Watching Westworld

Watching Westworld

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The morality of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business. Maybe you want to indulge in thoughtful discussion or maybe you just want the answers handed to you on a silver platter. Either way, Jim and A.Ron have you covered with Watching Westworld, the officially unofficial podcast for the Westworld series on HBO.

Episodes

109 – The Well-Tempered Clavier  

Many more puzzle pieces fell into place over the weekend as HBO's Westworld deployed episode 109, "The Well-Tempered Clavier". But there is still a lot left to uncover. Why did Dr. Ford deploy the reverie code? What is his ultimate intentions for his new narrative and indeed future of the park? What are those sentient robots doing hiding up in the hills of Westworld? And what does the Man in Black intend to do with Delores once he finds her? We're excited to see how things wrap up next week, as we're hoping to get a glimpse of how Nolan and Joy intend to expand this series going forward. See you then!

108 – Trace Decay  

Jim and A.Ron take in the latest episode of HBO's Westworld, "Trace Decay". Timelines are continuing to proliferate (we're up to four now, in case you're keeping score at home), everybody is still potentially a host, and William is probably the MiB after all. But there's a lot of nice stuff here, from the increasingly evident narcisism and nihilism of Dr. Ford to Bernard struggling to cope with his new station in life. And hooboy, is this "upload 35 years worth of Westworld madness into this Abernathy guy's head" plan of Hale's going to be a glorious trainwreck or what? Lots of stuff to look forward to, and keep in mind we've got just two short weeks before god knows how long of a hiatus. So savor all the timelines, hosts, and idiot techs while you can.

107 – Trompe L’Oeil  

The floodgates have opened after the release of the newest episode of HBO's Westworld, "Trompe L'Oeil". Everyone is a host, unless you think they're a host, then they're a double secret human. There are at least five timelines, six of which take place on Mars. The robots can kill, unless they're Clementine, but then again she's an expert at faking it. If you've experienced trauma from watching this episode, never fear. Buffalo buffalo are standing by to provide medical care and O negative blood and will be there to assist soon.

106 – The Adversary  

Seems like whether you loved the latest episode of HBO's Westworld, "The Adversary" depends on how much you bought into Maeve running roughshod over two bumbling technicians toiling in the bowls of Westworld's meat department. Jim's struggling with this. Meanwhile A.Ron might very well be teetering too close to the crazy town of Tinfoil. We record, you decide!

105 – “Contrapasso”  

Looks like multiple timelines is back on the menu! Just when we had completely written of the various timeline theories, they come roaring back in episode 105, "Contrapasso". Not saying that any theory at this point is on entirely solid ground, but let's just say we've got our laser-based satelite recievers aimed squarly at Orion's belt. The point is a lot went down this episode. El Lazo turns out to be Lawerence, Dolores comes out slingin', Elsie's pounding Bernard's desk with bloody robot parts, and Dr. Ford has a personal showdown with the mysterious Man in Black. Lots of stuff to be read into this week, and we spend a good amount of time doing just that. Plus, tons of feedback on evolution, ethics, and genitalia!

104 – “Dissonance Theory”  

Another intriguing and informative episode of HBO's Westworld is in the books, and we continue to have a lot to discuss. In "Dissonance Theory", we learn that Ford has god-like control of the park, that the robots are largely made of "meat", that Maeve is coming dangerously close to unraveling the illusion of her life, and that Bernard is intentionally steering Dolores towards the mysterious end-game of Westworld, the maze.

103 – The Stray  

Jim and A.Ron try to round up Westworld's latest episode, "The Stray", but corralling the big ideas this show brings to the table is proving to be quite a challenge. We appreciate the focus on the "human" element of Westworld, getting much more backstory for Bernard and Dr. Ford. But how straight a shooter is Dr. Ford? How much of his tale is fact, and how much of it carefully curated legend, intended to deceive both Bernard and the audience? Wheels within wheels!

102 – “Chestnut”  

Jim and A.Ron have a lot to say about the second episode of HBO's new hit series, Westworld, entitled "Chestnut". We talk a lot about the developing characters and mysteries of the show, trying to figure out what Bernard and Dr. Ford are up to, while trying to understand the motives and mind of Dolores. Along the way, we find out surprising things about each other, like our true feelings about dusty old prospectors found lying in the street. It's quiet beautiful, really. And hey, we got lots of feedback, theories, and analysis by our dashing and witty listeners!

101 – “The Original”  

Jim and A.Ron are incredibly impressed with the first episode of HBO's new sci-fi western, Westworld. It was one of the best pilots we've ever seen, packing an amazing amount of mystery and world-building in just one hour, laying a great foundation for the rest of first season. We discuss our relative comfort with the co

Season 1 Preview  

Jim and A.Ron spend a bit of time talking about the upcoming season of HBO's new sci-fi/western, Westworld. We discuss the multiple reasons to be excited, from the creative and talent pedigree of the project, to the stellar advance reviews the series has enjoyed. Can the series live up to it's promise, and hype, to become HBO's next Game of Thrones sized megahit? Will the concept be able to sustain more than just one or two seasons? What does Westworld look like in four seasons? We'll find out together, but in the meantime, please send us any feedback or thoughts you have!

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