This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler are joined by Andrew Ti, host of the “Yo, Is This Racist?” podcast. They take a look at HBO’s West World, and sci fi narratives that explore robots with feelings. Season Two just got started and the team is fairly certain it will be just as complicated as the first.
Karen is all about Alexis Bledel in Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, even though it puts a character she cares about through even more difficulties. Margaret and Guy are all about Michelle Wolf’s routine at The White House Correspondent’s Dinner and are very confused about the outrage that’s surrounded it. Andrew is all about Avengers: Infinity War even though he didn’t quite understand the storytelling subtleties of the plot.
The panel will their discuss what they think of West World, its convoluted plot and the idea of sentient robots having feelings.
That’s My Jam:
Karen Tongson – Maroon 5, SZA – What Lovers Do
Andrew Ti – The Higher Brother – Made in China
Margaret Wappler – The Pointer Sisters – Automatic.
Guy Branum Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.
In this episode...
- Guy Branum
- Karen Tongson
- Margaret Wappler
- Andrew Ti
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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