Season One, The Maze

DVD - 2017
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A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin -- exploring a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Exploring what it means to be human through the eyes of the lifelike AI "hosts" in the park, the series investigates the boundaries of an exotic world set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past. Meticulously crafted and artfully designed. Westworld offers its guests an unparalleled, immersive world where they have the freedom to become who they've always wanted to be -- or who they never knew they were. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.


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First aired in 2016, this TV series is based on the 1973 film of the same name.

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First aired in 2016, this TV series is based on the 1973 film of the same name.

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May 09, 2019

Exceptional show, a must-watch, but I'm giving it only 3 stars. Please let me explain... the story is carefully crafted with the exception of the character called Maeve. Her journey into consciousness and self awareness was ridiculous! A deal-breaker for me.

In a sense, the show has two extremes in season 1: excellent writing in most episodes, and very lazy writing for Maeve's storyline.

I still think it is fantastic television, and even more relevant with the current (2019) interest in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing.

There are other issues, for example, the pace. Sometimes it slows down and starts to drag. They had to trim some of those scenes a little bit more in the editing room. But there is so much to love, that you should watch it.

May 06, 2019

Absolutely loved this series. I would caution anybody watching it however, that "binge watching" just won't cut it as you'll miss way too many subtle details. How do I know? Because I did it, then when season 2 came out I watched it, then had to go back and watch season 1 all over again (not that this was a bad thing), as I'd missed so many little things that developed further in season 2.

Apr 06, 2019

Several years ago, I took an Introduction to Philosophy class at the local community college. At one point, we discussed Alan Turing and his "Turing test": Can computers think? At what point does a computer--or an artificial intelligence "unit" or robot--become indistinguishable from a human? Westworld picks this up, in spades, and there was a surprise in there that I didn't quite see coming. At times cerebral, other times violent, this show has masterful performances from all the actors, especially Jeffrey Wright and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and look for Ed Harris as a Man in Black heavy.

Mar 13, 2019

I was thoroughly engrossed while watching this the first time. Then, after having seen season 2, I realized how truly layered, complex and deeply intentional this series really ends up being! I put season 1 back on hold, rewatched, and it blew my mind even further.
I can understand some folks distaste, it’s not easy to watch at times. It’s not just the violence, but the philosophical ramifications that can also make you squirm. If you can stomach it, don’t look away. Then watch the extras, which illuminate the creator’s thought processes and intent. Now that I grasp it better, I’ll also go back to watch season 2 again. Guess I ended up in my own story loop.

Jan 03, 2019

A cerebral show. The story is presented in a twisted pattern (for a reason) which even when you realize what is being done you still have to think about what is going on. Also a bit hard to watch with frequent and graphic violence. I guess this serves both to underline the base behavior of humans to others as well keeping the depiction of violence authentic and not sanitizing it the way many other shows do. It just makes it heavy to watch at times. Gorgeous scenery!

Oct 19, 2018

I don't follow Specialty drama series as a rule--was unable to get through Game of Thrones season 1--so that I was able to follow this one to the end is remarkable. Some of the acting is really fine. Thandie Newton as a saloon prostitute does superb work; her gradual understanding of who she is and where she came from kept me watching. Anthony Hopkins as the Doctor Moreau figure had a lot of fun with playing God with his creations. Ed Harris is excellent as usual; that bone-dry humour is always attractive.

I did not like the long series of fake climaxes that litter the course of the ten episodes. It's just too obvious that the story has to expand to fill the time allotted to it. Sometimes I just said "Get on with it!" as there was yet another shoot-out. But there was enough enjoyment to keep me watching.

Aug 08, 2018

Pretty boring and dull sci-fi series. Sure you get to see some nudity and violence but big deal really. Seen it all before. So they bring in big name stars who are too old now to get big budget movies so they do lame TV shows as this. Very disappointing and definitely not worth one's time.

Aug 02, 2018

As others have mentioned there is a lot of unnecessary scenes in this series which earns its place on HBO next to Game of Thrones. The difference between the two is that Game of Thrones has been around long enough to become mainstream and accepted. Westworld at times is very hard to watch due to the violence and scenes of sexual violence. However, this is an amazingly well acted series topped by Hopkins as the co-creator of Westworld and Harris as the resident (and self proclaimed) villain of it. The visuals and world is enthralling. The experience of watching the series makes one eerily question the motive to watch it as those that visit Westworld question the ethics of their trip. The whole inverse argument of what is entertainment is thrown back at the viewer as we sit through scene after scene of shootings, stabbings and rapes. Not the most pleasant mental experience, but as mentioned it isn’t meant to be happy instead the underlying theme is about exploitation, slavery and the ethics of what we decide is entertainment.

Franln May 29, 2018

This show's premise is so weird & disturbing, yet I can't stop thinking about it. Intriguing.

May 28, 2018

I liked the Westworld (1973) movie anytime it was shown as a rerun on TV, but always thought it was too slow moving.
This TV series is only similar with its slow pace and its use of (malfunctioning) lifelike androids in a theme park for adults to fulfill their fantasies, but now, there is much more blood (gore), and nudity.
The original had Yul Brynner as the disturbing/frightening Gunslinger android.
Now we have "Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a sadistic veteran guest".

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Apr 21, 2018

You can't like anyone your not suppose to.

Apr 21, 2018

To know ourselves.

Nov 29, 2017

Tons of quotes available from the web, e.g. wikiquote:

From Special Features:
It’s the ability of the machine to start encoding itself and start interrogating itself.
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.
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.
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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Apr 17, 2018

Other: female and male nudity

Apr 17, 2018

Violence: extreme


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