Today, it is impossible to stay afloat in the television universe we experience. There is an offer so wide that it is not easy to navigate by sight, and with all those streaming platforms available in Italy it is even harder to understand how to move in this eternally changing world. Perhaps for this very reason, some series that deserve to be seen go unnoticed. A speech that fits perfectly when it comes to WestworldHBO’s sci-fi series, created (among others) by Jonathan Nolan and produced by JJ Abrams, who is returning to TV with the unreleased episodes of season number 4. Almost three years after the end of the third chapter, series , staging an unequal battle between people and machines, returns to the stage from June 26 in America. In Italy, again on Sky and Now Tv, from next July 4th.
Westworld it is something unique to the contemporary television landscape. It is a high-profile series that does not agree with the public, which builds a narrative so complicated that it is not easy to follow, but which provides a reinterpretation and a cold look at the relationship between man and artificial intelligence. It disappears very often in pindar flights and into philosophical treatises on the inconsistency of the soul and how much a machine can feel the same emotions as a human being. A complex series that appeals to precisely these characteristics. And now we explain why it should be seen without if and but.
A dark odyssey of the artificial consciousness
The story takes place in the near and distant future. That Westworld of the title is one of six parks, owned by a multinational that is experimenting with the construction of sensitive robotin, which gives its wealthy customers emotional experiences as close to reality as possible. One such “story line” is that of the Old West, where people and machines are mixed in a slaughter game. A world built down to the smallest detail that seems to be true. Androids – called hosts – live their day indefinitely. At each cycle, the memory is reset in order to continue theirs mission until the robot disassembles and rebuilds. However, the uprising is just around the corner.
Season 1 actually shows how erroneous this social experiment can be when it is discovered that host, even when reset, they retain a memory of what is happening around them. The first to start questioning her nature is Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). This breaking point is due to Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), who by continually updating the host server has done nothing but make his own robots human. After hitting the spark of rebellion, the second and third seasons expand the spectrum of investigation. On the one hand, we are trying to understand whether a car can have – in fact – one consciencea, and on the other hand, it turns out that in addition to Far West, there are other amusement parks from Westworld. The rebellion is therefore only the tip of the iceberg.
Westworld, the world where everything is allowed
As can be seen from this (short) description of the story, it is clear that the TV series connects a story filled with food for thought where nothing is what it seems. He plays his times well, extending them to the extreme, to tell a raw and dirty story of the folly of the human mind, and how far it can be pushed. science, even to touch the impossible. What is outlined is a baroque and decadent fresco about the reality we already live in that asks the public a question to which it is utopian to find an answer. Is it possible to make people and machines coexist peacefully? Westworld it moves on this line on toes, without taking anyone’s defense, negotiates both for one and for the other, leaving it to the spectator to decide which side to take.
Why watch the TV series?
It is certainly not a series dedicated to those looking for pure entertainment. Westworld make it clear from the start. Like those who love the truth sci-fi and to the kind of audience looking for a series that is out of the box and stimulates their imagination. It is worth seeing because it provides a beautiful and disturbing substance for reflection on the gigantic steps that modern science has taken.
First there was the Michael Crichton movie
The second HBO TV series is a film adaptation of a movie of the same name – known in Italy as The world of robots – which hit theaters back in 1973. Directed by Michael Crichton, also author of the The lost world and by default ER – Doctors in the front linethe film was a real success with critics and audiences as it was one of the first to talk about a possible relationship between man and robot. It took place in the early 2000s, and like the TV series, the feature film also told of a revolt from machines in an amusement park in the Far West. A success that led the big ones to make a sequel with the title Futerworld 1986. In addition, in 1980 a TV series was also produced, but with little success, which was canceled after 5 episodes.
Blade Runner, which inspired the TV series
Free will and the nature of human consciousnessreach. Two very important themes that are the focal point of the TV series. Themes that were at the center of another science fiction cult that Jonathan Nolan admitted to being inspired by. Apparently the modern version of Westworld it would not have existed without Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, who like the HBO series told the difficult relationship between man and androids. The director has described the series “as the next chapter in the history of mankind, where people will stop being protagonists in favor of new forms of intelligence”.
The cast should have been Clint Eastwood and Gary Oldman
There are many familiar faces of the big ones movie theater who participated in Westworld. First of all, Antony Hopkins, who participated in the first and second seasons. According to rumors leaked online, the series was initially set to have a very different cast. In fact, the names of Clint Eastwood and Gary Oldman have been circulating. The first was to play the boss of Delos, the second was to take on the role of the black man, one of the company’s shareholders who wants to make the most of his experience in Westworld. At the casting, however, a change of course was decided.