KingKobra said:Crap, just found out that this was the season finale :(
Crap, just found out that this was the season finale :(
McShane is the true soul of the series, playing Mr. Wednesday/Odin as a grandiloquent con man–mentor who seems aware that he’s a character in a story and figures that if he manipulates the other characters skillfully enough, he can wrest it away from the author. When you look into McShane’s face as he grins wickedly, I think you’re seeing the show that American Gods kept threatening to become, only to hold back at the last second. Fuller’s prior work, including Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, were notable for their fusion of mordant screwball comedy, wet-eyed sincerity, and operatic melodrama.
The volatility and bigness of the emotions showcased on a Fuller series, even one about FBI profilers and serial killers, is what has traditionally made them stand out from the competition — more so than the controlled excesses of the filmmaking, which can fascinate, too. The makers of film and television are still afraid to get in a Fuller-esque mode and stay in it for long, because nothing kills a series faster than public sneering, and nothing invites sneering like sincerity. To willfully ignore that risk automatically marks a series as one worth watching.
pavlovsbell said:The black goo was for sure an Under the Skin homage (similar premise, too). Bryan Fuller said that it was his favorite film of 2014 and put it on the list of films he wanted to evoke in Hannibal S3.I've enjoyed chatting with everyone here, too. With this show and The Handmaid's Tale and BCS over, there's nothing on except Preacher until GoT returns in July. Will y'all be watching that also?@aberry89 Hannibal got more European arthouse later, but it was pretty out there in S1. I think I saw you mention Peter Weir in The Leftovers threads, I got strong The Last Wave vibes off of --- I forget which episode it was -- I call it the water episode, I think it was the one with the human totem pole. Anyway, I love the second half of Hannibal S1 through S2. I'm less enamored of the with S3. I don't care for the Red Dragon arc. I think BF works best when he's not beholden to source material and just doing his own thing. Or riffing off it like with most of Hannibal and American Gods.
The black goo was for sure an Under the Skin homage (similar premise, too). Bryan Fuller said that it was his favorite film of 2014 and put it on the list of films he wanted to evoke in Hannibal S3.