Did you watch the premiere episode of HBO’s new dark futuristic drama, Westworld? The show is based on an old 70’s Michael Crichton film (which is actually not a bad movie… Yul Brynner rocks an amazing proto-Terminator character). Sometime in the near future, people travel to a fully immersive period theme park populated by android hosts. Guests are able to indulge in their fantasies with the hosts no matter how perverse.
The first episode called The Original, features plenty of action and story to hook you after the first play.
The soundtrack is another strong aspect of the show. Creator Jonathan Nolan teamed up with Ramin Djawadi. We know Djawadi from Game Of Thrones and their iconic music. He also previously worked with Nolan on Person of Interest.
Nolan and Djawadi use an interesting technique with the soundtrack. Along with the spaghetti westerny type score, there is one of those saloon self playing piano machines. Throughout the episode, it plays modern music. My wife pointed out the piano cranking out Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” And during a climatic gun battle, Rolling Stones’ “Painted Black.”
Djawadi says in Vulture, “the show has an anachronistic feel to it. It’s a Western theme park, and yet it has robots in it, so why not have modern songs? And that’s a metaphor in itself, wrapped up in the overall theme of the show.”
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Credits roll, and we get treated to Johnny Cash, “Ain’t No Grave.” The lyrics hauntingly speak to the “lives” the hosts live in Westworld.
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