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'Westworld' Spoilers, Review: Michael Crichton's Violent A.I. Android Theme Park Sci-Fi The Next 'Game Of Thrones'?

By Mandy Adams , Sep 28, 2016 02:37 PM EDT
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With "Game of Thrones" on season break, HBO brings in a new sci-fi series slated to be on the same level as the Tale of the Iron Throne."Westworld," a series adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film with the same title, takes viewers to a Western theme park populated by Artificial Intelligence androids. In this alternate world, guests can indulge their darkest fantasies without any consequences, laying out the perfect premise for one devious and exciting tale of man and machine.

A.I. Androids Gone Rogue

Developed by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan for HBO, the series kicks off in the same way "Jurassic Park" films do. Instead of dinosaurs, however, the Western theme park has thousands of lifelike A.I. androids called "hosts." These hosts are modeled after real humans that they even think that they were born not made.

However, all these robots only exist for the amusement of the park's guests. They cater to every person's desire no matter how decadent or violent it is. "Westworld" is a lawless universe -- it's a place where murder, rape and abuse are all part of the attraction.

"Westworld" Production And Reception

In true "Game of Thrones" fashion, the series takes a no-holds-barred approach to violence and abuse. Based on reports, showrunners have already received criticism for depicting sexual violence in the pilot episode but they see the scenes as necessary for the story to evolve.

This man versus machine story may bring viewers to a realm much different from "Game of Thrones," but it has a promising storyline which could make it HBO's next big hit. "Westworld" cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Jeffrey Wright, Simon Quarterman, and Ed Harris.

The premiere episode entitled "The Original" will air on HBO on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.

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