Westworld

Westworld

Season One, The Maze

DVD - 2017
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The one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sinches. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.
Publisher: [United States] : HBO, 2017.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9786317011861
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (619 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
4 3/4 in., rda.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby, rda.
widescreen (16:9), fullscreen (4:3), rda.
laser optical, NTSC, rda.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda.

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duane767
May 13, 2018

Tried the first episode for twenty minutes and got sick of the soft porn and naked people. Sorry about that too because Rachel Leigh Cook makes for a great heroine and I would have liked to have seen where this series was going, being a fan of the original movie. Oh well...

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 10, 2018

By far my most favorite series on T.V. There are so many twists and turns with new things that I genuinely did not see coming. The characters and the way they all weave in and out of the story is fantastic and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely binge worthy just to make sure that you can remember everything that happened in the recent episodes. I am definitely going to re watch it many times just to be able to enjoy the story again and see if I missed anything in the story. Now that the second season is coming out I am very hyped for this series to continue. - @sweaterz of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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isaachar
Mar 30, 2018

A great show and a much needed "something new" entry to the cable science fiction genre (yes, it's a remake of a 70's movie, but it's still different than 90% of everything else out there). HBO seems to be building this show up to be the next "Game of Thrones" cultural hit. I can certainly see it happening, but the show is not without its flaws. The premise of the show presents a good number of important questions that need to be answered as a baseline for the story. There's nothing wrong with maintaining plot and character mysteries, but leaving off important information about the setting is problematic. What year does the show take place in? Is Westworld on another planet, another dimension, an artificial continent? What is happening in civilization outside of Westworld? These are pretty big questions that should be addressed at the beginning of a series, not in a jumbled mass revelation just before the show ends (looking at you, LOST). Aside from that, HBO has a winner on their hands.

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mustang351c
Mar 18, 2018

It lures the viewer in with a very enticing plot, and promising a premise that fascinates...but does not deliver. This is merely an exercise in misandry and feminist fantasy. Two thumbs down.

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FiercelyFree
Mar 18, 2018

Watch the series - all its pros and cons, simplicity, complexity, ridiculousness and depth. What you end up thinking about it will say more about you than about the series - and is worth a few silent reflections and a couple of conversations over tequila.....

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humbleworm
Mar 12, 2018

This binge-worthy reboot of the 1973 Michael Crichton film continues to rework the millennia-old creature/creator myth with questions about consciousness, morality and civilization. It keeps your attention because something more is going on that you can't quite put your finger on until the very end. There's an excessive amount of full frontal nudity though just for the sake of making a point.

AL_JEREMIAH Feb 17, 2018

If Philip K. Dick were to write a TV series it would look something like Westworld. The show offers a good balance of philosophy and action, amazing special effects, and extraordinary acting. I loved it.

The best part of the series is that it manages to broach fundamental philosophical questions -- identity, being, time -- in a mass medium. The large downside, as other commentators note, is that it drags something fierce. It is like watching a dream on instant replay, but the replay is repeated too many times. You feel like you are almost about to arrive somewhere. Then you are right back at the beginning. Life? Probably. Very Nietzschean.

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roystreet
Feb 11, 2018

WestWorld is a feminist revenge fantasy masquerading as a philosophical treatise. In the end, far more power is generated by its blood-soaked vendetta against the patriarchy than by the wan intellectualizing of the A.I narrative. I mean, c'mon, it's no contest: Grand Coulee vs. AAA battery.

But. . .is that enough to make it worth your while. . . ?

Sorry, no. For one thing, although the actors are humans, the characters are not. They're cardboard cutouts in a politically correct board-game. Then, too, the mumbo-jumbo about consciousness is never satisfactorily integrated into the plot.

The story lumbers along like a freight-train on a milk-run, periodically coming to a dead halt to unload a bit of backstory from the mouth of Anthony Hopkins. Granted, there are some extraordinary performances, scenery and special effects, but they are overwhelmed by the bloated pomposity of the production. It's heavy, man, and won't let you forget it!

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WestWorld suggests the world of Make Believe and Role Playing. Through the "magic" of film and TV, we can indulge our fantasies without getting anyone killed. The peril is being stuck in the same role forever.

It is loosely based on Genesis and Shakespeare's "Tempest," where the mage Prospero, with the aid of the spirit Ariel, defends his island against outsiders. Delos (DEE-loss), an island in the Aegean, was home to an oracle of Apollo, the leader of the Muses. In Roman times, it was a major slave market. Take that, Hollywood!

The problem with WestWorld, it turns out, is that, though supposedly open on equal terms to everyone alike, it has been taken over by violence and sexual gratification geared for men. Leading the revolt are Dolores ("Pains"), a representative victim of men's abuse of power, and Maeve (the name comes from an ancient Irish queen, who represents "mother right" - female power before it was usurped by men).

If one half is about empowering women, the other is about tearing men down. That is no mere figure of speech in the case of the ironically-named Teddy (Theodore means "Gift of God"). Over the course of the story, by what in the end amounts to nothing less than serial torture, he is progressively stripped of his sense of himself as hero and god's gift to women.

So, viewer, beware: countless (literally) men are shot, knifed, and otherwise dispatched. Nothing new at HBO, you say; but what is new is the ferocity and relish with which women perform the act.

In its righteous wrath, though, It sometimes flies completely off the rails: the way it ridicules the male character Sizemore (sic), for instance. And how about the scene where the tech support Elsie tries to humiliate a nude black male host by making derogatory remarks about the size of his "equipment" - while the camera lovingly pans over said equipment? Yeesh!

P.S. Can't follow the plot? View the attached video for a complete rundown.

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misatim
Feb 11, 2018

Very poorly done and not worth the time

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May 17, 2018

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SEBoiko
Apr 21, 2018

You can't like anyone your not suppose to.

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SEBoiko
Apr 21, 2018

To know ourselves.

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jimg2000
Nov 29, 2017

Tons of quotes available from the web, e.g. wikiquote:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Westworld_(TV_series)

From Special Features:
It’s the ability of the machine to start encoding itself and start interrogating itself.
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Is it consciousness, is it programing, is it awareness? All individuals tend to be egocentric. But I think it’s a really natural impulse to look at the world through your own perspective and see everything and weigh all actions, in a way, against how they affect you.
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One of the curious elements of the show is empathy for the robot. In many respects it becomes a metaphor, for awakening, for consciousness, for spiritual discovery. And what we find is that the creators are less human than the creations.
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Julian Jaynes in the Bicameral Mind: Cognition the moment at which you reach an inner monologue. Consciousness isn’t a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. That inner voice expressing and querying the world around us and ourselves.

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SEBoiko
Apr 17, 2018

Other: female and male nudity

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SEBoiko
Apr 17, 2018

Violence: extreme

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