Season One, The Maze

DVD - 2017
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The one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sinches. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.
Publisher: [United States] : HBO, 2017.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9786317011861
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (619 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
4 3/4 in., rda.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby, rda.
widescreen (16:9), fullscreen (4:3), rda.
laser optical, NTSC, rda.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda.


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Mar 12, 2018

This binge-worthy reboot of the 1973 Michael Crichton film continues to rework the millennia-old creature/creator myth with questions about consciousness, morality and civilization. It keeps your attention because something more is going on that you can't quite put your finger on until the very end. There's an excessive amount of full frontal nudity though just for the sake of making a point.

AL_JEREMIAH Feb 17, 2018

If Philip K. Dick were to write a TV series it would look something like Westworld. The show offers a good balance of philosophy and action, amazing special effects, and extraordinary acting. I loved it.

The best part of the series is that it manages to broach fundamental philosophical questions -- identity, being, time -- in a mass medium. The large downside, as other commentators note, is that it drags something fierce. It is like watching a dream on instant replay, but the replay is repeated too many times. You feel like you are almost about to arrive somewhere. Then you are right back at the beginning. Life? Probably. Very Nietzschean.

Feb 11, 2018

Most reviewers here seem to think this is primarily about philosophy. Surprise: Underneath, it's really a feminist revenge fantasy. Certainly, there's far more power generated by its blood-soaked vendetta against the patriarchy than by the wan intellectualizing of the A.I narrative. I mean, c'mon, it's no contest: Grand Coulee vs. flashlight battery.

But - is that enough to make it worth your while. . . ?

Not really. For one thing, although the actors are humans, the characters are not. They're cardboardcutouts in a politically correct board-game. Then, too, the mumbo-jumbo about consciousness is never satisfactorily integrated into the plot.

The story lumbers along like a freight-train on a milk-run, periodically coming to a dead halt to unload a bit of backstory from the mouth of Anthony Hopkins. Granted, there are some extraordinary performances, scenery and special effects, but they are overwhelmed by the bloated pomposity of the production. It's heavy, man, and won't let you forget it!

***** ***** *****

WestWorld suggests the world of Make Believe and Role Playing. Through the "magic" of film and TV, we can indulge our fantasies without getting anyone killed. The peril is being stuck in a single role.

It is loosely based on Genesis and Shakespeare's "Tempest," where the mage Prospero, with the aid of the spirit Ariel, defends his island against outsiders. Delos (DEE-loss), an island in the Aegean, was home to an oracle of Apollo, the leader of the Muses. In Roman times, it was a major slave market. Take that, Hollywood!

The problem with WestWorld, it turns out, is that, though supposedly open to everyone, it has been taken over by violence and sexual gratification geared for men. Leading the revolt are Dolores ("Pains"), a representative victim of men's abuse of power, and Maeve - the name comes from an ancient Irish queen, who represents "mother right," female power before it was usurped by men.

If one half is about empowering women, the other is about tearing men down. That is no mere figure of speech in the case of the ironically-named Teddy (Theodore means "Gift of God"). Over the course of the story, by what in the end amounts to nothing less than serial torture, he is progressively stripped of his sense of himself as hero and god's gift to women.

So, beware: countless (literally) men are shot, knifed, and otherwise dispatched, Nothing new, perhaps, at HBO. What is new is the ferocity and relish with which women perform the act.

In its righteous wrath, though, It sometimes flies completely off the rails into man-hating: the way it ridicules Sizemore (sic), for instance. And how about the truly wince-inducing scene where the tech support Elsie tries to humiliate a nude black male host by making derogatory remarks about the size of his "equipment" - while the camera lovingly pans over said equipment?

P.S. Can't follow the plot? View the attached video for a complete rundown.

Feb 11, 2018

Very poorly done and not worth the time

Feb 06, 2018

They spent $100 million for this series? Wow. The pilot alone was $25 million. Mildly interesting story with themes of reincarnation and self-discovery punctuated with gratuitous violence and nudity. I can think of so many positive things that $100 million could do...

Feb 03, 2018

This series has left me in disbelief of how idiotic & incompetent the employees/people monitoring the 'Westworld' theme park are in terms of security & safety protocol. No-one can be that dumb to not notice the things that were going on in this show and not take extra preventative measures. Completely unreal.

LPL_EliH Jan 19, 2018

In Westworld, a somewhat goofy premise-- a Wild West theme park stocked with ultra-realistic androids-- gets the HBO treatment. Naturally, there's a lot of flashy shoot outs, sex, and scheming going on, but what the show really impresses with is its bold narrative choices, executed deftly by an excellent cast. It turns out Westworld is actually more about the act of storytelling-- and the thought that goes into it-- than blowing up robots. Even if that sounds boring to you, it's still very much worth the watch.

Jan 16, 2018

This show is excellent, I was hooked from the first episode!

It's one of those shows that you tell everyone about, smart, original, very interesting with a great cast as well as great writing for the show!

I am not much of a Western fan but I can get down with the WestWorld version of a Western!

Quick heads up, there is a lot of nudity and blood in the show however it's really important to the storyline in the show and it's not at all gratuitous.

MomoT Jan 09, 2018

It's taken me a while to get to it but I'm loving this TV remake of the Michael Crichton movie of Western theme park androids run amok. This reboot is dense and twisting and the performances are outstanding.

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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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