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This stun­ning sci-fi se­ries from The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan reimag­ines the 1973 film West­world as a fu­tur­is­tic fa­ble. At the tit­u­lar theme park, guests pay ma­jor money to have Wild, Wild West ad­ven­tures with an­droid “hosts” — and to some vis­i­tors, play­ing cow­boy in­volves vir­tual rape and me­chan­i­cal mur­der. On the premiere episode, head pro­gram­mer Bernard Lowe (Jeff rey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (An­thony Hop­kins) that the re­cently re­coded ro­bot hosts are acting er­rat­i­cally as they be­come more life­like. Our an­droid hero­ine is rancher’s daugh­ter Dolores ( Evan Rachel Wood), who en­coun­ters a gun­slinger named Teddy (James Mars­den), only to have their ro­man­tic re­union in­ter­rupted by the ar­rival of a vi­o­lent visit from a men­ac­ing Man in Black ( Ed Har­ris), who’s been com­ing to the park for 30 years. To give away more would be to spoil it, but West­world’s provoca­tive premise, in­trigu­ing ideas and in­tense ac­tion make it HBO’S heir to Game of Thrones.

SUN. 10/ 2, 9 P. M., HBO ★★★★✩

An­thony Hop­kins and Jef­frey Wright won­der: Are the park’s an­droids too hu­man?

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