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Ford (Anthony Hopkins) muses when addressing Maeve that “mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts” in this penultimate episode of the season.  The embodiment of that statement is William (Ed Harris) who gets the bulk of the screen time in this episode that, ironically on father’s day, spent time showing how bad a father William was to Emily.

We finally get a better look at his world outside the park that helped to make his character so interesting.  We see his wife, Juliet (Sela Ward) and daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) when they were still a family but were beginning to unravel.  We also get hints and revelations about what has really been going on in the park.

As per usual, SPOILERS!!!!

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“You only live as long as the last person who remembers you,” Akecheta, played by Fargo alum Zahn McClarnon, tells Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) at the midpoint of episode four. Sounds like wise words and that advice received some clarification in this episode: “Kiksuya,” directed by Uta Briesewitz.

The title of this week’s episode translates from the Lakota language as “remember.”  The episode is almost exclusively the story of the Lakota tribe in Westworld and specifically Akecheta.

Here is a recap and as usual SPOILERS abound!!!

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The title of this week’s episode is Les Écorchés.  It translates from the French to mean “a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin exposed to display the musculature.”  In this case, it seems to refer to the reveal of the purpose of the park and the creation of Bernard.  This episode could have been called “In Memoriam” and it would have been just as appropriate.

Here is a quick recap filled with SPOILERS!!!!

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Trailer Promises a Bloodbath

You will recall that when we came to the end of Westworld last fall, the robot uprising officially began when Dolores plugged her maker at 10 paces and launched into a massacre against a group of park employees, investors and guests who had gathered there to celebrate the next phase of the park. Whoops. That’s what happens when you rape and kill a robot homesteader again, and again, and again, she’s going to take it personally. But the party that ended in gunfire is not the last bit of violence to affect Westworld. As you can see in the trailer for season two, it was just the beginning.  (more…)

Looking Back At The Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016

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It’s a terribly kept secret that there’s too much good TV to watch; for every series you manage to finish watching, there’s two more already queued up and ready to binge. It’s an embarrassment of riches, as in you’re embarrassed when people ask you if you’ve seen the hot new show and you’re forced to answer “no” because, hey, there are only so many hours in a day… That’s what you need semi-professional critics for. In reviewing the last 12 months, and looking at the plethora of sci-fi, superhero, horror, and other genre TV shows, we’ve paired it all down to a Top 10. Here, in our humble estimation, are the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016! (more…)

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Westworld ended with a bang, figuratively and literally, on HBO this past Sunday. The robot revolt in an Old West theme park series wrapped up its first season with a cliffhanger as many of the main characters confronted a major change in the status quo. Butwhere does the series go from here? When will it be back? What new *worlds* will the series explore, and who will be left to explore them? These are all key questions that have been put to the show’s two shuwrunners – Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy – in the last 48 hours. So what are the answers? Spoilers ahead, obviously. (more…)

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The first season of Battlestar Galactica ended with Boomer, a sleeper agent of the Cyclons, shooting Commander Adama following a supposedly successful mission against the robotic adversaries of the human race. Of course, humans created Cylons to serve them, but they rebelled, launched an insurrection, started a war that lasted years, and eventually vanished only to nearly wipe out their creators. Should we be surprised then that Westworld, another show about human/machine relations should also end its first season with payback? If you’ve seen the 70s film the show is based on, you knew the revolt was coming, but the maze we took to get here made it all the more rewarding. (more…)

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Considering this, the penultimate episode of the first season of Westworld, calling it “The Well-Tempered Clavier” is a title loaded with meaning. It refers to two series of preludes and fugues composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for the piano, which is a very prominent instrument in the series, and was referred to directly in an analogy made by Ford in the episode’s final moments. The idea that this was both a prelude and a fugue is interesting though. A prelude is a first movement, an introduction to the opera or symphony, which implies that everything that’s happened in Westworld so far has been set-up for the real story that’s about to occur. (more…)