Still Watching the Skies: Episode 28 “Westworld”
Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by John Bierly of Peace Fund Radio to sit down and hash out some vacation plans. In particular, the Delos Corporation has a nice setup with Roman World, Medieval World, and WESTWORLD (1973). There’s a lot to do there with brothels, bank robberies, saloon fights, jail breaks, and showdowns with robot gunslingers all on the table. What can go wrong?
WESTWORLD was Michael Crichton’s first try as a director with a premise that foresaw JURASSIC PARK. Does it stand the test of time? What’s the verdict on Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, and Yul Brynner? Does the film have much to say about robots? Or is just Crichton’s earliest take on system instability and chaos? What do we make of mixing genres like the Western and Science Fiction? Find out which podcaster goes all the way to CLERKS to discuss how much robot maintenance workers should make for some really terrible work? And which park would we all like to visit?
But we’re not done with just the movie. We also take the time to discuss the first season of HBO’s series in spoiler filled detail. So beware if you’re avoiding spoilers. That series takes a deeper dive into the themes and ideas of the movie, along with gaming and narrative structures, but does it come out with a lot more to say? Does its looping storytelling mesmerize or frustrate? It features copious nudity, but is it salacious?
Next month, head back to the 1950s and strap on the flamethrowers for a Warner Bros. double feature of DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24 1/2TH CENTURY and THEM!. Plus, it’s an opportunity for Robert to comment on sewers again, certainly a scintillating subject of discussion.