Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy
Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Richard Ford
Ed Harris as Man in Black
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay
James Marsden as Terry Flood
Jimmi Simpson as William
Early in 2016 production of HBO’s Westworld had stopped. The production is a remake of the 1973 film created by Michael Crichton. This seems like bad news, but the husband and wife creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan used the time to get more creative with their storyline while doing more research on the mythology of the series. This came as the couple traveled to a TCA press tour during the summer. The story behind the series was more complex than creators realized. Production stopped to consider all possibilities and questions surrounding the show’s plot.
Other productions such as Game of Thrones have gone through similar processes. The creators of Westworld want to make sure the world intended for the setting has necessary attention to specific areas including moral and ethical challenges.
Different that the original
An element of the show that diverged from the 1973 film includes reinvents of the Wild West. It explores what people may do when having a large sum of money, like $40,000, and using it to play in a park with futuristic aspects. It is considered something that leads to reckless behavior such rape, murder, and other mayhem.
People who visited this so-called Wild West wanted to do what people typically did during the time. They want to hunt down wanted fugitives posted on wanted posters, or they wanted to help women and defend their honor via gunfights. But, you have others that want to make sure they get what they paid for.
“Hosts,” life-like androids as they are known, live in the park and made things more difficult along with the guests making Westworld unstable. They lose battery power, run on corrupted computer codes, and some no longer function or continue to malfunction. It is believed they may be developing their own way of thinking as they gain consciousness. Westworld has been given credit for exploring this concept differently than other movies and books have put it. There are things yet explained that continue to raise questions.
Such questions include wondering if they really do have a memory or are they really aware of what is going on? Is it espionage? Is in intentional or is there secretive dialogue that suggests something went wrong? Maybe things are going according to plan. There could also be an entity forgotten long ago returning to get revenge.
The story is complicated
Westworld can use these options as possibilities even though a level of confusion may occur. Some say this is okay since the story is a bit complicated. Having complexity and depth in a storyline is considered an asset to keep people interested for the long haul. There is good potential and Westworld has shown it through confidence.
The show takes the lead creator, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) who is at the center of the story to new heights. He may be off to the side temporarily but other elements come into play. A close side-kick and behavioral therapist, Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is head of Programming Division. Also in this section is Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes. This brings in danger to aspects yet discovered.
Hopkins plays the character of Ford well. His character is more interesting as people learn about him and has possibilities we have yet to see come forward. He is smarter than people think. Bernard and Elsie know things are right and try to keep such happenings from getting to Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen). Theresa owns Westworld as the operation direction and doesn’t put up with nonsense from anyone. Her job is to protect shareholder interests according to the board. Dr. Ford is the concept of playing God, but there are different levels to this that are beyond the imagination. He knows what is going on in more ways than one.
Viewers will wonder what Ford and Bernard will do as “hosts” show signs they are not operating according to their programming. The team of Joy and Nolan keep viewers intrigued as details remain secretive about the roles of Bernard and Dr. Ford.