January 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm #310291
Not sure if anyone else has started a thread on this. But the new season is coming soon and new casting details are emerging.January 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm #310293
Well, that is one show I can’t wait to watch again. Pitt was very good on BE and was robbed from not being nominated for his farewell.January 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm #310294
Jeremy Davies will guest in two episodes. Recent interviews indicate that Fuller is still going ahead with his seven year plan. This show will be lucky to hit a 1.0 rating in the demographic this year, so do not expect resolution at the end of the season/series.
Hopefully it can properly rally the critics this year, so that it can get some Emmy attention. It is ridiculous that it has not been nominated for a single award from any group, be it the two critics’ groups, Emmys, Globes, Satellites or the dozen-plus guilds because there is so much in this show that is spectacular from Mads Mikkelsen to the production design to the cinematography. This show is the best!January 31, 2014 at 5:14 pm #310295
Some weird energies indeed are against this.February 2, 2014 at 5:04 am #310296
A couple of other (much) more highly rated shows came back and lost a bunch of viewers, look at The Following for example. Revolution too.
Hannibal is a great, fun show to watch but I can’t see it doing any better than it did last year. And all NBC does is loose viewers. Unless it becomes some sort of Parenthood-like player for the network, it’s gone by the end of the season.February 2, 2014 at 5:41 am #310297
Yes, NBC will probably drop the show but it could find a new home on a cable network or a streaming service. Apparently their financing model allows the production company to ask for less money.
I don’t get this show at all. Some of the things you guys like truly baffle me. Gold Derby loves it, so I watched five or six episodes and couldn’t take anymore. It was so dreadful, I didn’t even stick around to see Gillian Anderson. I hated the writing (story, dialogue and characters), the direction, the editing, the performances and the cinematography. It was so cliche, somber and serious. I usually understand why people like shows I don’t care for, but the appeal of “Hannibal” is a mystery.February 2, 2014 at 6:02 am #310298
Actually, the season really starts to pick up after episode 7 if I’m not mistaken which is the Human Violin episode. Also, the episode where Hannibal strikes Amanda Bloom in the head was pretty outstanding, and it was one of the first six, can’t remember which one exactly, it was a pretty original show for me (considering it’s a prequel) that managed to successfuly run away from procedural stereotypes including one or two good to great performances specially by Mikkelsen.February 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm #310299
I don’t get this show at all. Some of the things you guys like truly baffle me. Gold Derby loves it, so I watched five or six episodes and couldn’t take anymore. It was so dreadful, I didn’t even stick around to see Gillian Anderson. I hated the writing (story, dialogue and characters), the direction, the editing, the performances and the cinematography. It was so cliche, somber and serious. I usually understand why people like shows I don’t care for, but the appeal of “Hannibal” is a mystery.
You do understand that it is a show about grisly murders and a cannibalistic serial killer? Were you expecting a Pushing Daisies approach to the material?February 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm #310300
The second half of the season was so much better than the first. I hate it when that happens, but if any show made up for its lackluster first half last year with an awesome second half, it was this show over The Americans, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.February 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm #310301
House of Cards had a lackluster first half? The first two eps were fantastic. Though I do agree the rest of the first half was lacking in comparison to those and the second half, but I wouldn’t call it lackluster.February 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm #310302
Merrill Barr, Forbes: “The hope with the show’s sophomore season is that it would learn from its mistakes of over-pretension and grow into the series much of the critical community claims it to be and the good news is that it has. Opening with one of the most daring teasers ever committed to the medium of television, the second season of Hannibal makes it clear the show’s doing away with many of its season one tropes. […] Where season one suffers from various dull moments throughout many of its episodes, mostly due to the need for a case-by-case format, the second season does not. Rather than having episodes occupied by a single-case specific story and minor advancement in the overall arc between Hannibal and Will, episodes in season two are occupied by a slew of threads […] Season one of Hannibal was okay, but struggled. Season two of Hannbal hits the ground running, hard. From the first frame, it’s clear what we have now is a show that’s found itself, and is going to do everything in its power to keep us guessing until the very gruesome, bitter end. With the beginning of its second season, Hannibal has taken its rightful place as one of the best series currently airing on television.”
Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly (grade: A): “Incarcerated protagonists can lock up a drama, but Hannibal captures your imagination with the prospect of Graham using his imagination to figure a way out.”
Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine (four out of four stars): “This show’s most unsettling implication is that its central monster is right, and that Will’s plight to know himself, which stands for everyone’s similar and comparatively banal struggles, is ultimately meaningless. For its authentic engagement with despair, Hannibal earns its wrenching nihilism: It’s a great, epic vision of American horror.”February 25, 2014 at 8:36 am #310303
I’m one of the people that just couldn’t make it through the first season. Early reviews suggesting it’s taken a step forward sound promising though.February 25, 2014 at 8:47 am #310304
Even at its best it was a season of TV I appreciated more than was engaged by, so it’s good to here it’s ridding itself of some ornateness.February 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm #310305
Great to hear these critics, that is one show can’t wait to its return, Mikkelsen is a reason to not miss it.February 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm #310306
90 on Metacritic, though w/4 reviews.
I could see the net keeping this around for its acclaim, since several of its shows have low ratings AND lack of critical interest.
Last year it was on the 4th-most T10 lists of the network shows…and oddly, given the usually male-skewing bent for TV, the other 3 were all female-led.
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