Watching Westworld – 108 – Trace Decay

Jim and A.Ron take in the latest episode of HBO’s Westworld, “Trace Decay”. Timelines are continuing to proliferate (we’re up to four now, in case you’re keeping score at home), everybody is still potentially a host, and William is probably the MiB after all. But there’s a lot of nice stuff here, from the increasingly evident narcisism and nihilism of Dr. Ford to Bernard struggling to cope with his new station in life. And hooboy, is this “upload 35 years worth of Westworld madness into this Abernathy guy’s head” plan of Hale’s going to be a glorious trainwreck or what? Lots of stuff to look forward to, and keep in mind we’ve got just two short weeks before god knows how long of a hiatus. So savor all the timelines, hosts, and idiot techs while you can.

Watching Westworld – 107 – Trompe L’Oeil

The floodgates have opened after the release of the newest episode of HBO’s Westworld, “Trompe L’Oeil”. Everyone is a host, unless you think they’re a host, then they’re a double secret human. There are at least five timelines, six of which take place on Mars. The robots can kill, unless they’re Clementine, but then again she’s an expert at faking it. If you’ve experienced trauma from watching this episode, never fear. Buffalo buffalo are standing by to provide medical care and O negative blood and will be there to assist soon.

Watching Westworld – 106 – The Adversary

Seems like whether you loved the latest episode of HBO’s Westworld, “The Adversary” depends on how much you bought into Maeve running roughshod over two bumbling technicians toiling in the bowls of Westworld’s meat department. Jim’s struggling with this. Meanwhile A.Ron might very well be teetering too close to the crazy town of Tinfoil. We record, you decide!

Watching Westworld – 105 – Contrapasso

Looks like multiple timelines is back on the menu!  Just when we had completely written of the various timeline theories, they come roaring back in episode 105, “Contrapasso”.  Not saying that any theory at this point is on entirely solid ground, but let’s just say we’ve got our laser-based satellite receivers aimed squarely at Orion’s belt. The point is a lot went down this episode.  El Lazo turns out to be Lawerence,  Dolores comes out slingin’, Elsie’s pounding Bernard’s desk with bloody robot parts, and Dr. Ford has a personal showdown with the mysterious Man in Black. Lots of stuff to be read into this week, and we spend a good amount of time doing just that.  Plus, tons of feedback on evolution, ethics, and genitalia!

Watching Westworld – 104 – Dissonance Theory

Another intriguing and informative episode of HBO’s Westworld is in the books, and we continue to have a lot to discuss. In “Dissonance Theory”, we learn that Ford has god-like control of the park, that the robots are largely made of “meat”, that Maeve is coming dangerously close to unraveling the illusion of her life, and that Bernard is intentionally steering Dolores towards the mysterious end-game of Westworld, the maze.