Westworld season one in Digital HD was released today! Along with all 10 episodes, the digital version includes 70 minutes of bonus material with commentary from showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, producer J.J. Abrams, and actors Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), and James Marsden (Teddy Flood). The big question though – is it worth it? Let’s break down the content and see.
With the impending release of Westworld season one on Digital HD download, we’ve been blessed with an assortment of bonus extras this week. Today we get yet another to enjoy, this time courtesy of TV Guide.
The newest Westworld bonus extra features showrunner Lisa Joy discussing a scene between Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Ford) and Tessa Thompson (Charlotte Hale), and a particularly neat background detail viewers may have missed.
While watching the scene below, keep your eyes peeled for the sculpted heads in Dr. Ford’s office and you just might see a couple familiar faces among the lot!
Imago Dei, or ‘Image of God,’ is a belief held in, among other religions, Christianity. Found in various passages of the New Testament, this idea forms the belief that humans were unselfishly created in the image of God, the Creator. And as such, humans were bestowed with the ability to choose or reject love, an attribute that has set us apart from all other living creations that inhabit the world.
That being said, is the differentiation between humans and artificial intelligence, or more specifically, Westworld’s hosts, so cut and dry? Or does the fact that hosts are essentially extensions of ourselves, designed to precisely mimic our physical, mental, and emotional pursuits, mean that we must also view these android beings as images of God?
In the clip, star Evan Rachel Wood discusses some of the complexities of her character, the formidable Dolores Abernathy, and her progression from a “young, innocent, pure farm girl” to the vengeful sharpshooter we witness her become in the final scene of the first season as she takes out Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and a slew of human guests invited to celebrate the unveiling of Ford’s new narrative.
Wood says that her character’s “biggest moments are when she starts going against her programming”, and admits “we still aren’t quite sure just how deep Dolores goes.” Check out the full clip here:
One of the biggest twists in Westworld’s first season was discovering one of the main human characters wasn’t human after all. Delos employee and Head of Programming Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) was a sympathetic and likeable character from the beginning, so the reveal that he was a host in the series’ seventh episode (appropriately titled “Trompe L’Oeil”) came as a shock to many fans. What made it doubly surprising was that Bernard had no idea of his true nature.
Today Hollywood.com revealed an interview clip with Jeffrey Wright from the upcoming Westworld Digital HD Season 1 release. In it, Wright discusses Bernard’s character arc and relationship with Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Wright relates that as Bernard unravels the mystery of the hosts’ increasingly erratic behavior, he “discovers more than he knew at first about Dr. Ford and his intentions in building the park.”
Check out the complete video interview here:
Why do we humans have rights? According to a new In the Nutshell video, a big reason is the fact that we are consciousness beings. But not only that – we are conscious beings that are capable of suffering, and are capable of being aware of the fact that we are suffering. And so, to protect us from suffering, we’ve created rights that aim to prohibit the ability to inflict unwanted suffering upon ourselves.
But what about our android counterparts that inhabit Westworld? Do they deserve the same rights that we humans enjoy on a daily basis, or does their designation as “robot” automatically preclude them?
By the end of Westworld’s first season, most of the big theories had been confirmed. We discovered that Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) was a host modeled after Arnold Weber, William (Jimmi Simpson) had become the Man in Black (Ed Harris), Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) was responsible for the code changes in Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) and the other hosts, and Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) was Wyatt.
There are some lingering questions, though, and they have fans wondering whether they will be addressed in season two.
I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan and have been since that television series was originally on the air, all the way back from 1993 to 1999. The first American production to boldly experiment with the idea of telling a serialized story instead of adhering to the then-standard episodic format, Joe Michael Straczynski’s five-year storyline (which he nearly wrote all by himself – all 110 episodes and five telefilms) was so intricate, actors weren’t allowed to change a single line of dialogue on set without first checking with him – one never knew what could be a throwaway comment or an integral piece of foreshadowing.
It may seem a bit heavy-handed, but it actually was nothing compared to how Straczynski kept the cast in the dark about their various character arcs – where they were going, how they would get there, and, most importantly of all, who they would be at the end. (Even though B5 shows its age in the storytelling department – each installment still had to feel as if it had a natural conclusion, compared to today’s endless parade of cliffhanger endings – it still has the single best overarching narrative in TV history, with characters that go through real, substantive changes.) It’s important to play each step of the process, the creator and showrunner would tell his actors, and not just the end result.
Over the course of the first season, fans of Westworld got acquainted with Felix Lutz, the nervous-but-lovable Delos technician who got caught up in the whirlwind that was Maeve Millay’s (Thandie Newton) ascension to android dominance. But few people know the man behind the character, Leonardo Nam, and his real-life journey from broke and homeless Australian transplant to one of the stars of HBO’s popular Wild West show.
iDigitalTimes recently sat down with Nam to learn about his roots and what drove him to leave his native land in search of a dream. His story – one that features elements including sacrifice, pain, hard work, and well-earned success – is one that can serve as a source of inspiration for young actors across the world who may be questioning if they’ll ever be able to perform their talents in front of the audiences they desire.