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.”
HBO’s bloody, robot-rebellion sci-fi series introduced the much-anticipated Japanese-themed park this week, and fans ate it up.
— Jeff Favreau (@jeff_favreau) May 21, 2018
Here are some highlights from the episode:
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.”
— Stingray☯️ (@Stingray_travel) May 21, 2018
Westworld has introduced the word “doppelbot” to language, and we see all kinds of uses for it. #Doppelbotamovieline: “I’ll be your doppelbot.”
— Katie (@danceflosilly) May 21, 2018
Did we give Rinko Kikuchi all of the awards for her slayage of Akane?! #Westworld
— Oscar (@oscarGosei) May 21, 2018
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.”
Geisha performs dance to Wu-Tang Clan and immediately saws a dude’s head clean in half… Then an army of robot samurai are mind controlled into murdering each other.
Good luck explaining THAT one to those not watching #Westworld
— AJ Ginn (@aj_ginn) May 21, 2018
— Neg Lakay 🇭🇹 (@steelyourself) May 21, 2018
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…
Teddy is finally getting some .
I'm so happy for him lol#Westworld
— Taek & Nayoung (@lucym123475) May 21, 2018
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.
Damn Dolores is really just gonna screw Teddy twice in one night #Westworld
— brady (@brady_munn) May 21, 2018
Get you a partner who doesn’t overwrite your system without your consent.#Westworld
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 21, 2018
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.
Maeve has cheat codes now?#Westworld
— Colt Humbert (@colthumbert) May 21, 2018
— Jeremy Hall (@jhall1351) May 21, 2018
I literally just gasped out loud. Maeve is about to go WILD on all of y'all. Know that. #Westworld
— Zakiya "Ziggy" Jamal (@ZakiyaJamal) May 21, 2018
What did you think of Shogun World? Did it live up to your expectations?
Westworld airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.