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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…)

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After last week’s highly consequential and hotly awaited revelations, perhaps it was a good idea that Westworld took a week to cool off, even if it was really more of a slow burn. The twists weren’t as sharp with “Trace Decay”, although the knives certainly were, but the series took time out this week to add depth the various storylines and start sewing the various desperate arcs together. Was Maeve already on her way to consciousness before she started tinkering with herself? Are there really two timelines going at once? Has Ford now picked up where Arnold had left off? And can a secret ever really stay buried? (more…)

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What happens when you see the twist coming, but there’s a twist inside the twist? I don’t know if there’s a name for it, but a good one might be “Trompe L’Oeil,” the title of this week’s episode of Westworld. The French phrase already means “optical illusion”, a way of saying that what you’re seeing isn’t really what you’re seeing, but for fans of the show who thought they were seeing something in one particular character on Westworld, it turns out that they were only seeing part of the story. The final revelation of one of Westworld’s particular ongoing mysteries was ultimately outdone by what another character does after that secret’s revealed. (more…)

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The mysteries of Westworld are plentiful, but one gets the idea from watching this week’s episode, “The Adversary,” that we’re getting close to some kind of reckoning. For better or ill, I indulged in learning more about some of the most popular theories about what’s going on in the park, and on the show, and while the combined knowledge and consensus of the internet has been interesting to learn about, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that “The Adversary” was designed with the intention to undo all that deduction. Perhaps Westworld, this week, wanted to tell us we’re not as smart as we think we are. (more…)

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The end of “Contrapasso” marks exactly halfway through the first season of Westworld, but the last two episodes have both marked such a tremendous leap in the development of some of the characters that it’s almost hard to believe that there’s only been five episodes thus far. “Contrapasso” certainly lives up to its name, “against step”, meaning that many of our key players are acting outside their established parameters, and not just the robot ones. Sure, Delores gets to have her Jason Bourne moment, but William also finally gets out of his own skin, while Ford makes a couple of moves to assert that he’s not the dotty old man of the park people think him to be. (more…)

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Have you been enjoying Westworld? HBO hopes you have. They’re kind of in desperate need of a new drama hit with Game of Thrones winding down in the last couple of years, and with Netflix nipping at their heels as TV’s drama destination. So how is Westworld working for HBO? So far so good. The show seems to be generating a lot of discussion about its various mysteries online, but there’s still been no renewal announcement from the cable outlet, and these days if you’re not renewed immediately, then you’re on the bubble. So what’s the deal? When will Westworld score that vaunted renewal notice for season two? (more…)