It was always a fascinating concept, and it had already been turned into an equally fascinating movie in 1973. But what was unleashed on our screens on 2 October 2016 was beyond fascinating: it was essential.
Taking a leaf out of Game Of Thrones’ book by not treating its subject matter as silly fantasy nonsense, Westworld was positively Shakespearean – even Jungian – in tone and sweep: pondering such questions as “What is it to be human?” and the true nature of evil.
In among the thinky bits were panoramic, John Ford-inspired landscapes that will now make every ordinary Western seem a bit smaller; performances that were not only magnificent but were, often as not, delivered while totally nude (we cannot even imagine working under those conditions – what troopers!); and a musical score by Ramin Djawadi that proves he’s one of the best soundtrackers working today.
We can’t wait to see where they go in season two, but until then we’re still reeling from our first visit to this bizarrely familiar yet terrifically alien world.
And bubbling under – the ones we also loved but had no room for:
- The Flash (pretty much battled it out with Supergirl for that final place in the Top 10)
- Lucifer (we love it here at BUZZ but we have to admit, it’s an acquired taste)
- Penny Dreadful (superb final episode)
- Preacher (though massively flawed when it had moments of utter genius)
- Orphan Black (still brilliant, but a bit of a treading water season)
- Person Of Interest (another brilliant final episode)
- Killjoys (Silly fun)
- Dark Matter