Rank #1: ‘Phase Space’ S2E6 Deep Dive (Ep. 85)
“Phase Space” promptly removed our minds from our skulls and put them in a dreamlike state. Craig and Jess discuss “Previously on Westworld” (2:29), the happenings of Delos (3:42), Dolores and Teddy on the crazy train (13:32), the Man in Black reconnecting with his daughter (27:58), Maeve slicing and dicing her way to freedom (48:09), and Bernard in the cradle (1:07:01).
May 30 2018
Rank #2: ‘The Original’ S1E1 Deep Dive (Ep. 07)
Craig and Jake dive deeper into the first episode of “Westworld.” They discuss Jake’s love of westerns and their impact on American culture (1:30), our introduction to Dolores, Teddy, and the park (4:15), the purpose of the hosts (13:40), the inner workings of the park (15:00), meeting Dr. Robert Ford and how they made the robots seem like robots (22:45), the small changes that have huge ripples (28:24), what it's like being a guest and empathy (33:04), park bureaucracy and Core Code (35:50), being affected by the outside world and families (41:24), the politics of Delos (45:30), programmed racism (48:28), robot errors and technological advancements (50:00), the Ford namesake (54:26), the third day (57:36), the shootout (59:42), Peter Abernathy and Shakespeare (1:01:05), what the Man in Black is up to (1:13:45), and the Delores theory (1:14:55).
Oct 06 2016
Rank #3: Binging Westworld | ‘The Stray’ S1E3 Rewatch (Ep. 66)
We’re rewatching all 10 episodes of Season 1 in preparation for the Season 2 premiere. Craig and Jake rewatched “The Stray” and after giving a synopsis (3:17), hey discuss the episode’s theme: identity (19:36), and break out the trusty old six shooter and discuss six things you might have missed upon your first viewing (23:51).
Apr 11 2018
Rank #4: ‘The Bicameral Mind’ S1E10 Deep Dive Part I (Ep. 28)
Craig, Jake, and Brian dive deep into episode 10 and the season one finale of “Westworld,” “The Bicameral Mind.” In part one of a two-part series, they discuss Maeve’s escape, the value of Hector and Armistice as sidekicks, Felix’s redemption, Delos security, and the possibility of other parks.
Dec 08 2016
Rank #5: ‘The Original’ S1E1 Quick Reaction (Ep. 06)
It's finally here! Craig and Jonathan talk about the series premiere of “Westworld.” They discuss their general impressions and their favorite moments.
Oct 03 2016
Rank #6: ‘Trace Decay’ S1E8 Quick Review (Ep. 22)
Craig, Heather, and Jonathan talk about a few of their favorite moments from episode eight of “Westworld,” “Trace Decay.” They discuss Maeve’s Jedi mind tricks (1:05), Bernard’s tortured existence (6:03), and The Man in Black bearing his soul for all to hear (11:48).
Nov 21 2016
Rank #7: ‘Les Écorchés’ S2E7 Quick Review (Ep. 86)
Jun 04 2018
Rank #8: Zahn McClarnon (aka Akecheta) Interview (Ep. 99)
Zahn McClarnon’s performance as Akecheta in “Westworld” was one of the highlights of season two. We got the chance to interview him and spoke with him about how he got started in acting (2:38), how he ended up on “Westworld” (8:06), his Native American culture (13:16), the makeup (32:49), horseback riding (37:26), filming in stunning locations (40:53), his role in “Reunion” and a fun behind-the-scenes story (44:16), the brilliance of “Kiksuya” (51:22), and much more!
Jul 25 2018
Rank #9: ‘Journey Into Night’ S2E1 Deep Dive (Ep. 75)
It’s time to dive deep into “Journey Into Night.” Craig and Meredith talk about the show’s new intro (3:56), the Man in Black starting his new journey (7:11), Dolores’ pension for violence (15:24), Maeve and Sizemore’s wacky adventures (27:47), and Bernard on a distant shore (38:50).
Apr 26 2018
Rank #10: ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ Quick Review (Ep. 24)
Craig and Jake have a quick review about episode nine of “Westworld,” “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” They begin with a general discussion of the episode and the huge reveal and then talk about their favorite moments: Maeve’s puppeteering skills (7:02) and the photo of Logan’s sister (12:52).
Nov 28 2016
Rank #11: ‘Ex Machina’ 2015 Review (Ep. 51)
“Ex Machina” is one of the best new sci-fi films of the past decade. And it deals with many of the same themes as “Westworld.” Craig, Jake, and a new guest Lauren Faber discuss the background of the film (0:49), their general impressions of the film and Alicia Vikander’s performance (8:00), Domhnall Gleason as Caleb (13:47), Oscar Isaac as Nathan (16:12), the setting and how it played a part of the story (25:04), the ending (31:19), the film’s low budget being a huge benefit (37:40), the idea of sexuality (42:17), and their favorite moments (48:40).
Sep 06 2017
Rank #12: ‘Godless’ Netflix Mini-series Review Part I (Ep. 57)
“Godless” is a new limited series from Netflix. If you liked “Westworld,” would you definitely like “Godless.” It’s a subversive western with a diverse cast and strong, female characters. And we loved it. After making an exciting podcast announcement, Craig and Jake discuss the show’s marketing and the spectrum of female characters (2:56), Alice Fletcher and Roy Goode (22:50), and the gunfights (26:16). Stay tuned for Part II of our review next week.
Dec 06 2017
Rank #13: ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Trailer Discussion (Ep. 47)
The season 2 trailer for “Westworld” dropped at Comic-Con. Craig, Jake, and Brian discuss their general impressions (1:42), the bloody player piano, Bernard, and the tiger (7:11), the man hanging from the tree (9:55), Sizemore and Maeve (11:08), Dolores and Teddy mowing down guests (13:09), dead people and dune buggies (15:25), and The Man in Black (17:35).
Jul 24 2017
Rank #14: ‘Trompe L’oeil’ S1E7 Quick Review (Ep. 20)
Craig, Heather, and Jake talk about their favorite parts of episode seven of “Westworld,” “Trompe L’oeil.” They discuss Theresa and Charlotte’s “demonstration” (3:37), the chase into Ghost Nation (7:35), and the twist we’ve all been waiting for (10:10).
Nov 14 2016
Rank #15: ‘The Adversary’ S1E6 Deep Dive (Ep. 19)
Craig, Heather, and Brian dive deep into episode six of “Westworld,” “The Adversary.” This episode we're changing up the format a bit. It's still chronological, but we’re covering entire story threads in separate sections. We discuss The Man in Black, Teddy, and the Union soldiers (2:56), Maeve and the surgery cats, Felix and Sylvester (17:14), and all the weird and wonderful developments of the Delos employees (46:53).
Nov 10 2016
Rank #16: ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Review (Ep. 96)
Craig Carter and Meredith Fowler take a moment to review the incredible season two of Westworld. They discuss the Teddy and Stubbs twists (2:22), themes of privacy and choice (5:31), lingering questions (11:28), podcast milestones (15:15), our favorite blooper (20:04), the music (25:38), things we didn’t like (31:52), and our favorite moments (42:07).
Jul 06 2018
Rank #17: 10 Player Piano Covers We Hope to Hear in Season 2 (Ep. 31)
The piano player covers were such a big part of the first season of “Westworld.” Craig and Heather couldn’t wait until 2018 to hear the next group of songs to be covered in season two. So they got the help of the musician behind our podcast theme music to help compose a hypothetical season two soundtrack. Alex Thompson joins Craig and Heather to play 10 amazing songs from all different genres in the piano player style. You'll hear piano player versions of: Into the West (6:39), Hurt (10:34), Rolling in the Deep (17:51), Jolene (21:07), Chandelier (25:11), Time in a Bottle (29:54), Mad World (34:23), Idioteque (38:14), Send in the Clowns (43:27), and I Say a Little Prayer (48:52).
And Craig, Heather, and Alex discuss each one and how they might fit into the show.
Dec 21 2016
Rank #18: ‘Contrapasso’ S1E5 Quick Review (Ep. 15)
Craig and Jake share their favorite moments from the incredible mid-season episode “Contrapasso.” They discuss Dolores writing her own story (2:56) and the heart-to-heart between Dr. Ford and The Man in Black (9:49).
Oct 31 2016
Rank #19: Season 2 Trailer Discussion (Ep. 62)
HBO dropped another stunning “Westworld” trailer for Season 2. Craig and Brian were excited to break it down. They talk about Bernard’s precarious position, Dolores’ revolution, Maeve looking for her daughter, different time periods, Shogun World, and more!
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Mar 30 2018
Rank #20: ‘The Passenger’ S2E10 Deep Dive Part II (Ep. 95)
There was so much to talk about in “The Passenger,” we had to break up our deep dive into two parts. Craig Carter and Brian Sutorious have a few more notes about the Man in Black (1:41) before discussing Jeffrey Wright’s AMA (7:27), Bernard and Dolores’ journey to the Forge (12:32), and the creation of Charlores and the season’s resolution (59:12).
Jun 28 2018