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The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it’s quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO’s new science fiction series, “Westworld”.

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The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it’s quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO’s new science fiction series, “Westworld”.

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By YupOkay - Jul 01 2019
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These guys work hard and do a great job.

Great analysis

By Jdwilliamson79 - Jul 02 2018
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Not understanding the negative reviews on this podcast. Great analysis and fun to listen to.

iTunes Ratings

887 Ratings
Average Ratings
804
23
23
8
29

Great

By YupOkay - Jul 01 2019
Read more
These guys work hard and do a great job.

Great analysis

By Jdwilliamson79 - Jul 02 2018
Read more
Not understanding the negative reviews on this podcast. Great analysis and fun to listen to.
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Watching Westworld

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The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it’s quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO’s new science fiction series, “Westworld”.

Rank #1: 201 – Journey Into Night

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The opening salvo fired in HBO's Westworld season two premiere wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting literal salvos fired by lots of angry hosts into lots of frightened guests, which, you know, that's certainly there.  But there is so much more.  What to make of Bernard's time bending descent into near death madness, Dolores oddly performative attempted takeover of the park, Maeve's increasing attachment to various fellow hosts, to say nothing of what Delos is up to trafficking in the rich and famous DNA and memory trade. What are creators Nolan and Joy up to?  If it's anything like last season, it will take until the finale to tease all the secrets of Westworld out!
Apr 24 2018
2 hours 10 mins
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Rank #2: 101 – The Original

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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
Oct 04 2016
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #3: 210 – The Passenger

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Reasonable people may disagree, but for Jim and I, the finale of  HBO’s Westworld season two, “The Passenger” failed to justify an ultimately flawed and uneven 10.5 hours of television. We’re not ready to write the show off by any means, it’s too well constructed with too much talent for that. But we can’t help but think of it as a misstep that is going to justify a lot of fans decisions to give up on the show. Next week, we’ll be back to discuss our overall thoughts on the season, and what we hope for and expect coming into season three. Please send us feedback if you want to join in on that discussion!

As I mentioned in the housekeeping section, the Kickstarter project for my Game of Thrones inspired book on the religions of Westeros is going extremely well! If you’d like to get in on some cool rewards for participating or just get a bit of a discount on the final book, hustle on over to book.baldmove.com and get to backing!

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Jun 25 2018
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #4: 202 – Reunion

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In this week's episode of HBO's Westworld, "Reunion", they add three or four timelines to play with. No big deal.  We find out more about this "Valley Beyond" or "Place of Judgment" that William and Dolores seem to be racing towards to see who can get there first. William wants to burn the place to the ground, Dolores hopes to find a powerful weapon to use against her human oppressors. Maeve is caught in between, just a woman trying to find her daughter in this crazy 'World. Lots of analysis, and a healthy speculation section at the end for those of you who want to out think show runners Nolan and Joy!
May 01 2018
2 hours 9 mins
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Rank #5: 204 – The Riddle of the Sphinx

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In Westworld episode 204, "Riddle of the Sphinx", we're asked to consider if mortality is a core feature of humanity, or is it merely a bug to be fixed later in code? What is "good enough" when it comes to consciousness transfer?  If you can be copied and therefore replaced, does that mean you are no longer real, as Arnold stated at the outset of the season?  Aside from these heady topics, we discuss Bernard becoming lost in his reveries, the triumphant return of one of our favorite techs, and if William is in for something of a redemptive arc, or is he, as he himself maintains, just playing Ford's game "to the bone"?  All this, tons of feedback, and a bit of speculation and crazy theories at the end!
May 15 2018
2 hours
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Rank #6: 209 – Vanishing Point

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This week’s episode of HBO’s Westworld, “Vanishing Point” does a excellent job of setting up next week’s finale. That finale has a lot riding on it, with seemingly endless permutations of possibilities of who’s a host, who’s a human, what’s real and what’s simulated that have to be coalesced down to a single possibility. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, because if you watched this episode purely for it’s plot mechanics you missed out on a lot of wonderful writing and acting that lead to some amazing character development for most of the main cast, revealing brand new relationships we didn’t even know were there, giving more depth to the ones we had, and utterly shattering a few more. And yeah, there are just a ton of theories involving who is a host and what will happen in the Valley Beyond next episode! Can’t wait to discuss it all with you then!

If you’d like to help A.Ron and Anthony get their new book on Game of Thrones out, please check out their Kickstarter campaign!

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Jun 19 2018
2 hours 23 mins
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Rank #7: 207 – Les Ecorches

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In this week’s episode of HBO’s Westworld, “Les Ecorches”, Bernard and Ford have a heart to heart, Dolores flips her daddy’s wig, William is betrayed by his old buddy Lawrence, Maeve makes a promise that she might not be able to keep, and the end game involving the Valley Beyond starts to come into focus. We also discuss our feelings about the way action is being handled on the show, debate whether the structure of Westworld itself is necessary, and consider a ton of feedback, theories, and speculation for what’s to come!

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Jun 05 2018
2 hours 24 mins
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Rank #8: 208 – Kiksuya

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This week’s episode of HBO’s Westworld was truly a thing of beauty. Learning about the long and winding journey of Akecheta, exquisitely played by Zahn McClarnon, in his search for truth, meaning, and his long lost love, was as profound a watching experience as I’ve had these past few years. Along the way he unlocks his own consciousness, meets god and the devil, and learns about a path his people may take to be free forever. Will he reach The Door? What, and who, will he find there? And will Maeve make it to be reunited with her daughter currently under Akecheta’s protection? We discuss this, you feedback, and the theories and speculation everyone’s buzzing about on this week’s pod!

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Jun 12 2018
2 hours
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Rank #9: 110 – The Bicameral Mind

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A.Ron and Jim are very pleased with how the violent delights over season one would up having violent ends in the finale episode for Westworld, "The Bicameral Mind". Sure, maybe the first third of the episode was merely review for a class that has studied their podcasts and their reddit. But once Hector and Armistice got their hands on the P90s, it was pedal to the metal until the conclusion that we found extremely satisfying. Not only that, it setup season two so well that it's almost criminal that we'll have to wait until 2018 to find out more. But you won't have to wait that long for Watching Westworld, we'll be back next week for a wrap up podcast where we'll consider your ideas for next season, including theories, thoughts on consciousness and sentience, casting suggestions, and who knows what else. See you then!
Dec 06 2016
2 hours 27 mins
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Rank #10: 206 – Phase Space

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In this week’s episode of HBO’s Westworld, “Phase Space”, Maeve learns the soft limits of her power, the Man in Black has a heartfelt conversation with his daughter, Teddy gets “fixed”, Bernard introduces us to the CR8-DL, and a fresh crop of a-holes from Delos Corporate literally parachute onto the Mesa, leaving us unimpressed. We also discuss a boat load of email, speculation and theories at the end of the podcast!

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May 29 2018
2 hours 8 mins
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Rank #11: 203 – Virtu e Fortuna

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The latest episode of Westworld, "Virtu e Fortuna" adds an enigmatic new character, an entirely new park, and depicts the first formal battle of the Great Host Rebellion of 2052. There is a lot to unpack, and seemingly everything seen just leaves us with more questions. We discuss the dual natures of Dolores and Maeve, Bernard making a crucial discovery of what's in one Peter Abernathy's head, and try to puzzle out out what the tiger hunter has to do with the story and how she relates to the other characters.  Not to mention all the great feedback we've got from the Westworld fans and the crazy/cool theories and speculation we get up to at the end of the podcast.
May 08 2018
2 hours
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Rank #12: 103 – The Stray

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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!
Oct 18 2016
2 hours 26 mins
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Rank #13: 107 – Trompe L’Oeil

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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 are standing by to provide medical care and O negative blood and will be there to assist soon.
Nov 15 2016
2 hours 20 mins
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Rank #14: 205 – Akane No Mai

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Welcome to Shogun World! HBO's Westworld expands its horizons in the latest episode, "Akane No Mai", as we get to meet a cast of entirely new but strangely familiar characters in a deadly new location.  We also get to find out some more info about the role of the mysterious Cradle, watch Maeve as she discovers a new "superpower", and Teddy and Dolores have a falling out over there very different approaches to veterinary medicine. We discuss this as well as your feedback and popular theories and speculation.
May 22 2018
2 hours 6 mins
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Rank #15: Season 1 Wrapup

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Jim and A.Ron put season one of HBO's Westworld in cold storage by talking about our overall thoughts, opinions, and hopes for next season. Then we consider a giant sized mailbag where we discuss scalp maps, the nature of consciousness and free will, the impact of self aware robotic hosts on fast food chains, and much more. We'll be back whenever Westworld returns, but we never really go away. In 2017 we have an early line up including The Leftovers, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, among others. Hope we see you around!
Dec 13 2016
2 hours 1 min
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