Westworld isn’t HBO’s first foray into westerns. Back in 2004, Deadwood premiered and although it didn’t last long, it remains one of the finest western-themed television shows ever made. Craig, Heather, and Brian review the pilot. Hear them talk about the history of the real Deadwood, South Dakota (1:30), facts about the show (9:07), our general thoughts about the pilot episode (16:31), the male characters (22:27), the foul language (25:03), the female characters (27:45), and if you should you watch this show if you liked Westworld (37:00).
Did you know Westworld isn’t HBO’s only western series? In 2004, Deadwood premiered to critical acclaim. Unfortunately, it only lasted three seasons, but it remains one of the great television shows depicting the American frontier in the late 1800s. Craig, Heather, and Brian reviewed the pilot episode. Here’s a preview
Remember the Yul Brynner Easter egg in episode six "The Adversary"? Nick Marra is the artist who created that statue. A special FX artist for over two decades, Nick has incredible stories and we got to hear a bunch of them. Learn how he came to create the Yul Brynner statue, how it ended up in Westworld, and how a love of movies shaped his career.
Remember the Yul Brynner cameo in episode six, “The Adversary?” Nick Marra made that possible.
He created an amazing sculpture of Yul Brynner’s gunslinger character from the original 1973 Westworld. Here’s a preview of our interview with him.
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.
Happy New Year, everyone! Today marks the first episode of our offseason. For all of 2017, we'll be having full-length episodes every other Wednesday.
On odd weeks, you'll get a mini-episode giving a preview of the following week. This week, get a preview of our discussion about all of the religious symbolism present in Westworld.
Also, an exciting announcement: the podcast is now on SoundCloud!
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.
This is the most exciting thing to happen since the finale of Westworld! Craig and Heather share a project that has been in the works for quite some time. We got the creator of our honky tonk theme music to help us imagine what the music might be like in season 2. Here’s a preview of what’s to come.
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.
Craig had trouble coming to grips with the end of the season. Luckily Jake and Brian were there to help him along. The entire team behind Westworld The Podcast is going to reflect on the first season of Westworld. Here’s a taste of what you’ll be getting this Wednesday.
Craig, Jake, and Brian wrap up their discussion of episode 10 of Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind.” In part two of our two-part series on the season finale, they discuss Dolores’ journey to find herself, William becoming The Man in Black, Ford’s master plan, and much more.
Craig, Jake, and Brian dive deep into episode 10 and the season one finale of Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind.” In part one of a two-part series, they discuss Maeve’s escape, the value of Hector and Armistice as sidekicks, Felix’s redemption, Delos security, and the possibility of other parks.
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).
Craig Carter and Brian Sutorious dive deep into the ninth and penultimate episode of Westworld, “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” They discuss Stubbs’ run-in with the Ghost Nation (4:02), Maeve’s journey to hell and back (9:59), The Man in Black inching ever so close to the end of the maze (20:38), William, Logan, and Dolores partying Confederado style (38:26), Bernard’s journey of self-discovery (55:19), and Dolores and Arnold finding each other (1:07:16). Also stay tuned after the ending theme music for our theory of the week section (1:32:01).
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).
Craig and Heather dive deep into the eighth episode of Westworld, “Trace Decay.” They discuss Ford’s continued machinations and their wide-reaching effects (3:27), Dolores traveling through time (32:21), The Man in Black’s true nature (45:15), Maeve’s escape attempt (57:07), and the theory of the week (1:22:51).
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).
Craig and Heather dive deep into episode seven of Westworld, “Trompe L’oeil.” They discuss William and Dolores’ journey into Ghost Nation (2:37), Maeve taking control of her destiny (24:58), and deception and betrayal in Delos (45:24).
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).