Knowing that JJ Abrams has something to do with the show has never been far more evident than one way, and that’s the Discover Westworld website. At first glance it seems to be a website in the theme of you wanting to be a newcomer and enjoying the Delos theme park. Then things change after you go further into the rabbit hole.
There’s a sign-up and an “Access Code” box, plus pretty video and pictures. Once you register you receive an email and see a message from Delos
If you click and hold on the logo on the Welcome page, you’ll see a ominous, glitchy version of the page with what look like comments from PR people, maybe.
While you wait to find out what that means, go to the top right of the page, where it says “Employee Login.” If you type “BLACKHATWHITEHAT” or “WHITEHATBLACKHAT,” you’ll discover a new welcome video, followed by a 20-question “evaluation.”
Once you’ve finished the quiz, go back to the main page and type “VIOLENTDELIGHTS” into that Employee Login field, hit enter.
You’ll find yourself on DelosIncorporated.com, which gives you a sneak peek at some of the emails sent by the men and women of the operations team at Westworld (which have been flagged by Delos security for various reasons). This includes messages sent by the characters played on screen by Jeffrey Wright, Shannon Woodward, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Luke Hemsworth.
And be sure to read the Terms and Conditions (you’ll be tripped out)
If you view the source you can find a bunch of interesting stuff. There are questions and answers for a quiz as well as a legal statement saying that Delos is not responsible etc. Some weird stuff from it.. one part:
“(a) You dissolve Delos, Inc. of any responsibility financial or criminal that would result from dismemberment, broken bones, heart failure, loss or loss of use of hand and foot digits, shock, marital and relational strife, child endangerment, psychological trauma, delusions or hallucinations resulting from the realistic nature of the park experience, and/or any other physical, emotional, and psychological effects resulting from strenuous park activities”
“Statistically speaking, you are more likely to die from lightning strike than to die while in a Delos park. However, the following causes of accidental death have occurred within the Delos Destinations compound: buffalo stampede, self- cannibalism, accidental hanging, drowning, 3rd-degree burns, autoerotic asphyxiation, blunt force trauma, allergic reaction to non-native plant life, falling from great heights, common manslaughter, tumbleweeds.”
What makes it even cooler is that the most recent episode (Episode 2; Chestnut) was released early. It seems it was a very meta PR on behalf of JJ’s braintrust.
The website is going to be my obsession for so much of this series as JJ has been known for creating immersive experiences for his TV shows.