Mini-episode: ‘East of West, Vol. 1’ Preview

If you have a hankerin’ for more of the science-fiction western genre, pick up a copy of East of West, Vol. 1. Created by writer Jonathan Hickman and illustrator Nick Dragotta, East of West is an incredible graphic novel series and as soon as you’re finished with the first one, you’ll want to read the rest.

Craig Carter and Wil Heflin, a new voice on the podcast, give you a preview.

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‘The Revenant’ 2015 Review (Ep. 36)

A modern western classic, The Revenant is a must-watch for anyone that’s a fan of the genre. Jake and Craig watched it. They discuss the film’s place among its contemporaries (2:08), the brilliance of Tom Hardy (4:07), why we'd never want to be an 1800s fur trapper (13:50), the bear attack (15:20), the amazing raid scene at the beginning of the movie (22:08), Jake’s experience during his first viewing (31:30), the film’s ridiculous beauty (38:21), the magical realism with a brief break to talk about Glass cauterizing his neck wound (45:44), the Native Americans (53:22), and what makes this movie a western (55:45).

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‘Deadwood’ Pilot Review (Ep. 35)

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).

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Mini-episode: ‘Deadwood’ Pilot Preview

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

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‘Wild Wild West’ 1999 Review (Ep. 33)

Wild Wild West was the western/scif-fi/action/comedy/steampunk mashup we never knew we needed. Craig, Heather, and Jake review the 1999 classic.

They discuss 60s tv show upon which it is based (1:25), differences between the show and movie (3:48), facts about the movie (11:56), where they all were during the summer of 1999 (29:59), the film’s needless exposition and lack of physics or continuity (35:55), crossdressing Kevin Klein (42:27), how the movie was likely made for 13-year-old boys (44:47), the largely useless female characters (47:35), the amazing and terrible special FX (53:51), how long it actually takes to go west (59:29), Kevin Smith and the giant spider (1:00:34), why there hasn’t been a great steampunk movie yet (1:06:39), the brilliance of Kenneth Branagh (1:12:50), and why we still love the movie (1:18:59).

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‘The Bicameral Mind’ S1E10 Quick Review (Ep. 26)

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).

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‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ S1E9 Deep Dive (Ep. 25)

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).

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‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ Quick Review (Ep. 24)

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).

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‘Trace Decay’ S1E8 Deep Dive (Ep. 23)

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).

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‘Trace Decay’ S1E8 Quick Review (Ep. 22)

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).

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‘Trompe L’oeil’ S1E7 Deep Dive (Ep. 21)

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).

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‘The Adversary’ S1E6 Deep Dive (Ep. 19)

Craig, Heather, and Brian dive deep into episode six of Westworld, “The Adversary.” This episode we're changing up the format a bit. It's still chronological, but we’re covering entire story threads in separate sections. We discuss The Man in Black, Teddy, and the Union soldiers (2:56), Maeve and the surgery cats, Felix and Sylvester (17:14), and all the weird and wonderful developments of the Delos employees (46:53).

Nick Marra’s Amazing Gunslinger Sculpture

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‘Contrapasso’ S1E5 Deep Dive Part II (Ep. 17)

Craig, Jake, and Brian further explore episode five of Westworld, “Contrapasso.” In part two, they discuss El Lazo’s compelling offer (0:34), Elsie’s suspicions (1:50), the orgy and the argument (7:51), Dolores visiting the fortune teller (14:22), nitro and Confederados (20:02), the time traveling train part I (25:21), smiling Logan (27:13), the time traveling train part II (29:29), The Man in Black and Dr. Ford (30:46), the holy crap ending (36:41), and Brian’s amazing skateboarding adventure (45:46).

Inside Westworld's Epic Orgy Scene

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‘Contrapasso’ S1E5 Deep Dive Part I (Ep. 16)

Craig, Jake, and Brian dive deep into episode five of Westworld, “Contrapasso.” In part one of a two-part series, they discuss Ford and Bill's little talk and the greyhound symbol (2:42), cemeteries and safety coffins (6:31), our first visit to Pariah (11:14), The Man in Black and Lawrence (14:58), the livestock department (19:41), The Man in Black and Teddy (25:57), Dolores’ vision and her visit with Ford (31:15), Felix, the bird, and the concept of blue-collar surgeons (41:51), El Lazo, timelines, and Host on guest violence (46:41), and the convoy (57:45).

Stefon on Westworld

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‘Dissonance Theory’ S1E4 Deep Dive (Ep. 14)

Craig, Heather, and Jake get together to dive deep into episode four of Westworld, “Dissonance Theory.” They discuss another one of Bernard and Dolores’ little talks (3:05), Maeve’s vision (12:40), Theresa, Elsie, and office politics (19:47), William, Logan, and the family stakes (26:10), The Man in Black and his obsession with snakes (29:22), Dolores’ flashbacks (35:29), The Man in Black and the prison break (40:33), Armistice and her amazing tattoo (51:01), Maeve and the shades (54:52), Theresa, Bernard, and body language (58:40), Ford being 10 steps ahead of everyone (1:03:08), Logan and William (1:08:04), Teddy lives! (1:08:55), Logan and William and Pariah (1:09:55), the final act and the magic bullet (1:11:43), and the theory of the week (1:20:00).

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