I don't know about you, but I am super stoked for the the new HBO show Westworld, based on the amazing 1973 film of the same name by Michael Crichton. Here's a sample of what we can expect:
Very cool, right? For those who aren't familiar with the original film, here's a look at that bad boy:
I will wholeheartedly admit that Yul Brynner as the Gunslinger creeps me out! Crichton used the same template of an amusement park gone bad later in his career to great effect: Hello, Jurassic Park! Westworld was so popular that it spawned the movie sequel Futureworld. Was it any good? Eh, not so much.
'Beyond Westworld' Is Born
Now let's talk about the next attempt at making something out of the Westworld franchise: An ill fated, REALLY crappy 1980 TV show called Beyond Westworld.
In the original movie, the robots became self-aware (yes, well before you, Blade Runner) and start killing the patrons to survive. But in Beyond Westworld, an evil scientist decides to take his robots out of the Westworld amusement park and order them to take over the world! Don't you just hate it when that happens? The show open explains it pretty well — check it out:
Now, the fact that the TV series premise undercuts the original movie, and basically takes everything interesting from the movie and does the exact opposite, just shows you how great network TV bosses can be.
Robot, Robot, Guess Who's The Robot?
The show basically followed the same script every week, with the head of security from Westworld's Delos Corp and his comely assistant trying to track down and stop the evil rogue scientist Quaid and his killer bots. The show boiled down to a "guess who's the robot" gimmick every week — very exciting, right?
CBS must not have had much faith in it, because only five episodes were ordered, and only three aired before this turd was mercifully flushed. The other two episodes were finally released to the interwebs in 2014. The plots were pure '70s trash: A Dallas ripoff about an oil family, a rock band stealing nukes (happens every day, right?), a robot quarterback with evil intent at a playoff game (OMG!), even a robot race car driver — totally crap-tastic!
So here's hoping that the HBO Westworld has more going for it than Beyond Westworld.
Do yourself a favor and check out the 1973 movie Westworld before the new HBO show. You won't regret it!
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Westworld airs on Sunday October 2 on HBO. Are you excited about the HBO version of Westworld? Sound off in the comments section!