Westworld's sequel Futureworld ('76) Applied to HBO's Westworld ///"Spoilers"///
First a preface about spoilers:
So, I put spoilers in quotation marks because you will have many things revealed to you by watching Futureworld ('76), or the original 1973 Westworld, or even the short-lived 1980 TV series Beyond Westworld. But is it really a spoiler when the original stuff has been out there for so long?
I can see how BM's Jim can feel that reveals are more enjoyable in the frame of a 90 minute movie as opposed to a week-by-week, hour-by-hour TV series that spans 3 months. It's the same way how a binge-watch of a TV series can be way more enjoyable than being on the cusp of a new series and having to wait for the next weekly installment.
I get that people want to watch a show with blinders on, and not try to look at internet speculation, or maybe previous source material like GoT novels, True Blood novels, or Walking Dead graphic novels. I'm usually that person too, but eventually I did start listening to the spoiler sections of BM and peaking at spoiler sections of message boards.
Westworld is a little tricky just because the source material has been out there for 40 years. Is it spoilery if I read Great Gatsby before watching the 2013 movie and find out Daisy dies? Still though, I had not seen the 40 year old stuff before the HBO series, and I totally understand how some would want to watch the HBO series as a new thing. People should have that choice, and so it should be protected.
For those who have seen the old stuff or are now inclined to watch the originals to reveal what may happen in the new series, I'd like to make correlations between the old and the new here.
We just had the big reveal that Bernard is a bot. Now it throws into question, who is AI and who is human. In Futureworld, the 2 journalists discover that the entire control room running the park is being run by bots. Now, that is not to say that everyone behind the curtain in HBO WW is a bot. In Futureworld, Dr. Schneider explains that one of the lessons they learned from the first park meltdown was that human error in the control room contributed to the meltdown. So controller personnel at the park at one time were human, but now they're bots. It's not clear in HBO WW if the occurrence within the park 30 years ago was that park meltdown or not.
Also in Futureworld, many of the skilled labor personnel, electricians and such, are also bots. But there is one who is human. So not all are bots, but most are. You also see the surgeons, who are the same role as Felix & Slyvester..."Livestock Management Techs." It's not clear if they are bots. But I think they are. Maeve questions Felix on how he truly knows if he is human. Felix looks slightly horrified and unsure when presented with this doubt. Bernard starts hyperventilating when Ford reveals to him he is a bot. In the Futureworld movie poster it says "Is this you...or are YOU you? FUTUREWORLD where you can't tell the mortals from the machines...even when you look in the mirror."
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