ISA Reviews: HBO's Westworld (ISA Sponsored)

Posted: Nov 24, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Christopher Dewan

Westworld is an enigmatic mystery that keeps us guessing.


The new HBO series does more than just re-imagine Michael Crichton's 1973 cult movie Westworld as a deeper and more philosophical examination of modern technology. It also confounds most of the rules of narrative in a television series. Almost every character at work and at play in the westernized adult theme park remains enigmatic eight hours into the 10-episode season. Multiple timelines may be at play, though they've yet to be clearly stated. And just what the maze at the center of the show means is anybody's guess. Maybe because so much is left to the viewer to decide and decipher, it's become the ‘water cooler' show of the fall season. Is it about robots becoming human, or God complexes or something else? Hard to say, but no matter where it's all going, it is utterly enthralling television. And we anxiously await its answers.