Faith in HBO’s Westworld

HBO’s new groundbreaking TV show based on the original book by Michael Crichton has set the internet on fire with fan theories, the film site birthmoviesdeath.com might contain one of the most interesting to date. Read on, but be aware there are spoilers.

In the four weeks since it’s been on air, the go-to show for Westworldcomparisons has been none other than Lost. For better or worse, the ABC island-survivor drama changed the landscape of by-appointment viewing when it was still the only option, taking it both global as well as across the worldwide web. Not only were its early seasons adept at twisting sci-fi screws at just the right moments, it was also a hot-bed for “fan theories” as a means to unravel its many mysteries ahead of time. Westworld appears to be following suit in both departments, and not just because of the involvement of Jay Jonah Abrams.

How we engage with long-form storytelling has evolved with technology (fitting, since this evolution is part and parcel of the show), but while these fan theories are running amok, I’m scared we might miss the beauty of what’s already in front of us: a show about humankind’s answers to questions of self-awareness in the form of religion and philosophy.

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Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.