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Roger Roeper & Dick Ebert & Gene Lyons host a weekly podcast covering Westworld the hit science fiction thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. Nolan serves as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk with Nolan directing the pilot. The series premiered October 2, 2016. Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial ...
 
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The "Westworld" Season 4 finale brings us to our final Telegraph of the year (and possibly ever), with listener email and voicemail taking aim at Christina, Hale, Olympiad security, HBO budgets and hosts done dirty. "Westworld" fans unloaded on "Que Sera Sera," made their predictions for Season 5, asked how transcending actually works and noted how…
 
For a straightforward "Westworld" Season 4 finale, we decided to do a straightforward recap of Episode 8. Ash is gonna tell you exactly what happened; Gene is gonna discuss different characters' senses of identity, and both will dig into what a potential Season 5 could hold. In this "Que Sera Sera" Deep Dive, the Shat Crew also will cover Season 4'…
 
The "Westworld" Season 4 finale propelled us headlong into The Test of Season 5, wiped out some key characters and cranked up the body count. In this Instacast, Gene cheers for Clementine; Ash evokes "Return of The King;" and Big D feels like he's seen this one before. Listen to find out how The Shat Crew felt about "Que Sera Sera" and what we'll b…
 
It's our longest listener-mail podcast of the season! "Metanoia" was a hit with Westworld fans, triggering voicemail and email about The Sublime, Teddy, Maeve and Christina. In this episode, the full Shat Crew responds to questions about Clementine, learns the difference between worms and snakes, nerds out on social contract philosophy, theorizes o…
 
Our "Westworld" Deep Dives are always dense, but this one truly is a thicc-ass boi. In this breakdown of Season 4, Episode 7, Gene and Big D compare simulations to reality, dissect William's conversation with himself and ask why Bernard would leave The Door open. "Metanoia" also leads the Shat Crew to explore who Bernard's video message was for, wh…
 
Gene and Ash crown "Metanoia" the best episode since "Westworld" Season 2 in this instant-reaction episode of Shat on TV. Season 4, Episode 7 gave us gripping dialogue, heartbreak, big reveals and, most importantly, the old-school pairings we'd been craving. Was this this payoff for the previous six episodes? Will it build into an explosive season …
 
Caleb is the star of this "Westworld" Telegraph as listeners call and write to discuss what makes him special, how outliers work and what Caleb #279 is all about. Email and voicemail also focus on freeze tag, the Red Queen Theory, why Bernard couldn't ID the mole and whether horses are extinct. The Shat Crew also explores hope and rats, grief, Halo…
 
Caleb fans got a dark and juicy episode this week as "Westworld" Season 4, Episode 6 peered into why Charlores hostified him, why love matters and how hope can be weaponized. "Fidelity" also illustrated Charlores' growing frustration, her cruelty, problems among the ranks of The Cause, and a bit more Westworld geography. In this Deep Dive edition, …
 
In Westworld Season 4, Episode 6, "Fidelity," Caleb gets to live out his best Die Hard fantasy, while Frankie lets herself be guided into the park so Bernard can reboot Maeve since she’s apparently the weapon that will help save humankind. Our Instacast edition shares our immediate takes on the episode and previews what we'll cover in the upcoming …
 
With Gene away on vacation, Ash and BigD gathered for this week's Telegraph of Westworld Season 4 and respond to the top18 voicemails and emails about Episode 5: "Zhuangzi." Listen to more great music from Simon: www.soundcloud.com/simonsteric Westworld Episode 5 Summary:Charlotte notices that several hosts she has assigned to eliminate "outliers" …
 
Westworld used Season 4, Episode 5 to flesh out the notion of "outliers" and introduce us to hosts "transcending." Viewers learned the extent of Charlores' control and the nature of Christina's role as The Storyteller. "Zhuangzi" brought us questionable action scenes, uncomfortable choreography and the knowledge that, even in Charlores' utopia, hos…
 
"Westworld" gave us a look behind the curtain as New York City's facade crumbled in Season 4, Episode 5. "Zhuangzi" was a massive shift in style and pace from the previous two episodes, featuring far more exposition, mustache-twirling and awkward action scenes. Our Instacast edition shares our immediate takes on the episode, and previews what we'll…
 
The full Shat Crew has gathered for its first three-host Telegraph of Westworld Season 4, responding to a record 20 voicemails and emails about Episode 4: "Generation Loss." In this listener-mail episode, we cover outlandish theories on Christina, frustrated opinions on Caleb and detailed looks at the ruins of Prohibitionworld. Listeners Jenn and D…
 
Episode 4 put the puzzle pieces together for "Westworld" Season 4, giving us a clearer picture of what's happening and what's to come. In this Deep Dive episode, the Shat Crew looks into the series' central question: What is it to be human? Gene digs into what makes Caleb special and why Charlores would desire a fidelity-tested version of our hero.…
 
So many answers! So many deaths! So much Caleb! "Generation Loss" built on Episode 3's momentum and paved the runway for an exciting second half to Season 4. What some saw as "yeah duh" moments, the Shat Crew considered sorely needed solid ground for building a stable story. Our Instacast edition shares our immediate takes on the episode, and previ…
 
Just how long was Bernard in The Sublime, and when are we now? Listeners weighed in this week with voicemail and email ranging from conservatively logical to Big D's Express Train to Crazytown. Season 4, Episode 3 also had listeners thinking deep about identity when it comes to Christina, Charlotte, Maya, William, Frankie, and even Peter. The Shat …
 
Excitement and depth returned to "Westworld" in a big way as our favorite host duo—Stubbs and Bernard—began their quest to save humanity. In this Season 4 Episode 3 Deep Dive, the Shat Crew explores what Bernard saw in his Sublime visions and how that impacts our perception of time. We also rejoin Maeve to explore the new park, ask what makes Caleb…
 
Three episodes in, and Bernard is back! A lot has changed since he went into the Sublime, and we are here for the mystery! In this instacast, we dive straight into the visions, mazes and flies of it all. With Bernard’s piece added to the chess board and our duo of Maeve and Caleb still in the roaring Sweetwater 2.0, there’s lots to digest before we…
 
Flies, goo and Maeve's power, too! This week's listener voicemail and letters got weird on topics ranging from Christina's life to Charlores' master plan to the mystery behind the music. Season 4, Episode 2 also had listeners questioning what's left for the six remaining episodes and a for-sure Season 5. Plus, voicemails poured in about William's g…
 
"Westworld" Season 4's second episode gave us a lot more solid footing, revealing how many hosts have replaced humans in the real world, what Charlores' ultimate goal seems to be, what the new park looks like and whether William is really dead. But "Well Enough Alone" also stirred up plenty of mystery, including the life and death of Peter Myers, t…
 
We got a new park! No matter how heavy-handed the dialogue gets. No matter how senseless the deaths become. No matter where Christina's side story takes us, "Westworld" fans can cheer what looks like the most fun park yet. Season 4, Episode 2, "Well Enough Alone" uncovered some key clues behind the strange occurrences in Christina's world, gave us …
 
This week's listener voicemail and letters mostly seemed to focus on two big topics: Who is Christina, and are we in a simulation? And while it's too soon to tell, the tinfoil is coming in hot. Season 4, Episode 1 also had listeners thinking about whether "Westworld" can still draw an audience, what the episode titles might mean, and how much hosts…
 
"Westworld" is back, and a lot has changed in the seven years since we've seen Maeve, Caleb, William and Dolo ... err, Christina. Ash and Gene are here to dive straight into the meaning of the episode title, the changes to the "Westworld" opening credits, and what's new in the world. This Deep Dive, covering Episode 1, "The Auguries," also explores…
 
It's quiet. Too quiet. "Westworld" Season 4 kicked off with William up to some dastardly deeds, but things quickly became muted as the story seemed to parallel parts Season 1 and parts "The Matrix Resurrections." We also got some elements of Caleb playing Hawkeye (I've gotta leave my family to protect them) in a season premiere that felt unlike any…
 
After our longest wait yet, "Westworld" is coming back with Season 4 on June 26. In this preview pod, the Shat Crew saddles up again to outline the upcoming episodes, explore some of the real-world events promoting the HBO series, touch base with the cast, and share wish lists for the season. Will there be a new park to explore? Is Dolores dead? Wh…
 
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