What is HBO's Westworld really about
Westworld - How the HBO series is linked to Jurassic Park and Terminator
HBO's Westworld is going into the 2nd round in a few weeks and is being celebrated as an innovative series mix of the genres science fiction and westerns. But the origins of the series go back more than 40 years and can be associated with science fiction cinema of the 1970s, as well as the early stories and ideas of creator Jonathan Nolan, as IGN reports.
An important name in this context is Michael Crichton, who wrote the novel for Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park as well as other well-known sci-fi works such as The Andromedan Strain and Congo. But the author often sat behind the camera and staged the sci-fi thriller Westworld in 1973 about a futuristic amusement park in which artificial intelligence is slowly but surely gaining the upper hand. The film is based on Crichton's original script and combines many of his earlier and later works and ideas.
In this way, a clear connection can be established between Jurassic Park and Westworld. While in Jurassic Park the artificially bred dinosaurs lose control in an amusement park, in Westworld it is the robots. However, the basic theme around the question of consumption and creation, profit and rebellion is the same. In addition, Westworld shows parallels to other Hollywood classics, especially with its iconic figure of the gunslinger. The character was conceived as an homage to Yul Brynner's western alter-ego from The Magnificent Seven and unmistakably inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator with its cold determination and glowing eyes.
Jonathan Nolan and HBO took up the idea of Westworld again more than 30 years later and gave it its own signature. With his brother Christopher Nolan, Jonathan wrote several scripts about the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity, including Interstellar and The Prestige. The CBS series Person of Interest, launched by Jonathan Nolan, also deals with the topic no less, it is about a 1984-like scenario in which an artificial intelligence observes some people at every turn and the question of good and represents evil.
In addition, when Westworld started the series, the series creator revealed his fan base with video games and, in an interview in 2016, told of the idea that the setting of an amusement park would be similar to that of a video game, as different rules would apply here that determined the narration:
One disappears in this experience and no longer lives in the real, but in this conceived world. One that is different from the real world because there is intention there, there are rules there, there is narration. Real life doesn't have this through line. There are no hidden levels there. There is only chaos there. But in a game universe there are deeper and deeper levels of meaning.
We may find out which deeper levels Jonathan Nolan is referring to in relation to Westworld from April 22, 2018, when the second season of the sci-fi series debuts on HBO. In this country we get Westworld one day later, on 23.04.2018 seen on Sky Atlantic.
Are you looking forward to Season 2 of Westworld?
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