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Beyond Westworld

Entry updated 10 November 2023. Tagged: TV.

US tv series (1980). MGM Television for the CBS-TV network. Created by Michael Crichton and Lou Shaw. Produced by John Meredith Lucas and Fred Freiberger. Directors include Ted Post, Paul Stanley, and Don Weis. Writers include David Carren, Howard Dimsdale, and Martin Roth. Cast includes Severn Darden, Nancy Harewood, William Jordan, Jim McMullen, Connie Sellecca and James Wainwright. Five 60-minute episodes, the last two instalments unaired. Colour.

In this follow-up to Crichton's film Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976), Delos Security Chief John Moore (McMullen) attempts to foil the efforts of Mad Scientist Simon Quaid (Wainwright) in the latter's efforts at world conquest through the use of the Delos Androids featured in the theatrical releases. Moore is assisted by fellow agent Pamela Williams (Sellecca) from the second episode onward, but the stories proved lacklustre and lacking in innovation: in each episode, the pair track down androids Quaid has secreted in sensitive positions such as a nuclear-armed submarine or in some high US government agency. The series was cancelled while episode #6 was in production, with the final two segments never shown. [GSt]

see also: John Chambers.


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