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WESTWORLD’s Mesmerizing Opening Credits Are Sci-Fi Perfection

Have we been forthcoming enough with you about our full-on obsessive love of Westworld yet? The HBO TV-serialization of the 1970s Michael Crichton movie of the same name premiered last Sunday and has already overwhelmed our brains with its questions of morality, evolution, technology the nature of existence, and what combination therein defines the difference between humans and artificial intelligence. But it also simply dazzles on a visual level.

Opening credit sequences have certainly upped their game in recent years, weaving a beautiful visualization of the story at hand into, essentially, an artistic thesis that lends itself to mood and tone of the story about to be told. Particular sequences like those from Marvel’s Jessica Jones and WGN America’s gone-too-soon (sob) Manhattan stand out in recent memory, and we’re going to add Westworld‘s to that mix as well.

Designer Patrick Clair and his team at Elastic have brought a real nuts-and-bolts reality to a show about how far we’ll go to deceive ourselves in the name of self-fulfilling moral freedom in their credits sequence. The construction of the robots—so often seen as background color in a scene more than anything else we’ve seen thus far—and flesh takes center stage in Clair’s animation. It’s a welcome reminder of the blurred line this show tows, and that all that you see may not be actuality.

Oof. Heavy stuff, right?

What do you think of the opening credits? Are you enjoying Westworld so far? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured Image: HBO


Alicia Lutes is Managing Editor of Nerdist and creator/co-host of Fangirling. Find her on Twitter freaking out about AI.

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