The Sci-fi/western TV show Westworld will premiere on HBO Sunday, October 2, 2016 – and we can’t wait!
Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
As soon as you’ve watched the trailer, you should be eager to watch the entire thing. Still, here are some arguments for why you really should watch the show:
The People Behind Westworld
Westworld comes from the brilliant mind of Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Person of Interest) and yes, he is the younger brother of Christopher Nolan. This new show was created in collaboration with his wife, Lisa Joy Nolan (as Lisa Joy), who previously worked on the TV show Burn Notice as a writer and co-producer.
Also, J.J. Abrams (10 Cloverfield Lane) is producing Westworld, which is always a huge stamp of approval in my book. The show is inspired by the movie Westworld from 1973, which was based on the book by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park).
Again, if you’ve watched the trailer, you’ve seen all the familiar faces. And we’re not just talking “familiar” as in recognizable. Oh no, Westworld has a truly impressive cast including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Jeffrey Wright and Sidse Babett Knudsen (from our native Denmark).
Westworld is a ultra-violent show, as it revolves around an alternative world, where people can pay to have their deepest wishes fulfilled. This has also landed the show in trouble before it’s premiere. That kind of premise is bound to show us the darkest side of human beings. How far would you go, if you could do whatever you wanted, and never had to suffer any consequences…?
At HBO’s TCA [Television Critics Association] presentation during the last weekend of July, the creators were asked a lot of questions about especially the use of sexual violence against women. This happened after the first two episode had been screened there, but the creators have done their best to explain that they’re not taking it lightly, and it’s an important part of the story being told. Also, the violence perpetrated is happening to human-like robots and not actual robots.
Of course, one could argue that this is what people say about anyone being harmed while working in the sex industry. Not that they’re robots, but that they’re not “normal people”. However, violence (sexual and otherwise) towards women is a huge problem, and I for one prefer that we talk about it and deal with the underlying issues.
It has been a long and problem-filled production, as the show was already announced in 2013. During that time the production was shut down for two months, when Nolan was losing his overall grip on the show (rumor has it this is when J.J. Abrams came on board and helped out). Still, here we are, because it all worked out in the end. And it’s almost time for us to see what all the fuss is about. People are already talking about Westworld being the new Game of Thrones, when HBO’s current mega hit ends after next season. Only time will tell.
Westworld will consist of 10 episodes and airs on HBO, starting Sunday, October 2, 2016.
Watch the trailer below: