As I wait for season 2 of The Expanse to get underway, I was really itching for a straight up hard sci-fi. Luckily HBO delivered with a re-imagining of Michael Crichton's Westworld by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (the creators and current showrunners for this series).
Now, the cast is phenomenal. The show stars Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Thandie Newton (2012), Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale), James Marsden (X-Men), Ed Harris (The Rock), and Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs). It's produced by director J.J. Abrams.
That's one hell of an ensamble cast, if you ask me.
But the show is already delving deep into the nature of artificial intelligence and the growing pains of become self-aware -- sentient. I could go on talking about how impressed I am with this show, its cast, its production design, its writing... but just take a look at this trailer featuring Thandie Newton's character Maeve and see for yourself.
I for one will be tuning in until the show's end. With the quality demonstrated so far, I know I'm in good hands. This could very well turn out to be HBO's next big hit. Or, if you don't buy into the hype, it may very well prove itself to be an understated masterpiece. I guess time will tell.
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