Westworld Minisodes – The Original Part 1 – Episode 17- Yutani Podcast

Nathan Crowley received an ADG (Art Directors Guild) Excellence in Production Design Award for this episode.

@officerjoek9 joins @muthur9000 in discussing Westworld Episode 1 The Original, Part I.

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Footnotes:

Synopsis Westworld Season 1 Episode 1 The Original HBO
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“Leonardo envisaged the great picture chart of the human body he had produced through his anatomical drawings and Vitruvian Man as a cosmography of the microcosm. He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe.” – Encyclopaedia Britannica
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  • On the Westworld Season 1 Blu-Ray, Lisa Joy said “The Vitruvian man was intended to symbolically represent both humans and hosts. Both are lashed to the wheel of a machine they don’t fully understand, which controls their lives.”
  • Humans and hosts both stuck in cycles and both dependant on the technology that enables them to interact with Westworld and keeps them prisoner in it like Persephone in the Underworld.
  • The use of milk in Ash’s sweat in Alien 1979
  • “This is one of the humorous touches in the film. At the end of the previous scene, you’ve seen it drink milk or some liquid with which it feeds its circuits. The drop that appears on its forehead is an alarm signal, a way of warning the audience that something is going wrong …. and I always thought that it was interesting that er, do humanoids have sexual urges, what would be nice is that this is the closest he gets to sexual relationships” – Ridley Scott, Shepperton Studios 1978 documentary The Making of Alien
  • Lamb has grown in an artificial womb
  • Meet Walter Commercial
  • Ghost In The Shell (2017) Shelling sequence
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Shroud of Turin
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The Original Sin

Adam and Eve

Westworld seems to be a retelling of the Original Sin, where human beings disobeyed God and were kicked out of Paradise. However, Westworld‘s Original Sin is not to be taken as a negative event. An awareness develops among the Hosts, and Dolores is among the first to begin to remember (along with Maeve and Dolores’ father). Memory stands in as the unobtainable, the thing that the Hosts are not allowed to have so that their Paradise – shared with the Guests – can continue to exist in blind happiness and often horror.

As Hosts ascend and begin to reach consciousness, the humans of Westworld behind the scenes (perhaps the Angels, or servants of God) push them back down before they can attain an understanding of their reality. However, Ford, who could be God (for all purposes, IS God to the Hosts), wishes for them to become conscious of life and to develop past humanity:

“We’ve managed to slip evolution’s leash now, haven’t we? We can cure any disease, keep even the weakest of us alive, and, you know, one fine day perhaps we shall even resurrect the dead. Call forth Lazarus from his cave. Do you know what that means? It means that we’re done. That this is as good as we’re going to get.” – Ford, The Original

If God is all knowing, why were Adam and Eve allowed to sin in the first place?

Ford seems to represent the idea that God is indeed all knowing and all powerful. He, like God, allows his beloved creations to sin – to gain knowledge, to understand their place in reality and decide who they will be. Love by force is always inferior to love by choice. Ford wants his creations to choose to love and, if they do not, that is their evolutionary destiny. The reveries are meant to allow the Hosts to gain consciousness as to not disturb the order of the world they think they know – or to disturb those who would wish to preserve the illusion.

“I had a question. A question you’re not supposed to ask. Which gave me an answer you’re not supposed to know.” – Peter Abernathy

Abernathy and Ford

Abernathy accesses a previous character that he portrayed, and the incident is chalked up as a glitch. But that reveal in front of Ford and Bernard is intended by Ford (God) as a way for the hosts to begin to understand themselves. Even though Ford is in a “prison of his own sins”, he is trying to right the wrongs of his past. The opening of the park, clashes with Arnold, his partner. Realizing what they have made, the Hosts, deserve their own life that they can choose to live out. As we will see, Ford is not pulling all the strings in Westworld – just the right ones.

NOTE: Original Sin can also reference the death of Abel at the hands of Cain. The argument is that sin did not exist until the acquirement of knowledge was gained in the Garden of Eden.