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Set your guns to "stunned," as you are about to be bowled over when the worlds of Westworld and Star Wars combine. "What?" you cry. Is Dr. Ford creating a robotic Death Star, has Dolores Wood starting wearing her hair in buns, or is Bernard Lowe also really a wookiee? In a universe populated by robots, it was only a matter of time before someone drew comparisons with that galaxy far, far away.
Warning: Spoilers for Westworld Episode 9.
George R.R. Martin has already staked his claim on a #GameofThrones/Westworld crossover, but Episode 9, "The Well-Tempered Clavier," seemingly dropped into another well known universe courtesy of George Lucas's #StarWars. Did you spot a rather familiar looking human-cyborg relations robot, looking like he had seen better days? We have all heard the theory that #Westworld could be set on Mars, so moving to Skywalker territory doesn't seem beyond the realm of possibility.
Now you 'C' me.
The office of nefarious Dr. Robert Ford is a treasure trove of Westworld goodies — from random scrawlings, to olde worlde piano players, and early drafts of Dolores. I am also pretty sure there is a subtle appearance of C-3PO in and among his many nick-nacks. If you look to the bottom right corner of his desk there is some long abandoned version of what we guess could have been an idea for a host. However, it could actually be a prototype for a future sci-fi host, which bears more than a striking resemblance to C-3PO, the longstanding British bot who has appeared in all seven Star Wars films.
Here is a closer look:
If you still aren't convinced, thinking "but C-3PO is all shiny and gold," he hasn't always been. You may remember that an incomplete version of the polite android was first seen in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, before returning in slightly better shape for Episode II: Attack of the Clones. It wasn't until the third prequel film that C-3PO got his signature 24k pimpage.
In fact, Marvel's Darth Vader-centric comic line featured an evil version of C-3PO and R2-D2, called 0-0-0 (Triple Zero). Given all the glitching and goings on down in the park (including Dolores's murder of Arnold), having an evil C-3PO wouldn't be the weirdest thing to happen on Westworld. Also, with J.J. Abrams serving as an executive producer on Westworld, and being director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this could be a nod to his previous work.
The Futureworld's Bright
Episode 6 of Westworld already gave us a glimmer of Yul Brynner's Gunslinger from the Westworld feature film in 1973, and although Jonathan Nolan claimed it was just an Easter Egg, some hold out for it linking to a larger universe. So, how would a futuristic robot head fit into life outside the park?
1976's maligned sequel Futureworld found the cast aboard a phony orbiting space station. If we do move beyond the confines of dusty deserts, there could be plenty more "futuristic" robots knocking around the park. We can but hope for a robotic Darth Vader lurking in the bowels of the Mesa Hub, but that is a young fanboy's dream.