It’s a cross between ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ with cowboys.
Studies predict that it’s only a matter of time before humans and robots begin coupling off. But why wait until 2050 to get hot and heavy with a computer when you can start right now, thanks to HBO’s new futuristic drama, “Westworld.”
According to the synopsis listed on HBO’s website, “Westworld” is a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and reimagined past, the show explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.”
From watching the trailer, the show appears to center around a controlled Western society (similar to a theme park, but more insane) where wealthy visitors can pay money to visit, shoot guns and copulate with old-timey sex robots. Until, of course, the old-timey sex robots become self-aware and all hell breaks loose.
The first season debuts on Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. EST. Here’s why you should watch:
There hasn’t been a good TV show set in a Western town since “Kid Nation”:
Remember “Kid Nation?” CBS’s 2007 attempt at reality TV where they dropped 40 pre-teens into a ghost town to participate in a controlled sociological experiment? Well, on its head, “Westworld” is nothing like that, except for the fact that it also takes place in a Western town from yesteryear and involves heavily manipulating the emotions of its human residents. But seriously, bring back “Kid Nation.”
The production team has some serious clout:
HBO’s show is based on the 1973 film by the same name, which was penned and directed by novelist Michael Crichton. The TV version is created by Jonathan Nolan (Christopher Nolan’s younger brother and his co-writer on “Interstellar”) and Jonathan’s wife, Lisa Joy Nolan, who previously worked as a writer on ABC’s beautiful but short-lived show, “Pushing Daisies” (let’s also bring back “Pushing Daisies.”)
The show has a seriously stacked cast:
Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the Machiavellian creative director of Westworld. Ed Harris portrays the show’s chief villain, The Man in Black. James Marsden appears as Teddy Flood, one of Westworld’s newcomers, and Evan Rachel Wood rounds out the cast as Dolores Abernathy, a frontier girl whose simple life is not as straightforward as it initially seems.
With “Game of Thrones” slated to end after its eighth season, HBO hopes that “Westworld” will be able to step in and achieve the same level of fandom. And with a cast this good, it’s not hard to envision this happening.
The creators aren’t fucking around:
When it comes to the show’s story, “Westworld’s” showrunners?—?Jonathan and Lisa Joy Nolan?—?aren’t leaving anything to chance. Back in January, the duo shut down production in order to plot out the show’s five season arc, from pilot episode to season finale. So don’t worry?—?even though J.J. Abrams is one of the show’s executive producers, there won’t be any “Lost” endings to contend with.