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Supercontext: Westworld, Season 1

This HBO series remake about artificial intelligence, violence and consciousness was made with expert care by everyone involved in its production. But we ask, why then wasn’t its depiction of its big themes ultimately satisfying?

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Supercontext: Crashing, Season One

This HBO television show about a standup comedian going through divorce attempts to tackle three big themes: sex, religion and the importance of comedy. We look into Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow’s motivations behind-the-scenes, while also asking, “What is its point of view beyond self absorption?”

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Supercontext: The Deuce, Season One

David Simon and George Pelecanos’ show makes us uncomfortable about sex work. But it’s to better understand capitalism. We discuss their exploration of community, corruption and the production of both this show and the labor that inspired it.

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Supercontext: Generation Kill

David Simon and Ed Burns produced what is heralded as one of the most authentic depictions of the Iraq War, based on Evan Wright’s embedded reporting. We look at how it navigates between journalism and drama to keep us from forgetting the story of soldiers on the ground.

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Supercontext: True Detective: Season 2

We go to the vault in this episode, pulling out our take on True Detective’s second season. Is “it all” Nic Pizzolatto? And if so, do both the blame and accolades lay at his feet?

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Supercontext: Game of Thrones, Season 6

In an unusually giddy, slaphappy episode, Charlie & Christian try to understand how Game of Thrones’ sixth season was made. When does an adaptation stop being an adaptation? What happens when it passes — and surpasses — its source material?

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