Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to do a quick Eco Blast for Westworld.
If you guys don’t know, Westworld is a new sci-fi triller from HBO that’s basically trying to become the next Game of Thrones, another show I could do an Eco Blast about. The show is based off of the film of the same name from the ’70s.
The show is placed in a futuristic amusement park where customers pay big to live out their desires in an American Western landscape. Players can be the hero sheriff who stops the bandit, or they can be the lonely cowboy, or they can be the bandit themselves by raping and pillaging every village they come to. The thing is, the human-like robots that inhabit the theme park are starting to act strange. Are they becoming self-aware?
Where You Can Watch
HBO (or any of its affiliated services)
The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
Like I said, this talk about Westworld is an Eco Blast. I’m just trying to let you guys know that this show exists.
My quick thoughts are that its a mysterious show, and its trying to be that. Its a mystery thriller that’s trying to keep you guessing from start to finish. While that was fun at first, now that we’re a little more than halfway through the first season (6 our of 10 episodes) I am starting to get annoyed.
That said, the show has a lot of promise. There are a few breakout characters such as the “Kissing Kate”-esque Delores (which book/movie I’m referencing?), the charming Maeve, the outspoken Elsie, and the violent Man-in-Black. In addition, a little mystery and darkness is fun, or else the bad boy wouldn’t be such a clichéd archetype. The show is engaging while watching, and hopefully all this letting on the story is doing will bring in a lot of payoff when these mysteries start to reveal themselves.
The Gay Factor
That’s all well and good, but why am I mentioning this show on Queer Fudanshi? Well, I’ll be honest, there isn’t a lot of queer content in this show. While Game of Thrones has and had significant gay and lesbian characters, Westworld does not.
Elsie kisses one of the turned off, female hosts (robots) at one point (not a spoiler since it was literally in the first 15 minutes of episode 1), but that was never addressed by the show again. Then, there are a lot of shots of Lesbian kisses, but just of extras who are trying to act out the show’s many sex scenes (btw, this is possibly the only show that can have HEAPS of sex scenes and not be sexy in the least bit). In addition, one male character, Logan, may be bisexual, but I’m not fully sure. It’s worth mentioning however.
The show’s noteworthiness comes from the splash it made in the ratings for first episode. In addition, there’s a strong cult following that’s forming with every new episode. I say, if you’re ok with HBO level sex and violence, cause once again there’s a lot of that, and are into slow burning mysteries, try out this show.
If you’re looking for representation, skip it.