Westworld is making our heads hurt, and we kinda love it
Westworld is doing a fine as hell job of making my head feel like it's spinning at a million miles an hour, and I'm totally not complaining.
Want to know how I spent my Halloween? Having an in-depth conversation about the intricacies of Westworld with a total stranger. I kid you not. That's one of the most brilliant parts of this show: The opportunities for theories and conversations are endless.
And tonight's episode only heaped on so many more unknowns.
This is J.J. Abrams television at its finest. It harkens back to the first days of Lost when I was itching, buzzing for answers. I can only pray that Westworld delivers. And so far, it definitely has.
The Maeve (Thandie Newton) storyline is pulling in so much philosophy that I'm having anxiety flashbacks to my PHI 101 lecture during my freshman year of college.
Wrapping my mind around the people vs. host argument is just downright confusing, but I can't stop mulling over the questions about what makes a human a human. Maeve's new human friend Felix says the reason they are different is because he was born and she was made, but that seems like a thin argument. Aren't we all, at the end of the day, made?
The obvious research the show has dedicated to considering what makes a human a human has caused one of the most fascinating conversations on television that I've ever witnessed. Is there a soul, an essence, that makes us human? Can that soul be recreated into artificial intelligence? Do our compounded memories create our identity?
The Maeve storyline would be enough to create an awesome hour of television in and of itself, but the show also spins from her character to the Man in Black and some solid backstory on Dr. Ford all in one episode. We also focused more on Arnold, and it's worth noting that the show seemed to tease that Arnold could still very well be alive. Could he be the mastermind pulling the strings at the center of the maze?
Personally, I'm of the opinion that he created a host version of himself via Bernard. (Bernard's joke about being in Westworld "forever" definitely did not go unnoticed.) If Arnold were still alive then what would be the point of the maze game? And that would also negate the humans vs. host argument in the show because he would be the mastermind rather than the hosts becoming cognizant all on their own. Without the hosts gaining true and genuine free will, the show becomes more about human vs. human and less about the blurred lines between human and host.
Do you think Arnold is still alive? Or did he set things in motion as a way to give the hosts a true escape from the human hold?
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