Listener mail after “Westworld” Season 3, Episode 2 covers great minds like Lacan, Fromm, Faucault, Sartre, Barthe, Chomsky, and Rahobo.Ashley and Gene compare brain boners. Big D finds a mispronunciation mate, and we celebrate the memory of a Shat listener who is no longer with us.Longtime friend of the pod Thiago writes in with a Biblical “Umm … Actually” while laying on thicc praise for Armand Delgado. Muhip gives us a lesson in adversarial neural networks, and Dick Ebert teaches us about CPU bottlenecks.We discuss whether Dolores ever put a Westworld friend in Charlotte’s body, whether Maeve ever met Serac, and whether hosts other than Dolores already have infiltrated the “real world.”
Shat on TV’s coverage of Westworld Season 3, Episode 2: “The Winter Line” starts off intelligently with discussions of free will vs sentience, the nuance between hero and villain, and Ashley Schlafly’s brilliant overview of Louis Althusser’s views of subjection and the state. Things take a turn as Dick Ebert unveils his latest treatise: “Rahobo, The God Humans Need,” force-feeding Gene enough tinfoil to spark a Divergence. Suddenly, it’s Big D worshipping at the altar of Coconut Guy, Gene Lyons offering to kill Dick to save the world, Ashley classifying Serac’s accouterment as “Bond Villain,” an extended team giggle-fest, and the Shat Boys getting way too specific about Westworld’s timelines.
Was “Westworld” Season 3, Episode 2 a thrilling mind-bender or a “Rick and Morty” ripoff? “The Winter Line” took as back to the park and some familiar faces, including … Drogon? Maeve dropped a math bomb; Big D got on the Aaron Paul Train, and Gene Lyons thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. In this instant reaction episode, we drool over an “assed-up” Stubbs; discuss Bernard’s flashbacks; learn the difference between Greg, Gary, and Jerry; and preview Ashley Schlafly’s upcoming lesson on Althusser.
“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.