Westworld: (De)Humanising the Other

Here’s a Queer woman’s take on Westworld. Foz Meadows manages to see a lot of nuances that I, as a straight woman, missed. However, as she is not a PoC, she doesn’t see the racial issues in the same manner I did in my reviews. One can get a more fully rounded image of the issues in Pop Culture when seen through several lenses.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

Warning: total spoilers for S1 of Westworld.

Trigger warning: talk of rape, sexual assault and queer death.

Note: Throughout this review, it will be necessary to distinguish between the writers of Westworld the TV show, and the writers employed in the narrative by the titular Westworld theme park. To avoid confusing the two, when I’m referring to the show, Westworld will be italicised; when referring to the park, I’ll use plain text.

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This will be a somewhat bifurcated review of Westworld – which is, I feel, thematically appropriate, as Westworld itself is something of a bifurcated show. Like so much produced by HBO, it boasts incredible acting, breathtaking production values, intelligent dialogue, great music and an impeccably tight, well-orchestrated series of narrative reveals. Also like much produced by HBO, it takes a liberal, one might even say cartoonishly gratuitous approach to nudity, is saturated with violence in general and violence…

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