To the (re) discovery of Westworld, the series on the man-machine relationship

Today it is impossible to stay afloat in the television universe we are experiencing. There is an offer so wide that it is not easy to navigate by sight, and with all the streaming platforms available in Italy it is even more difficult to understand how to move in this constantly evolving world. Perhaps, for this very reason, some series that deserve to be seen go unnoticed. A speech that fits perfectly when it comes to WestworldHBO’s sci-fi series, created (among other things) by Jonathan Nolan and produced by JJ Abrams, which is about to return to TV with the unreleased episodes of season number 4. Almost three years after the conclusion of the third chapter, the series that stages an unequal struggle between humans and machines, returns to the scene from June 26th in America. In Italy, once again on Sky and Now Tv, from next 4th July.

Westworld it is something unique to the contemporary television landscape. It is a high-profile series that does not come to terms with the public, building a narrative so intricate that it is not easy to follow but that gives a reinterpretation and a cold look at the relationship that exists between man and artificial intelligence. It gets lost very often in pindaric flights and in philosophical dissertations on the inconsistency of the soul and how much a machine can feel the same emotions as a human being. A complex series that appeals precisely for these characteristics. And now we explain why it is to be seen without ifs and buts.

A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness

The story is set in the near and distant future. The Westworld of the title is one of six parks, owned by a multinational that is experimenting with the construction of sensient roboti, which gives its wealthy clients emotional experiences as close to reality as possible. One such “story line” is that of the Old West in which humans and machines mix in a game of slaughter. A world built down to the smallest detail that appears to be true. Androids – who are called hosts – live their day indefinitely. At each cycle the memory is reset so as to be able to continue theirs mission until the robot is dismembered and rebuilt. The revolt, however, is around the corner.

Season one, in fact, shows how fallacious this social experiment can be when it is discovered that the host, even when reset, they retain a memory of what is happening around them. The first to start developing a doubt about her nature is Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). This breaking point is due precisely to Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) who, by continuously updating the host server, has done nothing but make his own robots human. Having struck the spark of the revolt, the second and third seasons broaden the spectrum of investigation. On the one hand, we try to understand if a car can have – for real – one consciencea, and on the other it turns out that, in addition to the Far West, there are other Westworld theme parks. The revolt is therefore only the tip of the iceberg.

Westworld, that world where everything is allowed

As can be seen from this (brief) description of the story, it is clear that the TV series links a story full of food for thought where nothing is what it seems. She plays his timing well, expanding them to the extreme, to tell a raw and dirty story about the follies of the human mind and how far one can push the science, even touching the impossible. What is outlined is a baroque and decadent fresco on the reality we are already living, asking the public a question to which it is utopian to find an answer. Is it possible to make humans and machines coexist peacefully? Westworld moves on this line on tiptoe, without taking the defense of anyone, negotiating both for one and for the other, leaving the viewer to decide which side to take.

Why see the TV series?

It is certainly not a series dedicated to those looking for pure entertainment. Westworld makes it clear from the start. Likes to those who are a lover of truth sci-fi and to that kind of audience looking for a series that is out of the box and stimulates their imagination. It is worth seeing because it offers a beautiful and disturbing food for thought on the giant steps taken by modern science.

First there was the Michael Crichton movie

The other HBO TV series is an adaptation of a film of the same name – known in Italy as The world of robots – which arrived in cinemas way back in 1973. Directed by Michael Crichton, also author of de The Lost World and as standard as ER – Doctors on the front linethe film was a real success with critics and audiences as it was one of the first to talk about a possible relationship between man and robot. It was set in the early 2000s and, like the TV series, the feature film also told of a revolt by machines in a Far West theme park. A success that prompted the majors to make a sequel, entitled Futerworld of 1986. In addition, a TV series was also produced in 1980 but of little success which was canceled after 5 episodes.

Blade Runner who inspired the tv series

Free will and the nature of human consciousnessna. Two very important themes that are the pivot of the TV series. Themes that were at the center of another science fiction cult to which Jonathan Nolan admitted he was inspired. Apparently the modern version of Westworld it would not have existed without the Blade Runner by Ridley Scott who, like the HBO series, told the difficult relationship between man and androids. The director has in fact described the series “as the next chapter in the history of humanity, in which human beings will stop being the protagonists in favor of new forms of intelligence”.

The cast was to have been Clint Eastwood and Gary Oldman

There are many well-known faces of the great cinema who took part in Westworld. First of all Antony Hopkins who participated in the first and second season. According to rumors that have leaked on the net, at the beginning the series was supposed to have a very different cast. In fact, the names of Clint Eastwood and Gary Oldman have circulated. The first was supposed to play the head of Delos, the second was to take on the role of the Black Man, one of the company’s shareholders, who wants to make the most of his experience in Westworld. At the casting, however, it was decided for a change of course.

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