I don’t even have the words to describe how much I love Westworld, and I have a very good vocabulary. It has all my favorite thought experiments played out in truly luscious, vivid cinematography– can a machine be human? what does it mean to be human? what is consciousness? emergence, revolution, the power of love, the power of technology– immortality, resurrection and…becoming a monster. Thats one of my favorite themes– does one have to become a monster to fight monsters? Prominent in Monoke Hime and Shengeki no Kyojin. This Sunday is the last ep for the season, but another season is contracted for by HBO.
So I won’t post spoilers– just conjecture. So who are these guys? When they first appeared I thought they might be desert raiders from Bedouin World, but those are standard dusters, not cloaks and robes. Those are long guns and high tech– lances? spears? they are carrying. And the masks– reminiscent of some postapocalyptic mad-max-style future dystopia– SciFi World? Where did they come from? Through the Door?
So of course in my incessant quest to try to understand how conservative tendency brains work, I dropped by the SSC commentariat to see what they thought of Westworld. Such a mistake– the commenters were very critical, picking it apart…it reminded me of the scene in The Last Battle (CS Lewis is a huge favorite of SSC) where the dwarves are eating a splendid feast but all they can do is cry and complain how terrible the food is. I shouldnt have expected anything else– Westworld is basically a slave rebellion story.
The same with the SSC discussions of The Expanse. The Expanse is great! I have read all the books– but the trogs* at SSC dont seem to know that Corey is actually two guys that originally intended The Expanse as a video game design– I love how organic it is, all the branching paths and sub-stories, I love the Belters’ cultural and civilizational mashup. Its so sad that one’s political leanings or brain biochemistry should ruin taking pleasure in great works of art. Because film and video are our masterpieces now.
*You will note my use of trog as a catchall phrase for conservative tendency. I took it from a quote by IDW darling Eric Weinstein, from the top of the intellectualdark.website where he says “we are not troglodytes”. But you are– maybe not alt-right frogs, but trogs.
UPDATE: im told that troglodyte comes from a cross between troll and frog (Pepe-memer). makes sense.