Westworld Whips Out Shogun World for Guests Bored by the Old West

Teddy lays himself bare, Dolores takes up programming, Maeve learns Japanese, and Wu-Tang gets some love.

by | May 20, 2018 | Comments

Westworld Episode 15 (season 2, episode 5), debut 5/20/18: Hiroyuki Sanada. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Think gunfights and cowboy posturing are a big yawner? Delos Inc. now offers guests an even bigger spectacle: Shogun World. And Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) lays out everything we need to know about it in a lengthy stretch of exposition at the beginning of season 2, episode 5 of Westworld, “Akane No Mai.”

SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals details of season 2, episode 5 of Westworld.

HBO’s bloody, robot-rebellion sci-fi series introduced the much-anticipated Japanese-themed park this week, and fans ate it up.

Here are some highlights from the episode:

1. Welcome to Shogun World!

Westworld Episode 15 (season 2, episode 5), debut 5/20/18. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Ronin capture Lee, Maeve (Thandie Newton), and the gang, and march them back to the nearby town through a forest littered with the bodies of disemboweled police.

Cue Lee for exposition: “This is just the tip of Shogun World’s prick” – keeping it classy! Designed for guests who found Westworld too tame, Shogun World is based on Japan’s Edo period – “for the true aficionado of artful gore.”

A Japanese-inflected “Paint It Black” on flute and strings introduces the han, where Lee confesses that the Shogun World story lines are cribbed from Westworld.

Except: ninjas!

2. Akane and Musashi Are Badass, and “Doppelbot” Is Our New Favorite Word

Westworld Episode 15 (season 2, episode 5), debut 5/20/18: Rinko Kikuchi. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Westworld has introduced the word “doppelbot” to language, and we see all kinds of uses for it. #Doppelbotamovieline: “I’ll be your doppelbot.”

Akane (Rinko Kikuchi) is Maeve’s doppelbot. The ronin Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) is Hector’s (Rodrigo Santoro) doppelbot. Both are badass and deadly.

One observer literally lost his mind during Akane’s dance to Ramin Djawadi’s adaptation of Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.

3. Did Teddy Just “There’s a Place for Us” Dolores?

Westworld Episode 15 (season 2, episode 5), debut 5/20/18: Evan Rachel Wood. photo: HBO

(Photo by HBO)

So Teddy and Dolores are now in the worst place narratively any characters can be: road-tripping and being chatty. They’re talking about their future, and Teddy goes all West Side Story:

“Someday,” he says in reply to her musings. “What if someday was right now?…Now you can’t tell me that somewhere out there in all that beauty, there isn’t a spot for us.”

Did anyone else start singing? Just me? Moving on…

3. Teddy’s Evolution (and Butt)

After some sexercise with Teddy, Dolores does the coldest thing she’s done yet: She overwrites sweet Teddy with – something sure to be foul and devastating. We’ll find out next week.

4. (More) War Is Coming

Westworld Episode 15 (season 2, episode 5), debut 5/20/18: Thandie Newton. photo: Jordin Althaus/HBO

(Photo by Jordin Althaus/HBO)

The cliffhanger promises one of two things: more dead samurai piling up or Maeve showing off her hacking skills. Or both. Or, you know, possibly something else entirely.

“I told you: I found a new voice. Now we use it,” Maeve promises.

What did you think of Shogun World? Did it live up to your expectations?

Westworld airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Tag Cloud

streaming green book trailers Schedule finale technology TCA Awards disaster streaming movies Mary poppins Pacific Islander stand-up comedy Election 2016 Warner Bros. twilight all-time hist mockumentary Reality book Awards Action comic books unscripted E! free movies Winter TV cartoon TIFF The Arrangement robots black remakes See It Skip It blockbusters Film Festival ghosts feel good aliens talk show Rock 24 frames posters Ovation mutant Discovery Channel Tarantino VOD a nightmare on elm street The Walking Dead godzilla TV One HBO scorecard slasher action-comedy Ellie Kemper 4/20 cancelled TV shows Tumblr Marvel Television basketball American Society of Cinematographers Starz french breaking bad romantic comedy Legendary First Look The CW Columbia Pictures revenge scary movies 72 Emmy Awards GLAAD animated 2017 Disney streaming service young adult jurassic park zero dark thirty Adult Swim Certified Fresh joker Character Guide video on demand concert Infographic Marvel Spring TV football comic book movies Martial Arts Apple The Witch Elton John game of thrones toronto Crackle toy story latino miniseries psycho Cartoon Network screen actors guild nbcuniversal DC Universe Exclusive Video 20th Century Fox ABC Tubi DGA MSNBC Apple TV+ hollywood cops south america Comics on TV BBC ID golden globes PaleyFest werewolf Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wonder woman TCM Epix 2018 series Nominations comedies Mudbound Lifetime Christmas movies TCA spanish Watching Series Mary Poppins Returns Trailer RT History Quiz james bond asian-american independent telelvision RT21 Rom-Com Countdown CMT Chernobyl Paramount Plus DirecTV San Diego Comic-Con Video Games Paramount historical drama 93rd Oscars Pirates 45 casting versus hidden camera composers screenings Spike spain game show E3 rt archives Box Office sitcom diversity documentary Mystery Sneak Peek HBO Max golden globe awards Paramount Network Esquire Teen FXX 2015 YouTube Premium live action Alien First Reviews strong female leads sequel Photos anime cats TruTV adenture canceled target superhero Vudu zombies Netflix Christmas movies Family rt labs critics edition Tomatazos Grammys LGBTQ serial killer docudrama Mary Tyler Moore Image Comics HBO Go tv talk Universal Netflix jamie lee curtis Comic-Con@Home 2021 emmy awards VH1 nature Opinion movies Wes Anderson psychological thriller 2021 Britbox Marathons criterion Horror TNT richard e. Grant ViacomCBS quibi Superheroes dogs spider-man facebook PBS The Purge Cannes Lucasfilm Bravo films NBA Sundance Disney Plus Ghostbusters japan doctor who nfl news stop motion boxing Heroines Hallmark marvel cinematic universe medical drama USA Network thriller halloween tv 21st Century Fox kong die hard Comic Book dramedy Interview rt labs sports Sci-Fi CBS high school crime thriller Sundance TV BET Awards Lifetime Black History Month satire lord of the rings YouTube BAFTA book adaptation biopic Christmas Oscars foreign Spectrum Originals MCU cooking Fox News rotten dark Polls and Games 007 Classic Film 99% TV Land Emmys video canceled TV shows A&E 71st Emmy Awards Funimation period drama CW Seed gangster IFC Films Star Trek know your critic Trivia Turner 2019 witnail Podcast king kong universal monsters Winners critic resources APB japanese crime Showtime Holidays Song of Ice and Fire political drama MTV Shondaland mission: impossible documentaries TV cars NBC obituary slashers Women's History Month classics OWN Reality Competition crossover Nat Geo new zealand FOX National Geographic space VICE royal family superman suspense popular The Walt Disney Company Toys Musicals BBC One ITV halloween Hear Us Out Disney Channel ABC Signature renewed TV shows mcc festivals Apple TV Plus based on movie pirates of the caribbean Set visit Television Academy 2020 1990s Pet Sematary Star Wars USA Brie Larson anthology worst movies reboot travel Comedy Central critics Fox Searchlight australia NYCC italian aapi laika supernatural GoT teaser Black Mirror transformers comic Music Thanksgiving chucky Captain marvel adventure natural history Disney Trophy Talk Calendar TCA 2017 Freeform Superheroe social media Fantasy AMC Pixar zombie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt legend Comedy Pride Month Animation FX on Hulu blockbuster Amazon Biopics Country hispanic BET dceu dc women new star wars movies WGN indie Endgame cinemax IFC discovery worst what to watch debate franchise Best and Worst Western SDCC Shudder crime drama Super Bowl blaxploitation police drama singing competition Film name the review archives best theme song Lionsgate LGBT olympics king arthur TV renewals GIFs new york science fiction Fall TV PlayStation rom-coms Rocky Summer cancelled television Binge Guide Peacock comiccon sag awards Holiday cancelled TV series justice league war Walt Disney Pictures dexter Television Critics Association sequels cults Logo television Amazon Prime child's play spinoff kaiju Year in Review Masterpiece hispanic heritage month monster movies BBC America Avengers OneApp Marvel Studios razzies Arrowverse Turner Classic Movies The Academy Travel Channel festival politics TV movies comics Crunchyroll true crime biography romance Drama FX heist movie fast and furious Acorn TV spy thriller ABC Family Awards Tour TBS Tokyo Olympics stoner Stephen King El Rey TLC prank indiana jones children's TV Red Carpet Academy Awards saw 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Amazon Prime Video Nickelodeon Valentine's Day Food Network Hulu Dark Horse Comics DC streaming service reviews A24 Extras ESPN harry potter CNN 90s New York Comic Con binge dragons Kids & Family ratings award winner Cosplay Amazon Studios adaptation spanish language Anna Paquin SXSW DC Comics comic book movie Syfy christmas movies Musical kids elevated horror Hallmark Christmas movies vampires Sony Pictures X-Men deadpool international Pop TV YA Creative Arts Emmys fresh Emmy Nominations Broadway Disney+ Disney Plus SundanceTV directors Baby Yoda boxoffice President parents 73rd Emmy Awards docuseries Sundance Now Pop WarnerMedia cancelled YouTube Red Mindy Kaling movie marvel comics Rocketman rotten movies we love scene in color batman Writers Guild of America History Premiere Dates CBS All Access TCA Winter 2020 venice