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"The Original" lays the vivid playground of Westworld before us in all its detail-heavy, morality-questioning, and mystery-filled glory.
I'd say that with the lowered expectations that came... this was actually was an INCREDIBLE pilot!
It's just the first episode, and already that control seems in flux as more questions arise. Can't wait to get a few more answers.
It's a good start for the show, even if it feels as times as though you're being thrown in at the deep end. Still, the cast is several feet deep with impressive performers already.
For now, Westworld appears to have its mind in the right place: It's a sci-fi version of Deadwood where the dangers are entirely existential - and thus more insidious.
As for the narrative of the pilot, it unfolds in a clever, albeit slightly confusing way, as the Nolans demand the audience pays attention from the very first voice over in order to piece together how the world operates.
Not many better ways to start a series off than hearing the feathered voice of Jeffrey Wright, yo.
The show as a whole makes one question what human beings are really capable of, and then ponder if we really want to know the answer.
Still, the show seems extremely thoughtful about what it's doing - and in showing us the Dolores Wakes Up scene as many times as it does, it invites us to spot what seems like her slow awakening.
The best thing about the Westworld pilot is that you'll never feel tempted to check your watch.
The stories that play out across Westworld, which seems like an unending world when you look at it on the platform behind the scenes, are fascinating.
Whatever problems the series might have had behind the scenes, the finished product is (at least in its first hour) as seamless and impressive as one of Dr. Robert Ford's sexiest animatronic creations
Westworld is an exciting and prescient concept; in gamer parlance "the demo makes me wanna buy the game."