My main problem with this show is there are no female commentators — none that I’ve heard, at least, and so at least most shows don’t have them. Westworld is a largely female-led show, created by a woman, and the perspective these male commentators provide is exceptionally, near-stereotypically male in their characterizations and interpretations of the plot. As a woman, it is frustrating to listen to. I found myself talking out loud to the podcast, telling the commentators how off-base they sound.
Also, they hyper-fixate on some details and theories, which gets boring and also overlooks the main themes of the show (this lack of willingness to explore the show’s larger emotional themes also doesn’t help the overly-masculine interpretations of the plot and characters).
A lesser but equally frustrating problem, they also harp on some plots and developments as stupid, when a simple google search into biology, neuroscience or computer science would tell you that those plot points were necessary. If you have a background in any of those fields (even just taking like... an intro college course), it is frustrating to hear them try to mansplain why this or that plot development is dumb — when, if you knew the background science even just a TEENY bit, such developments make sense.
TL;DR — no female perspectives so an over-masculine, mansplainy podcast that overlooks any deeper aspects of the show for minutia and fails to even try to understand a teeny bit of the science that would underlie such a show in favor of assuming they know it all. I really wanted to like it, as I wanted a westworld discussion show. But instead I found myself frustrated and grumbling at my phone as the commentators talked.