Original VS Remake: ‘Westworld’

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Well, I didn’t expect to be covering TV shows…but it would be remiss to ignore this particular remake. Now that the first season has broadcast we have the chance to put it side by side with the original. Let’s mosey right into Westworld.

The Original

Released in 1973 the original Westworld was written and directed by Michael Crichton, patron saint of malfunctioning theme parks. This was a debut feature of Crichton, and was a massive success at the time, retaining cult status and interest decades on due to both it’s concept and execution.

The story follows a number of visitors to the high-tech Delos theme parks. Visitors can stay at West World, Medieval World or Roman World, recreations of historical locations populated by robots that almost perfectly replicate human appearances. Only their artificial looking hands…

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