Sexbot fans unite! HBO’s “Westworld” is finally here! As a reboot of Michael Crichton’s classic but hideously dated 1973 film, it works pretty well, but it’s not without some problems. The music score lacks distinction, and eventually climaxes in a bad orchestral version of “Paint it Black.” Also, although the whole cast is good, Anthony Hopkins as the creator of Westworld and Ed Harris as the Man in Black are so good that they tend to blow everyone off the screen.
Now, on to the good stuff! There is lots of action. Evan Rachel Wood, one of the most beautiful actresses working today, is solid in the lead as an understandably confused android. The show moves quickly in the first episode and addresses some very interesting hot-button issues such as: What is our responsibility to robotic humanoids we create? Do they have real feelings? Do they feel pain? Is their apparent impending rebellion against humans justified? Do the vacationing humans enjoying the robots deserve to have the tables turned on them? If future episodes continue to address these issues, this could be a great show. The pilot is a solid watch but not a classic. Long live sexbots! –CoolAC