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Way back in 1973, sci-fi writer, Michael Crichton wrote and directed a science fiction film entitled Westworld about a Western amusement park where the androids malfunction and start to kill the human tourists. It starred James Brolin, Yul Brunner, and Richard Benjamin. There was a sequel, that I actually saw years later, entitled Futureworld which starred Peter Fonda and Yul Brunner made a cameo appearance in a dream sequence.

The film version of Westworld aired again recently, and I still have it on the DVR, but have had troubles getting into it. Also, in the 1980s, there was a short-lived television series that I vaguely remember watching entitled "Beyond Westworld".

Now, years later, JJ Abrahams and company have revisited and rebooted Westworld as a television series for HBO. A far shinier, a far more violent series than the original. Also in some respects better written. Spoiler alert? It sort of ends the same, or rather, as one might expect.
It also at one point, references the original movie by following the journey of two guests to the park, William and Logan, who weirdly resemble Brolin and Benjamin's original characters.

The series is a fascinating philosophical study of consciousness or how we reach it. And that to find oneself, one must travel within, not without. You won't find the meaning of life or figure out who you are by looking outside yourself or out there, but rather within. Which is a Buddhist concept, I think. Or rather it's what I've been reading recently within Buddhist teachings. Although, I seriously doubt the Buddhists would agree with the graphic violence or the need for it.

The writers of this series aren't that found of humans, it is rather misanthropic. And there is a heavy meta-narrative on the exploitative nature of television or film. Reminding me a great deal of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Having now watched the whole thing, I'd say the two series have a lot more common than I'd originally thought and in some respects end on a similar note.

eh spoilers for the series Dollhouse and Westworld )
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current cultural obsession )

[ETA: Ugh. I can't seem to write anything without skipping words. I don't know what is up with that.
I'll re-read what I wrote and go, wait, what happened to that word? I know I wrote it. It's almost as if my brain is moving faster than my fingers can type. Or it thinks my fingers are typing the word and they aren't. I need another pair of eyes and apparently fingers. Does this happen to anyone else or is it just me?]
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1. Watching Trek Universe - there's an interesting bit with George Lucas.

"Star Trek and Star Wars are not reality shows, they are imagination shows. The story is really the thing that makes it work. In the beginning that's all there was with Star Trek, story, and that's what made it compelling."
Read more... )
2. Still on this romance novel binge, and beginning to notice a couple of trends emerging. Because my brain is a pattern making machine that can't stop, that's why.
read more if you dare )

3. Started watching S3 of Fringe and beginning to understand the fan love of this incredibly inventive and imaginative series. It thinks outside the box, examines things others haven't and actually does a parallel universe. Olivia journies to both universes. The show is split into two - we follow Olivia in the RedVerse with her Fringe team - Lincoln, Charlie, Broyles and Mr. Secretary (Walternate) and Olivia in the BlueVerse with Peter, Walter Bishop, Astrid, and Broyles. Plus we get great guest stars, Butters from The Wire, and Sebastian Roche. This show is worth watching if only for this season. You can skip S1, watch the last five episodes of S2, and follow it well enough. First three to four episodes are amongst the best of the series to date.
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Just finished watching "Sleeper" - episode 2.2 of Torchwood. (You remember the time in which it was hard to figure out the names of these episodes and you had to be an obsessed fan in order to do so? Now all you have to do is click info on your remote and there it is along with a composite summary. The information revolution really has changed things.)

Will now have to hunt through flist for all the spoilery reviews that I skipped when everyone else saw the episode, which was sometime last week. BBC America is roughly two weeks behind the UK BBC and net airings. Annoying that. Guess that's how everyone outside the US without the ability to download stuff felt about Buffy, eh? Also, by now, everyone is on to the last episode and sick of talking about it. Fun being late to the party. Not that I care all that much. Not really in the Torchwood fandom. And hardly obsessed. It's sort of nice actually. Being emotionally and cereberally invested in a tv series is exhausting not to mention incredibly time consuming. While watching it sort of casually is fun and entertaining.

on the joys of not being fannish and a shipper regarding Torchwood, or rather not a relationship 'shipper' for tv shows in general )

Anywho...have mixed feelings about this episode. It wasn't as much fun as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Although it does have a few funny lines - which are delivered a bit too flatly. I'm guessing that's a fault of direction not acting? The overall theme is interesting, but I think it was addressed in some ways far better in both BattleStar Galatica (version2) and Star Trek The Next Generation. Here, I found it a bit uneven and obvious.

Huge Spoilers for Sleeper, vague ones for Heroes, Lost, Battlestar Galatica S1-2 )
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