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The show is a mess. It seems remarkable that HBO, which gave us Deadwood, could create such an uncharismatic Western. The nudity, sex, and violence are gratuitous and distracting, as they were in Rome and Game of Thrones. A fully clothed Yul Brenner was far sexier than anything in the current show.

You can’t make a Western that isn’t aware of other Westerns. You mean to tell me that the people paying through the nose to go to West World have not watched Unforgiven, Dead Man, Django Unchained, or the remake of True Grit?

Old man says: “blah”.

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