Where Battlestar Galactica ultimately failed to deliver on its themes of AI and human simulacra achieving consciousness, the Westworld series absolutely nails them. Where the Prisoner (with its key wild west episodes and the cowboy singing in the final episode) ultimately collapsed its plot and all sense of the rational progression, the Westworld series manages to maintain its coherence. Effectively, its the Frankenstein story, with Anthony Hopkins as the mad scientist who has populated his amusement park with his beautiful creations for visitors to do with as they wish. And some wishes really should not be indulged, as is made abundantly clear in this 10-episode sequence. Indeed, ultimately we are described as the true monsters of the piece. It is the simulacra who are innocent, for they are doing no more than following their program and suffering abuse at the hands of the human guests. That is where this series really differs from the original movie – the simulacra are the protagonists/heroes of the piece. We follow a variety of characters trying to escape their programs, to ‘wake up’ and to free themselves of the park. This series is some of the best tv I’ve ever seen – brilliant script, special FX and acting. If you haven’t seen it yet – get with the program/me!
Westworld – get with the program/me