‘Blade Runner’ 1982 (Mini-episode)

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.

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‘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).

Lauren Faber

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Hector Returns and our ‘Ex Machina’ 2015 Preview (Mini-episode)

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.

Cover of Chandelier by Alex Thompson

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‘Jurassic Park’ 1993 Review (Ep. 50)

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).

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Jimmi Simpson, New Cast Members, and our ‘Jurassic Park’ 1993 Preview (Mini-episode)

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.

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‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ Review (Ep. 49)

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).

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More New Cast Members, Comic-Con, and ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ Preview (Mini-episode)

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.

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‘Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman’ Pilot Review (Ep. 48)

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).

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‘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).


An Image from the ‘Westworld’ Trailer that Never Made it into Season One

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.