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  1.   We kind of did, though.   Bernard didn't see the door in Ford's house, he looked at his spec sheet and it didn't look like anything to him, Dolores looked at the picture of William's fiancee and it didn't look like anything to her, etc. I suppose those are real things they didn't see as opposed to "fake" things that they didn't. But I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility for a host to be programmed to react to something that isn't there since the opposite is something that a normally functioning host does all the time.   Purely speculative, though. In any case, it's not like the show is "above" circumstance and Maeve ending up sitting in front of a mother / daughter combo.
  2. Why do old people send Christmas cards?

        Christmas cards are the pre-millennial equivalent of an Instragram post, you ponce.
  3. As an anecdote from a different industry (pharma / biotech), here are a couple observations:   1) Depending on the age of the researchers, there's an obvious glass ceiling when it comes to investigators. As PIs skew younger, the effect is lessened but it's still there 2) I can echo Iculus's experiences and say that female docs absolutely get questioned more than male docs do, and that the questions are wide in scope. I've seen women get asked to present their bona fides far more often than men, asked about alternative interpretations of their conclusions more often than men, etc. Also, I have only ever seen women be asked who they have collaborated with. In 10+ years in the industry, I have honestly never seen a male presenter asked that question 3) Kinda related to number one, I have lost count of how many times people assume that women at meetings are research nurses or study coordinators as opposed to doctors. I'm not talking about questions like, "what's your role in the study," it's, "Hi, I'm Doctor Smith. How long have you been a study coordinator?" These are the same meetings where people will ask me how long I've been a PI / doctor   To legend's point, there's no issue in challenging research, assumptions, and conclusions; that's how the sausage gets made. It's the assumptions about what someone's role is or the validity of their conclusions that's biased by gender that's an issue.     This is part of it perhaps, and it's not like I'm above this. I think I've said this before, but I was at a conference several years back where someone with a heavy Southern accent was giving a talk about the science behind a cancer vaccine that was being investigated. I thought something was weird about his presentation style and it didn't occur to me until he was almost done that I was surprised to hear a discussion about oncolytic viruses coming from that accent. If you'd asked me beforehand (or since I suppose) whether or not I thought I'd be surprised to discover that there were accomplished, Southern scientists, I'd have said no, of course. But I was surprised regardless.   So as with a lot of these discussions, I don't think that people are consciously thinking, "my field is a boy's club, what does she think she's doing here," when they see women giving a presentation, being a PI on a study, etc. And I grant that statistics might even bear out their assumptions more often than not. But it's difficult for me to imagine how old that gets for whoever has to put up with it, because if my own experiences are remotely indicative of the larger trend, it happens all the damn time.
  4.   Exactly. Let's say that as of the moment that Maeve snapped the iPad thingy in half in front of Bernard, she's no longer running whatever code it was that got her to that point / there's no more explicit instructions from Ford inside of her.   The memories Maeve had of her daughter are part of an older narrative. If she's going back to get her, is she really "free?" Even if there's nothing that Ford explicitly wrote to get her off the train... is it her "choice" to go back and get her kid?
  5.   There are lots of different ways that could have been handled. Who's to say that mother and daughter were even there, as opposed to something that Maeve was programmed to see to keep her in the park? We've been told numerous times that the cornerstone memories / core programming is something that can't really just go away or be forgotten. And we've been told that every part of the hosts is designed to keep them in the park. I don't think that was a throwaway comment. There has to be something more to that than just a bomb in the spines of the hosts, or Delos wouldn't have bothered to hack a host to beam data out of the park.
  6.   I don't think it's definitive that she's not being manipulated when she gets off the train. It's deliberately ambiguous. Since she "woke up" Maeve has been operating under the assumption that she's acting independently of her original programming. She's had access to her own system for a while. But as soon as Bernard wakes back up he's immediately able to show her something about herself that she didn't have access to. This is important, because last time we saw the two of them together, she was in control of Bernard. It didn't even occur to her that her rebellion was part of the plan. In the preview before the episode, they show the scene where the white tech dude pointed out that every part of her is designed to keep her in the park. For Maeve, even if her spinal bomb has been removed, even if she was enhanced by (presumably) Ford as (again, presumably or possibly) part of his new narrative, her feelings for her daughter were part of the park's control of the hosts. So is she going back because she wants to? Because she's programmed to?  And what's the difference for her, really?   So I don't think you can say that she's not being manipulated while she's on the train, not at all.   Thinking about it some more, I wonder how much of MiB / Teddy / Dolores the board was watching, how much of the "behind the scenes" drama was exposed to people in the park. Some of it has to have been part of his story, right? Otherwise that scene on the beach makes no sense at all.
  7. @GameDadGrant @CastlevaniaNut18 @chakoo   I've come to the conclusion that earlier this year while in Vietnam, I lost a 3DS case that had some carts in it. Some of them are games I'd like to replace, like Chrono Trigger, Contra 4, and Dragon Quest V.   I was going to pick some of these up again. Is it "safe" to get them from amazon? I know bootleg carts were / are a thing, but I don't know how likely it is that I'll get trash if I get something marked as NIB.   Any thoughts?
  8. Final Fantasy XV reviews are coming in

    So is there any / a real chance that this will come out on the PC?
  9.   Yeah, that was cute. I liked it.
  10. The Last Guardian reviews are coming in

    Sounds good.
  11. The Last of Us: Part II Announced!!!

    As I said in the thread on General Gaming... I'm  looking forward to playing another TLoU game. But Joel and Ellie's story ended perfectly. After an Uncharted 4 that was a fun romp but completely unnecessary plot wise / that gave us zero new insight into the protagonist after his arc ended nicely in Uncharted 3... I'm not sold on this creative team's ability to tell another story with these two characters that I'm interested in. They're tried to go for feels on their most recent two games and went went one for two as far as I'm concerned.     The first game was self contained because it ended more or less perfectly. Joel loved Ellie but too much to let her go and not in a way that would let him respect her own decision. Ellie loved Joel enough to "believe" the lie he told her at the end even if it meant that the . Feels were delivered, hearts were broken, their story ended. I personally have no desire to play a game where any meaningful amount of time is spent on Ellie mercing a bunch of goons.
  12.   I can't remember where I read it, but there's an article out there about how Westworld's "twists" aren't there for the audience as much as are for the hosts. I like that idea, especially after the finale and the reveal of Ford's motives. There's a lot of host discovery throughout the season. Some of it is obvious up front, more is apparent when you're rewatching certain bits.   I didn't much care about the "where" of the show up until this episode. I'm a bit curious now, I suppose. Practically speaking the space of the park doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Maeve & co. didn't appear to be on foot for that long before they ran into Samurai World but Billy and Logan can ride for a long time before they reach the park's boundaries.   In hindsight it's interesting to think back on Ford's conversations and motives. The scene where Dolores asks him if they're old friends was always great but it's even better in hindsight. As are all of his interactions with Bernard, particularly leading up to his "suicide." I REALLY liked the scene with Maeve and Bernard in cold storage. She's insistent that she's a free agent... but she's down there with Bernard, Clementine... and we know that she's wrong. Even when she thinks she's the most free, there, and at the end when she's on the train, she's still being manipulated.   That was a really fun ride. Lots of stuff they could do with season 2, it'll be interesting to see where it goes.
  13. I am interested in another TLoU but I thought Joel and Ellie's story ended perfectly. After Uncharted 4 I don't trust this creative team to give more "story" to characters whose arc ended very well in their previous game.