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Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Cast your mind backs to the final months of 2016 when we were all enthralled by HBO’s newest series about cowboys and robots, Westworld. One of the central storylines belonged to brothel owner Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her desperation to leave the park upon discovering that she was a robot living her life over and over again in a theme park for the ultra-rich. Do you remember who got her there? Felix Lutz works in the Livestock Management division of Westworld and also works with colleague Sylvester repairing damaged Hosts. When Maeve became aware that she was not a human she roped Felix and Sylvester into changing her programming to the...

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s explosive and scornful debut under the cover of darkness. Before I get into the episode, this was the first time I saw and heard the opening credits which is vibrant and heavy version of All Along the Watchtower, which literary scholars have remarked on the lyrics bearing a strong similarity to the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, most notably chapter 21 verses 9 to 12: Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare...

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

This new series from Academy Award-winning director Paulo Sorrentino sees Jude Law take on an exciting, exhilarating and ecclesiastical new role as the Vatican’s first American pope. The feature-length first episode was an electric, pulsing and deliciously ambiguous cacophony of Catholicism, corruption and unpredictable characters. The season looks set to lure us into its dreamy, imaginative and captivating imagining of life behind the walls of one of the world’s most elusive, criticized and speculated places, The Vatican City. The tone of what is yet to come is set from the outright, with Pope Pius XIII (Law) dreaming of his first...

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Beware the Slenderman is airing on HBO on January 23rd which takes an in-depth look at the fictional faceless man’s impact on two young girls who stabbed their friend in the woods, to keep Slenderman happy. Slenderman was created by Eric Knudson as his entry for a Photoshop competition but despite these banal beginnings, the horrors of the Slenderman began to take a hold on internet users over the world. The frightening realistic image that Knudsen created began moving through the internet and ended up on fan fiction site creepypasta. As his notoriety grew as did the images and the stories alleging his real existence, putting him in the...

GIRLS Season Six Promo Drops: “Group Meeting”

GIRLS Season Six Promo Drops: “Group Meeting”

Okay GIRLS fans, some more cool stuff has been released and with only weeks until the final season premiere, these chicks are doing all they can to keep us chomping at the bit. In the official season 6 promo, we see all four girls gathered in a bathroom which, let’s face it, is the ultimate place for women to gather and discuss important matters. It looks to me like the season is going to much less focused on love and more focused on the relationships of the girls with each other. The word ‘girls’ in its very nature suggest an immaturity and a naivety but as these girls grow up into women, they have knowingly grown further...

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