For HBO’s first Super Bowl commercial in 20 years, they chose an incredible Westworld trailer. Craig and Jake break it down and discuss charging bulls, the Ghost Nation, what their favorite characters are up to, and their favorite moments.
Louis Herthum is the breakout star from Westworld. His performance as Peter Abernathy set the tone for what would be one of the best new shows on television.
Craig was able to interview him and they discussed what is was like growing up in Baton Rouge (1:52), how he decided he wanted to get into acting (7:10), the original Westworld (12:50), how he found out about the HBO show and his preparation for the role (14:33), his time on set and his cold storage experiences (32:23), the reception from his incredible performance (43:21), praise from Ed Harris and Emmy nominations (46:52), season 2 (51:15), his experiences as a fan of the show (56:42), and a little Shakespeare (1:00:57).
Scholar of religious studies Andrew Aghapour joins the podcast to talk about the religious symbolism present throughout the first season of Westworld. Craig and Andrew discuss the bicameral mind (3:48), Ford, Nietzsche, and the death of God (15:08), Dolores and Maeve as prophets (38:15), and what we may learn about the religion of the Hosts and the world outside of the park in season two.
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.
After months in the works, our merch is finally ready! Craig speaks with the artist Carra Sykes about the inspiration, the process, and the final product. Check out our new Society6 page and click around to find all the amazing merch!
The Netflix mini-series Godless was so jam-packed, we had to break our review into two parts. Craig and Jake discuss the mysterious German woman (2:46), a Mary Agnes spinoff (5:17), how to define this series (6:21), the town of Blackdom (8:43), subverted expectations (13:42), Frank Griffin and the mythology of the Wild West (15:50), and the lead-up to the final gunfight (24:04).
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.
An intriguing new miniseries popped up on Netflix recently. From the trailer, Godless seemed like a subversive new western with bold female characters. Is this a nice holdover until season two of Westworld? Does it live up to the billing? Craig gives a preview.
We watched all the special features of the Westworld Season One Blu-ray. Craig and Heather talk about the contents of the special edition steel book (2:46), the first week of filming Westworld (10:33), how the show’s intro was made (14:43), the music (19:02), the director’s commentary and what they thought was missing (21:00), the inspiration for how the hosts are created (26:52), and the blooper reel (29:01).
We got our hands on the special edition Westworld Season One Ultra HD Blu-ray. One of the great things about having a physical copy of the season is the special features. We’re going to watch them and report back to you. Craig gives you a preview for next week’s full-length review.
When it comes to subverting western tropes (one of the best things about Westworld), it doesn't get much better than Blazing Saddles (1974). Craig and Jake discuss fun facts about the movie (3:42), their general thoughts on the film (16:15), their favorite moments and lines (18:41), the amazing ending (25:20), Madeline Kahn (30:22), and frontier gibberish (33:03).
This episode comes by the request of Jenna, one of our listeners in Sweden. Thanks for the suggestions, Jenna!
Blazing Saddles (1974) is one of the greatest western satires of all time. Much like Westworld it subverts many western tropes—not to mention it’s freakin’ hilarious. This review was requested by one of our listeners from Sweden! Craig gives you a preview.
It's nearing the end of October and that means things are getting spooky. To celebrate the western/horror elements of Westworld, we decided to review Tremors! Craig, Heather, and Jake discuss the incredible pacing and consistency (3:42), the great characters (11:25), the clear motivations (18:11), the creatures and special FX (21:24), a fun fact (27:21), and their favorite moments (30:23).
It’s October and that means things are getting spooky! If you love the horror-western elements of Westworld, you'll love Tremors (1990). Craig, Heather, and Jake give you a preview.
The original Blade Runner was a big influence on Westworld. So you can imagine how excited we were about the sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Craig, Heather, and Jake discuss the stunning visuals and world building (4:29), their favorite science fiction technology (9:23), Joi (20:04), Jared Leto and architecture (25:41), the baseline (32:40), Harrison Ford and cities (34:37), the film's treatment of women (38:10), and their favorite moments (45:52).
The original Blade Runner is considered one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made. Blade Runner 2049 has big shoes to fill, but the early returns are very good. Craig, Heather, and Jake preview this exciting new sequel.
The original Red Dead Redemption was a huge influence on Westworld. Rockstar Games dropped another Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer and it is amazing. Craig and Kit (a new voice on the podcast) talk about the game’s predecessor, the breathtaking visuals, possible storylines, and much more.
Blade Runner (1982) is a neo-noir, sci-fi classic and explores many of the same themes as Westworld. Craig, Jake, and Heather discuss facts about the film (1:42), our general impressions (6:50), how this movie is a film noir (11:11), the theme of desperation (16:26), paranoia and humanity (22:39), the treatment of women (29:21), human-robot relationships (36:28), the casting (39:32), and our favorite moments (47:54).
The neo-noir sci-fi Blade Runner is considered one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time and features many of the same themes as Westworld. In anticipation of the sequel Blade Runner 2049, we thought it would be good to visit the original. Craig, Heather, and Jake preview their discussion of the film.
So much has happened this offseason, we thought it would be good to recap everything. Craig and Heather discuss Creative Arts Emmy wins, Funko bobble heads, season 2 teasers, returning characters, and new cast members.