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.
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).
Hector returns! Rodrigo Santoro has been confirmed for Westworld Season 2. Also, Dolores doesn’t have a monopoly on female robots on the verge of sentience. In Ex Machina (2015), Ava was kicking ass and realizing consciousness. Craig, Jake, and Lauren Faber (a new voice on the podcast) preview their discussion of the sci-fi thriller.
Michael Crichton created another theme park that went horribly awry. Jurassic Park (1993) is one of the greatest and most influential sci-fi films of all time.
Craig and Jonathan talk about the background of the film (3:01), our memories of seeing the film for the first time compared to what we think of it now (8:37), how Jurassic Park isn’t a movie about dinosaurs (15:27), the 90s nostalgia (17:53), the superb acting (21:35), the raptors as villains (25:21), the theme park (34:24), the film’s major flaw (38:11), and their favorite moments (40:36).
Exciting Westworld news! Jimmi Simpson announced he will be returning for season 2 and we have three new cast members joining the fold. Also Craig and Jonathan preview their discussion of another theme park gone awry, the 1993 sci-fi classic Jurassic Park.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is considered one of the greatest and most influential westerns of all-time and for good reason. Craig and Jake discuss the history behind the film (2:10), the music (6:41), Clint Eastwood (11:37), the costumes and sets (13:16), the details (16:01), the influence (21:10), the lack of a great villain (26:40), unnecessary scenes (30:49), the horrible dubbing and the need for more silence (32:08), and the amazing bridge scene (41:35).
In another jam-packed mini-episode, Craig and Jake talk about new cast members, interview someone who was able to attend the Westworld experience at Comic-Con, and preview our discussion of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Dolores and Maeve aren’t the only strong female television characters in a western setting. The 90’s gave us Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Special guest Vanessa Cole from the fan site Westworld Watchers joins Craig and Heather to discuss the pilot episode. They talk about the history behind the show (6:46), their memories of watching it when it originally aired (10:47), themes of sexism and racism (15:45), issues of class and status (19:00), Jane Seymour (23:48), Quinn’s plans for independence (25:22), the treatment of Native Americans (29:45), “Sullyclaus” (36:20), and our favorite moments (37:20).
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).
Do you remember watching the teaser trailer for the first time? That sense of awe and wonder got us so excited for this mysterious new show from HBO. I was watching it again recently (because I clearly have a lot going on in my life) and I realized there was one short scene that never made it into season one. This robotic hand.
We did see robotics like this in a flashback in episode three The Stray. However we didn't see this specific image during that scene. We know Westworld had quite a few production issues so perhaps taking this scene out was one of many changes.
You can see this image very quickly in a flash of images toward the end of the trailer.