Robot uprising on Westworld isn’t anything like what you’d expect. That’s because it’s actually more disturbing than you’d think to discover your brain can be controlled with an app. Episode 6, “The Adversary,” makes things even more complicated when we meet Ford’s family, and Elsie solves the mystery of the stray. On this week’s Decrypted podcast, we sit down with Rose Eveleth, host of futurist podcast Flash Forward, to focus on Maeve’s transformation, robot sex, and fembots.
Specific topics discussed include the unregistered robots (Ford’s robot family is seriously creepy), the true meaning of the maze (and why Teddy has gotten so boring), Maeve’s attribute matrix (and the greatest scene in the entire show), what it means to be trapped in a narrative (male and female roles for robots are both terrible), when will a guy have sex with a male robot (it can’t happen soon enough), why the park seems to offer no romance stories or female-centric adventures (what? ladies don’t want sex?), and how Dolores and Maeve are trapped in the middle of an argument between Ford and Arnold (plus they are the ultimate victims of gaslighting).
I’ll be analyzing, debating, and dissecting Westworld every week with a different guest, and we post the podcast on Tuesdays. The episodes air on Sunday, so you have plenty of time to watch before we get into major spoilers. Yes, there are spoilers. Listen when you’re ready!
Decrypted is Ars Technica’s weekly podcast about the TV that obsesses us. Currently we’re dissecting Westworld. Listen or subscribe however you please above and let us know what you think—ideas, questions, or your favorite theory about who grabbed Elsie in that theater—through the comments section, on iTunes, or via e-mail.
Westworld airs on HBO in the US on Sunday evening and on Sky Atlantic in the UK on Tuesday at 9pm.