Steven Capuzzi

Westworld Review

25 de Diciembre del 2016

Have you ever wanted to go to a theme park where everything seems completely real? Where you  can do whatever you want without rules or limits? Although the idea is out of our reach (for now) at least we can see what it would be like in Westworld.

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is a television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, aired on HBO.

Its plot takes place in a wild west themed park called Westworld, an arena created with high technology where inhabit their hosts, androids with synthetic bodys programmed to believe they are real humans living their regular lifes. Guests constantly arriving are always welcome and taken to different adventures, as a kind of video game, but real.

Inside the park guests can not die, hosts are prohibited from actually hurting them in their code, but guests can do whatever they want to the hosts, and even have sex with them.

Our story begins with Dolores Abernathy, who claims to be in a dream while being asked a series of questions. Dolores was the first host created in the park, which has been in operation for many years. Usually, the hosts live their day to day in loops. They fulfill a function within the narrative assigned to them and then re-execute it. But things start to change when a new "dream" feature allows the hosts to remember past loop situations, generating a series of events that could lead to the park’s closure.

Westworld is one of those TV shows that catches you from the first chapter. Each character, whether guest or host, has a captivating story that is developed throughout the season. The performance of the actors is impeccable, with Anthony Hopkins as one of the founders of the park.

The main topic of the season is based on man's desire to play God, creating these beings similar to us, who little by little seem to have self-consciousness, since that was the purpose of one of the founders of the park, who died without accomplishing its mission. Or did he succeed? Many of the hosts' actions kept me going back and forth with this idea, but I think it would be best if you find out by yourselves.

I take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!