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Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20



Season 3, episode 5: “Genre”

Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Just say no.

Written by Karrie Crouse & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Anna Foerster.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

I enjoyed this episode. The switching genres was fun. And nobody does a prolonged drug trip as well as Aaron Paul.
The scene on the subway where everyone gets their data was very well done.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

I had a hard time with the whole premise of this episode. Would revealing to everyone in the world their scripted future really have such an impact? Why would anyone believe it at all? If my phone suddenly told me I was going to suffer from early onset dementia in 8 years why would I decide to immediately start throwing bricks through windows?

On the plus side Marshawn and his cool shirt were back and I liked the look Dolores gave Caleb when he was giving her googly eyes while experiencing the Romance genre during the shootout.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

Ah, the ole, "The World will fall apart if it knows the truth!!" trope. I think it made sense here and was my favorite part of this ep second only to seeing Serac's story.

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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

This was a great episode.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

For a robot programmed to be a security/bodyguard type guy, Stubbs is a shit fighter.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

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For a robot programmed to be a security/bodyguard type guy, Stubbs is a shit fighter.
You have to admire his elevator timing though.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

Hmmm ... I thought this episode was a bit up it’s own Rehoboam. The concept was good enough, but the execution seemed as if it was done on too small of a budget. Especially after watching the “featurette” about how grandiose they thought it was.

Story wise ... I have to say my attention and interest are starting to drift.

The “genre” idea was interesting, but felt abandoned.
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The “genre” idea was interesting, but felt abandoned.
My podcast guys were really down on this episode. They are usually brimming over with ideas and theories but this episode was a big Meh for them. They noted that outside of the Noir genre at the beginning, they couldn’t really see that many genres even represented.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

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For a robot programmed to be a security/bodyguard type guy, Stubbs is a shit fighter.
And apparently the robots can gain weight as well as Stubbs v2.0 is chunky.
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And apparently the robots can gain weight as well as Stubbs v2.0 is chunky.
Those Fat Thor genes must be powerful.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

This one was a struggle for me to get through. I haven't loved this season but it's been watchable and the episodes have kept my interest. Oh well, back at it next week.
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Yeah, I thought this was a terrible episode. I'm glad this show is over soon. I'll watch it until the end just for completeness but it disappeared up its own ass a long time ago.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

Season 2 was terrible imo, but this season as a whole has been fantastic.

Currently my live-action series weekly schedule only consists of West World and Better Caul Saul, so it's really light at the moment due to lots of stuff being stalled, but damn these two shows are firing on all cylinders this season.
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I like this season a lot more than the nonsense of season 2, but this week was not so hot. Tons of exposition and man, do I hate Dolores. This reminds me of Homeland where Carrie (Dolores) is somehow supposed to be the protagonist but she is such an awful character there is no chance I will ever feel sympathetic towards anything she does. So between the two shows I end up cheering on America's enemies and Big Brother.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

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I like this season a lot more than the nonsense of season 2, but this week was not so hot. Tons of exposition and man, do I hate Dolores. This reminds me of Homeland where Carrie (Dolores) is somehow supposed to be the protagonist but she is such an awful character there is no chance I will ever feel sympathetic towards anything she does. So between the two shows I end up cheering on America's enemies and Big Brother.
Agree. Like how you can't root for Roy and the other replicants in Bladerunner. In both cases they have a very legitimate beef against humans but it's the way they go about it you can't get behind. Also, Delores appears emotionless, a cold machine, which makes it hard to empathize with her.
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Pretty sure Serrac said any version of the future where the machine's manipulations are made public lead to the end of the human race. Wyatt (Dolores died, imo) and others of her kind inherit the Earth.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

Wow, surprised anyone liked this. I thought it was a complete disaster from start to finish. I think we were supposed to be seeing "genres" but that did not come across at all. I am also not convinced that they are actually in the real world either. I did not enjoy this at all.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

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My podcast guys were really down on this episode. They are usually brimming over with ideas and theories but this episode was a big Meh for them. They noted that outside of the Noir genre at the beginning, they couldn’t really see that many genres even represented.

I can't think of anything in this episode that lends itself to any "theories" or ideas. It was a "straight-forward action story that felt like a student film" episode. Possibly the first filler episode of the series?

I know the creators say they have a fourth (and fifth?) season in mind, but will frame this one so it can be an end if they don't get them. The only way I can see future seasons is if the popular theory is correct: this is a simulation of what happens if the park is opened and we get a hard reset back to the original debate over opening the park.

Totally agree on Delores ... ERW is fantastic in the role ... but there is nothing for me to like or care about in the character. That started all the way back towards the end of Season 1 though. Caleb this season is similar, except the character was flat from the beginning. (My bias: I have never cared for Aaron Paul in any role.) I am hoping that this non-dimensional writing of characters is because "it is their programming, they cannot actually form their own motivations" because that would explain why the characters are moving forward (on their loop!) with no real reason why.
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Re: Westworld (S3E05) -- “Genre” -- 4/12/20

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This one was a struggle for me to get through.
Same here. Fell asleep and had to rewatch. I just don't get the point of this season. Dolores is clearly unstoppable. It's all well shot and well scored but just feels so mindless and overcomplicated.

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