HBO’s science fiction drama Westworld isn’t just known for its talented cast and its philosophical musings about the nature of reality. It’s also become famous for its reveals, from mind-bending bombshells that link two characters to simple pieces of backstory that bring new insight to a storyline. Watching Westworld is like peeling an onion, one layer at a time. That’s why for the show’s second season, I’ll be diving into one particular spoilery revelation from each episode, to figure out what it means, how we got here, and where things might go in the episodes to come. Some weeks, it might be a huge plot twist. In other weeks, it might be something subtle. Either way, we’re going to spoil the hell out of it. Welcome to the Westworld Spoilers Club. Last week Westworld took a cue from The Matrix, turning Maeve (Thandie Newton) into a super-host with the ability to control her robotic brethren with nothing more than her mind. It made for a … [Read more...] about Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 6: Phase Space
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Warning: ending spoilers for season 1 of Westworld ahead. During its debut season, HBO’s science fiction drama Westworld became as well-known for its storytelling style as for the actual story. The first season was a puzzle box, using editing and narrative misdirection to give the initial impression that it was a conventional television show with multiple plot threads happening concurrently. Instead, the first season of Westworld spanned decades, with multiple timelines, some as much as 30 years apart, intercut with one another. It played off the idea that its robotic host characters lived their lives in a series of often-identical loops, and audiences slowly unraveled the structural mystery over the course of the season — eventually learning that William (Jimmi Simpson) and The Man in Black (Ed Harris) were the same person, while Jeffrey Wright was playing not one, but two characters: park co-creator Arnold Weber, and a humanoid-robot host named Bernard Lowe. Trying to … [Read more...] about Westworld season 2: our spoiler-free review
Well that was intense. On Monday, April 9th, Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy held a Reddit AMA where they announced that they were planning to post a video spoiling the entirety of the upcoming second season of Westworld. Nolan put it like this: We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision. If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what’s ‘theory’ and what’s spoiler. It’s a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re … [Read more...] about Could Westworld’s crazy season 2 spoiler plan have worked?
The villain, not the hero, dominated the first season of Jessica Jones. Kilgrave (played by former Doctor Who star David Tennant) was a chilling enemy who used his mind-control powers to abduct and rape the title character, leaving her as an untrusting, rage-driven mess who was determined to do everything she could to keep him from unleashing the same horrors on others. The first season ends with Jessica (Krysten Ritter) killing him, but her trauma is still with her. In season 2, she’s still trying to control her own fate, raising the question of who she is when she’s free of his influence — and by extension, what her show can become without him. The first five episodes of the 13-episode Netflix series, provided to critics for advance screening, don’t answer either question in a positive way. Season 2 opens with Jessica back to work as a private eye, struggling to reconcile whether she’s a hero or a killer. Stopping Kilgrave didn’t erase her trauma, … [Read more...] about Season 2 of Jessica Jones struggles to find its center
Welcome back to Why’d You Push That Button! Season 2 starts today, which might be a fun little surprise for you because honestly, we haven’t done a great job of remembering to talk about it on Twitter! Our first episode is about memes and the law, which sounds both boring and scary and is neither. First, we chatted with Vox Media’s Sara Reinis, who told us an unsettling story about her first viral tweet. In short: Her life was turned a little upside down because she made a meme using a photo of some birds, and did not realize the birds were someone’s family. Fair enough, Sara, but maybe all of our listeners will learn from your mistakes! Then we talked to Drew Scanlon, best known as the “white guy blinking meme.” He told us all about how his life has changed since his eyelids became the most famous ones on the whole internet. Honestly, it doesn’t sound that bad! But I would probably have less patience with my friends and acquaintances than … [Read more...] about It’s the season 2 premiere of Why’d You Push That Button