Sad­dle up for the dark­est fron­tier...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Tv Preview - Nick Setch­field

SEA­SON 1 US BROAD­CAST HBO from 9 Oc­to­ber UK BROAD­CAST Sky At­lantic from Oc­to­ber

NEW SHOW! As Stephen Hawk­ing is­sues a threat alert for the rise of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, HBO’s adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic 1973 movie ar­rives on screen with a con­tem­po­rary bite.

the premise is in­tact: in the near fu­ture a fron­tier-themed amuse­ment park lets its guests in­dulge their every vi­o­lent, lust­ful fan­tasy, a pop­u­la­tion of ro­bots ser­vic­ing their de­sires. nat­u­rally it all short-cir­cuits…

Showrun by Push­ing Daisies writer Lisa Joy and In­ter­stel­lar’s Jonathan nolan – brother of Christo­pher – West­world’s cast in­cludes Jef­frey Wright, Sir An­thony Hop­kins and James Mars­den. ed Har­ris in­her­its Yul Bryn­ner’s role as the lethal an­droid gun­slinger, the role that de­fined the mar­ket­ing of the orig­i­nal movie, while evan rachel Wood is the park’s host, Dolores.

“We made a very con­scious choice to start the se­ries through the point of view of Dolores,” ex­plains Joy, “so that we could fully be with her in be­liev­ing the re­al­ity and the fa­mil­ial con­nec­tions she had. And af­ter es­tab­lish­ing that em­pa­thy, we start to broaden the world.” ex­pos­ing the dark un­der­belly of the Fan­tasy

Is­land dream, it’s a show set to en­gage with some trou­bling is­sues.

“Vi­o­lence and sex­ual vi­o­lence have sadly been a fact of hu­man his­tory since the be­gin­ning of hu­man his­tory,” says Joy. “We re­ally en­deav­oured for it not to be about the fetishi­sa­tion of those acts. it is about ex­plor­ing the crime and es­tab­lish­ing the crime, and the tor­ment of the char­ac­ters within this story. And ex­plor­ing their sto­ries, hope­fully with dig­nity and depth.”

He re­ally should be bald as a coot be­neath that hat.

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