Westworld - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Original



Critic Consensus: "The Original" lays the vivid playground of Westworld before us in all its detail-heavy, morality-questioning, and mystery-filled glory.

Episode Info

In the premiere of this sci-fi drama set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automaton "hosts," the park's head of programming is alarmed by subtle changes in some of their main attractions, and a rancher's daughter is reunited with a gunslinger even though her father might not approve. Based on the 1973 feature film directorial debut by Michael Crichton.


Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Robert Ford
Angela Sarafyan
as Clementine Pennyfeather
Ed Harris
as The Man in Black
Evan Rachel Wood
as Dolores Abernathy
Eddie Rouse
as Kisecawchuck
James Marsden
as Teddy Flood
Thandie Newton
as Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright
as Bernard Lowe
Tessa Thompson
as Charlotte Hale
Sidse Babett Knudsen
as Theresa Cullen
Rodrigo Santoro
as Harlan Bell
Shannon Woodward
as Elsie King
Simon Quarterman
as Lee Sizemore
Louis Herthum
as Peter Abernathy
Leonardo Nam
as Felix Lutz
Ptolemy Slocum
as Sylvester
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Critic reviews for The Original

I'd say that with the lowered expectations that came... this was actually was an INCREDIBLE pilot!

October 10, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Westworld is set to be several seasons long so you can't bet we'll be seeing more of this futuristic place than just the Wild West.

October 10, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Not many better ways to start a series off than hearing the feathered voice of Jeffrey Wright, yo.

June 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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