After the first two episodes of Westworld I still have no idea what is going on, and that is great. Considering the fact that Westworld is based on the classic Sci-Fi film by Michael Crichton with the same name it would be easy to think that we understand what is going on here. People go to a wild west themed amusement park inhabited by androids, and because these androids aren’t ‘real’ it allows the people visiting the park to be as terrible as they want to be. At some point something goes wrong and the androids get their revenge.
While Westworld still seems to be headed that way, there also seems to be a much bigger game at play. The company running Westworld apparently has some grand android plans beyond the park. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is looking for the game inside the game, and for the life of me I haven’t a clue what is going on with Anthony Hopkins’ character. The android Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) is going off the rails in a creepy and unexpected way. Will she be bad, or will she be good? Who knows! I am hoping for bad.
All of this to say, I think the transition from movie to TV show has gone well. Even if the show seems to be borrowing from every other Sci-Fi movie to have come out recently. The only flaw that Westworld has so far is that it is very HBO, and no doubt that will turn a lot of viewers off. Not that I can blame them. Though I will say that all the sex and violence they have shown thus far has been displayed very matter-of-factly. Like, ‘look at what these horrible people are doing!’. I am guessing to help us feel better about what these androids are about to do. I am hooked so far Westwold, don’t let me down!