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TV RECAP: ‘Westworld’ – S1E2 – “Chestnut”

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There’s something very wrong in the magic kingdom of Westworld, and we don’t just mean the glitch seemingly sending all its robot hosts into a stream of self-awareness after hearing a line from Romeo and Juliet. The second episode of the series advanced several plotlines, and introduced some new characters, but one thing that was made more explicit was the suffering, and yes it can be called suffering, of the robot citizens of Westworld. If you felt uncomfortable with the whole idea of Westworld by the end of the hour, that was probably the intent of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the only question is if these violent delights really will have violent ends… for the park’s guests. (more…)

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There’s something poetic in a series about a park full of robots glitching beyond the control of their creators should suffer itself from so many glitches in the long stretch from production to broadcast. The hiccups of Westworld have been well-documented on this site, and others, now finally, we can see for ourselves if the ambitious remake of the Michael Crichton novel and film of the same name lives up to the hype. The initial prognosis is promising, but the first hour and eight minutes of Westworld throws a lot at you, not just the robots, but also the various interests pulling their strings from atop the puppet master control rooms of Monument Valley. (more…)

Westworld Season 1, Episode 3 Air Date 10/23/16 Pictured: Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford

Back in 1973 (a year some of our readers may even be old enough to remember), there was a movie by the name of Westworld that was destined to become a cult classic. Now, some 40+ years later, Hollywood has finally decided it’s time for another crack at it. The marketing has been hitting the Internets for weeks thus far and now, shortly before the release is scheduled, HBO is sending us yet another look at their creation. Scroll on to check out the newest Westworld trailer, ‘Dreams’. (more…)

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It’s been a long and rocky road for the HBO series Westworld, but it will soon be on our TV screens, ready to entice us to a wonderful and vividly realized fantasy land where danger lurks around every corner and nothing is as it seems. There’s a lot of pressure on this show as HBO needs a hit; none of its new shows have made much of an impact as of late, and Game of Thrones only has two truncated seasons left to it. So with absolutely no pressure at all, Westworld better impress us immediately, right? Well, not to worry because given the pedigree, and this new trailer below, it seems that Westworld may be the closest thing to a guaranteed hit for the new TV season. (more…)

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It’s happening, it’s actually happening! In a case of life imitating art, the production of HBO‘s new series Westworld has been as glitchy as the robots that run amok in the titular theme park, but the question is have they finally been able to work out all the bugs? Viewers will be able to judge for themselves when Westworld finally debuts this fall, and in a pretty big confidence boost for the show, HBO put its trailer on before the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones last night. But if you were otherwise occupied, or maybe just watching Game 7 of the Cavs and the Warriors, you can find the trailer posted below. (more…)

‘Westworld’ Back on Track at HBO, Premiering this Fall

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It’s one of the most anticipated TV projects of the last couple of years, and that’s saying something. With an accomplished creative team, an all-star cast, and a berth on HBO, everyone’s been looking forward to Jonathan Nolan‘s revisionist take on Westworld, based on the Michael Chrichton book and movie about a Wild West theme part full of robots gone mad. Behind the scenes though, there’s been trouble plenty. Cost overruns, creative conflicts, reshoots, and let’s not forget that rumor about using actual prostitutes… But are things all set for Westworld to finally premiere? HBO seems to think so. In fact, they’re now saying the show will premiere in the fall. (more…)

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Remember Westworld? It’s the new Jonathan Nolan show produced by J.J. Abrams that was supposed to debut on HBO later this year. Or maybe next year. The thing has been plagued by all kinds of rumors about costly reshoots, logistical issues, and filming sex scenes with real sex, but HBO has been steadfast in its support of the show, saying that the producers are merely trying to get Westworld right, and that they’re taking the extra time necessary to make it so. Now, Abrams has added his own voice to that line of defense saying in a new interview that it’s “never a bad move” for a project to take the time to get it right. (more…)

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Westworld is one of those science fiction TV shows that have become development hell teases, almost on par with Preacher and Arrested Development. Over the years, the series has gone through considerable rewrites, production issues and delays starting all the way back in 2013, when HBO first ordered a pilot episode and the production of a complete season in 2014, only for it to be halted halfway through 2015, just when it was about to hit the small screen. HBO went ahead to attempt to make amends for the delay, promising that the series would finally air in early 2016.

But now, with 2016 well underway, it looks like we might have to curb our expectations…

Again.
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Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype? (more…)

First Look at Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Westworld’ for HBO

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Jonathan Nolan may be better known for penning screenplays like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Interstellar, but he’s been doing damn fine work on TV too as the creator and showrunner for Person of Interest. A series monstrously overlooked, likely because it’s on CBS (where the dishonored go when they die), POI deal serious with issues involving privacy, the surveillance state and artificial intelligence in ways that big screen movies like Transcendence and Chappie only wish they could. Well, Nolan’s getting a broader pallet to explore these issues in a new series called Westworld for HBO. The show’s been delayed until 2016, but San Diego Comic Con gave us a good, long initial look at the show. (more…)