'Westworld' Live Blog - Will the show be telling us an old 'Chestnut' tonight?

And seriously, is this show on Mars?
Westworld Live Blog - Chestnut
Credit: HBO

Social media is dark and full of terrors spoilers. To avoid spoiling the fun for fans on the west coast and those who have to wait to beg, borrow, or steal an HBO Go password, I’m going to (mostly) confine my stream-of-consciousness thoughts of Westworld here. Follow along or flee in fear. Here there be spoilers! Episode Two is entitled ‘Chestnut’ which could be a hair color, could be an idiom, could something else. If you want to catch up, the liveblog of Episode One is over here!


[8:58PM EDT] - Welcome back, folks! Does the Westworld fandom have a name yet? We need a name. As we wait for the episode to start, check out my 'crackpot' theory that this theme park isn't even on Earth. 

[8:59PM EDT] - Good thing nothing else important is going on tonight and we can all focus on this completely fictional portrayal of exploring how some humans turn into human trash fires when given leave to behave however they want.

[9:02PM EDT] - I have a pretty interesting interview with the make-up and VFX guys coming tomorrow. Be sure to keep an eye out as they went into some detail about what the 'milk bath' stuff the robots are dipped in is and kind of how it works. 

[9:06PM EDT] - This is our first look at the world outside of Westworld. Everything is underground entirely until they get to the theme park, based on the rock formations on the walls. The little blonde dude sees the CGI version at the top of the escalator like he's never seen open spaces like that before. 

[9:07PM EDT] - "If you can't tell, does it matter?" Well it does if the guest wants to behave in a depraved fashion without getting sued by an employee or another guest. Just sayin'. 

[9:08PM EDT] - See? this is why I think all the employees are hosts, but some of them don't know it. I wonder what it's like for the platform hosts to KNOW they aren't real. That has to be a different experience than the ones in the park who think they're real. 

[9:10PM EDT] - So, it is contagious. I hope Dolores speaks the code word to every single female robot in that town. 

[9:12PM EDT] - Did you see it?! When the White Hat entered the car, the light behind the door disappeared going from top to bottom...like an elevator. It did it again when his Blak Hat jerkface buddy joined. Extrapolating, each guest enters on a different level as it rises from the entry, before coupling up on the surface with the rest of the train. 

[9:14PM EDT] - As much as the Man in Black freaks me out, Ed Harris sure does know how to deliver a one-liner. 

[9:17PM EDT] - Imagine the hell it is to go through those motions every day. Those hosts go through the same story whether a host appears or not. It's Groundhog's Day but a billion times worse. 

[9:19PM EDT] - Sabotage? What if the Man in Black has been messing with the code in Dolores and Mr. Abernathy? Also, I find it interesting the Mrs. Abernathy has been off-camera thus far. 

[9:21PM EDT] - I really like William aka White Hat. He's the first decent human being we've seen in this theme park. 

[9:23PM EDT] - I'm fascinated with how much different Dolores' outfit looks in the lighting in here than in Westworld. 

[9:25PM EDT] - The thing about this show is wondering how much of the dialogue the hosts say is scripted and how much of it is improvised. Very meta, how much of what actors say is in the script and how much is improvised? Did Story write that Clementine was tired and having nightmares or is she remembering things she shouldn't? 

[9:28PM EDT] - Do you think the hosts have to eat? Do they have bodily functions? If they don't and/or can't digest food and drink, where does it go when they eat or get drunk?

[9:29PM EDT] - I know we're supposed to hate the Black Hat, but the actor is really selling it. Every woman knows that guy. The guy that is just looking for an excuse to turn into a predator.

[9:34PM EDT] - How much of his time does the Man in Black spend in this park in order to remember everything about 2000 individual hosts? 

[9:37PM EDT] - Oh, so it's been long enough for him to become extremely proficient at being cavalierly violent and evil. Harris is making me not...like...this guy. But be intrigued by him? There's more going on here than meets the eye, right? 

[9:39PM EDT] - How do they get that weird animatronic blink? The little girl went full-on uncanny valley robot to tell the Man in Black where to go next. 

[9:41PM EDT] - "Everything in this world is magic except for the magician," has to be one of the most depressing lines of dialogue. So what do you guys think? Is that child robot supposed to be a young Dr. Ford? Or was it a normal host? And if so, why would some of the hosts be dressed and behaving like guests? Layers and layers.


[9:43PM EDT] - Unexpected coupling is unexpected. But it will not distract me from the fact that Bernard's apartment was obviously underground yet he has a window to the "outside" world. Is it a hologram? I literally can't trust anything and I love it.

[9:45PM EDT] - Notice that they say the hosts go through a maintenance 'rotation.' Why use that word for hosts and employees unless the employees are hosts!? I'm getting my tin foil hat!

[9:47PM EDT] - Thandie Newton I believe said in an interview that half the fun of this show is getting to repeat dialogue with different inflections or tone or emotion. It's really quite enthralling. 

[9:49PM EDT] - So the guests can't get shot, but I wonder how bow and arrows work. It's a slightly different concept than a bullet. 

[9:52PM EDT] - Oh my God, she's awake. Can you imagine the horror that would be waking up with your abdomen wide open in an alien world. This is some Fire in the Sky abduction stuff. Flickering lights. Technology you can't understand. Bodies just laying around like discarded trash. But why are the surgeons so concerned? The hosts can't hurt the guests, so why would they be able to hurt the employees? 

[9:55PM EDT] - Dolores got a gun. I can only imagine that's going to end poorly for some poor schmuck.

[9:57PM EDT] - Dr. Ford's speech is so meta I can see through time and space to the fabric of reality. 

[9:59PM EDT] - Final thoughts: Mr. Sizemore's storyline is the 'Chestnut.' Horror, mutilation, other assorted depraved sundries are the story we've all heard too often. They're 'old chestnuts.' Time for a new narrative!

Just a head's up, there will be no liveblog next week as I will be on vacation! But we will continue with Episode 4 in two weeks!

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So. Much. Marvel Netlfix news out of NYCC

It's never been a better time to be a Marvel fan.
So. Much. Marvel Netlfix news out of NYCC
Credit: Marvel Entertainment

Marvel has been full steam ahead with their Netflix comic book series. With Luke Cage recently debuted to tons of fan love and Iron Fist's first trailer, what's next? The Punisher and the team-up series, The Defenders! Marvel dropped some big news on that front at New York Comic Con.

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'Doctor Who's' Steven Moffat: people watching TV 'should see people like them up there'

The debut of the Christmas special superhero!
'Doctor Who's' Steven Moffat: people watching TV 'should see people like them up there'
Credit: BBC America

BBC America brought a big crew to New York Comic Con this year lead by Peter Capaldi and debuted new footage from Doctor Who and its spinoff Class. We've got the trailers, full panels, and some fun fan moments from the convention for you.

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No, you cannot scrub this 'Eternal Sunshine' TV reboot from your brain

No, you cannot scrub this 'Eternal Sunshine' TV reboot from your brain
Credit: Universal Pictures

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the tearjerking, hugely-inventive 2004 classic in which Kate Winslet managed to give the most lived-in Manic Pixie Dream Girl performance of all time, is now becoming a TV series. As film-to-TV reboots go, this is one of the less-expected entries in that dubious canon.

Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine focused on a tortured couple (Winslet and Jim Carrey) who hire a company to erase their memories of one another. The film received two Academy Award nominations and scored one win, for Best Original Screenplay.

Eternal Sunshine is pure cinema, so in some ways it's hard to imagine a TV adaptation working. That said, Fargo -- the acclaimed FX adaptation of the classic Coen Bros. film -- proved that in this day and age, small-screen versions of big-screen stories can meet and even surpass their inspirations. And the talent involved isn't un-encouraging, with True Detective executive-producer Richard Brown and longtime Chuck scribe Zev Borow both currently attached. Which, okay, he's no Charlie Kaufman, but still.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is "in its early stages" and there is no network yet in the mix, though I don't doubt there's a home for this one at a cable network or even one of the streaming services like Netflix. If they do make this, here's hoping it won't end up on the dusty pile of failed TV reboots we'd just as soon have scrubbed from our minds.

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Dominic Monaghan joins Shakespeare horror anthology series ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’

Dominic Monaghan joins Shakespeare horror anthology series ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’
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“It will have blood. They say, blood will have blood.”

Things are about to get even bloodier than Shakespeare’s bloodiest revenge stories, and Dominic Monaghan is on board. The Lost and Lord of the Rings alum has signed on for a role in Lifetime’s horror anthology take on the Bard’s plays.

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Fear Alejandro Edda

Fear Alejandro Edda


You may not know Alejandro Edda by name...yet. But we gurantee that by 2017 he will be a household name. 

It doesn't hurt that he just did a stint on season two of Fear The Walking Dead or that he just wrapped a film with Tom Cruise!

We were lucky enough to get him into the studio to chat about his experiences on the hit AMC show and what it was like to be embraced by The Walking Dead fanbase.

Keep your eye on this guy.

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Ask Alan: What fictional TV restaurant do you wish you could really eat at?

How can Netflix fix its Marvel shows, inverse-'Studio 60' shows
Ask Alan: What fictional TV restaurant do you wish you could really eat at?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new installment of Ask Alan, where — inspired by Netflix's Gilmore Girls promo stunt that turned a bunch of coffee shops nationwide into Luke's Diner replicas — I discuss TV restaurants I wish I could eat at, then expand on my concerns about Netflix's Marvel dramas, and talk about shows that are able to avoid the Studio 60 Problem where the characters' fictional show/band/movie never seems as good as the characters insist.

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Review: 'Better Things' hits a maternal creative high with 'Future Fever'

The best, most 'Louie'-esque episode so far
<p>Better Things</p>

Better Things

Credit: FX

A few thoughts on tonight's Better Things coming up just as soon as I have your PIN numbers...

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'The Good Place' explores soulmates in 'Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis'

Unwanted houseguests, sibling envy, and more
<p>The Good Place</p>

The Good Place

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's The Good Place coming up just as soon as I'm voted the Person Most Likely to be Banksy...

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The true-life horror podcast 'Lore' is becoming a TV series

The true-life horror podcast 'Lore' is becoming a TV series
Credit: Lore

Lore, the award-winning horror podcast that delves into the "darker side of history," is being adapted for television.

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