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!

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