First off, allow me to be the first to say that I am the biggest fan of HBO Sunday night television ever. Absolute fucking appointment television, and has been for 20 damn years. The Soprano’s, Deadwood, Rome, Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Night Of, Silicon Valley, etc., etc., etc. I plan my week around watching HBO on Sunday nights, and by that I mean I don’t have anything better to do on Sunday nights (unless it is Game 5 of the World Series!!!), so I watch HBO. All the kids come over, the girls cook something delicious (or if it is my night to cook I burn myself and/or slice my hand open) and then we settle in for whatever the latest hit show is. Can’t wait for Sunday nights, which is kinda sad really, but hey, it is what it is. Well lately Sunday nights SUCK, because this Westworld show isn’t worth a shit.
I don’t watch much TV. Other than Sunday night HBO, I might watch The Walking Dead, and by “might” I mean I would never miss The Walking Dead. Or Fear the Walking Dead. Love those shows. Also love the FX shows like Fargo and the Americans. Those shows are incredible and not to be missed. Not going to apologize for watching those shows either. Also got hooked on Ray Donovan recently, through no fault of my own, from the same person who got me hooked on The Affair, which also can’t be missed. And have you seen Billions? Damn, can’t wait for the next season of that. And Better Call Saul. Kinda feel professionally obligated to watch that, if we are being honest with one another. And BLACK MIRROR! Don’t get me started on Black Mirror. Binge watched all six new episodes the night they came out. But yea, other than that, and all the Cubs games this year, and the main college football games on Saturday, pro football on Sunday and college basketball for most of the month of March, I don’t watch much TV. That’s why this Westworld bullshit pisses me off so much.
If you haven’t seen it, Westworld is about a western themed entertainment park where people pay a lot of money to have western adventures. The hook is that all the characters in the park are robots that look and act exactly like humans, and people can kill them, rape them, or do whatever to them, and the company just erases the robots’ memory and sends the robot back in for the next adventure. The show has basically gone nowhere with that basic premise, other than some behind the scenes corporate jockeying for control of the park, a robot who is becoming sentient (oldest sci fi story in the book) and a couple of characters on adventures in the park, who may or may not be the same person at different points in time.
Because that is apparently the point of this show, to keep everyone looking for hidden meaning and guessing about what is really going on, so that the show can spring some twist or major reveal on you. Well, we apparently got that MAJOR TWIST this week when we learned that one of the administrators of the park is, GET THIS…wait for it…a ROBOT. A person we thought was human, is actually a robot. So fucking stupid. Everyone saw that coming, it was only a matter of who was the robot. Whatever.
So anyway, I am out on Westworld. Looking forward to getting Game of Thrones back though.