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Episode 235 – Robots and Clones and Wars… OH MY!

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Episode 235 – Robots and Clones and Wars… OH MY!
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Wars End, Robots Win?

This week on the podcast Brian and Darryl, are talking about the end of the Clone Wars, Season 3 Episode 8 of Westworld, and some pretty cool Taika Waititi Star Wars news

News Bites

When Does ‘Westworld‘ Season 4 Premiere? There’s WAY More Of The Show To Come
Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi to direct and co-write new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release
Joe Russo Closes Deal To Script ‘Extraction 2

Rumors

Hayden Christensen Reportedly Returning as Anakin Skywalker in Kenobi Series

Clone Wars Season 7 (Final 4 Episodes)

Episode 9 – Old Friends Not Forgotten

Summary

Ahsoka and Bo-Katan contact Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, asking them for help in apprehending Darth Maul in his new hideout on Mandalore. While Obi-Wan is apprehensive, Anakin and the 501st give Ahsoka a warm welcome until news arrives that General Grievous and the Separatists are attacking Coruscant. Upon Anakin’s suggestion, Rex (field-promoted to commander) and part of the 501st accompanies Ahsoka to Mandalore, forcing Maul’s loyalists under Gar Saxon into retreat. Bo-Katan apprehends Prime Minister Almec, while Ahsoka follows a trail into the city’s tunnel network, only to walk right into Maul’s trap.

Episode 10 – The Phantom Apprentice

Summary

Ahsoka faces off against Maul, who mentions Darth Sidious before escaping. Ahsoka relays this to Obi-Wan, who says he had inferred from the recently deceased Count Dooku that Sidious is the name of the Sith Lord who orchestrated the Clone Wars. After Almec is assassinated by Saxon, Bo-Katan helps Rex’s team fight him and his Mandalorians. Ahsoka confronts Maul again, and he reveals that he engineered this conflict to lure Anakin there to kill him because Sidious intends to make him his pupil. Ahsoka and Maul duel above the city and Ahsoka saves Maul from falling to his death; he is then captured by the clone troopers, despite his frantic warnings that everyone will soon die.

Episode 11 – Shattered

Summary

With the Siege of Mandalore over, Ahsoka and Rex prepare to take Maul before the Jedi Council on Coruscant. Mace Windu and Yoda contact Ahsoka via hologram and reveal that Obi-Wan has tracked Grievous down to Utapau, indicating that the war may soon be over. On their way to Coruscant, however, Ahsoka senses Anakin’s fall to the dark side, moments before Darth Sidious issues Order 66, branding all Jedi as traitors to the Republic and causing Ahsoka’s clone troopers, including Rex, to turn on her. She escapes, manages to subdue Rex, and frees Maul to distract the other clones. With the help of three astromech droids, Ahsoka then discovers and removes the chip from Rex’s brain, restoring his free will.

Episode 12 – Victory and Death

Summary

As Ahsoka and Rex try to escape from the cruiser, Maul destroys its hyperdrive, causing the vessel to drop out of hyperspace and into a moon’s gravitational field. Forced to fight their way through the clones, Ahsoka tries to prevent Maul from getting away in their shuttle, but she fails and Maul vanishes. Just barely clearing the doomed ship, Ahsoka and Rex escape to the moon, where they respectfully bury the clones and Ahsoka discards one of her lightsabers. Some time later, Darth Vader arrives on the moon and recovers Ahsoka’s lightsaber from the wrecked cruiser.

Note: These episodes open with the classic Lucasfilm logo. The “Star Wars Theme” by John Williams is heard and the title card is red instead of yellow. In place of the usual philosophical lesson, the episode title (preceded by “Part I”, “Part II”, “Part III”, “Part IV”) appears in red.

Westworld Season 3 Episode 8: Crisis Theory

“Time to face the music.”

Summary

Caleb takes Dolores’ host control module to a warehouse in Los Angeles, where another Dolores host body awaits. Dolores tells Caleb they need to insert Solomon’s drive into Rehoboam at Incite. Dolores is confronted by Maeve and gains the upper hand, but she lets her go, assuring her she will have free will as long as she does not interfere in her plans. However, as Dolores walks away, her body shuts down, and a holographic image of Charlotte reminds her she is still controlled by Delos. Meanwhile, Caleb is guided safely through the rioting crowds and police surrounding Incite by Ash and Giggles.

At Incite, Serac has Dolores’ body connected to Rehoboam to locate the Delos immortality data, but failing to find it, orders Dolores’ mind erased. Caleb reaches Rehoboam but stopped by Maeve before he can insert the drive. Serac reveals that Rehoboam predicts humanity will be wiped out in decades following Solomon’s plan and destroys the drive, then orders Caleb killed. As the last of Dolores’ memories is wiped, Rehoboam flashes white. Dolores communicates with Maeve, reminding her humanity created them to appreciate the beauty in the world and implores her to take a side. Maeve breaks through Serac’s control limiter, kills his guards, and wounds him. Maeve reveals Dolores’ last memory was Solomon’s program which transferred control of Rehoboam to Caleb; Dolores had selected Caleb from the start after seeing him as a soldier training years earlier in a Delos park making the choice to spare the hosts. Caleb instructs Rehoboam to erase itself. Maeve and Caleb venture outside as further chaos erupts.

William shoots Ashley and flees. Bernard and Ashley bunker at a motel room and Bernard realizes Rehoboam was not trying to prevent the collapse of civilization but was working to delay it as long as possible, and that Dolores put the key to the Sublime in his mind. Bernard enters the Sublime to learn how humanity can rebuild, appearing to go idle to Ashley.

In a post-credits scene, William enters a Delos facility in Dubai to kill the hosts and finds Charlotte. As he is about to attack her, a host fashioned after his Man in Black persona slashes his throat, and hundreds of host-making machines activate behind them. In another post-credit scene, a dust-covered Bernard wakes up in the motel room.

Guest Cast

Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence Gonzales / Dolores Abernathy
Lena Waithe as Ash
Marshawn Lynch as Giggles
Jonathan Tucker as Park 5 Target Host
Gina Torres as Lauren
Iddo Goldberg as Sebastian
Michael Rose as McClean
Enrico Colantoni as Whitman

Crew

Directed by
Jennifer Getzinger

Written by
Denise Thé
Jonathan Nolan

Featured Music
“Brain Damage” by Pink Floyd

Cinematography by
John Grillo

Editing by
Andrew Seklir

Original Airdate
May 3, 2020

Running Time
74 minutes

Production

While the episode appears to be the end of the Dolores character, showrunners Christopher Nolan and Lisa Joy affirmed that actress Evan Rachel Wood is still set to be part of the show’s fourth season though they were not at a point they could talk about it. Nolan said “from the beginning Lisa and I wanted to make a show that constantly reinvented itself, that could be a different show every season”, and that “it’s important with a show in which death can be impermanent — these are robots, after all — to mark the occasion with Dolores. That version of that character is gone.” The protests and riots in this episodes were inspired by the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests, though by happenstance, the episode aired in the wake of several anti-lockdown protests to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reception

“Crisis Theory” received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode holds an approval rating of 56% and an average score of 6.68/10, based on 18 reviews. The site’s critics consensus: “Westworld undermines its third season’s big ideas by rushing to conclusions, hiding behind cool visuals instead of letting its characters to grow, turning a once innovative show into just another sci-fi series.”

Writing for IndieWire, Ben Travers said: “What should’ve been a game-changing finale filled with emotional goodbyes only proved how far off the rails Westworld has gone.”

The initial broadcast was watched by 888,000 viewers.

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