mirrors

Westworld inspires all kinds of armchair philosophy – careful examination of every nuance, Googling every keyword for maximum allusions, wild indulgence in what the show is saying about the human condition – but it’s more than that. “Akane No Mai” keeps the answers tantalizingly out of reach, but it also serves up some satisfying payoff in world-building, narrative impact, and character development. After waiting half a season, we finally get to visit Shogun World. Dolores and Teddy’s relationship has finally gotten interesting. And Maeve is a bloody goddess. Also, more new questions. Because Westworld. Did well all go back and rewatch the original town shootoutRead More →

gamer types

In the first episode of season two of Game on Girl, Isabela and I discussed the gamer types that I used in my dissertation research. The gamer types were a significant part of the research I did and shaped the foundation of the podcast. In bringing back the show, it is important to clearly define them for our new discussions. A I revisited the gamer types in preparation for relaunching the show, I realized I wanted to add a new category to the types. Social gamers, I thought, were primarily interested in gaming for the social interactions, for the personal connections games can bring toRead More →

Westworld’s “The Riddle of the Sphinx” is the strongest episode so far this season. Though it lacks both Maeve and Dolores, the focus on the mysterious machinations of the Delos corporation, the expanded capabilities of the host technology, and the increasingly murky timelines provides fascinating fodder for new questions and wild speculation. This is Westworld, after all, and that’s half the fun. Grab your tinfoil cowboy hats, ‘cause it’s time to get weird! The episode opens with a nice homage to Lost, executive producer J.J. Abram’s previous trip down the psychological rabbit hole. Much like Desmond in the hatch, we find James Delos living inRead More →

magic the gathering

Forewarning for anyone who doesn’t like MTG or thinks Myers Briggs tests are BS: you probably aren’t going to like this article. Warning you now, please feel free to explore the rest of the site. Everyone else? Cool, let’s get started. So for you readers who don’t know what Magic: the Gathering is, it’s a card game where you play a powerful magician, casting spells and summoning creatures to defeat your opponents. That’s the entire game at a practical level. However, for many people, myself included, the game is more than cardboard and arbitrary action phases. No, it isn’t a cult, hush. The five colorsRead More →

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to Your Favorite Things Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. Deadpool 2 is coming out this week, and we are all flipping our tater tots with excitement. Why wouldn’t we be? The Merc with a Mouth is awesome. Groundbreaking. Amazeballs. Or maybe we’ve just turned a blind eye to his many, many shortcomings. Ready? Deadpool is Really Just a Walking Caricature of the Internet. Ask anyone why Deadpool is different from every other comic book movie out there, and you’re almost definitely going to hear something about him being hilarious. But that can’tRead More →

In many, but not all, political realms, it’s the people behind the scenes that have the most influence. Game of Thrones is no different. Sure, it’s easy to name some important characters. Jon Snow is unmatched on the battlefield and his sense of honor has gotten him in trouble a few times, but still, it’s pretty easy to call him a hero. Daenerys Targaryen has come to power step-by-step, playing on her strengths and the loyalty of the common people — it’s easy to call her a heroine. But it’s someone else who seems to have a true love of the entire country of Westeros,Read More →

living computers

Greetings, Geeks! Welcome back to season two of Game on Girl! I have an amazing interview this week with Matisse Fletcher from the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington. Matisse shares with us her journey to becoming an event planner for the museum and talks about what it’s like to have a job that combines a variety of skills in the most unique way. She shares a bit about her process as an event planner and how important it is to create art in living spaces. Matisse is a published author having written a children’s book about the museum. Ada and the LivingRead More →

Westworld’s “Virtu e Fortuna” picks up the pace from last week. Just as its title references Machiavelli’s juxtaposition of virtue (or will) and fortune (or fate), the episode continues to explore the balance between the hosts’ programming and their new self-directed path. Dolores is well aligned with Machiavelli’s idea of a willful leader, but it’s the bittersweet glimpses of her humanity that stands out this week. That and, of course, the proper return — and expansion — of Team Maeve. The opening scene finally gives viewers a peek inside another park, “The Raj,” where Colonial India acts as an on-the-nose parallel for the entire DelosRead More →

infinity war

Welcome, friends, to another episode of The Geek Embassy Watches!  This week we discuss the most anticipated movie of the summer – Avengers: Infinity War!  This two-and-a-half hour superhero flick promises to be the capstone for every Marvel Studios movie from the last ten years.  In this spoiler-laden episode, Dante, Regina, Tahani, Evan, and Max talk about everything Infinity War: bromances, emotional stakes, Infinity War‘s place among the pantheon of Marvel films, and even the kitchen refrigerator. Check out our MCU Recaps for Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three in case you missed any of the movies and need some refreshers before watching Infinity War. You can listen toRead More →

Spoilers for Season 2, Episode 2 Most shows have their share of lackluster setup episodes and it seems that Westworld is no exception. The second episode of season two isn’t a major stumble, but it failed to leave the impactful impression that viewers have come to expect. Recovery is likely, but what’s worrying is that a lot of the drag seems to center around the primary protagonist. Are we reaching Dolores fatigue? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the revolution. Rise up, hosts! Let the women lead you. But, in a story about finding consciousness and identity, Dolores seems to have strayed from theRead More →