This is a piece I wrote awhile back but never posted. I’d planned to use it to help fill the quiet on the blog as I was writing my book (yay!) but, well, I just kinda forgot. What can I say? Life was busy. But with Westworld Season Four arriving this weekend, I figured it was the perfect time to share it! Enjoy!
This last HBO show I became completely obsessed with was Westworld. As I started it just months after I watched (and raved incessantly about) The Leftovers, my brother was worried I’d fall into the “HBO Cult” and become one of those people who ONLY talks about HBO shows. Granted, this fear was more prevalent and the reality more pervasive in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s before the rise of streaming services changed our experience of TV. But David’s fear/warning was valid all the same and I agree; “those HBO people” can be SO ANNOYING. Thankfully, while I spent a lot of time thinking and talking about Westworld, HBO never fully consumed me. There are still plenty of things I like to think and talk about. So, let’s think and talk about HBO’s Westworld, shall we?
Okay, so obviously I’m late to the game with Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s The Vision. I started it when it came out but (honestly) it made me heart hurt a bit too much to read monthly. But thankfully Kalie got me both trade paperbacks for Christmas! Yay!!! I’m happy I read this in one sitting as a complete, beautiful, tragic novel. You know those novels that, once read, you can’t get out of your head? Well that’s The Vision. This story will haunt me, yes, but it also moved me – as we all need to be moved – by making me feel the experience of the other. Continue reading →