You probably know that HBO’s hit new series Westworld is based on an old movie, also named Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. But did you know there already was a Westworld TV show? After Westworld became a hit in theaters (and after a sequel, Futureworld, a few years later), CBS aired a series called Beyond Westworld. The show wasn’t nearly as successful as the new Westworld; only five episodes were produced, and just three aired on television. So with its first season finale days away, the new Westworld is already much more successful than the last one. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of the ScreenCrush series You Think You Know TV?
As if the ability to watch Netflix offline weren’t enough, soon all your streaming options will change the way you watch TV. Amazon seems to be keeping plenty competitive as well, now adding the option to include HBO or Cinemax to its Prime subscription, albeit for a price.
If you thought Game of Thrones liked to keep its finales cryptic, just try to figure out where Westworld will take us in Sunday’s Season 1 closer “The Bicameral Mind.” HBO has released the full cryptic photo set, as well as a brief synopsis, so let’s throw our wildest, west-est theories at thew wall!
Slow and steady, HBO’s Westworld has been confirming theories suggested by fans early on (give or take a shrink ray), seeming poised to answer even more questions by next week’s finale. The 90-minute “Bicameral Mind” will leave one major question for Season 2, but according to producers, will at least answer Season 1's big questions.
Or a little trauma can be deceptive. Tonight’s episode of Westworld, “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” named after a famous composition by Johann Sebastian Bach, showed both. For some characters, trauma opens their eyes to the reality that they’ve deliberately avoided. For others, trauma blocks them from discovering a truth.
Another Westworld week, another hour bound to break your break brain by its many twists, but at least one immutable truth arrives next week: the end of Season 1. See for yourself, as narratives start to align in the season finale trailer of “The Bicameral Mind.”
There’s no end to the maze of Westworld mysteries, between humans becoming robots, or Jimmi Simpson becoming Ed Harris, so we wouldn’t begrudge the HBO drama planning more classical fake-outs. As such, a major character whose fate seemingly sealed in Sunday’s “Trace Decay” may not actually be dead, and may not be themselves at all. Wait, what?
Last night’s episode of Westworld, “Trace Decay,” featured a lengthy speech from the show’s mysterious Man in Black (Ed Harris) supposedly explaining his origins. He’s a “good guy” who spent his life as a philanthropist and family man. After his wife’s death, an apparent suicide, the Man was so distraught he came to Westworld looking to commit a truly horrible act. And thus this new persona was born.
The Man in Black has an origin! It explains nothing and rules out nothing! Ah, Westworld. You are very entertaining even when you are kind of frustrating.
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