There are very few shows that I can watch more than once and even fewer that I can count as having a life changing impact. HBO’s Westworld has done that for me. Robert Ford or ‘the god’ of the Park, played by the inimitable Antony Hopkins, has me tearing up and scrambling for a notepad to scribble down the most poetic lines on life and consciousness that I have come across- set against a score by Ramin Djawadi that envelopes you and haunts you long after (case in point below).
The premise of hosts or life-like robots living in narrative loops while being controlled by a higher power draws eerie parallels to humanity. Gary Jules once sang-about our automated repetitive existence “When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world, mad world.”
The rebels among the hosts and the obvious heroes and multifaceted protagonists of the show are like those that think differently and challenge the status quo in this tumultuous times that we live in. A lesson in humanity it is not but a commentary it sure is.
I also learnt a new word ‘reveries’. On the point of the score, as a serial daydreamer, this tune stood out the most.