Babylon 5 was similar in the way it built on mythology and religion. Also, the questions during the opening credits of Babylon 5 – they’re all explored too. Ford and Bernard/Arnold could be the new G’Kar and Londo.
This thread seems almost as epic in scope already in terms of its length. I haven’t read through it yet so I’m probably repeating what’s already been said. But I like what Westworld has to say about storytelling itself, the expectations and structure of television series and audience participation; the demands placed on actors, etc. It’s Birdman in telly form! And then there’s what it has to say about the progression of videogames. It’s unsettling to think what it would be like if there was such a heightened sense of realism.
It’s a lot like Memento too or a more twisted version of that film with Ryan Gosling (I can’t remember the name) – Dolores and William’s tale is as much about dealing with losing a loved one through alzheimer’s as anything.