I just finished the first episode of "Westworld". It is an HBO original series (based on a movie from 1973) that is free on Hulu right now. I don't know how long it will be free, I assume just the first episode because they need people to pay for HBO GO. It reminded me of Jurassic Park only with wild west people instead of dinosaurs.
The starts off with a naked woman, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) in a glass room. She's a robot. She is being asked questions, and shortly we get to see the Westworld.
Teddy, played by Cyclops and Superman rival (James Marsden), wakes up on a train as it approaches town. He hooks up with the woman we saw at the start, they ride to her house, and everyone gets shot up by some outlaws. Ed Harris, as "the man in black" actually pulls Dolores away by the hair, into a barn, and closes the door as Teddy watches, dying.
Teddy, played by Cyclops and Superman rival (James Marsden), wakes up on a train as it approaches town. Did I mention that this is a town filled with robots who look and act human, but they are there to allow rich folk to live out their wild west fantasies? I probably should have mentioned that.
We are shown similar events with slight changes, and we get to see that the management of this Westworld are having problems with the robots. The show goes back and forth, showing some wild west stuff with robots and guests, and behind the scenes where they are trying to find out what's going on.
Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Robert Ford, the creative director of the park. He recently upgraded some code to allow a "subconscious" for the robots, basically allowing them to remember past events slightly. Dolores's dad starts to remember, and he goes a little haywire.
I don't want to give too many details of the show, it's really fun to watch and the script is well written. I liked that I knew very little going in and so much was revealed as the show progressed. It was more than a Cowboy Park, there are things going on that we won't find out about without watching further.
The cast was great. I am not a big James Marsden fan but I liked him in this. And Evan Rachel Wood was superb. Anthony Hopkins was great, as always, and Ed Harris as the Man in Black left me wanting more. The whole cast did a great job, especially the robots who malfunctioned. I know there was some CG work, but it was a great combination of acting and computers.
I also have to mention the music for Westworld. I caught a few "modern" tunes including "Black Hole Sun" and "Paint it Black" but I am sure there were more. They were done in great fashion, blended into the instrumentals played throughout the show. I hardly noticed them, which is why I think there were others that I failed to notice.
I am looking forward to more episodes. If it was a Netflix show I would probably be binge watching it, but as it si an HBO show I will have to wait for the next one. I don't have HBO so I am hoping someone I know does so I canuse their HBO GO login. :) Sorry HBO. I don't have cable TV so I don't think I can even access HBO GO without a subscription.
If you have HBO though, this is an entertaining show and you should check it out.