Trending HBO show, ‘Westworld’, has become all about crossovers and there’s no stopping it. What started with ‘Breaking Bad’, continued to ‘Game of Thrones’, and will perhaps move on to ‘Person of Interest’ next.
As annoying as it is, ‘Westworld’, does not know how to put a stop to crossovers. While a little reminder of fan-favorite shows here and there is always welcome, too many cooks spoil the broth. Jonathan Nolan’s sci-fi show, ‘Westworld’, has become known for going overboard with its crossovers.
- ‘Westworld’ brought in Jesse Pinkman from ‘Breaking Bad’
- ‘Westworld’ features ‘Game of Thrones’ in yet another crossover
- Fingers crossed for more ‘Westworld’ crossovers
While shows do gain from experimenting with crossovers, ‘Westworld’ creators need to know where to draw the line. The ‘Westworld’ audience loves a good crossover, but as long as it does not become a world solely about that.
‘Westworld’ brought in Jesse Pinkman from ‘Breaking Bad’
For two seasons, ‘Westworld’ played the smart game of establishing the inherent conflict between artificial intelligence and the human mind, forcing its viewers into bending their minds to figure out the right and the wrong. With season 3, this popular HBO sci-fi show, took it out of the park, literally and figuratively. While action started to build up in the outer world, ‘Westworld’ decided to experiment with the crossover formula and become a world outside the normal. One of the season 3 episodes, “Passed Pawn”, features Aaron Paul, the actor who played the famous ‘Breaking Bad’ character, Jesse Pinkman, as Caleb.
The episode shows Caleb trying to find out his real identity by looking into his memory and his past. With time, his real memory comes to the front pushing the injected memory aside. Caleb finds himself walking past a building covered in graffiti. The camera frame focuses on two words written in graffiti: “Badger” and “Skin“, immediately reminding the viewers of the two best friends of Jesse Pinkman, “Badger” and “Skinny Pete”. Convincingly, that marked the beginning of the crossover game for ‘Westworld’.
‘Westworld’ features ‘Game of Thrones’ in yet another crossover
The similarities between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ include a lot of things, and their broadcasting network is one of them. Even so, never once had the fans expected to see a crossover as literally as was shown in the second episode of ‘Westworld’ Season 3. Although the episode title, “The Winter Line”, should have prepared the audience for what they were about to witness, nobody saw it coming. In the said episode, Stubbs and Bernard are found entering the “Park 4” laboratory that has been created around a medieval theme. As Stubbs and Bernard cross a few glass cells, the sight that was kept in store for the audience threw everyone off. There was lying, in one of the cells, Daenerys Targaryen’s only living dragon, Drogon. ‘Westworld’ did not stop teasing its fans just at that. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, were also in the episode, acting as two medieval men who were the owners of Drogon. Go report that to Daenerys! Just when we thought that ‘Westworld’ could not have become more of a crossover world, they go ahead and do it again!
Fingers crossed for more ‘Westworld’ crossovers
Why stop at just ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ when the whole crossover game can be exaggerated further? That’s exactly what the ‘Westworld’ creators thought when they decided to go for one crossover after another. As if two popular shows were not enough, ‘Westworld’ went after ‘Person of Interest’ too for another unnecessary crossover. As the action intensifies in the show’s outer world, ‘Westworld’ Season 3 gears up for its fans to become a little more annoyed with yet another crossover. We find Dolores planning to use “Rehoboam”, a super-advanced artificial intelligence machine for turning the world into something better. The crossover devil lies in the details of the function of the machine, Rehoboam. The machine, Rehoboam, has been created to facilitate predicting and then deciding a path for every individual. The Rehoboam would formulate a path for each human being and, following that, would eventually turn the world into a better place. Sounds familiar? Bet on it for it is exactly how “the Machine” in ‘Person of Interest’ works. Well, that shouldn’t be a surprise considering both the shows have one thing in common– Jonathan Nolan.
It is fun to witness crossovers, but it also becomes a tad bit much if all you see in your favourite show are references to your other favourite shows. Here’s hoping that ‘Westworld’ finally takes the hint and stops playing crossovers for a while.