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From left: Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal, and Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford.

Tragic TV News: Hannibal’s Third Course Will Be Its Last

According to iHorror.com and a number of other sites, NBC has officially canceled Hannibal, one of the most amazing shows on network television. The show will complete its third and final season, which will wrap up in early September, but after that there will be no more delicacies coming our way.

'Hannibal' is a feast for the eyes...and the stomach...if you're into that.

‘Hannibal’ is a feast for the eyes…and the stomach…if you’re into that.

The first two seasons were some of the best network television I’ve seen in years, and so far the third is on the same level. I’d say they all have shown more depth, more sophistication, greater payoffs, and generally superior storytelling than a lot of cable shows, as well. I’m looking at you, True Detective.

It’s true that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson delivered solid performances, but I wouldn’t say it was a career-best for either. For Harrelson, that might be The People vs. Larry Flynt, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, or White Men Can’t Jump, which has nineties-nostalgia going for it. As for McConaughey, he actually took home an Oscar for Dallas Buyer’s Club, but I’d say Frailty is a hidden gem of his, and if you want more nostalgia, then Dazed and Confused is right up your alley.

Sure, that six-minute continuous take in episode four was a very impressive technical achievement for television, but it’s not like it hasn’t been done before in film. Way back in 1948, Hitchcock made an 80-minute film, Rope, using only ten-minute takes. Kubrick had his fair share in 1980’s The Shining. Hell, Robert Altman basically made a career out of long takes, and 1992’s The Player opens with an eight-minute shot.

And yes, the writing was pretty good, but let’s not forget that it was based on (plagiarized from) a book.

And honestly, wasn’t the big finale just a little bit of a let-down after all that build-up?

'Hannibal' is a show with a lot of layers.

‘Hannibal’ is a show with a lot of layers.

I’m not trying to knock True Detective, but I am trying to put things in perspective.
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and (a recent addition) Gillian Anderson have knocked it out of the park in every one of the 28 episodes I’ve seen. That’s three-and-a-half times more episodes than True Detective, in case you weren’t counting.

The writing is always phenomenal. Much like Breaking Bad, there hasn’t been a single weak episode so far. The subtleties and nuances make it ideal for re-watching, as you’re sure to always pick up on something new with each viewing. It’s also a great show for binge-watching (yes, it’s on Netflix), as that makes it easier to pick up on some of those subtleties the first time around, not to mention the fact that the show always leaves you (pardon the pun) hungry for more.

The aesthetics of the show alone are enough to put it in a class of its own. With dark, saturated colors dripping off the screen each week, you’re likely to feel your stomach churn with each elaborate crime scene, and rumble during each dinner scene, even though you know what those ingredients are, and that they’re much worse than gluten. Frankly, some of the images are so disturbing (I mean that in the best way possible) that I’m amazed any network agreed to air it in the first place.

Hannibal, the character and the show, often leaves you hanging in suspense.

Hannibal, the character and the show, often leaves you hanging in suspense.

Yes, Hannibal is adapted from an author’s work, but that material is taken from three books (possibly four, if Hannibal’s upbringing draws on Hannibal Rising) and has been significantly reworked for the show.

And at the end of season two (I think), when Hannibal finally explains why he made the phone call at the beginning of season one that set all the subsequent events into motion, he only says six simple words, but they are pure writing genius and so revealing of his character that I got chills.

If another network, cable station, or streaming service picks up Hannibal–and maintains the level of quality it has established for over two seasons now–they will have an immediate customer in me.

Otherwise, all I can do is thank the host, show creator Bryan Fuller, and everyone else involved for a feast of dark wonders that I will savor for years.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Poster and Teaser!

Starz has released a poster and teaser for their new series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, which will see Bruce Campbell returning to his grooviest role ever and Sam Raimi behind the scenes.

Admittedly, this only whets our appetite for something more, but the design is quite cool, and if you look closely at the silhouette of Ash, you’ll see he’s equipped with exactly what you’d hope for!

How a TV Series Can Lead to a Series of Relationship Issues

There is a lot of good TV these days: Breaking Bad, Sherlock, Orphan Black, House of Cards, The Blacklist, as well as returning event series like The X-Files, 24, Heroes, and Twin Peaks, just to name a few. Whether you binge-watch or ration them out, they present couples with dozens of hours couch-based, cuddle-inducing entertainment–especially in this never-ending winter. But each episode can also turn Netflix or your DVR into a relationship-shattering improvised explosive device.

If you start watching a series with your significant other, then watch an episode behind their back, it can cause trust-based arguments in the same ballpark as cheating. Seriously. This is an increasingly common issue that therapists hear about in couples’ counseling, according to an article in The Toronto Star. Check out the original article by Rebecca Eckler to find out why you should pull the plug on the urge to do any watching on the side, or risk canceling your relationship.

What do you think? Does it cause problems when your partner watches something without you? Why do you think that is? What particular shows are important in your relationship? Leave some comments below and let us know!