This is the end. Hannibal knows it, revels in it, and doesn’t even pretend to mess around. I’ll miss Hannibal, but they wrapped it up well, and you can’t ask for more than that.
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Hannibal pulled in twists, gore, psycho aesthetics, and a little bit of twisted romance to deliver what I declared halfway through to be “the best ep ever” in “The Number of the Beast is 666.” For one of the first times in the series, the thriller aspect of the show was in full force.
I like that Hannibal is all the way to the actual Red Dragon storyline, and I love the way they’re doing it, but you know what—it definitely feels like a coda. It’s such a meaty, fully fleshed-out plot that it’s just the perfect stopping place should the story ever need to stop. So, here’s hoping they wrap it up well and don’t do any stupid cliffhanger crap.
Real suspense returns to Hannibal this week as Will comes face to face with a killer and, for the first time in a while, there’s no predestined outcome to the encounter. This episode is chocked full of character development for our killer, some usual trippy reality-bending, and a nice murder mystery without any actual murder.
Hannibal continues to combine the best of all possible styles (and worlds) as we get further into the Red Dragon murders. “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun” features some screwed-up time, a few head-trips, a two-sided murder mystery, and some Hannibal and Will action. It is, literally, all the good stuff.
After 2.5 seasons, Hannibal catches up to its source material and it’s (still) good so far.
With “Contorno,” Hannibal stops reflecting on its past traumas and gives us a bit of forward momentum. It’s counter-productive to call this episode weird, but I was so enjoying all the psychological interludes that plot business begins to feel strange simply by its lack of Hannibal‘s patented weirdness.
I’m sure you all heard my cries of despair from wherever you were when Hannibal was cancelled earlier this week. What cancellation means for us in the now is that we just must savor the rest of this season all the more and pray to the God of Streaming Service revivals.
The first ten minutes of “Primavera” is just a complete replaying of the climax from the season 2 finale. You’d think this would be pointless, but removed from the overblown context of the rest of the season it’s a perfect setting of the stage for Will’s messed up headspace.
Supernatural’s season finale is so inane, illogical, and boring that it’s painful to watch. This show is dead.
The Agents of SHIELD finale wraps up every plot thread to satisfaction and starts a few more, just like last season’s. I’m game.
I’ll keep this short because I’ve about hit my limit with Supernatural. While the series has a standard pattern of character deaths and is good at twisting modern mythologies in interesting ways, the one-two punch of weirdly reinterpreting classic literature with brutally killing the best character they had is too much.
If Age of Ultron didn’t do it for you, Agents of SHIELD is still amazing to pick up the slack. It’s been a crazy week in the MCU. Rather than having to suffer joltingly through lame tie-ins or forced references, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was perfectly content to keep doing its own thing in “Scars.”
Where has this stuff been all season, Supernatural? Seriously. Even the other episodes with Claire Novak have been hit or miss, but this one is a definite hit. It not only pokes at Judeo-Christian mythology, it addresses some long-standing consequences of the boys’ actions in a careful and contemplative way.
The long lead-up of Agents of SHIELD’s second season is the biggest Avengers: Age of Ultron promo ever. At this point my excitement over Agents of SHIELD is kind of a given, but do you know how excited I was when I saw the title of this episode? “The Dirty Half Dozen,” I mean, guys, can you imagine?
Supernatural weaves together a great horror story and an arc-relevant sub-plot. It’s just like old times!
Agents of SHIELD is leading into Avengers: Age of Ultron in earnest, now. Yeah, it’s as intense as it sounds.
Agents of SHIELD delivers a triple-threaded character piece that’s not as driving as usual but deeply nuanced.
Can Charlie just stay on Supernatural forever, please?
Agents of SHIELD remembers its roots and teases at audience meltdown in a twisty thrill-ride of an ep.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. blows up its entire power structure and it’s better than you would ever imagine.
A nifty twist on a standard ghost story renders Supernatural actually watchable this week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cranks up the tension in an ep that’s purely build-up to the real action next week.