The latest season of Game of Thrones has ended, leaving a void in the life of every fan, one which will remain for an entire year. The same holds true for a lot of great TV series that are making you wait for its next awesome season. But, HBO may have something in store for you in October 2016, an anaesthetic for your deprived soul; something so thrilling, so realistic, that you will not be able to resist the pull. That is what Westworld is all about.
An amusement park with a Western theme, populated with robots (called the ‘hosts’), created in man’s image, at the disposal of their creators. Westworld is so real, that you will question your own knowledge of what is the true reality. After the introduction of VR, this seems like the natural next step in the world of gaming, where realism is chased like a cheetah chases his prey. Humans, who are the customers, can engage with these robots in this amusement park – they can be killed to give one the thrill that a life in the Wild West entails, or they can be engaged in an intimate scenario, a totally different kind of thrill altogether. The attraction of the amusement park lies in the realism it offers and all is well and good until the robots begin to gain sentience and simply do not want to be killed for the exhilaration of humans.
“These violent delights have violent ends.”
A robot uprising is to be found in this science fiction thriller based on a film of the same name which was written by Michael Crichton, released in 1973. The disastrous massacre of the customers on the hands of the robots in that Westworld was due to a glitch/malfunctioning, but, this Westworld is far beyond a glitch, it is a dystopian understanding of the future of AI.
Westworld looks as disturbing as it looks absorbing and such a distinct mix of reactions is what good series are made of. The program creators, J.J. Abrams (director of Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Jonathan Nolan (creator of Person of Interest and co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Night Rises and Interstellar) have been known to create sci-fi and AI worlds that clutch your attention and never let go. So, all in all, this series here is something to look forward to.
Enough talk, check out the trailer.