HANNIBAL Recap: “Su-zakana”

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“Su-zakana” revealed many interesting things about Hannibal, regarding where the show is headed.  It shares one major facet with FX’s The Americans, in that it has gotten a lot tighter, narratively speaking, in its second season.  In both cases, the shows’ first seasons featured a lot of one-off Cases of the Week that often operated completely apart from drama and emotions that were being faced in the season-long arc.  For Hannibal, only the bee keeper episode has been disconnected from the major story this season (that being the stand-off between Will and Hannibal).  It’s been to the show’s benefit.  Hit the jump for why “there’s a good chance everyone in this room has absorbed their twin.”

HANNIBAL Recap: “Yakimono”

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While everyone else on Hannibal spins around in confusion and disbelief (or delusion), Will Graham has become the stoic.  “You changed me,” he tells Hannibal later, and the transformation is clear.  No longer a trembling and confused pawn himself, Will has emerged through the looking glass completely sure of himself, the facts, and his mission.  Though those around him continue to doubt, he betrays a confidence in his singularity of will that is so rewarding to watch.  Now that he’s free, he’s able to more effectively move against his foe.  But Hannibal has many other things in store, none of which phase Will, but they do complicate his efforts.  Hit the jump for why “he works in the shadows.  Deny him of that.”

HANNIBAL Recap: “Futamono”

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And then there was “Futamono.”  Hannibal‘s sixth episode this season served up everything the show has to offer.  Even Will’s dog pack made an appearance.  In many ways (mostly narrative), it was too scattered of an episode.  But per usual, its visuals saved it, and connected it even when there was no connection to be made.  Hannibal has been without surprises for a long time; as I mentioned last week, the show will always lack some degree of suspense because its eventualities are known.  But “Futamono’s” best quality was that of surprise.  There were a number of twists that made it as fascinating gnarled as a tree growing through a man.  Hit the jump for why you’re wearing your concentration like a brimming cup.

HANNIBAL Recap: “Mukozuke”

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This past week, critic Matthew Zoller Seitz asked fellow critics to “please write about filmmaking.“  That is, to comment on the specific visual elements that gives a piece its tone, its emotion, its power (or lack thereof).  He extended the call to TV criticism, and it’s often an element that’s ignored on the small screen, because it’s not presented as insistently as, say, the serialized plot points.  There are some series though that embody and push the boundary of visual art, like the recently departed True DetectiveHannibal, too must be included in the list.  What makes it such an exceptional show is the atmosphere and artistic composition that elevates it from more than just a story of murder.  Hit the jump for more.

HANNIBAL Recap: “Takiawase”

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“Takiawase” finally finds Will readying for battle in his war against Hannibal.  It was also an episode full of swirling aesthetics and deeply emotional moments — it’s unsurprising maybe that Scott Nimerfro co-wrote the episode, he being of the late Pushing Daisies.  “Takiawase” was full of Daisy-esque turns, from the bees (reminiscent of the Season Two opener “Bzzzzzz!”) as well as the animation peppered throughout.  Will, too, seems to have woken up from his catatonia, and was incredibly punchy with Chilton and Beverly.  As he continues to mount his campaign against Hannibal though, his biggest ally may not have properly heeded his warnings.  Hit the jump for why it’s ok to look into the sun if you don’t have any eyes (or a brain).

HANNIBAL Recap: “Hassun”

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Hannibal took a break (kinda) in “Hassun” from being a crime show to being a legal one; things moved into the courtroom as Will began the trial to save his life.  With the reality of an impending death penalty weighing on the real killer (cough cough), the killer becomes an “admirer” of Will’s, and attempts, in escalating ways, to prove Will’s innocence.  An ear, a charred corpse, an artistically displayed brain on scales — what is it going to take to get through to these people??  But there are many vying for Will’s affections, and this suitor is but one in the throng.  Hit the jump for why “this ear you were sent is an opportunity,” and how many people can ever say that?

New MONDO Posters for PSYCHO, FLASH GORDON, ALIEN, and More by Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin

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Coming off the tremendous success of their Disney gallery, Mondo will be following it up with another big show.  This one will focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with a bent towards emulating classic movie posters.  The artists handling the work will be two of my personal favorites, Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin.  The films they’ve chosen to do include Psycho, Flash Gordon, and Alien as well as more recent stuff such as Prometheus and a variant of the poster for Hannibal.  Unsurprisingly, these posters are gorgeous (I’m particularly enamored of Kevin Tong’s poster for Psycho) and will likely be snapped up in a heartbeat when the gallery opens on Friday.

Hit the jump to check out the posters that have been released so far.

HANNIBAL Recap: “Sakizuki”

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Hannibal has truly taken on a new dimension this year, expanding its stories and building off of last year’s setup beautifully.  It’s not taking a lot of time to integrate new viewers to the series if they didn’t catch up on the first season, but kudos to it for knowing its purpose in a way that just presses forward regardless.  You’re either on this train, or you’re not (and you should want to be).

The writing and the staging in “Sakizuki” were beautiful (and occasionally horrible), and Hannibal continues to find new ways to approach and keep fresh its central conflict between Will and Hannibal.  For what is the show about if not therapy and friendship?  Oh, gruesome murder.  Right.  Hit the jump for why “I am the unreliable narrator of my own story.”

HANNIBAL Recap: “Kaiseki”

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A very strong start for the much-anticipated return of NBC’s Hannibal, which surprised just about everyone last year with the depth and breadth of its artistic palette and emotionally involved, nightmarish plots.  Its second season premiere included all of those elements and then some, catching viewers up on the current state of things through a series of prison visitations, and one very freaky ear.  Hit the jump for why it’s a real shame when “my bloodhound went mad.”

Showrunner Bryan Fuller Talks HANNIBAL Season 2, the Shocking Opening Scene, Subverting the Canon, Trying to Cast David Bowie, and More

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The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal has returned for its second season, with more shocking revelations and psychological cat-and-mouse games. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is locked in a mental asylum, accused of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) crimes and fighting to prove his own sanity while convincing those closest to him he is innocent of murder. From show creator Bryan Fuller, the series also stars Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettiene Park, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams and Laura Jean Chorostecki.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Bryan Fuller talked about the pressure of making the show worthwhile for the audience, making sure they do the best version of the show that they possibly can, why he focuses more on where they ended up with Season 1, instead of all the points along the way, pushing the boundaries even further this season, when they’ll return to the shocking opening scene, that they’ll be killing off some characters this season, playing with the change in position between Will Graham and Hannibal, creating their own face mask, having such great guest stars, and whether he’s had any luck in getting David Bowie on the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New Promo Trailer for HANNIBAL Season 2; Michael Pitt to Guest Star as Mason Verger

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Fans of NBC’s stylish and brilliantly acted drama Hannibal are probably still recovering from the news last year that the show would be renewed at all, rather than focusing on where the story might go next.  But Fannibals should be excited to hear that Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt will be joining the cast in a major role for the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for more about his character, as well as a new promo video that shows Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) as bloodthirsty though debonair as ever (yet no word on who’s taking care of Will’s dog pack).

First Trailer for HANNIBAL Season 2

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The second course of Hannibal is due to be served in just over a month, and NBC has released the chilling first trailer for season two.  Things certainly look to be getting intense when the relationship between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) picks back up, and I’m incredibly eager to see how the season progresses given the events of last season’s finale.  Fair warning, if you haven’t watched the first season of Hannibal there are more than a few major spoilers in this trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Hannibal kicks off its second season on NBC February 28th.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 New TV Series of 2013

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Whether you subscribe to the idea of a “Second Golden Age” of television or not, there’s no denying that 2013 was a great year for TV.  Outstanding, even, because for all of the trash there were so many treasures.  Hit the jump for the first batch of treasure: a look back at the best new series from this year (in no particular order, and miniseries are saved for another list), which are all worth binge-watching to catch up with in preparation for their second seasons in 2014, if you haven’t indulged already.

HANNIBAL Season 2 to Premiere on NBC February 28th; New Poster Unveiled

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The Doctor returns this February.  No, not the time-traveling one, the people-eating one.  NBC has announced that creator Bryan Fuller’s excellent drama series Hannibal will kick off its second season on Friday, February 28th, following the conclusion of Dracula’s 10-episode run.  The series follows the complicated relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen), and the first season was one of the more involving runs of television I’ve seen in a while.  Fuller has big plans for the series going forward that involve bringing in the Red Dragon storyline, so hopefully the ratings improve in the upcoming second season—though I’m not exactly enthused about the show’s new Friday timeslot.  That being said, I can’t wait to see how the second season progresses given the events of the first season finale.

Hit the jump to check out a creepy new poster for the second season.

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