Westworld: A Land of Possibilites and Shakespeare Lines

Westworld is an HBO television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The first season was released in 2016. This television series is based on the film Westworld that was created in 1973 by Michael Crichton. The first episode of Westworld is titled “The Original”. At (00:00:09), is the introduction of the episode. Through this clip, you can see the various creations of Westworld. It so creative and fascinating to observe. At the beginning of the episode, we are introduced to Dolores Abernathy. She is one of the oldest ‘hosts’ in the world of Westworld. Hosts are very lifelike. They were made by faculty members of Westworld. So basically, in Westworld, people/customers pay a hefty amount of money to visit the park.  It is like a giant amusement park where people can experience various storylines/fantasies that they could not experience in the real world. At (00:03:36), one customer is talking about his previous visits to the park.

Dolores is asked the question, what do you think of the guests? At (00:04:10), “The newcomers are just looking for the same thing we are, a place to be free, to stake out our dreams. A place with unlimited possibilities”.  She describes the guests as wanderers who seek out their dreams just like them. At (00:12:00), the mysterious man that is speaking says, “What if I told you that you can’t hurt the newcomers? And that they can do anything they want to you?” Also in this scene, the man in black is seen to be taking bullets to the chest but it does not affect him. So this makes him a customer. But once, the man in black shoots Teddy back, he bleeds out and dies. So Teddy is actually a host like Dolores.

These ‘hosts’ are placed there to make Westworld seem more real. At (00:14:22), all the hosts are in a routine or on a loop. As soon as they die, their lives seem to start over. For example, Dolores wakes up in her bed and Teddy wakes up on the train. At (00:14:53-00:15:12), you can see that Westworld is much larger than it seems. Westworld reminds of a virtual reality game. And in this game, you could do anything possible. At (00:15:12), the various creatures of Westworld are shown. They appear to be so real. I guess that is why it cost so much money to attend the park.

At (00:32:27), Dolores’ father, Peter Abernathy, discovers a modern picture of a woman in Times Square. Both characters have a different reaction towards the photo. Dolores simply ignores it while her father stares at it deeply almost like he is in a trance. Throughout the episode, we see some of the hosts have malfunctioned. At (00:45:25), Peter Abernathy has a malfunction. The reason for his malfunction could be the modern photo he found. He says to Dolores, “I had a question. A question you’re not supposed to ask. Which gave me an answer you’re not supposed to know. Would you like to know the question?” In this scene, his speech is all over the place. He stutters and repeats himself. Dolores had also found him outside. So he did not loop back but stayed in the same spot where she left him. The ‘hosts’ are supposed to stay in the loop, stick to their scripts and have no major improvisations.

Towards the end of the episode, there a lot of Shakespear references. One of the lines I found to be interesting is what Peter Abernathy says to Robert Ford. He says, “When we are born, we cry we are… come to this great stage of fools” (00:58:33). I think that Peter understands that he is just a creation and not a real person. The stage he is referring to is Westworld. He is just a fool being used to entertain the guests. Also at (01:00:57), Peter has a change of tone. He is serious and has an evil look in his eye. He says to Robert Ford, “By most mechanical and dirty hand, I shall have such revenge on you… both. The things I will do. What they are, yet I know not, but they will be the terrors of the Earth. You don’t know where you are, do you? You’re in a prison of your own sins”. I was like in a trance when he said this. It is almost like he has a mind of his own. But Ford claims that is the previous builds coming back to haunt them. It is creepy though that these ‘hosts’ have the ability to access their previous builds.

In this episode of Westworld, there are many acts of rebllion. With the invention of artifical intelligence, it almost as these ‘hosts’ have a mind of their own. Soon, the ‘hosts’ will realize what they are and they will find their way out. It is only the beginning.

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