We live in a “Golden Age of Television,” where you can find so many quality series on primetime networks like ABC or CBS, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and cable networks like HBO or FX. There is so much out there to explore but only a handful are truly memorable (and sustainable). HBO’s “Game of Thrones” meets these expectations. But alas, with “Game of Thrones” ending in 2018 (only two seasons left!), HBO pushes forward with its newest sci-fi Western drama “Westworld,” which premieres Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Article by ChinLin Pan and Catherine Gutierrez
“Westworld” is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. (HBO)
So what should you be excited for?
- Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams are on the project!
J.J. Abrams is enough to sell the project. Not everyone is a fan of his work, but no one can deny he’s a fanboy at heart. Needless to say, I’m guessing this show will have a lot of mysterious elements that will pose a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. *Cough cough* “Lost” *cough cough.* And Jonathan Nolan is coming off the CBS hit, “Person of Interest,” which is not a bad credential either.
- It’s a stellar cast.
I admit it would’ve been nice if there was more diversity among the cast, but I’m still pumped for the current cast. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Shannon Woodward–it’s a fantastic cast, enough to grab viewers to watch the show. Need the solid acting chops to portray an evil-ish character well, and Hopkins can surely play that to the tee and will be fun to watch!
- The story is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name.
American novelist Michael Crichton also wrote “Jurassic Park,” among many other classic sci-fi novels in the 1990s. “Westworld” was a sci-fi Western thriller film from 1973 written and directed by Crichton. The book released the following year in script format.
- The music composer is Ramin Djawadi!
That name should be familiar, considering if you are a “Game of Thrones” fan. You’ve seen his name in the opening credits! Djawadi’s epic “Game of Thrones” soundtrack already speaks for itself.
- It’s a sci-fi and Western combo.
If you’re going to try to attract the “Game of Thrones” fanbase, sci-fi/western doesn’t exactly pop up first in my mind, but it is intriguing and something completely different, which I think is worth watching. I am sold on the idea that “Westworld” has a lot of potential that could garner a new following to HBO.
Check out the trailer of “Westworld”!
Catherine grew up watching action flicks at a very young age which led to her love of film. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Radio-TV-Film in 2012. Always the adventurer, Catherine traveled and lived in Sydney, Australia for a year where she took a selfie with Brad Pitt. She runs Shuffle with passion, lots of caffeine and tacos. When she’s not editing or writing you can find her crafting and planning her next adventure.