WestWorld’s first season shows great potential
If 2016 was good for anything, you can say it was a great year for television. In particular, it was great year for HBO. With the return of hits like Veep and Silicon Valley, and the introduction of promising shows like Vice Principals and Divorce, the no-commercial cable network continues to produce fantastic content. And while those aforementioned series were highly entertaining, there was only one new show that appears to have the potential for Game of Thrones-caliber greatness, and that is a show called Westworld.
Created and written by the husband-and-wife duo of Jonathon Nolan and Lisa Joy, the series is based on a 1973 film of the same name. The story is based around a sort of theme park called “Westworld” that is filled with super-realistic cyborgs, all of which are programmed with the memories and storylines of people living in the wild west. For a hefty price, visitors in the park can do essentially whatever they would like without fear of bodily injury, as all “hosts,” as they are referred to, are programmed to be unable to harm humans. The series picks up as those in charge of running Westworld begin to notice a series of strange occurrences throughout the park.
I will stop there, as I do not want to spoil anything. Even after reading that introduction to the series, you may be able to make some guesses as to where the show will go. But trust me, if you have not watched the first season, which aired in the fall, you are going to want to start binge watching as soon as possible. The twists and turns will knock you out of your seat, the special effects are top notch, and the acting is truly superb; Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and many more are at the top of their game throughout the season.
Westworld has already amassed quite a large following, and with its popularity has come a series of well-deserved nominations from various awards shows. The show’s first season garnered three Golden Globe nominations, three SAG nominations, and will surely be a major player at the 2017 Emmys when its nominations are announced. Evan Rachel Wood won a “Best Actress” nod at both the Satellite Awards and the Critic’s Choice Awards; the Critics also named Thandie Newton “Best Supporting Actress,” and anointed the show “Most Exciting New Series.”
If you have not already, do yourself a favor and give this show a shot. I will warn that it does have plenty of violence and profanity, which you may have already guessed, seeing as it is an HBO show. Even if you are bothered by such things, I urge you to put your fears aside and watch this show’s first season before the second airs later this year. If it is anything like the first season, I can guarantee that people like me will continue bugging you until you watch it.
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