Westworld Episode 1 Review: “The Original”

Westworld Episode 1 Review: "The Original"
Westworld Episode 1 Review: "The Original"

Westworld Episode 1 Review: “The Original”

Why can”t the Westworld hosts kill humans? What’s the deal with milk and flies? Is that Soundgarden in the background? Is Dr. Ford a robot? What the hell is going on in the Westworld series debut?

You’ve got Westworld questions, and we’ve got Westworld answers. Hosts Roger Roper and Dick Ebert saddle up with their new sidekick, Gene Lyons, to explore the vast Westworld frontiers in search of justice and the ultimate truth behind Delos Destinations’ corporate motives.

Westworld! Where the saloon girls are all 10’s and the rye whiskey is best served warm. For $40,000 a day, we can all immerse ourselves in the lawlessness of the Old West. Westworld asks, how each of us would indulge our otherwise unspeakable appetites for senseless violence and transgressive sex, without moral scruple or legal consequence. The series is remarkably stark in its depiction of the cruelty underlying these appetites. All but vanished are the “shoot-out with a bandito” type scenarios of the campy 1973 movie. Instead, tourist’s regales in watching their artificial victims wriggle in the throes of death, only to want a souvenir photograph to take home. “Now, that’s what I call a vacation!.”

Westworld Episode 1 Summary:
“The Original” Teddy and Dolores, two romantically linked android hosts of theme park Westworld, are attacked by the Man in Black, a mysterious park guest. When the hosts begin behaving strangely, head programmer Bernard Lowe traces the problem to errors in park founder Dr. Ford’s reverie code and requests the affected hosts be removed from service. Theresa Cullen, the park administrator, orders an attack on the town to be brought forward to help cover for the removal of all the affected hosts. Dolores’ father Peter finds a photograph that a newcomer left behind and malfunctions. When Dr. Ford interrogates him, Peter quotesShakespeareand vows revenge upon his creator. Peter is retired from service. Dolores is interrogated and found to be functioning normally. She is wiped and relives her day with a new father, but unknown to management breaks her programming to casually kill a fly.

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7 Responses

  1. L says:

    You guys are so conceited lol. Whose to say the man in black isn’t actually a robot thats escaped his chains? We know nothing for sure as of yet.

    Its painful to listen to some of this stuff.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Hey, anything’s possible. Our main evidence is how the simunnition doesn’t hurt him. But who knows, maybe he’s figured a way around it. If all we did was restate the facts from the HBO series, we wouldn’t have much of a podcast. A little prediction and conjecture keeps things interesting. Do you have any predictions? Would you like to make a bet on whether MiB is human?

      – Gene

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