The Original

WestworldVacationgoers flock to a futuristic, robot-populated amusement park, where, for a hefty fee, they can experience the dangers and delights of bygone eras – indulgences that tend to focus on sex, violence, or both. The robotic “hosts” are constantly maintained by a team of technicians, programmers, and scenario writers, and after each scenario reset, the robots’ memories are wiped…or at least, that’s the plan. Some of the robots begin exhibiting signs of a crippling existential awareness, to the point of total breakdown. It doesn’t help matters that a black-clad visitor to the park has made it his mission to torture various robots to the brink of total failure, searching for a “deeper level of the game”. As Dr. Ford, the creator of Westworld’s robots, diagnoses a troubling case of this existential breakdown, the robot he is examining demonstrates a disturbing awareness of who, what, and where it is…and promises revenge upon its creators. Another robot, the oldest one in the entire park, returns to her existence as farmgirl Dolores Abernathy, but she too has experienced an awakening. Despite these and other failures, Westworld remains open to paying guests.

telepaly by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
story by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy and Michael Crichton
directed by Jonathan Nolan
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Steven Ogg (Rebus), Michael Wincott (Old Bill), Eddie Rouse (Kissy), Brian Howe (Sheriff Pickett), Demetrius Grosse (Deputy Foss), Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester), Leonardo Nam (Lutz), Kyle Bornheimer (Clarence), Bradford Tatum (Bartender / New Abernathy), Lena Georgas (Lori), Currie Graham (Craig), Timothy Lee DePriest (Walter), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Tenderloin), Bridgid Coulter (Mother of Young Boy), Regi Davis (Father of Young Boy), Mataeo Mingo (Boy of 8), Trevante Rhodes (Bachelor), Micky Shiloah (Bachelor), Keller Wortham (Bachelor), Olivia May (Hooker), Jackie Moore (Hooker), Alex Marshall-Brown (Hooker), Jeffrey Muller (Man on Train), Brook Kerr (Woman on Train), Bradley Snedeker (Passenger), Patrick Quinlan (Passenger), Bianca Lopez (Diagnostic Programmer), WestworldMolly Schreiber (Bachelorette), Stefanie Chin (Girlfriend), Joshua Sawtell (Controller), Nihan Gur (Female Laughing Host)

Notes: Actor Eddie Rouse (American Gangster, Pineapple Express), died of liver failure several weeks after filming his role in the Westworld pilot in 2014. The character of Kissy was meant to be a recurring role for him; the pilot episode is dedicated to his memory.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Chestnut

WestworldNew players arrive at Westworld, ready to try their hand at lawless frontier life. William, coaxed into visiting Westworld by his wife’s brother, is reluctant to indulge in the seedier side of the park’s offerings, whereas most of the park’s typical storylines and diversions are simply too tame for his brother-in-law, who urges him to go “black hat”. A chance exchange between Dolores and Maeve fills Maeve’s head with strange thoughts, and like Dolores, she begins remembering past scenarios that have supposedly been wiped from her memory. Westworld’s board of directors grows restless about return business, and an ambitious young scenarist devises and proposes a new plotline for the park, which Ford promptly shoots down on the ground that obvious, tawdry thrills are not what Westworld is about. As she is being cleaned and prepared for another day’s duty in the park, Maeve awakens in a strange new world – one in which she sees fellow hosts being treated like objects.

written by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
directed by Richard J. Lewis
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ben Barnes (Logan), Clifton Collins Jr. (Lawrence), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Jimmi Simpson (William), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester), Leonardo Nam (Lutz), Talulah Riley (Angela), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Oliver Bell (Little Boy), Izabella Alvarez (Lawrence’s Daughter), Olga Aguilar (Lawrence’s Wife), Price Carson (Barkeep), Christopher Cedeno (Last Gunman), Sal Lopez (Cigarillo), Will Pinson Rose (Behavior Tech), Eric Ramey (Narrative Tech), Nanrisa Induk Lee (Narrative Tech), Carlos E. Campos (Surveillance Tech), Tai Bennett (Controller), Diana Toshiko (Costumer), Kiki McCleary (Stewardess), Jackie Moore (Mariposa Girl), Nathalia Castellon (Mariposa Girl), Patrick Gorman (Eye Patch), Josh Clark (Sheriff Reid), Granville Ames (Union Recruiter), Bradley Fisher (Mariposa Bartender), Tim Fox (Burley Guest), Christine Weatherup (Female Guest), Lucas Peterson (Shy Guest), Michael L. Bash (Spellbound Guest), Jasmyn Rae (Homestead Girl)

WestworldNotes: Making the first of two appearances in the first season of Westworld is actor Josh Clark, who appeared as Lt. Carey in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and, ironically, as another sheriff in several episodes of Heroes. He’s also appeared in Babylon 5, Millennium, Mad Men, and Agents Of SHIELD. Granville Ames is a fellow veteran of both Babylon 5 and the Star Trek franchise.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Stray

WestworldHaving spent a day in Westworld, William finally gets into character and shoots down a bandit, discovering in the process that he himself can’t be killed, even if he’s shot. Dolores and Maeve continue remembering brutal past incidents that they should be incapable of remembering. Bernard confronts Ford about the odd behavior of some of the hosts, learning that Ford’s original partner, a man named Arnold, tried to imbue the hosts with true consciousness, but died in the park before he could succeed, with all records of the incident scrubbed from Westworld’s official history. Ford develops a new narrative of his own, involving a hunt for a savage outlaw named Wyatt, while two Westworld employees go searching for a “stray” host who has mysteriously gone off-program. Dolores also breaks free of her programming, tired of being brutalized by visitors, discovering in the process that they can be killed.

written by Daniel T. Thomsen & Lisa Joy
directed by Neil Marshall
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ben Barnes (Logan), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Jimmi Simpson (William), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Louis Herthum (Old Peter Abernathy), Bradford Tatum (New Peter Abernathy), Steven Ogg (Rebus), Bojana Novakovic (Marti), Talulah Riley (Angela), Gina Torres (Lauren), Brian Howe (Sheriff Pickett), Demetrius Grosse (Deputy Foss), Eddie Shin (Henry), Chris Browning (Holden), Timothy DePriest (Old Waiter), Ward Roberts (New Waiter), Bruno Gunn (Walrus), Darrel Cherney (Horace), Kanin Howell (Ivan), Paul-Mikel Williams (Charlie), Tait Fletcher (Woodcutter), Tom Proctor (Cookie), Travis Johns (Python Cowboy), Joshua Dov (Python Cowboy), Chris Mollica (Sinister Guest), Dusty Sorg (Sketchy Guest), Travis Hammer (Leering Guest), Paul Fox (Young Doctor), Sorin Brouwers (Wyatt), Con Schell (Deputy Rodgers), Bradley Fisher (Mariposa Bartender), Shvona Chung (Field Tech), Sheldon Coolman (Field Tech)

LogBook entry by Earl Green