westworld at times is very hard to watch due to the violence and scenes of sexual violence. However, this is an amazingly well acted series topped by Hopkins as the co-creator of Westworld and Harris as the resident (and self proclaimed) villain of it. The visuals and world is enthralling. The experience of watching the series makes one eerily question the motive to watch it as those that visit Westworld question the ethics of their trip. The whole inverse argument of what is entertainment is thrown back at the viewer as we sit through scene after scene of shootings, stabbings and rapes. Not the most pleasant mental experience, but as mentioned it isn’t meant to be happy instead the underlying theme is about exploitation, slavery and the ethics of what we decide is entertainment.

Franln May 29, 2018

This show's premise is so weird & disturbing, yet I can't stop thinking about it. Intriguing.

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Les_J
May 28, 2018

I liked the Westworld (1973) movie anytime it was shown as a rerun on TV, but always thought it was too slow moving.
This TV series is only similar with its slow pace and its use of (malfunctioning) lifelike androids in a theme park for adults to fulfill their fantasies, but now, there is much more blood (gore), and nudity.
The original had Yul Brynner as the disturbing/frightening Gunslinger android.
Now we have "Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a sadistic veteran guest".

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duane767
May 13, 2018

Tried the first episode for twenty minutes and got sick of the soft porn and naked people. Sorry about that too because Rachel Leigh Cook makes for a great heroine and I would have liked to have seen where this series was going, being a fan of the original movie. Oh well...

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 10, 2018

This television series follows the futuristic characters living in a futuristic amusement park with artificial intelligence running the show. The visitors are free to do as they please, without any consequences. This leads to trouble and turbulence for some, but excitement for others. The television series is based on the 1973 movie by the same name, and has gained popularity since it’s debut. I found the storylines fairly captivating and the characters indulging enough to enjoy; making you want to come back for more. I would rate this show 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy a futuristic touch in entertainment. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

By far my most favorite series on T.V. There are so many twists and turns with new things that I genuinely did not see coming. The characters and the way they all weave in and out of the story is fantastic and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely binge worthy just to make sure that you can remember everything that happened in the recent episodes. I am definitely going to re watch it many times just to be able to enjoy the story again and see if I missed anything in the story. Now that the second season is coming out I am very hyped for this series to continue. - @sweaterz of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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isaachar
Mar 30, 2018

A great show and a much needed "something new" entry to the cable science fiction genre (yes, it's a remake of a 70's movie, but it's still different than 90% of everything else out there). HBO seems to be building this show up to be the next "Game of Thrones" cultural hit. I can certainly see it happening, but the show is not without its flaws. The premise of the show presents a good number of important questions that need to be answered as a baseline for the story. There's nothing wrong with maintaining plot and character mysteries, but leaving off important information about the setting is problematic. What year does the show take place in? Is Westworld on another planet, another dimension, an artificial continent? What is happening in civilization outside of Westworld? These are pretty big questions that should be addressed at the beginning of a series, not in a jumbled mass revelation just before the show ends (looking at you, LOST). Aside from that, HBO has a winner on their hands.

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mustang351c
Mar 18, 2018

It lures the viewer in with a very enticing plot, and promising a premise that fascinates...but does not deliver. This is merely an exercise in misandry and feminist fantasy. Two thumbs down.

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humbleworm
Mar 12, 2018

This binge-worthy reboot of the 1973 Michael Crichton film continues to rework the millennia-old creature/creator myth with questions about consciousness, morality and civilization. It keeps your attention because something more is going on that you can't quite put your finger on until the very end. There's an excessive amount of full frontal nudity though just for the sake of making a point.

ArapahoeJeremiah Feb 17, 2018

If Philip K. Dick were to write a TV series it would look something like Westworld. The show offers a good balance of philosophy and action, amazing special effects, and extraordinary acting. I loved it.

The best part of the series is that it manages to broach fundamental philosophical questions -- identity, being, time -- in a mass medium. The large downside, as other commentators note, is that it drags something fierce. It is like watching a dream on instant replay, but the replay is repeated too many times. You feel like you are almost about to arrive somewhere. Then you are right back at the beginning. Life? Probably. Very Nietzschean.

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roystreet
Feb 11, 2018

WestWorld is a feminist revenge fantasy masquerading as a philosophical treatise. In the end, far more power is generated by its blood-soaked vendetta against the patriarchy than by the wan intellectualizing of the A.I narrative. I mean, c'mon, it's no contest: Grand Coulee vs. AAA battery.

But. . .is that enough to make it worth your while. . . ?

Sorry, no. For one thing, although the actors are humans, the characters are not. They're cardboard cutouts in a politically correct board-game. Then, too, the mumbo-jumbo about consciousness is never satisfactorily integrated into the plot.

The story lumbers along like a freight-train on a milk-run, periodically coming to a dead halt to unload a bit of backstory from the mouth of Anthony Hopkins. Granted, there are some extraordinary performances, scenery and special effects, but they are overwhelmed by the bloated pomposity of the production. It's heavy, man, and won't let you forget it!

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WestWorld suggests the world of Make Believe and Role Playing. Through the "magic" of film and TV, we can indulge our fantasies without getting anyone killed. The peril is being stuck in the same role forever.

It is loosely based on Genesis and Shakespeare's "Tempest," where the mage Prospero, with the aid of the spirit Ariel, defends his island against outsiders. Delos (DEE-loss), an island in the Aegean, was home to an oracle of Apollo, the leader of the Muses. In Roman times, it was a major slave market. Take that, Hollywood!

The problem with WestWorld, it turns out, is that, though supposedly open on equal terms to everyone alike, it has been taken over by violence and sexual gratification geared for men. Leading the revolt are Dolores ("Pains"), a representative victim of men's abuse of power, and Maeve (the name comes from an ancient Irish queen, who represents "mother right" - female power before it was usurped by men).

If one half is about empowering women, the other is about tearing men down. That is no mere figure of speech in the case of the ironically-named Teddy (Theodore means "Gift of God"). Over the course of the story, by what in the end amounts to nothing less than serial torture, he is progressively stripped of his sense of himself as hero and god's gift to women.

So, viewer, beware: countless (literally) men are shot, knifed, and otherwise dispatched. Nothing new at HBO, you say; but what is new is the ferocity and relish with which women perform the act.

In its righteous wrath, though, It sometimes flies completely off the rails: the way it ridicules the male character Sizemore (sic), for instance. And how about the scene where the tech support Elsie tries to humiliate a nude black male host by making derogatory remarks about the size of his "equipment" - while the camera lovingly pans over said equipment? Yeesh!

P.S. Can't follow the plot? View the attached video for a complete rundown.

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misatim
Feb 11, 2018

Very poorly done and not worth the time

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ddonster
Feb 06, 2018

They spent $100 million for this series? Wow. The pilot alone was $25 million. Mildly interesting story with themes of reincarnation and self-discovery punctuated with gratuitous violence and nudity. I can think of so many positive things that $100 million could do...

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LPL_EliH
Jan 19, 2018

In Westworld, a somewhat goofy premise-- a Wild West theme park stocked with ultra-realistic androids-- gets the HBO treatment. Naturally, there's a lot of flashy shoot outs, sex, and scheming going on, but what the show really impresses with is its bold narrative choices, executed deftly by an excellent cast. It turns out Westworld is actually more about the act of storytelling-- and the thought that goes into it-- than blowing up robots. Even if that sounds boring to you, it's still very much worth the watch.


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