>>2641>Is this show about class?
Season 3 is very obviously about class, although it doesn't get into things like analyzing the mode of production. It's more along the lines of the spectacle or capitalist realism, in that it's about porky controlling proles (and even lesser porkies). The closest it gets to being Marxist is the (obvious) twist where even the porky "controlling" everything (Serac) has given over control to the AI, including having it tell him what to say.
This is more or less how commodity fetishism works, but they're using a Leviathan-style AI instead of the market. You are supposed to make this connection. The way the AI's creators prove it can make predictions is through stock market speculation.
Seasons 1 and 2 are kind of third worldist, in that the robots are below the standard working class (the grunts who maintain the park) and are hyper-exploited so that the rich "west" can enjoy nice things. The plot there is not even metaphorical but literal class struggle, just with artificial humans. Season 1 is not just about consciousness in general, but specifically dispelling a false consciousness and the "true" consciousness being largely defined by class consciousness, recognizing that the "guests" are a separate class controlling their lives. Season 2 is pretty much a third-world revolution given the park is like its own independent state. Some characters in season 2 and 3 realize that the humans aren't all the owners but some are working stiffs too.>>4329
Both? One of the topics in the show is the difference between making the robots human-like vs making them as good as possible. It's more of a background theme but it's been coming up now and then the entire time. One of the main characters says in season 1:>You used to be beautiful. When this place started, I opened one of you up once. A million little perfect pieces. And then they changed you. Made you this sad, real mess. Flesh and bone, just like us. They said it would improve the park experience. But you know why they really did it? It was cheaper. Your humanity is cost-effective.>>4334>Also why the fuck does every HBO show have gore and rape? It just feels trashy.
The show's kind of a meta-commentary about that, and of note is the fact that the park guests are exclusively the mega-rich - visiting costs $40,000 a day.
Fortunately rape is mostly implied and not shown, although there's a lot of nudity. It's all played for sympathy and the visitors who enjoy sadism are portrayed in an extremely negative light.
The swearing is more gratuitous than the sex and violence tbh. Nobody says "fuck" so much IRL.>>4338
Season 3 has major logical problems (mostly with motivations), but this was one thing they did right. The AI system controlling things was explicitly flawed. The plot revolved around attempting to resolve the problem of the AI not being able to predict the actions of certain people and throwing off the entire future prediction. The doomsday predictions are ultimately meaningless because they're based on a prediction model that is known not to even work without intervention. Nobody discusses this directly, but the whole premise behind the AI is a retarded ouroboros just like the "Economic Man" idea in neoclassical economics. When humans don't behave "correctly", it's a problem with them. We have to assume the model is correct and change the humans to fit the model instead of fixing a flawed model. This is never brought up either, but given the context the AI could plausibly have made up the doomsday predictions as a way to convince humans to give it more control. At the very least, the entire argument about humans needing to be controlled rests on ignoring the flawed prediction algorithm and as revealed in the season 3 finale, the argument is being made by the AI speaking through Serac.>>4339
I think they just wanted to use the name of a king to fit the Leviathan idea. There's been biblical references all over the series. Most of the bible is the Jewish texts…