First Westworld Reviews Say It's Just as Great as Game of Thrones

Friday, 16 September 2016 - 7:22PM
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Friday, 16 September 2016 - 7:22PM
First Westworld Reviews Say It's Just as Great as Game of Thrones
Westworld has been both highly anticipated and severely delayed, which can be a bad combination. Luckily, it looks like those delays did the trick, because the first reviews are raves.

As a genre prestige show on HBO with a crazy great cast, the show will inevitably be compared to Game of Thrones. So critics are getting that question out of the way now: it's not the "next Game of Thrones" in the sense that it's similar, but it will make for a handy replacement in terms of quality.

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"Westworld" has crazy-good talent behind and on the screen... The show is visually stunning - and oh-so unnerving. Perhaps you'll want to visit Westworld just as much as Westeros. - Mercury News
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But the really pressing question is – will it stack up as a strong enough replacement for Game of Thrones when the Lannister-Stark saga comes to an end after series eight? I hope someone at HBO thought to ask a passing librarian how much overlap there tends to be between George RR Martin and Philip K Dick fans, otherwise someone may be in for a nasty surprise. But for those of us who just like story – lots and lots of story! – Westworld will hit the spot as hard as GoT ever did. - The Guardian
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[Westworld] is sinister and spectacular, but it's not the new Game of Thrones... There's little to connect the two – aside from ample evidence of HBO's ongoing obsession with murder, nudity and sexual violence (where would high-quality drama be without those?). - The Telegraph
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Westworld has been touted as HBO's next Game of Thrones, something the premium network is surely hoping is the case after a crop of lackluster dramas in what used to be marquee spots on its schedule. The series was plagued by delays which naturally led to speculation and uncertainty, but whatever issues it had aren't noticeable now. The premiere is sweepingly seductive before letting the story slow down in its third and fourth hours to deeply consider the philosophy of such a place, and the show is better for it. - Collider
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About 15 minutes into the Westworld pilot, you're left with absolutely no doubt that this could be a genuine contender for the HBO's next smash hit. In one breathless gunfight sequence, show creator and writer/director of the first episode, Jonathan Nolan, manages to nod to Michael Crichton's original 1973 movie, completely smash your early preconceptions, ask some fairly deep ethical questions, and even court a little controversy. - Games Radar
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So in other words, it's not Game of Thrones by a long shot (except for HBO's trademark nudity and violence, but it's equally amazing. Which is as it should be, since none of us would want a pale imitation of Game of Thrones. It will be better to have another great genre show that can stand on its own. Plus, the fact that it's sci-fi rather than fantasy will allow for more thoughtful exploration of ethics and the meaning of humanity than we'll ever get from GOT.

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From its standout cast to its excellent visuals to one hell of a hummable score by the great Ramin Djawadi (the composer of Game of Thrones and Person of Interest), this is top-notch television in every respect... This is obviously not the first story to explore the idea of man's robotic creations from a thoughtful, sympathetic manner... but it quickly establishes its own unique world and characters that let it stand on its own. - IGN
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For all its brutal violence and sex... the series is a gorgeous exercise in profound melancholy... At times terrifying bleak and cynical, Westworld is lugubrious. It can have characters announcing, "Hell is empty and all the devils are here," and set out to illustrate that. - The Globe and Mail
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Westworld expands the circle once again. The series doesn't merely present androids as protagonists or victims. It grants them the defining victory of the outsider: the right at last to tell-haltingly, given their emergent capacities-their stories for themselves. - The Atlantic
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Westworld premieres on HBO on October 2.
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