Westworld (Series Review)
A large number of people adore cowboy films. A vast number of people love sci-fi. A goodly gang of people delight in thrillers. And a few people love all three of them combined into a single show.
Welcome to the robot filled Wild West. Welcome to the madness that is Westworld.
The show is based on the book of the same name written by the legendary Michael Crichton (23 October, 1942 – 4 November, 2008) and loosely based on the films ‘Westworld’ (1973) and ‘Futureworld’ (1976).
The series is set in the near future and focusses on a Wild West theme park that allows wealthy humans to interact with robotic facsimiles (Hosts), engage in adventures, become part of their own story and so much more. Initially the park runs perfectly well (Oh, how Jurassic Park. -Ed) but soon the robots -who get shot and “killed” on a daily basis, as the story requires- begin to suffer flashbacks and much more.
Now this is not just a wonderful show because of its premise and diversity of characters. It’s a wonderful show because it has a solid cast to bring those characters to life; it has top quality SFX; and -in many ways- it represents the rawness of the 1870’s. (There’s lots of sex, violence, swearing, and bloody madness).
- Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy.
- Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay.
- Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe.
- James Marsden as Teddy Flood.
- Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice.
- Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs.
- Sidse Babett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen.
- Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore.
- Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton.
- Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather.
- Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes.
- Ed Harris as the Man in Black. (The great Yul Brynner played him in the original film.)
- Anthony Hopkins as Robert Ford.
- Ben Barnes as Logan, a long-time guest.
- Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence/El Lazo.
- Jimmi Simpson as William, a reluctant first-time visitor to Westworld.
- Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale.
- Talulah Riley as Angela.
- Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy.
Now this is definitely not a family show. Well, maybe for the Manson Family. But it’s a damned good show for anyone that enjoys the bloodier parts of human nature.
Bottom line, Westworld is brilliant and bloody entertaining. It’s a series that has a lot of potential. I’m just hoping Hollywood does not screw it up.