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Steven P 2:05 Thu Sep 29
WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Looks Good...

Westworld is an upcoming science fiction thriller television series developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. Nolan serves as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk with Nolan directing the pilot. It is scheduled to premiere October 2, 2016.

Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,"[1] the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.

Main cast[edit]
Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant creative director of Westworld.[1]
Ed Harris as the Gunslinger.[2]
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.[1]
James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty.[3]
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, the beautiful and sharp madame of Westworld.[4]
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, head of the Westworld Programming Division and creator of artificial people.[5]
Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspective on Westworld.[6]
Sidse Babett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen, Westworld’s terse operations leader, responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.[7]
Jimmi Simpson as William, a reluctant first time visitor to Westworld, joining his friend, Logan. Initially dismissive of the park’s more lascivious attractions, he slowly uncovers a deeper meaning to the park’s narrative.[7]
Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton, a wanted man bent on survival.[8]
Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes, a rising star in the Programming Division tasked with remedying odd behavior in the park's artificial beings.[8]
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, a brutal and ruthless bandit.[5]
Ben Barnes as Logan, a louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest. His hedonistic romp through Westworld is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.[9]
Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Westworld's narrative director, whose artistic temperament aggravates his co-workers.[5]
Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather, an artificial being and one of Westworld's most popular attractions.[5]
Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs, the no-nonsense head of Security, charged with monitoring host and human interactions and ensuring the safety of the guests.[8]
Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence, a charming but lethal outlaw, with a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements of Westworld.[7]

Reception[edit]

Initial reception of the series has been highly positive, with particular praise towards the visuals, story, thematic elements, and world building. After early reviews, the first season has a 100% approval rating based on fourteen critics on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.1 out of 10.[34]

The editors of TV Guide has placed Westworld fifth among the top ten picks for the most anticipated new shows of the 2016-17 season. In writer Tim Surette's overall review, he notes the perfect concept of blending the western premise into a futuristic setting, saying that "Well, Westworld has both, ensuring that it will be an exciting mashup of genres that will disrupt a television landscape that typically says we can only have or the other." He also added "The look of the show and its fine cast swing open the saloon doors, but the real treat will be the intelligent discussion of whether or not robots will eventually kill us all. Thankfully, creator Jonah Nolan already showed us he's the go-to guy for A.I. with Person of Interest."[35]

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Alex V 2:06 Wed Dec 14
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
I thought there was a lot of filler in the middle of the series - imo it picks up strongly towards the end.

Willtell 12:22 Wed Dec 14
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
I'm a few episodes behind because my wife doesn't like it am my interest is starting to flag. I guess as it finishes soon I'll persevere...

Northern Sold 11:51 Wed Dec 14
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Watched the last episode and it might have been better if I had a plate of magic mushrooms beforehand....

cholo 10:46 Wed Dec 14
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Just watched the finale last night, I thought it was absolutely superb and loved how it was tied up at the end. Look forward to series 2.

greenie1 9:58 Sat Dec 10
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Watched the last episode. Not the most gripping, and I do feel there was a lot of hype over this series.

Nicey 9:07 Sat Dec 10
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Azel - I saw it as, regardless of their narrative, each host is anchored to the park through grief / misery and that is the centre of their maze and the reason they will keep coming back.

However it could be that she is being controlled to return - perhaps felix is controlling her and this was a well hidden plan to exert some authority over his paymasters.

TB could be right too and once she learnt she was being controlled to escape her only option to show she was in control was to stay.

I think Ford is dead but I believe he has made a host in his mood much like he did with Arnold. As he said before, a great artist never dies but lives on in his work.

Ed harris is defiantly in the next series and as the owner of the park I expect it to be shut down and for him to go missing ra Her than face millions on law suits. He will live out his days in the park carrying out some kind of war.

Swiss. 12:03 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
overall I'd give it 6/10. stretched out far too long.

mashed in maryland 10:42 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Think that's wishful thinking tbf. Got the impression the SamuraiWorld bit was thrown in to add a bit of depth and mystery, these things are better left not expanded on IMO.

Re Thandie Newton getting off the train... both good theories. Could go either way.

Gutted we've got a 2 year wait to find out any more.

Agent Scud 10:38 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Trevor B,

I hope so, there's nothing to say that Ford isn't alive and well and acting out some Caligula fantasy in Rome World (assuming he made a host of himself to kill at the end of season 1).

Trevor B 10:29 Fri Dec 9
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scud

perhaps, although the shogun/samurai world could just have been a nod to the original film where there were also medieval and roman worlds. would be quite cool if they did explore further worlds though.

Agent Scud 10:02 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
So are they going to bugger off to one of the other parks in Season 2?

Not sure they can fill a whole season to the same standard in the Westworld park after that climax.

Trevor B 9:48 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
azel

or it could be that after being told that escape was part of her programming she took the decision to remain in order to prove she was in control.

personally i thought the whole bit about her narrative being escape was a bit of reverse psychology, and if so it may well have worked!

azel senior 9:39 Fri Dec 9
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Nicey,

I thought Thandie Newton got off the train because she wasn't in control of her own actions. That was one of the un-answered questions going into the next run, who is controlling her.

The lock down on the control room is all about the humans at the "do" now being trapped in the game, and the war will be between them and the hosts for season 2.

Innit?

mallard 7:17 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Loved the rendition of Exit Music from Radiohead

boltkunt 2:58 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
This is utter shit.

Mr Anon 2:54 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Ford def will still be around - he made that comment on Mozart etc being immortal because of their music. A nod he will live on through his creations.

Northern Sold 1:27 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Loved the Capt Howdy bit yesterday...thought that was excellent...

weststandboy 12:41 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Ive watched the whole of the exorcist series and to be fair its not bad.

Certainly a lot better than the original movie sequels and some really nice nods to the original film itself...cue mike oldfields Tubular Bells!

Northern Sold 11:46 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
Anyone been watching the Exorcist series on SYFY?? Think it's the nuts.. bit corny in places but great fun..

Ronald_antly 9:53 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
You're only going to have to wait another couple of years to find out for sure.

mashed in maryland 9:48 Thu Dec 8
Re: WestWorld - New HBO Show October 2nd
"I thought that it had a pretty good ending. But I wonder if Ford really did kill himself or not. He was creating a host in the basement which we never got to see finished."


Very good point but I reckon having been sacked, being an old man and all that, surely checking out in the way he did would be a sort of perfect ending for him?

My memory is shit; but did any "main" or influential characters come up after Theresa got killed and we saw the host being made?

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