westworld

The long winter that is Game of Thrones‘ hiatus is upon us, and it’s only getting colder, guys. While there is some comfort in re-watching old episodes — “Battle of the Bastards” is an actual masterpiece — it’s also nice to tune in to something brand new that’s capable of getting you just as hyped as the action in Westeros does. There are quite a few shows out there that are perfect for Game of Thrones fans (think Rome, Vikings, and the early seasons of The Walking Dead), but most of them have been around so long that you’ve probably already seen them.

If you’re looking for a show that’s new and just as intense, brutal, and exciting as Game of Thrones is, then this is the list for you. None of these nine shows are exactly like the hit HBO series, because let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like it on TV. However, each one of these series create intricate and dangerous worlds that viewers can’t look away from.  (more…)

All season long viewers continued to be teased about the “door” and the “valley beyond.”  The final episode of season two finally revealed what they really were.  But those story points are overshadowed by a few other reveals.

This week sees the answer about who won the race to the Forge, gave us a truth about who really was running things behind the scenes, and in a post credits scene answered the question about whether William (Ed Harris) was a host.

The title of this episode is ‘The Passenger’ and that is explained as well, but a better name might have been ‘All Hail Dolores!!!’ (that will make sense later).

Spoilers abound!!!

(more…)

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!!!!

(more…)

“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!!!

(more…)

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!!!!

(more…)

‘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

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-57-39-pm

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…)

westworld_mib

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…)