Westworld has been slipping quietly under the radar of many TV fans of late, and we can't quite understand why.
The final episode of the series' first season (all 90 minutes of it) airs next Monday. Here are a few reasons we think you should catch up before then.
The premise: if you missed the 1973 film, Westworld is the story of a theme park of sorts that allows punters to pay stupid amounts of money to indulge in their wildest western fantasies. The park is filled with autonomous robotic hosts all going about their own lives in the intricate narratives that have been written for them. They're all equipped with such advanced AI and prosthetics that you can't tell them from a real person. But what happens when these ‘hosts’ get too smart for their own good? If your first thought is Jurassic Park, that’s probably because the guy who wrote the movie also wrote the books that Spielberg’s films were based on (Michael Crichton). Also, it's nine episodes in, and it's still blowing my mind.
There’s a Hemsworth in it
You know the one that no one really talks about? The older brother to Thor and Gale Abernathy, Luke Hemsworth has a pretty prominent role as head of security at the park - aka making sure the employees and the guests stay safe.
That means no-holds-barred violence and loads of nudity - if you like that kind of thing. It will more than fill the Game of Thrones-sized hole in your life. Winter is always coming.
It’s only 10 episodes
They’re all under an hour each - except, as can be expected, the finale - so you can smash it out in a day. Then, of course, revisit it the next day to wrap your head around what just happened.
The soundtrack is sick
Ramin Djawadi – responsible for the GoT theme and most other pieces of music you’ve ever loved – is looking after this one as well. If you’re watching a scene and think ‘hey, that sounds familiar,’ it’s probably a cover of an old tune. I’ve noticed Paint It Black and Back to Black – no doubt there are some I haven't caught. The theme's cute too.
The cast is phenomenal
James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Talulah Riley – need we say more? It's a killer line-up, really.
Did we mention Ed Harris is in it too? Probably worth watching solely for his performance as the mysterious Man in Black. Not giving anything away - and that's not just because we still don't know anything about him, either.
It’s created by Christopher Nolan’s brother
Y’know, Christopher Nolan? Batman? Inception? If you didn't know, a lot of the work Christopher does is with his brother, Jonathan. He's married to the series co-creator, Lisa Joy.
J.J. Abrams is an exec producer, as is Jerry Weintraub
I’ve got a good feeling about this.