If you spent a good part of the last months of 2016 diving into the twisted plot of HBO's sci-fi epic Westworld, these wild yet disturbing photographs will take you right back.
Why have stories about men mind-controlling women come to define much of modern pop culture?
The HBO TV show Westworld has created a Google Assistant action that will talk to you about a trip to Westworld park, a world where AI-powered robots are starting to become self-aware and violent. Aeden is a chatbot that made its debut last fall on the Discover Westworld website.
Somewhere between stepping into a full-body scanner that measures the elasticity of my veins and watching a cup used for urine samples disappear into the bathroom wall, I realized Forward is not your average doctor's office. It's like an Apple Store meets "Westworld."
It's jarring to see someone's face casually splayed on a conference table like a stack of pamphlets. Yet, there it was.
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There’s a train in Westworld, or near Westworld, or around Westworld, or maybe the train actually is Westworld. I don’t know.
NOTE: Spoilers for episode seven of Westworld follow. HBO’s Westworld is taut and tantalizing, a gripping and gorgeous sci-fi puzzle box of a series with a stellar cast and a meticulously designed world that feels at once real and unreal.
Television’s best show about murderous sex robots, HBO’s Westworld, wrapped up its debut season last night in the way most prestige TV shows do. Characters died, twists were revealed, and the season ended on a somewhat ambiguous note.
One of my earliest jobs was secretary at my mother’s hair salon. I booked appointments and sold shampoos, sure, but mostly I gossiped with customers. I could spot the exact moment when a guest spotted a juicy tidbit in the salon’s copies of Entertainment Weekly or US.
Warning: Spoilers to episode nine ahead. On last week's episode of Westworld, the two timelines theory was basically confirmed—the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and William (Jimmi Simpson) are the same guy, just 30 years apart.
What if you could shoot or screw whoever you wanted without consequences? Would you feel bad about your decisions? Would you pity your victims, even if their digital memories were wiped clean? HBO dives into the heady, murky depths of virtual reality ethics with its new show Westworld, premiering
Image: John P. Johnson/HBO In episode three of Westworld, Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) describes the theory of the mind that his co-founder, Arnold, used to try to create consciousness in the hosts.
This article discusses plot points from Westworld’s first-season finale, “The Bicameral Mind.
Stories of female androids are instructive fables that reveal how we respond culturally to women’s quests for autonomy. Sex, youth, and beauty are often the weapons at their disposal, and these characters have existed since cinema’s early years.
Expectations are ridiculously high as Westworld rides onto HBO tonight. The first season cost a reported $100 million to make, and it’s being pitched in some quarters as the new Game of Thrones.
What makes you you? Is it the things you like? The feelings you feel? The thoughts you have? Or is it something more ephemeral — something religion might dub the “soul,” the part of yourself that is hidden away and untouchable to everyone but God?
These days, you’re not done watching a big TV show until you’ve consulted the subreddits and subscribed to a couple of podcasts. But what if all that theorizing is messing with what makes great shows great?There’s a thought experiment I like to call the “Wikipedia Test.
Since it popped up online last week, the trailer for HBO's new science fiction series Westworld has been viewed almost 2.5 million times. That's because it offers a raw, original vision of what a robot uprising might really be like in the twenty-first century. Of course, it starts with gaming.
2016 was a strong year for good television. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had one of its most vital and poignant seasons. Donald Glover made a timely, funny and honest sitcom about race in America with Atlanta.
Season one of "Westworld" has finally come to an end, and while one of the biggest reveals didn't come as that much of a surprise, there were plenty of other moments to get excited about. The hour and a half finale had lots of references to previous scenes and Easter eggs you may not have noticed.
After only two episodes, HBO’s Westworld already has thousands of people speculating in a way that television hasn’t really seen since Lost. Some of the theories are pretty far out there — Ford is God and Lowe is the Devil — but others appear to hold water.
One of the most pervasive fan theories concerning HBO’s Westworld is that the show seems to be portraying two or more different timelines at once without indicating to the audience that it’s operating under such a time split.
“Westworld” and I had our ups and downs this season: I wrote one of the more glowing reviews of the series when it debuted, though I’ve been frustrated by the series’ obfuscations and its weaknesses in expressing its themes along the way.
“This story line will make Hieronymus Bosch look like he was doodling kittens,” Lee Sizemore brags. He’s the head of the “narrative department” at Westworld, a frontier-themed vacation park where customers act out their darkest fantasies.
In 2004, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse’s new sci-fi thriller, Lost, debuted on ABC. More than 12 years later and the show remains one of the most watched — and the most important — in television history.
As the deviously puzzling first half of HBO’s “Westworld” has unfolded, sleuths on fan sites and reddit threads have spun elaborate theories about what is really going on in the futuristic, Wild West-themed amusement park of the title.
The second episode of Westworld, "Chestnut," took us deeper into the mysteries of robot consciousness and the Man In Black's obsessive quest. Now we'll take a deep analytical dive into Westworld on Ars Technica's podcast Decrypted.
Stop me if you’ve seen this one already: it's a Western, set in a small town with strange visitors, plagued by the machinations of a ruthless businessman and his cronies, and ultimately brings up questions of existential crisis wherein everyone and the town is revealed to be mere actors on a gr
Four episodes in, and we’re reaching a point in Westworld where I’d believe that almost anyone was secretly an android. But, last night, there was finally a hint at an answer to one of the show’s biggest mysteries: Who is the Man in Black in the real world?
Chris Ryan: “Park 1.” Which would suggest very strongly that there is a Park 2. So would the samurai. When Maeve asks Felix WTF, he tells her, “It’s complicated.” It is and it isn’t. It’s telling that very little of “The Bicameral Mind” mined the Old West for plot.
Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have been thinking a lot about simulations. The creative duo have divided their last few years between writing for television and raising their first child.
I was blown away by the first episode of Westworld, and now it's time to analyze it obsessively on Ars Technica's podcast Decrypted. Previously, we plumbed the depths of Mr. Robot, and now we're ready for a show with actual robots.
A beautifully restored old train deposits visitors in Sweetwater, a manufactured Old West town and the central settlement within “Westworld,” the role-playing resort in which paying customers can bring their most elaborate fantasies to life, setting out on frontier adventures or staying in the
Hey. Throwaway account OBV because of the NDAs. I just got back from my fourth stay at Westworld. Booked two weeks, alone, on the gold package. Came out to $85,000 a day. That’s not counting the bullshit hidden fees: concierge, maintenance (give me a break), arbitration, etc.
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We’re three episodes into Westworld’s inaugural season, and things keep getting weirder and weirder (and in many instances, creepier, too). It’s answered exactly zero of the questions we had after the premiere, while new ones keep piling up.
Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that was.
It took three years, upwards of $100 million in start-up costs, and one halt in production, but HBO’s Westworld ended its first season on Sunday as what’s arguably the network’s most successful drama launch since Game of Thrones. It’s not just that the ratings for the J.J.
Everything in Westworld is a game. Guests can join robots on quests and missions or just do a hack-and-slash on poor Teddy. The park workers play power games.
Welcome back to our weekly deep dive into HBO’s Westworld, where we ask 10 questions about the latest episode. Some questions are literal and others rhetorical. Some have answers and others do not. A few of them are just excuses to talk about an aspect of the show that demands our attention.
Going into “Trace Decay,” the eighth episode of “Westworld,” some fans held out hope that Sidse Babett Knudsen’s clever performance as the theme-park underboss Theresa Cullen wasn’t at an end.
Westworld Season 1 Ending Explained! What was Ford's master plan? What is the maze? What are the voices Dolores hears? Westworld all questions answered!Spoilers ahead!Westworld's season finale on HBO confirmed major theories about the timeline and the Man in Black, but other mysteries remain. Erik V
The late Michael Crichton was as cunning as the fictional mad men he occasionally chronicled. In the early ’70s, the Andromeda Strain author accepted a paltry budget and a tight schedule to direct his screenplay about catastrophic breakdowns at a high-tech vacation spot.
Mystified by Westworld? You're not alone. We don't have many answers yet, but HBO's sci-fi brain teaser will surely offer a few from week to week. So we're following up each episode of Westworld with a list of the myriad questions we're pondering.
HBO’s latest offering (on SkyAtlantic here in the UK) is an update of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film Westworld; this time brought to us as a ten-part television series by sci-fi re-booter extraordinaire J.J.
The second to last episode of season 1 of "Westworld" had some big reveals for fans and hinted towards an even bigger reveal in the finale.
Season 1, Episode 4: ‘Dissonance Theory’For visitors to the park, the chief allure of Westworld is freedom: freedom from the strictures of legality and social norms; freedom to indulge in whatever violent and sexual fantasie
Five years ago, Game of Thrones turned our expectations upside down. Here was a fantasy show that focused not on the portentous prophecies and heavy spellbooks, but on the politics and personalities of its medieval realm—and in the process, cultivated millions of fans.
HBO’s ambitious Westworld premieres this Sunday, after years of trying to get this franchise back off the ground — including a canceled 2007 remake that almost starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As you probably know, many members of The Outline staff are huge Westworld fans. Well, at the very least, many members of the staff spent an enormous amount of time debating the nature of our reality and also whether or not the show was any good.
Who would go to Westworld? On the surface, the appeal might be obvious: Guests are unmoored from traditional concepts of right and wrong, given freedom to unleash their inner monster, with no judgments and no laws to break. No one actually gets hurt. Maybe.
We are getting closer to that mysterious maze, yet we return with some more Westworld theories for you to consider before the penultimate episode of the HBO series. We take a look at a mind-blowing theory which suggests a connection between Dolores and Wyatt.
This post contains Westworld spoilers. Proceed to the center of the maze with caution. The ninth episode of Westworld was everything fans asked for. After eight hours of puzzling setup, the writers doled out answers like cheap Halloween candy.
I inherited Eli’s code. He’d left for a start-up, and he’d written the import/export code for our application half done. He’d left in a hurry which meant I got a sixty-minute whiteboard session where he explained where he was at and where he was planning on going with his code.
The poster for Westworld, coming to HBO October 2. It’s been a long time coming, but audiences are finally a few weeks out from seeing the pilot of HBO’s Westworld.
Westworld is frequently billed as a successor to Game of Thrones, following in the latter's footsteps as HBO's next big-budget sprawling drama featuring spectacular violence, high-quality production, and a good bit of nudity.
Note: Spoilers are ahead for previously aired Westworld episodes, as is some potentially spoiler-y speculation for future episodes.
It’s a good thing that the second season of Westworld won’t arrive until 2018. After watching the finale to a season that I found more disappointing than anything else, I do have high hopes for the show’s future.
Beneath the scalp of one of Westworld’s robotic Hosts, the Man in Black (the always malevolent Ed Harris) has found a strange maze.
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Why is Westworld so complicated? Is it really that dense? Is it too complicated, contorted, and confusing? Did we really need Burger Fiction to put together a super cut of the show that shows every question that was asked? Do you really need to watch it? Or do you merely want to watch it? Is free
The JJ Abrams-produced HBO reboot of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie is an absolute thrill. Unless you’re one of those robots trapped in a grisly Groundhog Day … I was 10 years old when the film Westworld was first released.
Westworld is unlike anything you’ve seen before on television, and I don’t mean that in the sense of visual effects. The series takes two familiar sci-fi tropes—out-of-control robots and immersive gameworlds gone wrong—and builds a complex, plausible futuristic scenario around them.
HBO’s new Red Dead Redemption LARP Westworld has been teasing us with mysteries for weeks. Among them: why doesn’t everyone who pays all this money to visit Westworld just play video games instead? Warning: this post contains a gif with a lady’s nipple in it.
Westworld's penultimate episode had several reveals, but its most significant moment is a small one. Maeve (Thandie Newton) — a robotic Host out for revenge on her makers — asks for help from the bandit Hector (Rodrigo Santoro). Since it requires him to “break into hell,” it’s a big ask.
Westworld fans who signed up for Discover Westworld, HBO’s companion website for the show, received a very interesting email today that may hold some new clues to obsess over. The email comes from Aeden, a bot that users could direct questions to about the show.
From time to time since, I've remembered that visual of a robotic Yul Brynner roaming around the futuristic amusement park going on a killing spree. But watching the movie again on iTunes earlier this week, I pinpointed what my major fear was back then: helpless isolation.
I know I promised I would write my review of the Westworld premiere as soon as humanly (robotically?) possible, but instead I’ve spent the past 24 hours wringing my hands about it. I’m just so … disappointed. It’s not that the Westworld pilot is bad, per se.
Diving into Westworld’s booming subreddit, with its complex tangle of analysis and predictions, led me to a startling realisation: soon, all shows could be written by fans themselves There’s a case to be made that the theories about Westworld are more interesting than the actual show.
How fitting that Westworld, a science-fiction drama set at a Wild West theme park staffed by hyperrealistic robots, would run on HBO. Almost 20 years ago, the cable channel premiered The Sopranos, an intellectualized gangster saga that perfected the idea of the “novel for television.
With the few fragments of brain we have left this deep into the first season of “Westworld,” let us try once again to remember the source of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s series, the starting point of the maze in which we currently find ourselves.
Westworld, HBO’s long-gestating adaptation of the 1973 movie of the same name, finally premieres this Sunday. In a lot of ways, the first episode already lives up to the hype—but you’re also going to have to be okay with being confused.... at least for now.
In my first review of HBO’s Westworld, which ended its first season this weekend, I called it “… a meticulously constructed, obsessively self-analyzing show, tailor-made for a pop-culture era dominated by TV and discussion of TV … an adults-only drama about the idea of an adults-on
If Westworld can be described as “about” any one thing in particular — which is a dangerous game to play, because the show is trying to encompass a great number of themes — it’s about the nature of consciousness.
Jonathan Nolan's new TV series Westworld is finally premiering on HBO tonight, and the network has some big plans for the show. But before diving in, it's worth remembering that it is based on the 1973 film from Michael Crichton (yes, the same guy who wrote Jurassic Park).
Westworld is a story of incremental change. Not just for the hosts, but the show’s own narrative style. Every scene edges the characters and story forward. This is more unusual than you might think.
Welcome to Westworld, HBO's big-budget drama about an Old West–themed resort that lavishly caters to the sometimes dark desires of its clientele.