“There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts, no inflection point at which we become fully alive. We can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops, as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next.” – Robert Ford, Westworld season one, episode 8
I swear HBO is so amazing. I mean, Game Of Thrones is just so brilliantly done, and now this. The writing on Westworld season one alone is extraordinary, and J.J. Abrams was an awesome choice, he doesn’t disappoint. And Anthony Hopkins as Robert Ford – I don’t believe anyone else could do the role so seamlessly and to perfection.
Westworld Season One – #SpoilerFree
So, after 3 days of plunging myself into Westworld season one – I finished it! Previously, I talked about my initial thoughts and the first episode of Westworld. Of all the things on a show that I have ever assumed to be true, I have never been so terribly wrong. Westworld season one about put me in full existential crisis mode. Seriously.
For a while, I still had trouble understanding what was going on a lot of the time. The show switches between the view of Dolores, and a more mechanical/political plot on the happenings outside the park. Overtime, they intertwine more and more, before finally becoming one at the end of the season.
I don’t like spoilers, and I really hate accidentally reading them when gazing over blog posts. So, I won’t include any here. After a while I got bored with Dolores’ story, but their was plenty going on to hold my attention. The Man in Black, wasn’t at all who I thought, and he certainly wasn’t a “bad guy”, like I originally thought. By the end, I was wondering who really the “villian” was, and I’m not the only one.
What Separates Man From Machine (or in this case, robot)?
Above all else, what I found most intriguing, is how much the show makes you question existence, sentience, and what we think constitutes life. What makes us, us? Could a robot ever be as they are on the show? If so, what would make them so different from us, aside from being mechanical on the inside?
Again, if you haven’t watched Westworld season one, you should carve about 10 hours out of a weekend to do so. It was perfect to me. And if for some reason the gods at HBO didn’t renew the show, and it ran for only one season, I would be perfectly content.
Update: Season two has been confirmed for 2018.