Westworld is an American science fiction series created by two of the most intelligent and talented showrunners working today, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series is based on the 1973 film with the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton. The show airs on the HBO Network and is currently on its second season, and has been met with high praise for both its two seasons so far. Almost everyone fans and critics alike have spoken nothing but positive things about this show, and there is a reason for that. It’s because it is downright fantastic in every way and unlike any other show on television.
In todays article I’ll be speaking on why I think Westworld is a show everyone should be watching, and why it rivals and even tops many of the science fiction stories we’ve watched on television and even film today. To start off:
The storytelling on this show is done so well, it’s almost damn near perfect. How? I have no clue, but Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have gone out of their way to produce something truly special and have created a name for themselves making this show. Without going too much into spoilers, the show takes place in the future in a park known as Westworld where people enter as guests and are met by android hosts. Guests come to this park to indulge in their wildest fantasies and the hosts are forced to fill whatever desire these guests want, and are taken advantage of due to this. Throughout the series we slowly begin to see the hosts gain their own consciousness and finally become aware of the real world they live in, and how far they will go to gain their freedom from their oppressors. The show tackles various topics such as: People abusing the power they’re given, some questioning their place in the world, who they are, and who they want to be, and how far some are willing to go to see those views become a reality.
One of the things I love about the messages instilled in this show is that it causes you to ask questions such as: What is real? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to truly be conscious, who are you? And who do you want be in this world? All these questions play a part in the show that really speaks on the actions of humanity, our ways of using technology, and understanding the repercussions of going too far when creating Artificial Intelligence. Understanding that if we as a society are truly going to move forward in this world, it has to be done with empathy. We as individuals have to truly take responsibility for our actions and understand that if we don’t we could be paving the way for chaos that could very well end our way of living if we’re not careful. There is many more topics this show talks about, and all of these topics hold true meaning to how we as people choose to live in this world. The messages in this show are messages we as people need to listen to, so that we can in the end build a better and brighter future for ourselves and future generations.
Every character on this show is written with so much layers to them, and hold so much importance to the story that you begin to truly feel for them, and the struggles they are going through fighting for consciousness and fighting to be free. There is a character that everyone can relate to one way or another, and every character has different ideals from one another, and we see these characters change and evolve overtime due to all the conflicts they are forced to face while fighting for their freedom. Westworld has some of the best characters ever made on television and that is due to the amazing cast that Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan has bought together while making this show. Some of the names involved in this series are Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and Tessa Thompson. All the actors on this show give such amazing performances across the board, and each of them are able to bring these characters to life in a way that leaves you more than satisfied and speechless every time.
Hopefully I was able to encourage any of you that read this article that haven’t seen the show yet, to check it out. The show is deep, and ground breaking on every level possible. It does not miss a beat at all, and is a true example of excellent storytelling. It’s one of the few television shows that pull out raw emotion from its viewers, and that in itself is incredible. It is able to emotionally, and mentally grab the attention of people and is definitely worth watching. Please whatever you’re doing, when you have the chance, go watch this show now. It is everything and more!
Down below are trailers for season 1 and season 2. Check them out if you want a tease on what the show is like:
Westworld Season 1 Trailer:
Westworld Season 2 Trailer: