So is it way too early to judge Westworld’s chances of survival and laughable even to discuss it after one episode, much less a second season?
At least, that’s what it seems HBO has intended for this big budget drama series.
Prior to “Westworld” premiere episode, there were talks that the series could be the next “Game of Thrones”.
The sci-fi western, which co-stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and James Marsden, is set in world where humans can live out their fantasies in a world of robots.
Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld is a welcome opus that shows that if you put your mind to it (as well as your check book, as the cost HBO’s first season is estimated to be $100 million), you can create an unforgettable sci-fi series. He’s no less murderous or unsafe than Brynner’s original incarnation, but by making him the story’s main antagonist – human, rather than host; looking for hidden depths in his favorite pastime – the show creates even more mystery around him, while adding another level to the series’ themes of art, science, creation, self-determination and playing God.
The show itself is rife with with complex sociological and psychological musings – how would we, humanity, treat life-like “hosts” (robots) whose sole goal is to enact our own fantasies? The show got off to a rocky start when production was halted early previous year to allow for rewriting, with executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy saying they needed more time to fine tune the final episodes. (Every season of Thrones has been watched more than the one before it.) But it could also go the way of HBO’s The Leftovers, a science fiction-themed show that saw its numbers drop off after the premiere and never recover.
While the idea of putting it on tune-in does a very great and awesome work as marking the great ranking of the show among the other drama series, in ten records of around five years.
Empire’s James White said: “There are worrying elements – it’s quick on the trigger finger when it comes to narrative tropes such as violence against women and casual nudity, but it remains to be seen how the show tackles those themes going forward”. This character is at work on a larger mission, the outline of which we do not yet know.
Following the HBO tradition, it is not surprising that “Westworld” cinematography is top class.
So do Westworld’s strong ratings mean it can replace Game of Thrones as the cornerstone of HBO’s programming lineup? But let’s get one thing straight; Westworld is Westworld; it is unique and brilliant in its own way, and it is certainly no Game of Thrones. Will the TV show acheive the same status? The premiere alone revealed so many intriguing characters and exposed so many layers of the story that many viewers are already hooked and eager to see how it will pan out.
“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.