If you’re the type of person who slows down to see a multi-car pileup, you’ll love the listener mail in this week’s Telegraph. Our 100th episode of Shat on TV: Westworld examines the link between Dolores and Mexican independence, sympathy for Serac, things the Season 3 finale did well, and reasons why viewers felt betrayed by HBO. Things get downright brutal, Big D reads the McDonald’s gourmet menu, Ashley basks in plot holes, and Gene argues that Dolores and Caleb had First World Problems.
While the Internet grumbles about the Season 3 finale, the Shat Crew gets down to business asking tough questions in an effort to find Westworld’s core: Did Dolores have a master plan? Why hide the key inside one of the world’s most wanted men? And who’s really dead? This Deep Dive, covering Episode 8, “Crisis Theory,” also rounds up plot holes, questions Rehoboam’s omniscience, puzzles over why Lawrence was selected and theorizes about why Neo-Los Angeles high-rises are exploding. We also get into characters finally getting their propers, how tiny Aaron Paul really is, Charlotte turning mega-heel, and different ways to watch “Westworld.” Plus, there’s fresh Man in Black tinfoil and an invitation to play Mortal Kombat X.
“Holy Guacamole!” cries Ashley Schafly as Westworld’s season finale kills off key characters, does some serious soul-searching, and depicts the quietest of riots. “Crisis Theory” felt more like a springboard into a distant Westworld Season 4 than an end to Season 3, but that’s not to say it wasn’t full of big answers about Serac, the Man in Black, Charlotte, Dolores, Maeve, Rehoboam, and Caleb. Plus, Bernard finally got the episode he deserved, and tons of dudes got shot in the foot.
Westworld Episode 5 Theories: “Genre” Ashley beat-boxing, Gene struggling with the N-word, Big D confusing real life with “Universal Soldier”—this Telegraph edition of Shat on TV is a doozy. “Westworld” Season 3, Episode 5, inspired listeners to write and call in about Caleb’s biblical allusions, Rehoboam’s limitations, Dolores’ missing copy,...
Ready to get weird? Let’s get weird. Ashley dissects Caleb and Serac. Big D gives lessons on hallucinogens and shoulder-fired missiles, and Gene takes you on a magical musical journey through Westworld Season 3, Episode 5: “Genre.” The Shat Crew also digs into Rehoboam weaponizing hope, why the car-chase haters are wrong, new T-shirt ideas, and how Giggles and Ash just happened to show up at the right time. RICO most definitely suave.
Your hosts are all back on the “Westworld” train! Choo-choo! Gene stops complaining. Ash heaps on the praise, and Big D wants to know where he can get some Genre. Season 3, Episode 5, fleshed out the mesmerizing Serac, reminded us of the talent in Evan Rachel Wood and Aaron Paul, blasted a kickass soundtrack, and closed the book on the season’s first movement. Mysteries were solved. Things were blown up, heads were smashed, gun sights went unused, and we learned a whole lot more about Caleb.
Lister mail after the “Westworld” Season 3 Premiere covers Caleb’s humanity, the toll of trauma on military veterans, the anime “Psycho-Pass,” livestock lessons in an “umm, actually,” and sucking a butt. Things get steamy as Ashley Schlafly’s husband calls in; Gene bemoans his position as the podcast’s scapegoat; and Big D rebuke’s Mr. Lyons’ arrogance. The Shat Crew also explains why it sometimes uses listeners’ full names, why self-driving cars have driver seats and leaving room for Rehoboam.
Is the “real world” just a simulation? Is Francis a fidelity test? What’s Incite up to, and why is Gene Lyons so happy? We answer these questions and more in Shat on TV’s first “Westworld” Deep Dive of Season 3. Episode 1, “Parce Domine” brought us a Bible lesson, a new face for artificial intelligence, a missing Delos board member, updated opening credits, and a frank examination of personal data. Plus, Big D brings up “Robopocalypse” yet again; Gene laments freedom of choice, and Ashley talks opera.
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.