Sunday, June 26, 2022

'Westworld' returns for season 4

"Westworld" returns for its fourth season tonight, so it's the subject of the Sunday entertainment feature this week. I begin with Looper telling its viewers Watch This Before You See Westworld Season 4.

HBO's "Westworld" captivated viewers when it debuted back in 2016, offering a deft mix of science-fiction and Western genre tropes all bound together with some big, heady ideas about artificial intelligence, morality, violence, and destiny. With excellent performances from the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and more, the show was a big hit for HBO, and two more seasons followed, each trippier and more world-expanding than the last. Wondering where the show is headed after that mind-bending Season 3 finale? Who is joining the cast? Watch this before you see "Westworld" Season 4.
I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling two of my observations. I made the first in a comment to Thanks to Infidel 753, I describe how 'Westworld' is like 'Jurassic Park', which I recycled already in 'Westworld' leads drama series with 22 Emmy nominations, followed by 'Stranger Things' with 19 and 'The Handmaid's Tale' with 13.
My wife and I are quite impressed at the depth of the ideas explored in the show. The creators have also done their research. Every time they mention something about evolution in Ford's dialog, they're right. This is especially true about the more disturbing concepts mentioned, like sexual selection contributing to the development of the human mind and what humans did to our nearest relatives. As someone who knows the field, that's both gratifying and unsettling.
"Do you know what happened to the Neanderthals, Bernard? We ate them." If Anthony Hopkins' most infamous character had been alive at the time, he'd have consumed their livers with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

Now for the setting and plot of Season 3, which I described in Outstanding Drama Series nominees at the Emmys once again examine politics and government.
"Westworld" turned political this season, as the hosts left the [park] to spread their robot revolution worldwide. In the process, they discovered that an AI has been influencing, even coercing, politicians and directing human affairs for decades and have decided to free humanity from it.
I'm sure that will continue in Season 4.

"Westworld" has always had interesting music selections, even if they're arrangements of pop songs instead of original compositions. These show up in the trailers as well, winning Golden Trailer awards for best music in 2017 and 2018. I'm sharing both of this season's trailers to highlight the music, beginning with Westworld | Season 4 Official Teaser | HBO.

A perfect day is here. #Westworld Season 4 premieres Sunday, June 26 on @HBO and @HBOMax.
Now for Westworld Season 4 | Official Trailer | HBO.

Maybe it’s time you questioned the nature of your own reality.
That's not a bad suggestion.

Enough fantasy (actually science fiction). I'll return to reality tommorrow. Stay tuned.

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