The Robots Go Insane in New "Westworld" Photos and Episode Summaries

Thursday, 29 September 2016 - 12:52PM
Westworld
Thursday, 29 September 2016 - 12:52PM
The Robots Go Insane in New "Westworld" Photos and Episode Summaries
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Westworld, originally a movie directed by Michael Crichton, bears a lot of resemblances to Crichton's more famous project, Jurassic Park: giant, elaborate theme park built on advanced technology, a catastrophic breakdown that leads to a bunch of outsiders being trapped in said park, and a park director who's trying to understand why they've lost control over their creations. But Westworld goes beyond "gaze upon Man's hubris!" and brings in the old Blade Runner theme: what makes us human?

HBO recently released synopses and new photos (Credit: John P. Johnson) from the first five episodes of the show, which flesh out what to expect from the upcoming season. And just skimming through, there are already plenty of gorgeous visuals and interesting hooks, particularly a plotline in which the androids are suffering from madness and hallucinations (but in true dehumanizing fashion, they call it a "host anomaly"). Check out the synopses below, or scroll to the bottom to check out the new photos.

"Pilot"

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As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android "hosts" – top programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) encounters a gunslinger named Teddy (James Marsden) in the street – but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.
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Episode 2: "Chestnut"

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A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater's brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld's deepest secrets."
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Episode 3: "The Stray"

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Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) head into the hills in pursuit of a missing host. Teddy (James Marsden) gets a new backstory, which sets him off in pursuit of a new villain, leaving Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) alone in Sweetwater. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts. William (Jimmi Simpson) finds an attraction he'd like to pursue and drags Logan (Ben Barnes) along for the ride.
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Episode 4: "Dissonance Theory"

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Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) joins William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) on a bounty hunt in the badlands. The Man in Black (Ed Harris), with Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.) in tow, finds a critical clue in his search to unlock the maze. Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) discuss the future of the park. Maeve (Thandie Newton) is troubled by a recurring vision.
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Episode 5: "Contrapasso"

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Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) reach Pariah, a town built on decadence and transgression - and are recruited for a dangerous mission. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) meets an unlikely ally in his search to unlock the maze.
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Westworld premieres Sunday, October 2nd at 9 PM on HBO.
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