That names rings a bell, but I can't place what else he might've produced.
Fringe (X-Files redux), the new Star Trek movies (which make no sense), and the Star Wars reboot (which is just the original Star Wars all over again, but with a younger Darth, a bigger Death Star, and a female Luke).
Mr. Abrams puts a nice gloss on everything he makes, but it can't hide the basic shortcomings of the narrative. Which is very rarely anything close to original.
"The challenge was to find ways to disturb my readers." -- GRRM, who takes six years for one book
Me: Thandie, what the hell were you thinking? Oh wait, she's getting interesting now... AW CRAP really? This Escaton outlaw guy, finally a cool character. AW Fuu... really? What is this, Game of Thrones?
Sadly it isn't, but there is hope if Thandie steps up. I couldn't understand a word Anthony Hopkins says, as usual, and Ed Harris is about as subtle as leprosy.
Dolores' boyfriend, Danny shows up as a newcomer and Thandie et al didn't know he was a host. Dolores' father's 'breakdown' was fascinating. He and Dolores are original models going back 30 years where a catastrophic breakdown was hinted at in the story. The reason why head of security is so vigilant and paranoid. We don't know what happened except that Daddy was the head of a cult that turned to cannibalism. Shades of Hannibal Lecter. LOL. I get the impression that the Anthony Hopkins character is deliberately adding code that will cause the hosts to adapt and evolve. Dolores' Dad accuses him of sin. There is a lot of very subtle play I didn't notice the first time I watched. What exactly is Ed Harris' character, the Gunslinger? He seems to be flying under the radar. I think in the original version of Westworld, that character was also an android.
The other ominous development was the second host that was mothballed with Daddy. He was shot, but didn't die like he's programmed to do. The milkdrinker had milk coming out of his bullet hole. And now Dolores appears to be lying about not hurting a living thing.
Boy, I really think there is more going on here than meets the eye. For example, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) says that medicine is so advanced that mankind has cured all diseases and can prolong life. We get the Virtuvian Man image of creating androids in a kind of futuristic version of a 3D copier; but I wonder if they are making real body tissues and organs.
The Gunslinger empties his victim of 3 pails of blood and says that if he takes any more; the android will die. Then he takes his skull cap off; but we don't see what's inside. I think it's a replica of a brain. But the viewer is not supposed to see that yet.
The androids appear to have real emotions and feel physical pain. Or is this just a question of passing the Turing test?
The whole business of naked adnroids is a dehumanizing factor. Their progamming is verbal almost like hypnotic suggestion.
Then there is the whole business of the sub-levels and the catastrophe that occured 3 decades earlier. Delores is the oldest host; the Corporation is called Delos an actual place in Greece with some interesting associations.
The photo that Teddy finds; seems to be a relic of a past version of the place rather than an artifact left by a guest. I suspect that the guests (newcomers) can't come into Westworld with anything from the outside world.
There is also an odd contradiction with the Gunslinger, the Man in Black who is supposed to be human. However, Dolores' boyfriend fires on him anyway; programming that the androids can't bypass (yet). He's surprised that his bullets have no effect; which tells me that he thinks the Gunslinger is an android. A product of an original version of the android who can pass for human under whatever technology that controls the firearms so that guests are not hurt.
We see that development also in Dolores' boyfriend when the prostitutes don't recognize him as an android after he gets off the train.
What is with the red striped walls circling the viewing theatre? I'm reminded of Battlestar Galactica.
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I'm going to say that in this future; medical advances have created synthetic body parts and organs that can be used for human transplants. The androids are made of synthetic body parts in total including the brain. This is why blood is required for the body to 'live'. Otherwise, the difference between humans and androids isn't detectable.
If this is Dr. Ford's world and he controls everything; where is Westworld located? Everything is fabricated including the flies? The location seems to be somewhere in Butte, Montana. How does Delos Corporation take control of that actual territory and make it a closed environment. They can't. The environment itself must be a simulation where the world appears endless. I'm guessing it's underground.
The language is interesting. "What is your itinerary." In other words, what is your journey or path.
"My mechanical dirty hand..." The androids and Dr. Ford speak of everything as a dream state.
Dirty hands in dreams represents a mess that needs to be cleaned up.
I can't get the skullcap scene out of my mind with Ed Harris revealing a kind of maze diagram and his intention of getting 'deeper' into the game. I wonder if there are more than 83 basement levels and if they each have their own control room and corresponding android maze.
Again, I find it odd that the MiB isn't under surveillance. I suspect that all visitors are monitored for their safety while hosts are not. Taking the skullcap with it's hidden information seems to be a theft of technology. A breach of security like this should ring some alarm bells.
Security in general is mysterious. Given that the technology must be priceless and unique; how do the programmers keep the androids in and everyone else from wandering into Westworld?
The control room that we see also looks like it might have a maze-like component if the viewing area was seen from above. The red walls must represent the boundary or security perimeter.
What a great episode last night! It's very dense and mysterious. I'll have to watch it again to catch stuff that I missed.
The Gunslinger made another appearance and yes, he is looked for an entrance to a maze. He is known and observed but 'that gentleman gets whatever he wants'. He's been around for 30 years since the inception of previouos versions Westworld. How is it that he can get whatever he wants unless he's the CEO of the corporation... the money, if you will.
In one strange scene an android girl tells him that the maze is not for him and then tells him that he must "follow the blood orroyo to place where they lay their eggs".
This implies that someone is playing the game with him and this was a programmed response by someone. One has to suspect Dr. Ford who says that the devil has to be released.
There are several engineers who are programming androids in secret including Bernard Lowe who meets in secret with Dolores; now passing along the key code phrase to unlock memories of previous builds.
Also Bernard Lowe's assistant who reprograms Thandie's character and puts her back into action when she is supposed to be decommissioned.
Is he a 1st gen host, allowed to survive and to believe he's really a guest? So that he can evolve? Or is he really a billionaire guest? I'm not sure if the boy was a clue - a host programmed to believe they're a guest. And I can't help but think there is a connection between the maze and the introduction to religion that Anthony Hopkins seems to excited about.
full nudity aside (ahem) what a performance. She single-handedly explained how intensely the hosts were memory-programmed, and what could be at stake if they become aware
The conversations between Thandie and the other saloon girl (yeah I don't know anyone's show name yet) are fascinating because they seem to go beyond programming. And the convo between Thandie and Scott Summers seemed so natural and organic - crazy.
But the best part of the show was the contrast between the visitors William