Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic "hosts" -- allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged.
Jonathan Nolan describes Westworld as "the next chapter of the human story, in which we stop being protagonists." See more »
While the size of the park is never mentioned in the series, several characters are shown riding for hours (or days) on horseback and still remaining in the confines of the facility. This would seemingly make the park extended over several thousand square miles or larger.
At this size, this would make the park larger than at least two of the United States (Rhode Island and Delaware) and certainly far too large to monitor by the minimal staff shown, or in the manners that the series portrays it being. See more »
First of all, it is very clear that the production mindset behind Westworld is far from creating a cheap product with generic high bursts of tension/love/horror/excitement. It is full of deep human conflicts, that is if you are open to watch it with a clear mind.
Hopkins' quote from the end of episode 2 when he says "No" to "Odyssey on Red River" and explanation of his refusal feels like a statement of the production mindset. "Odyssey on Red River" pretty much summarizes everything wrong with entertainment media nowadays, and Westworld is a real delight that shines as a great production.
I don't know how to tell its greatness without spoiling the show, but unless you want a cheap ride you will glimpse at screen in between your texting; you can not not enjoy this show!
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