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Old 5 October 2016, 13:07
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Westworld on HBO

Watched S1E1 with interest - I really wasn't old enough/allowed to see the original Crichton film, but read the book instead in grade school.

This seems like a combo of the original (adult playground with robot "hosts") and some recently aired Asimov-level robot psychiatrics. We 1st saw it in "I Robot" with Smith, and then more advanced topics in "Ex Machina".

This looks great, and just in time for a new Western. Not to mention the HBO factor - they've been killing their mini series. The 1st episode is def worth an hour.
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Old 5 October 2016, 13:13
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Watched it last night, and decided to record the series. It has potential, but was slow going at first. I believe Ed Harris is playing Yul Brenner's original character. I'm also a fan of the gratuitous nudity throughout the show.
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Old 5 October 2016, 15:33
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I watched it as well, and yes...Ed Harris has Yul's old role. I gotta give Ed Harris credit, he can be one mean mutherfucker when the role calls for it. I thought he was great in Appaloosa.
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Old 5 October 2016, 16:55
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...I gotta give Ed Harris credit, he can be one mean mutherfucker when the role calls for it...
He was a mean bastard in A History Of Violence (Carl Fogarty).
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Old 5 October 2016, 17:02
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He was a mean bastard in A History Of Violence (Carl Fogarty).
Ed's bad-ass. He was great as the mercenary (Oates) in "Under Fire" back in the day.
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Old 5 October 2016, 19:23
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I enjoyed the first episode and I think it will be an excellent series. Time to read the book, I never knew it was by Michael Crichton.
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Old 6 October 2016, 02:54
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Watched the first 15 minutes tonight. I'm not so sure about this. I saw the first one at the theater when I was a kid and then a bunch of times on the tv. Creeped me out and this one looks even creepier. I don't know, maybe it's the whole 'fuckin' a robot in Disneyland' thang. I don't like clowns, either. At all. Or cilantro.
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Old 6 October 2016, 05:19
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Enjoyed it, thanks Socnet!
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Old 6 October 2016, 19:43
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I'm hooked.
I think it has the potential to be smart thinking man's sci-fi about sentient beings discovering the horrible reality of their existence... with plenty of sex and violence to go along with the existential grappling with existence.
At least, I hope that it goes that way. It certainly seems to be pointing in that direction.

My only eye rolling moment was the predictable final shot of the first episode.
About twenty minutes in, after repeated mentions of the "hosts" (robots) not being allowed to harm any living thing, and several incidents where the hosts were unable to swat away flies, i told my wife what the final shot before the end credits would be.
When I turned out to be right, she just said, "fuck you," to me and left the room.

A moment from one of Azimov's robot stories comes to mind.
A sentient robot and a human are debating what constitutes sentient life and the existence of a soul.

The human argues that the robot is just an assemblage of pieces, designed and assembled by man, whereas man is the final product of a nature created by God.
The robot responds by asking, How do you know I am not the final product, designed by God, and humanity's whole purpose of existence wasn't just to play the final part of our creation?
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Old 6 October 2016, 21:01
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This show is awesome!
I don't mean to be such a fag, but the soundtrack is stellar too.

I see what B5R sees. AI becoming sentient beings. Our future.
Looking back and watching Star Trek and viewing the technologies they imagined; perhaps in 50 years we will have artificial worlds to escape to.
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Old 7 October 2016, 14:27
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For those who can't wait...
HBO released the second episode on all their streaming services... and on HBO On Demand, two days early.
It's available now.
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Ed's bad-ass. He was great as the mercenary (Oates) in "Under Fire" back in the day.
Sure was! I was thinking about exactly that role as I scrolled down the thread, beat me to it.
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Old 7 October 2016, 18:26
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For those who can't wait...
HBO released the second episode on all their streaming services... and on HBO On Demand, two days early.
It's available now.
Hell yeah, downloaded...thanks for the heads up
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Old 8 October 2016, 01:18
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Watched episode 1 and 2. Phenomenal. Simply Phenomenal. Outstanding cast. Outstanding writing. Superb plotline (so far). Really hits all the pleasure centers of my brain. Tits, blood, gore, violence, intensely cerebral and nuanced in all the right places.

I have a feeling this show could be another series I watch years after it's over with.
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Old 9 October 2016, 14:05
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watched eps 1 and 2 last night, I dont think Ed Harris is the Yul Brenner character, Brenner was rogue android, Harris seems to be a human

Great acting. Great characters, great action, no real flaws so far.
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I get that you cant shoot another guest somehow but what happens if in the midst of a bar room brawl you crack another guests skull with a chair?
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Old 11 October 2016, 01:52
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@justamedic - I think the music on the player piano is a cool way to work the soundtrack, too - I don't think a lot of the audience picked up on what was actually playing.
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Old 11 October 2016, 03:53
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@justamedic - I think the music on the player piano is a cool way to work the soundtrack, too - I don't think a lot of the audience picked up on what was actually playing.
It's really cool! I'm certain there are many hidden details that we're (the audience) are missing.
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watched eps 1 and 2 last night, I dont think Ed Harris is the Yul Brenner character, Brenner was rogue android, Harris seems to be a human

Great acting. Great characters, great action, no real flaws so far.
I reckon Ed Harris is "The Man in Black".

But it's role reversal.

In the new version humans bad, robots good. Therefore the man in black is a human.

Just my speculation, but I reckon Ed Harris has been there as a human guest SO many times over the years that the thrill of the West World intent is long gone.

Ed Harris is in full retard Donnie Darko Groundhog Day mode.

He's now focused on trying to "solve the puzzle" and/or cause enough havoc to spark the ignition of "what comes next".
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Old 11 October 2016, 04:21
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I reckon Ed Harris is "The Man in Black".

But it's role reversal.

In the new version humans bad, robots good. Therefore the man in black is a human.

Just my speculation, but I reckon Ed Harris has been there as a human guest SO many times over the years that the thrill of the West World intent is long gone.

Ed Harris is in full retard Donnie Darko Groundhog Day mode.

He's now focused on trying to "solve the puzzle" and/or cause enough havoc to spark the ignition of "what comes next".
Bingo, but the role reversal is deeper than that. Harris's "new" reality is Westworld. There is no other reality for him anymore. He's evil and can feed his evil in Westworld.
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