WestWorld: ...Where nothing can possibly go worng!

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looks like it!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westworld_(TV_series)#Episodes

I've enjoyed Vincenzo Natali's tv directing work, so the episode that credits Brubaker as primary writer and him as director sounds promising

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I think they may have broken some kind of record for Idiot Plot in a television series - only 40 minutes in and you have a dude interrupting his boss to say "Isn't this a Bad Idea?"
Followed by the schtick villain played by Ed Harris doing schtick and then uh

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Monday, 3 October 2016 01:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh maybe next week they'll use string arrangements of songs that have the color "blue" or "white!"

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Monday, 3 October 2016 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyway, I think I can dig it, even if it does turn out that Jeffrey Wright and/or Sidse Knudsen turn out to be robots, which btw I'm just calling that now
If they DO run with the color-by-song-title arranged-for-faux-period-instruments idea, I think I'll actually end up liking it even more

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Monday, 3 October 2016 02:32 (one year ago) Permalink

helped by the fact that I was expecting a hot mess, I enjoyed that. I wonder if it was the pilot or the subsequent episodes that HBO had to retool?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 3 October 2016 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

the review I read that said it was kind of formless for four episodes... what kind of narrative devices and exposition are these people looking for?

already starting to get the suspicion that stockpiling all your decommissioned androids in the basement, when the glitchy oldest models have been known to just "wake up," might not be the best idea

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Monday, 3 October 2016 14:18 (one year ago) Permalink

imo Anthony Hopkins is the surprise android out there in the world, and the original creator is in cold storage or dead somewhere

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Monday, 3 October 2016 14:19 (one year ago) Permalink

watching the original film, a couple of funny moments. The scientists / engineers around a table.. "in some cases the robots have been designed by other computers. We don't know exactly how they work." ?! WHAT

James Brolin looks like Patrick Bateman

Yul Brynner so creepy

calstars, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 01:28 (one year ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/EDCBW3B.jpg
1880s American Psycho

calstars, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 01:32 (one year ago) Permalink

"check all the snake central mechanisms during tonight's repair period."

calstars, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 01:44 (one year ago) Permalink

this is about like sex robots in the old west or something right

Treeship, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I think post-LOST sci-fi television really needs to quit it with the obvious tvtropes.com twist-begging garbage. I want to like this show, but we're being set up for:

* There's a DELOS globe in the sub-basement. Delos destinations! So the old west is just one, hmm hmm wonder what else is out there

* None of the "guests" have any home life that we get to see - nobody really doing a departure from future NYC, nobody changing into their period wardrobe, etc. OMG IS IT EVEN ON EARTH? IS ANYONE oh oh oh oh

* Wait up folks what if they're ALL ROBOTS?

I desperately hope there's no pan away to space, no obvious reveal that Jeffrey Wright is really an android, or god forbid some bullshit about how Ed Harris is an antihero (as opposed to the other obvious non-twist that he's the human version of Yul Brenner's Gunslinger because SCRIPT - FLIPPED!)

There's a lot to be said for Mad Men pulling the Dick Whitman reveal early and then moving on from it. But that was a show ostensibly about a real period and with real events to serve as milestones for the characters. SF/near-future TV needs to try harder to be like The Expanse or even, yeah, Firefly, and get away from stunts altogether. The audience is too ready for it and that makes it impossible to enjoy.

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 02:34 (one year ago) Permalink

And by "the audience" I mean me and by "impossible to enjoy" I mean I have fun watching it but the way I watch it is thoroughly tainted by an unruly compulsion to decipher the entire production as if it were some kind of goddamn cryptic crossword and I blame M. Night Shyamalan & Chuck Palahniuk for everything. People with five syllable names wtf

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 02:43 (one year ago) Permalink

You are making me not want to watch this

ΞŸα½–Ο„ΞΉΟ‚, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 02:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I should get paid

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:06 (one year ago) Permalink

The Simpsons parodied this book/movie when the family visited the Duff beer theme park. If you liked that episode, you might also like this movie. /amazon.comrecommends

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:28 (one year ago) Permalink

the last scene was telegraphed throughout the entire first episode but was still satisfying

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I see the only book was a novelization; it was an original screenplay by Crichton in '73. He has nothing directly to do with this series, right?

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:30 (one year ago) Permalink

well, he's dead

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:36 (one year ago) Permalink

haha

i don't keep track, i assume it was some horrible theme-park mishap

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:37 (one year ago) Permalink

longer version would be that Abrams mentioned having talked to Crichton 20 years ago or so about remaking it as a movie but nothing came of it

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I think he got some sort of weird climate change-related cancer, of which he did not believe

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:40 (one year ago) Permalink

What I've read (spoilers?) said that in the first 4 eps provided to critics, there is no robot rampage/human death toll. The question the review raised is how a theme park robot rampage can sustain a series, let alone a second season.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:42 (one year ago) Permalink

season two is when the robot virus makes it to eastworld

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

i watched last night and was entertained.

tomboto's Lost reference above seems apt. i watched Lost. all of it. i groaned many times. in some ways it was really predictable and in others just completely nonsensical. sometimes it was a really fucking awesome show. i ordered pizza with friends and watched it together when new episodes came out and tolerated the one friend in the group who was way waaaaaay into Lost.

let's just hope westworld doesn't end up putting out the equivalent of a Jack's Tattoo episode, though

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

eastworld is the set of cheers

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Is there a Five Night's at Freddy's Netflix series in development?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:49 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost
so it has already begun

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I enjoyed it

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 October 2016 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i ordered pizza with friends and watched it together when new episodes came out and tolerated the one friend in the group who was way waaaaaay into Lost.

i did this, too, and it actually makes me a lil misty about LOST

i thought this was fine, and about what i would expect from a pilot ep. trailer had my expectations higher, tho

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 6 October 2016 02:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Is it just me or was Harris channeling a little bit of Peter Weller

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Thursday, 6 October 2016 02:47 (one year ago) Permalink

"The question the review raised is how a theme park robot rampage can sustain a series, let alone a second season."

i was under the impression this was a one-off limited series

anyway, I really liked this. you all are picky

akm, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:09 (one year ago) Permalink

It's not. They've talked about doing five seasons

Number None, Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:40 (one year ago) Permalink

This is basically HBO's big roll of the dice for a post-GOT blockbuster

Number None, Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

@ least no horses will get shot, probably

johnny crunch, Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:59 (one year ago) Permalink

this was fun, but tempered by the post-LOST certainty that it will be sloppy and insulting within four eps

scriptwriting award of the year goes to [looks at robot while holding old photo of son] "good as new huh? sometimes i envy your forgetfulness"

r|t|c, Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

iirc LOST really went off the track when Abrams wandered off to do other things

Person of Interest was kind of ho-hum and samey after a while but never went off the rails, so there's hope?

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:22 (one year ago) Permalink

doubt i will become accustomed to softly jarring danish lady accent

appalled by the brit bloke. could they not tell or were they just not interested in the difference between annoying character and godawful acting

r|t|c, Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:31 (one year ago) Permalink

must admit i smirked @ old timey piano 'black hole sun'

r|t|c, Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

took me quite a while to place the tune

akm, Thursday, 6 October 2016 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

friend of a friend at HBO said this was in development hell for years and went through a million script revisions. allegedly, HBO is in a panic over not haven't a replacement queued up for GoT

Darin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

they kept pushing back the release, maybe they have been editing the hell out of it

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Thursday, 6 October 2016 23:41 (one year ago) Permalink

this wasn't terrible or anything but if there are any riffs left to be had on "ai-becomes-sentient" i don't think they're coming here.

call all destroyer, Friday, 7 October 2016 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

they kept pushing back the release, maybe they have been editing the hell out of it

IIRC HBO wanted a more expansive/solid game plan than had been prepared re: the overall plot and future seasons, which set them back 6-9 months or so. Not at all unreasonable considering the investment.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 7 October 2016 02:09 (one year ago) Permalink

so was ed harris's scalp map a way to the computer room

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Friday, 7 October 2016 03:17 (one year ago) Permalink

or maybe a path to where the rogue bots hide

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Friday, 7 October 2016 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I assume the map is like the secret of the lost woods in Zelda; the Delos game worlds can't be exited by just riding off into one direction or another (they mentioned nobody's found the edge, right?) but you can hit the boundaries by following a specific pattern, whether you intend to find game HQ + host storage or any other "off map" location.

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Friday, 7 October 2016 03:47 (one year ago) Permalink

good theory!

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Friday, 7 October 2016 03:49 (one year ago) Permalink

You'd have to be some pathological rich fucker to play this enough times that trying to ride off until you hit the edge would be a goal during a trip. Maybe that is what Harris's character has become.

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Friday, 7 October 2016 03:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the post-credits scene is just his nightmare while he’s lying on the beach

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd buy that

in that case we have no idea what he actually did when he made it into the building. can't wait to have that hinted at but never revealed until the next season finale :)

mh, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 19:10 (one month ago) Permalink

ha, like this show is ever going to settle a question it has left open

this ukulele annoys fascists (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Neat, the train shots weren't done the conventional manner, of using backprojection, but by driving a train car set up and down Route 128 in Utah https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5585/30951770184_be0f65c4c4_b.jpg.

Roomba with an attitude (Sanpaku), Thursday, 5 July 2018 05:28 (one month ago) Permalink

I wanna live in that

devops mom (silby), Thursday, 5 July 2018 05:31 (one month ago) Permalink


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