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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 consciousness and the future of sin," the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.


Jul 29, 2022

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."

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    Charlotte notices that several hosts she has...

Jul 27, 2022

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,...

Jul 25, 2022

"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...

Jul 23, 2022

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...

Jul 19, 2022

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...