Westworld [TV series, season 1]

“We can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next.”

Since the original Westworld film is the one of my favourite sci fi films, I was very resistant about watching the series despite so many people telling me I should watch it. I have finally gotten around it. I was worried previously that the series would be an exact replica of the film, like so many have done before with some of my most loved films, and the film would not be done justice. I am glad to see that this is not the case. Westworld the series uses the same concept of robots gone wrong + wild wild west but instead of just being a slasher type horror, it is an onion of many layers and twists and turns which stands apart from the film of the same name whilst delving even deeper into consciousness and what makes humans human.

The robots (or ‘hosts’) on this grand amusement park are intended as an expensive vacation for humans, allowing them to blow off some steam from their stressful day jobs. The hosts loop through set storylines which have been carefully curated and managed by a group of ever-watching science-dudes. Things start to devolve, the hosts begin remembering past iterations of their lives and question their realities, and in that are able to break their own coding and access their more devious survival traits.

What I like most about this series/TV show so far is that the timelines are not necessary linear and you are left with this uneasy feeling, not knowing whether to trust what you are really seeing and wondering who the FUCK is Arnold. The Westworld film served to show us how monstrous robots are, but in this series humans are equally under the microscope and it’s they who are shown to be the real monsters.

10/10! Love the series. It’s done an amazing job with the namesake and I am watching season two as I type!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker [2019]

“We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.”

This episode sees Rey and the gang return for the ninth edition, continuing the fight against the Order (this time the Order means BIZNEZ). Check it out, it’s on NOWTV at the moment.

I really enjoyed this film. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I found episode VIII to be a little silly, and worried this final episode would be no different and end up feeling anticlimactic. But surprisingly, it was better than I imagined. Rey kicked butt, there were moments where I thought all hope had been lost, moments where I felt elation, moments when I felt despair and sobbed… and throughout Rey and Kylo Ren/Ben’s relationship development (I don’t mean romantic, but relationship to one another) was a wonderful, one-of-a-kind little sprout that grew from the darkness into something amazing.

Above all that though, what I enjoyed most was this feeling like I could truly see what the force was by the end, see it moving through people. The films have always touched on what the force could allow someone to do, e.g. someone floating some rocks, someone pretending to be somewhere they were not, someone dangling a person by the neck off of the ground or stopping someone from getting away… but in this latest trilogy I could finally see interconnectedness (at least between Jedi) and that its power lived in all who could harness it despite distance and despite death.

“In life, there is the Force. In the Force, there is life. And the Force is eternal.

Wonderful end to the new Star Wars generation. All in all this film really invigorated my love for Star Wars and I can’t wait to see what else the SW has to offer us.