Androids through the Ages

Androids through the Ages

With the return of Westworld to television, it’s a great time to look back at the history of robots, cyborgs and artificially intelligent humanoids in all their cinematic glory.

From benign helpers to murderous rebels yearning to be freed from their human overlords, robots on the big screen have run the gamut. This #ThrowbackThursday let the library help you rediscover old favorites or introduce you to classic gems in your quest for robot enlightenment.

If you’re on the fence about whether the robot uprising is imminent take a look at The Android Prophecy and decide for yourself. Learn more about the portrayal of robots in pop culture and hear from experts about the very real possibility of their domination.

Then make your case in the good vs. evil robot debate with this selection of movies used as source material:

  • The 1927 silent movie Metropolis features possibly the first “bad” robot.
  • In 1956 Robby the Robot helps a young Leslie Nielsen escape a distant space outpost in Forbidden Planet.
  • Before it became a hit television show, Westworld was a 1973 sci-fi hit with Yul Brynner as one of the deadly androids running amok in a role-playing resort.
  • The 1970s also gave us the most beloved and recognizable robots, R2-D2 and C-3PO. See where it all began in 1977’s Star Wars.
  • In 1982 we found out that androids are living among us and they really don’t want to be retired. Even the best Blade Runner like Harrison Ford can’t always tell who’s a robot and who’s real.
  • And revisit Arnold Schwarzenegger’s menacingly destructive cyborg with the most famous catchphrase in history in 1984’s Terminator.

If you still need help, make sure to check out How to Survive a Robot Uprising for even more wisdom on distinguishing safe from sinister robots.

You’ll thank us later.