Westworld, a tv show review

A tv show review by: Lee Sonogan

(2016) 1h/ Drama, mystery, sci-fi/ Season 1


This tv series is currently rated 9.2/10 on IMDB and is one of the best tv shows going around. Originally a series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings and human guests. Jonathan Nolan describes Westworld as “the next chapter of the human story, in which we stop being protagonists,”. The entire first season of Westworld had a budget of $100 million dollars. Do not read any more if you have not watched any yet! You gotta listen to me people.

Quentin Tarantino was asked to helm this remake, but he declined. Then Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan to over the project. The actors in this show are all very good and all play important characters within the story. The main actors include Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and a few more.

The Man In Black’s unusual pistol is a rare LeMat 1861 revolver. It features a 9-shot .42 calibre cylinder, with an additional single-shot 20 gauge shotgun barrel. While the real LeMat was notoriously unreliable, a presumably perfected version would give its owner a serious firepower advantage over a typical Wild West six-shooter. The Man In Black is an interesting bad guy in the part of the story where he has been exploring the park for over 30 years.

The original Westworld was Michael Crichton’s first story about a theme park that goes wrong. The better-known one was, of course, Jurassic Park. In that film, Richard Attenborough played the creator of the park. In this series, the park’s creator is played by Anthony Hopkins, who appeared in five films directed by Attenborough: Magic, A Bridge Too Far, Young Winston, Chaplin, and Shadowlands. The name of the character played by Anthony Hopkins is Robert Ford. Robert Ford is also the name of the man who shot Jesse James, the American outlaw.

Fun fact: The cost of a trip to visit Westworld is $40,000 per day. Overall, it is the best show that has come out this year by far. A Western/sci-fi concept that works very well in all categories. As the story develops, you start to feel bad for the cyborgs. As some gain more consciousness, things get real very fast. Every scene creates interest as it swaps back and forward between the park and the people in control of it. Action, brutality, music, mystery, some humour and so much more. I want to watch the original film cause I liked this series so much. I recommend this show to everyone as it is a must be seen. The last episode is worth the 9 hours of viewing to get there.





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