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Analysis: Episode 9 – Vanishing Point

Analysis: Episode 9 – Vanishing Point
Analysis: A Westworld Podcast

 
 
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Well, there had to eventually be a worst episode of Westworld and I think we found it, folks. Lame writing, sloppy acting, extremely forced “WHO’S A HOST” drama. After the powerhouse that was Episode 8, Episode 9 Vanishing Point was a real letdown.

We talk through the pathetic loser that is The Man in Black, bad drunk acting, Clem the Zombie Queen, secret hats, suicide, and what might be Westworld’s Red Wedding moment.

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Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 9 – Vanishing Point

Analysis: Episode 8 – Kiksuya

This week, Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld Season 2, Episode 8 Kiksuya, a beautiful side-story and pseudo recap spanning seasons 1 and 2.

We talk through the newest glance at The Valley Beyond, the visual effects that make Akecheta such a compelling figure on screen, and the real motive of The Man in Black’s daughter, Grace.

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Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 8 – Kiksuya

Analysis: Episode 6 – Phase Space

This week, Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld Season 2, Episode 6 Phase Space and the mystery of the cradle!

Okay, so there isn’t much mystery because they totally tell us what the cradle is in this episode, but we still discuss the hell out of it.

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 6 – Phase Space

Analysis: Episode 5 – Akane no Mai

Two lines from this week’s Westworld episode, Akane no Mai sum up the episode far more than we ever could:

“Welcome to Shogun World.”

“SHIT! NINJAS!”

There wasn’t much mystery to discuss with this episode, we spend most of the episode on a fun side mission through Shogun World where Maeve discovers a “new voice.” This week, we talk about lazy writing, the secret of the flood hosts, and the true characters of Maeve and Dolores and where they will end up by the end of the season.

In Wild Speculation Corner, we ask… can hosts get pregnant?

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Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 3 – Virtù e Fortuna

This week, honestly, we’re almost too excited by the possibilities of the coming episodes of Westworld to wildly speculate upon them. I mean we do, obvs, but there’s some mild hesitation.

What is stuck in Abernathy’s head? What does Virtù e Fortuna mean? Are the hosts all breaking down? Will we see pirates? We’re going to see pirates. There have to be pirates. Also, everyone’s favorite park… India World?

We dive back into the idea of what parallels the Westworld hosts have to Skyrim NPCs and we discuss what type of NPC Dolores would have been.

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 3 – Virtù e Fortuna

Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 2

Jordan and Jeremy are back to discuss another episode of Westworld Season 2, this week it’s episode 2: Reunion. William has a secret. Dolores knows that secret. Which of them will reach the promised land first and either stop Westworld for good or release the Pandora’s Box of robot cowboys on an unsuspecting world?

A big topic this week is the end of a Westworld host’s narrative and how it parallels our experiences with open role-playing video games like Fallout or Skyrim.

In our now wildly successful recurring feature, Wild Speculation Corner, we ask the real question that needs asked: Is Ford some kind of crazy space man?

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A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 2

Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 1

Welcome to Westworld! Everyone’s favorite robot amusement park show is back for season 2 on HBO. The violent delights are starting back up and we’re here to talk about them. Your hosts Jeremy and Jordan break down the episodes, tie in robot revelations to previous episodes or speculate wildly on what it all means.

This week, we’re talking about Journey Into Night. What is Dolores becoming? What is happening to Bernard? Where is Maeve going? What is Teddy’s fate?

This is a limited series, so there will only be as many episodes as episodes of Westworld.

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 1

SH S4E16: Watchmen Fancast

Watchmen is coming to HBO with a brand new series and we’re here to provide our fancast. We take the iconic graphic novel into account as well as the 2009 Zack Snyder film.

We also talk news including some information about Captain Marvel, The Punisher, Justice League’s runtime, and a possible Oscar run for Logan!

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William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge

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Intro

Chaos on the Bridge is another excellent documentary from William Shatner. All done in a crisp style that never shies away from answering the questions; what actually happened during the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation? How did lightning actually strike twice? And finally, what was all the drama behind the scenes? The answers to these may surprise you and just how candid they really are is the kind of thing that will please most Star Trek fans.

Shatner the Interviewer

Shatner is actually a pretty good interviewer with an aggressive approach that’s great at eliciting a response from who ever he’s talking to, making the whole interaction seem fluid and natural. Chaos on the Bridge can be compared to Shatner’s other works, The Captains Up Close and the short lived show, Shatner’s Raw Nerve. Except with this newer interpretation he has refined his interview technique, leaving more room for the people he’s talking with to express themselves better, doing an even better job of coaxing their ideas out because of his improved technique.  All in all, Shatner not only is a capable starship captain, but he’s a pretty good interviewer as well.

Shatner the Interviewer

 

Production and Style

It’s not to say that Shatner does it all by himself. He’s helped by some excellent editing and great artistic style. All the bits and pieces of the interviews are put together in all the right places driving the over arching story that is The Next Generation, gluing all of these clips together in an excellent comic book style illustrating all of the behind the scenes drama. One scene in particular has Roddenberry sitting down with studio executives, to haggle about the show, has them drawn in a poker style card game where bluffing is the deciding factor. It sucks seeing the “Great Bird of the Galaxy” lose out to those executive sharks, but Star Trek the way it was meant to be eventually happened.

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Conclusion

That’s what this documentary captures so well. It gives a small glimpse into what went into making one of the greatest shows of all time. It breaks down the miracle of lightning striking twice, making it a little less mystical, humanizing it. I love how it was quick to note that The Original Series fans were not all on-board for the show. TNG’s struggles as an show in the beginning matches many of the other failed shows but the producers and writers found a way to make something wonderful, nailing that hail marry pass. Sometimes with Roddenberry, sometimes in spite of him. This documentary is an excellent candid take on the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and is a must watch for any Star Trek fan. It first premiered on HBO but can be found on Netflix.

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William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge