Westworld Season 3 started off with a bang, literally, as new characters stepped onto the scene, familiar faces got their hands dirty, and HBO reminded us why it’s the king of TV production. The sets were amazing, the vision of the future was painstakingly detailed (if not derivative), and nudity was abundant. In this instant reaction episode, we highlight performances by Lena Waithe, Aaron Paul, and Marshawn Lynch; welcome the new “benevolent dystopian” vision laid out by “Westworld;” and theorize on the significance of Incite and Rehoboam. Also, Big D coins the term “Bernard Reverse Valet Mode,” Ash draws parallels to “Black Mirror,” and Gene drools over the soundtrack.
“Westworld” fans write in and the Shat Crew responds to email about where Season 3 occurs, how to watch Season 2, where we’ve seen Kid Cudi before, who’s in Charles’ magical pearls, and more. We also read reviews (some nice, some not-so-nice) of our newest host, Ashley Schlafly, and Roger learns big words.
Saddle up for Season 3 with a look back at the biggest Westworld moments, a look forward to the fresh setting, and an introduction to the incoming cast and returning characters. Roger Roeper, Gene Lyons, and new host Ashley Schlafly also share their wish lists for the episodes to come, discuss the abbreviated season length, and highlight the big questions on everyone’s minds.
The voicemailers dominate this final mailbag edition of Shat on TV: Watchmen, with five callers sharing their opinions on everything from Dr. Manhattan to podcasts themselves. Plus, a King Bee critic calls in with an apology. Newsstand email covers listeners’ final thoughts on the season as a whole, key characters, and even an “umm … actually” about autism.
Based on your letters and voicemail, “Watchmen” Episode 9 hit a home run. The season finale, “See How They Fly,” satisfied viewers who wanted a story with few loose ends and a simple resolution. It also fueled tons of conversation about why Angela Abar ate the egg, what Europa meant to Adrian Veidt, and whether Lady Trieu was Trieuly Evil. This Newsstand edition of Shat on TV covers the love between Angela and Dr. Manhattan, the Curse of Comic Book Knowledge, Garth Brooks, and The King Bee’s surprising ability to recollect poetry.
The season finale, “See How They Fly,” inspired our last, longest and best “Watchmen” Deep Dive. Gene examines whether Doctor Manhattan committed suicide. Roger ponders why Angela Abar was so quick to gobble her magic egg. The King Bee worships at the altar of Ozymandias, and the three rates how well each character was used. Finally, the Shat boys end the Deep Dive with their thoughts on how TV might never be the same. Roger proposes a 30-minute bonus episode of “Watchmen,” and we talk about big eyebrows and “medium-strong” anatomy.
The Shat Crew provide their immediate reactions to the Watchmen season finale: Episode 9, “See How They Fly.” The King Bee spotlights Jeremy Irons’ exquisite performance as Adrian Veidt, while Roger Roeper says he was satisfied by not impressed. Gene mulls over the possibility Doctor Manhattan committed suicide by Trieu, and we learn the secret identity of Lube Man.
“Watchmen” Episode 8 focused on Dr. Manhattan and Angela Abar, so we weren’t surprised when your letters also centered around the two biggest characters in Damon Lindelof’s new TV universe. Email and voicemail sparked a conversation about tachyonic antitelephones, whether Topher’s being fed mini-bites of blue goodness, and how Adrian Veidt still fits into the story.
Episode 8, “A God Walks into A Bar.” A Watchmen Deep Dive told in three acts. Act 1: Gene Lyons, a man who took two semesters of physics at Arizona State University, attempts to explain the string theory and bootstrap paradox of Dr. Manhattan’s existence while also arguing that Will Reeves destroyed Cyclops on his own. Act 2: Non-practicing Catholic Roger Roeper proves, once again, that any major TV character can be connected to Jesus Christ if you try hard enough. He also examines gods vs. men playing gods as he compares the archetypes presented in Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan. Act 3: The King Bee explores what Adrian Veidt’s persecution in the post-credits scenes tells us about Europa and Veidt’s motivations. Oh, and he takes a stab at the horseshoe thing. It’s pretty good.
The Shat Crew provide their immediate reactions to Watchmen Episode 8, “A God Walks into Abar.” Roger hails it as possibly the best episode yet, while Gene marvels at how the storytelling took him from rejection last week to absolute adoration this week. Plus, Adrian Veidt gracefully slips back into the story, and Roger announces the creation of the Shat on TV Store. Have a quick listen, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and listen on Tuesday for the Watchmen Deep Dive.