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The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it's quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO's new science fiction series, "Westworld".

The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it's quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO's new science fiction series, "Westworld".
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The ethics of creating artificially-intelligent machines is tricky business and it's quickly becoming our reality. How will society change to accommodate these new beings? Are they beings at all? And why do robots love milk so dang much?! Join us for a weekly, episodic recap laced with comedy, theories, and listener feedback as we dive deep into the important questions of HBO's new science fiction series, "Westworld".

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Episodes

Season Two Wrap Up

7/3/2018
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Season two of Westworld is in the books. It was a bit of a rough, uneven experience for us, and we suspect from the vast amount of feedback we got this past week, a lot of you as well. But, the bones of Westworld are still sound, and the table is set for season three to be more expansive and interesting than the at time claustrophobic and confusing season two. We discuss our hopes and fears for next season, discuss some leading though on simulations, brain scans, and AI before considering...

Duration:01:37:26

210 – The Passenger

6/25/2018
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Reasonable people may disagree, but for Jim and I, the finale of HBO's Westworld season two, "The Passenger" failed to justify an ultimately flawed and uneven 10.5 hours of television. We're not ready to write the show off by any means, it's too well constructed with too much talent for that. But we can't help but think of it as a misstep that is going to justify a lot of fans decisions to give up on the show. Next week, we'll be back to discuss our overall thoughts on the season, and what...

Duration:01:57:18

210 – The Passenger – Instant Talk

6/24/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:26:31

209 – Vanishing Point

6/19/2018
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This week's episode of HBO's Westworld, "Vanishing Point" does a excellent job of setting up next week's finale. That finale has a lot riding on it, with seemingly endless permutations of possibilities of who's a host, who's a human, what's real and what's simulated that have to be coalesced down to a single possiblity. But we're getting ahead of ourselves, because if you watched this episode purely for it's plot mechanics you missed out on a lot of wonderful writing and acting that lead...

Duration:02:23:10

209 – Vanishing Point – Instant Talk

6/17/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:21:16

208 – Kiksuya

6/12/2018
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This week's episode of HBO's Westworld was truly a thing of beauty. Learning about the long and winding journey of Akecheta, exquisitely played by Zahn McClarnon, in his search for truth, meaning, and his long lost love, was as profound a watching experience as I've had these past few years. Along the way he unlocks his own consciousness, meets god and the devil, and learns about a path his people may take to be free forever. Will he reach The Door? What, and who, will he find there? And...

Duration:02:00:07

208 – Kiksuya – Instant Talk

6/10/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:22:24

207 – Les Ecorches

6/5/2018
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In this week's episode of HBO's Westworld, "Les Ecorches", Bernard and Ford have a heart to heart, Dolores flips her daddy's wig, William is betrayed by his old buddy Lawrence, Maeve makes a promise that she might not be able to keep, and the end game involving the Valley Beyond starts to come into focus. We also discuss our feelings about the way action is being handled on the show, debate whether the structure of Westworld itself is necessary, and consider a ton of feedback, theories,...

Duration:02:24:47

207 – Les Ecorches – Instant Talk

6/3/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:18:09

206 – Phase Space

5/29/2018
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In this week's episode of HBO's Westworld, "Phase Space", Maeve learns the soft limits of her power, the Man in Black has a heartfelt conversation with his daughter, Teddy gets "fixed", Bernard introduces us to the CR8-DL, and a fresh crop of a-holes from Delos Corporate literally parachute onto the Mesa, leaving us unimpressed. We also discuss a boat load of email, speculation and theories at the end of the podcast!

Duration:02:08:15

206 – Phase Space – Instant Talk

5/27/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:17:21

205 – Akane No Mai

5/22/2018
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Welcome to Shogun World! HBO's Westworld expands its horizons in the latest episode, "Akane No Mai", as we get to meet a cast of entirely new but strangely familiar characters in a deadly new location. We also get to find out some more info about the role of the mysterious Cradle, watch Maeve as she discovers a new "superpower", and Teddy and Dolores have a falling out over there very different approaches to veterinary medicine. We discuss this as well as your feedback and popular theories...

Duration:02:06:20

205 – Akane No Mai – Instant Talk

5/20/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:15:50

204 – The Riddle of the Sphinx

5/15/2018
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In Westworld episode 204, "Riddle of the Sphinx", we're asked to consider if mortality is a core feature of humanity, or is it merely a bug to be fixed later in code? What is "good enough" when it comes to consciousness transfer? If you can be copied and therefore replaced, does that mean you are no longer real, as Arnold stated at the outset of the season? Aside from these heady topics, we discuss Bernard becoming lost in his reveries, the triumphant return of one of our favorite techs,...

Duration:02:00:25

204 – The Riddle of the Sphinx – Instant Talk

5/13/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:17:39

203 – Virtu e Fortuna

5/8/2018
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The latest episode of Westworld, "Virtu e Fortuna" adds an enigmatic new character, an entirely new park, and depicts the first formal battle of the Great Host Rebellion of 2052. There is a lot to unpack, and seemingly everything seen just leaves us with more questions. We discuss the dual natures of Dolores and Maeve, Bernard making a crucial discovery of what's in one Peter Abernathy's head, and try to puzzle out out what the tiger hunter has to do with the story and how she relates to the...

Duration:02:00:19

203 – Virtu e Fortuna – Instant Talk

5/6/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:34:18

202 – Reunion

5/1/2018
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In this week's episode of HBO's Westworld, "Reunion", they add three or four timelines to play with. No big deal. We find out more about this "Valley Beyond" or "Place of Judgment" that William and Dolores seem to be racing towards to see who can get there first. William wants to burn the place to the ground, Dolores hopes to find a powerful weapon to use against her human oppressors. Maeve is caught in between, just a woman trying to find her daughter in this crazy 'World. Lots of analysis,...

Duration:02:09:54

202 – Reunion – Instant Talk

4/29/2018
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The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.

Duration:00:21:49

201 – Journey Into Night

4/24/2018
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The opening salvo fired in HBO's Westworld season two premiere wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting literal salvos fired by lots of angry hosts into lots of frightened guests, which, you know, that's certainly there. But there is so much more. What to make of Bernard's time bending descent into near death madness, Dolores oddly performative attempted takeover of the park, Maeve's increasing attachment to various fellow hosts, to say nothing of what Delos is up to trafficking in...

Duration:02:10:00