Westworld is HBO’s new sci-fi series, based on the 70s movie about a western-themed park with robots that go awry. This one is co-created by Jonathan Nolan (brother of and frequent collaborator with Chris, creator of Person of Interest), so it’s less “killer robots!” and more cerebral. Comics writer Ed Brubaker is on the writing staff, so that has me optimistic.
The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Shannon Marie Woodward, Paolo from Lost and James Mars… something (I see their names in the credits and I never know if I’m getting Cyclops or Spike, this time it’s Cyclops). So a quality cast.
The pilot presents some interesting ideas. The robots are indistinguishable from regular people, except that the robots can’t harm the regular people. The fantasy, consequence-free environment causes people to engage their darker impulses. Which I take as a parallel to things like anonymously harassing people online.