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Westworld


Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2016-10-19 18:39:46

Westworld


The new HBO series is based on an old movie (of the same name) directed by Michael Chricton. When I became aware of this, the common DNA shared with Jurassic Park became glaringly obvious. There are no new ideas; humanity has long since run out of new stories to tell. However, there are always new ways to tell them, and success or failure is determined by the execution.

Well, three episodes in, I can confidently assert that Westworld is a very good show. It's something I look forward to, but I'm not anywhere near ready to canonize it among the enduring legends.

However, in the second episode, via a meta-discourse on storytelling delivered by Sir Anthony Hopkins, the show makes a stupendously ballsy promise to give us pantheon-level GREATNESS. This is akin to a gymnast or freestyle motocross rider taking whatever the highest degree of difficulty vault is, and then adding an additional twisting flip to it like it ain't no thang. Basically, I'm stunned at the sheer audacity of the show's aspirations.

I'm now EXPECTING nothing short of S rank storytelling from the show. I hope they are able to stick the landing, because anything less than unmitigated excellence will be a disappointment after that commitment.

Oh yeah, and if you find all of that to be overly pretentious, the show also has boobies. Sometimes it's not even misogynistically gratuitous.

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