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Akane No Mai Analysis
Welcome to Beyond Westworld, and boy do we have a new voice for you…
The episode we’ve been waiting for since the Season 1 finale has finally arrived: Welcome to Shogun World!
Maeve and her posse have arrived at our latest park exploration, as we immerse ourselves in Asian culture and symbolism. What strikes our group as odd, are the multitude of similarities at play. Meanwhile, back in Westworld proper, Dolores begins vetting Teddy for his curious future. There is much to discuss as Aaron and Troy draw their swords on the fifth episode of Season 2, “Akane No Mai”.
The park is open. Let’s head on in.
Opening & Guest Survey – 0:00
Main Loop – 06:30
Guest Feedback – 1:10:55
Breaking The Code – 1:23:25
Closing – 1:30:18
Akane No Mai in Pictures
Here are a few of our favorite scenes from this week’s episode.
Breaking The Code
This week we discuss the awesome theory around the Ford and his solution to the Riddle of the Sphinx. We also discuss the new website for shogun world plus take a look at these side by side comparisons of the two parks. Clearly Ford uses some of Sizemore’s plagiarizing tendencies.
Also be sure to watch the great featurette on the making of Shogun World, as well as this cool side by side comparison of the Westworld Mariposa robbery vs the one we see in Shogun World with the dopplebots. Plus did you notice all the Delos and Westworld logos in the banners around Shogun world?
Plus if you were invited to take place in the Tes Enhanced Narrative and were sectioned off into your one of four groups of Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, and Opal, you may have received a cryptic 2 letter code, which when you combine that with other players gives you this cool output.
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About HBO's Westworld
In 1973, celebrated author and filmmaker Michael Crichton released Westworld, his visionary idea of what a theme park could be as human-looking androids fulfilled our every desire. Four decades later, creators Jonathan and Lisa Joy Nolan are taking the concept to the next evolutionary step as Westworld can now be ‘fleshed’ out as a deeper concept that explores the vast array of potential and consequence from such advanced technology. The one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite can live without limits, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, and more.