It’s not often a TV series or movie catches my attention, but Westworld has done it. Also, it has Anthony Hopkins in it.
You probably know it already, but the man who wrote Westworld also wrote Jurassic Park. It’s ironic that both stories happen inside a park where crazy things happen. I suppose he was rather fond of parks.
If you’ve seen Westworld I’m sure you’ve realized there’s a lot of metaphors and deeper meanings to be extracted from it.
If you’re unfamiliar altogether with the show I’ll give you a summary. Westworld is a park where people can go and fulfill their every desire. Why? Because the people living inside Westworld are not humans. They’re robots. Made by the character played by Hopkins.
The series makes you question what “life” really is and what “consciousness” really is. Are the “hosts”, that’s what they call the robots, alive? They look and act alive. They feel. They even start to remember things they weren’t programmed to.
The question that arises also is whether it’s right to let people shoot, rape and do whatever they wish to these hosts. Is it moral? Where does the line go between something inanimate and something that’s alive?
Beyond those questions I really enjoy the series because the hosts (robot people) start to question their own reality. It’s reminiscent of Matrix where Neo starts to wonder. Is it real? And if it isn’t real then none of this matters. That’s what Maeve (Westworld’s brothel madam) starts to think as you tries to find a way out of Westworld.
Every action done by the hosts in Westworld comes from programming. They’re programmed to improvise and feel that they have free will. That makes you think right? What if we are programmed the same way by a higher intelligence? They’re perfectly content inside their loops. At least for now.
Westworld has the idea of spiritual rebellion deep inside of it. Freedom is a keyword to what the writer is trying to convey. Is it freedom when it’s all programmed and set in stone? Is freedom an illusion?
The search for Truth. The hosts start to evolve a sense of deeper meaning when Arnold’s (the co-creator of the park) programming suddenly starts to surface.
New episode is coming tomorrow! I’m looking forward to it.