Rank #1: ‘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).
Rank #2: ‘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.
Rank #3: ‘The Bicameral Mind’ S1E10 Quick Review (Ep. 26)
We watched the finale and it was amazing! Craig, Heather, and Jonathan talk about a few of their favorite moments from episode ten of “Westworld,” “The Bicameral Mind.” They discuss Jonathan’s crazy theory (1:24), Maeve’s secret code (2:28), Samuraiworld? (6:59), Dolores 1.0 (9:59), and Felix questioning his reality (16:14).
Rank #4: ‘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).
Rank #5: ‘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).
Rank #6: ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’ S2E4 Quick Review (Ep. 80)
We’ve seen western. We’ve seen sci-fi. This time we saw “Westworld” go pure horror and it was glorious. Lisa Joy did not come to play for her directorial debut. Craig and Jake discuss “The Riddle of the Sphinx” and its many layers (2:17) before talking about their favorite moments (18:39).
Rank #7: ‘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).
Rank #8: ‘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.
Rank #9: ‘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).
Rank #10: ‘The Passenger’ S2E10 Deep Dive Part I (Ep. 94)
The finale of season two left us overjoyed and a little confused. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Craig Carter and Brian Sutorious dive deep in to “The Passenger.” General discussion (1:00), Maeve’s journey to save her daughter (9:56) and the Man in Black’s journey to his own personal hell (32:26)
Rank #11: ‘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).
Rank #12: ‘Westworld’ Season One in Retrospect (Ep. 30)
The whole gang is here for this one. Craig talks with Jake, Brian, Heather, and Jonathan about the first season of “Westworld,” what they liked, didn't like, and their thoughts on the podcast in general.
Rank #13: ‘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).
Rank #14: ‘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).
Rank #15: ‘The Passenger’ S2E10 Quick Review (Ep. 93)
Sweet, fancy Moses. That was one hell of a season finale. “The Passenger” gave us a ton of answers and a ton of questions. After talking about the episode in general (2:10), hosts Craig Carter and Jess Bowers discuss Maeve’s sacrifice (7:11), Dolores’ body switching (13:15), the Man in Black being... somewhere (24:01), and our favorite moments in the Westworld finale (31:37).
Rank #16: ‘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).
Rank #17: Evan Rachel Wood’s Rolling Stone Interview (Ep. 27)
Rank #18: ‘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).
Rank #19: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ 1995 Review (Ep. 37)
“Ghost in the Shell” is considered one of the great science fiction anime films of all time—and for good reason. Craig, Heather, and Jake got together to review it in anticipation of the new version set to release at the end of March. They discuss facts about the movie and their general impressions (1:40), the film’s influences (8:43), the brilliant animation (14:30), the question of consciousness (19:54), sexuality and gender identity (28:10), favorite moments (36:22), and their thoughts about the 2017 version (45:07).
Rank #20: ‘The Stray’ S1E3 Quick Review (Ep. 10)
Time for a quick review of episode three of “Westworld”: “The Stray.” Craig Carter, Jonathan Yeomans, and Heather Barefoot discuss what it must be like getting shot in the park (1:36), Dr. Robert Ford’s swanky office (4:11), and Dolores’ ability to improvise (11:30).