Announcing Gen Pop – A New Pop Culture Podcast

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David Chen and Joanna have a new podcast! You can check it out the first episode below and support our Patreon campaign at patreon.com/genpopshow.

In our first episode, we speak with James Poniewozik about fan theorizing and whether or not it’s ruining television shows like Westworld. Read James’ thoughts on this topic here.

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Decoding Westworld S1E10 – The Bicameral Mind

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Joanna and David recap the season finale of the 1st season of Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind.”

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. David and Joanna a new year-round podcast! Check it out at genpopshow.com, and support it at patreon.com/genpopshow.

Check out Joanna’s recap of the episode,  Jacob Hall’s review of the episode, and James Poniewozik’s article about Westworld.
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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Learn more about why William is a terrible person.

Be sure to check out Joanna’s recap and also check out Jacob’s recap of the episode. 

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Trace Decay.” Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet.

Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson’s recap of the episode and also check out Jacob Hall’s recap.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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Decoding Westworld S1E07 – Trompe L’oeil

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Joanna and David recap the seventh episode of the first season of Westworld, “Trompe L’oeil.” Read Joanna’s recap of the episode here and read our recap by Jacob Hall here.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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Decoding Westworld S1E06 – The Adversary

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the sixth episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Adversary.” Be sure to see David’s video essay about the multiple timeline theory, and Joanna’s breakdown of the biggest mysteries behind Westworld.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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I’m five episodes into HBO’s Westworld and I’m already hooked for life. The show is not only technically dazzling but also thought-provoking in how it raises issues surrounding A.I., game design, morality, and what it means to be human.

One of the most interesting elements of the show is how it plays with the audience’s sense of reality. Many scenes (particularly “diagnostic” scenes featuring Dolores) are introduced with with zero context, while several of the hosts such as Dolores and Maeve start to encounter hallucinations and visions from the past(?), causing them to deviate from their “loop.”

Through all of this, one major fan theory has emerged: Westworld is actually taking place in two separate time periods, and this fact is being concealed with some skillful editing. Below, I edit together some video evidence of the non-linear timeline theory. Note that there are SPOILERS through this week’s episode of Westworld.
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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the fifth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Contrapasso.” Also, David interviews Vincenzo Natali, director of last week’s episode, “Dissonance Theory.”

Be sure to read Joanna’s new theory about the two timelines, Matt Singer’s recap of the episode, Alan Sepinwall’s thoughts on the dangers of twist-based storytelling, and Jacob Hall’s recap of the episode.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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Decoding Westworld S1E04 – Dissonance Theory

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the fourth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Dissonance Theory.” Be sure to read how the Man in Black is a bad gamer.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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Decoding Westworld S1E03 – The Stray

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the third episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Stray.” Be sure to read Jacob’s recap of the episode, Joanna’s recap of the episode, and 5 theories about Arnold.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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