After spending a few episodes in the margins thanks to his incarceration, Hannibal has slowly been creeping back into the center of the frame, incubating in his prison cell like a monster in a cocoon. “The Wrath of the Lamb” finally lets him break free and stretch his wings.
It also demonstrates how far Hannibal has come. In the beginning, Hannibal was a solitary figure operating alone. The final episode restores Hannibal’s charisma, but he now shares the spotlight with Will because he recognizes how much richer life can be when you have a partner able to appreciate your accomplishments.
Since the beginning, Frederick Chilton’s sense has not been equal to his ego. He thinks he’s a genius (and he does have a knack for self-promotion), but his all-consuming self-regard blinds him to the game being played around him. He is a pawn, and the kings and queens have finally offered him up for sacrifice.
“The Number of the Beast is 666” revolves around the FBI’s attempt to catch the Dragon. With the help of Freddie Lounds, Will baits the hook with inflammatory statements, while Chilton – still stinging from Hannibal’s public refutation of his best-selling book – volunteers to give the article professional credibility.
The plan works, to an extent. Dolarhyde is furious at the implications in Freddie’s article, but he’s not foolish enough to walk into a trap. He instead captures Chilton and subjects him to a rigorous interrogation, forcing him to refute his earlier statements on video. Then the Dragon rips Chilton’s lips off with his teeth and sets him on fire in Will’s courtyard.
Netflix has quickly become one of the best ways to watch television. Their original programming only adds to the appeal of getting to watch entire seasons of shows with nary a commercial in sight. Rather than releasing episodes one at a time, all Netflix originals are released as entire seasons, with viewers being able to choose to experience the episodes at their own pace or all at once in binge watching sessions.
Coming soon from the streaming service is NARCOS, a new series that’s based on the true story of the 1980s Columbian drug war between the violent Medellin cartel and US and Columbian special agents. Judging from the trailer above, the show aims to hit all the right marks for fans of action crime dramas.
“…And the Beast from the Sea” revolves around one major event. Francis Dolarhyde attempts to make the Grahams the latest offering to the Red Dragon, poisoning their dogs, breaking into their house, and attempting to kill them on the full moon. Molly is able to thwart him with quick thinking and a well-placed car-alarm, though she does take a (non-lethal) bullet for her efforts.
The rest of the episode is spent dealing with the fallout. The Red Dragon went after the Grahams at Hannibal’s suggestion, and Alana, Jack, and Will immediately recognize his design. They attempt to use him to set a trap, though Hannibal warns Dolarhyde as soon as he mention’s Reba’s name. As punishment, Alana follows through on an earlier threat and takes Hannibal’s desk and dignity. His once lavish cell is barren, stripped of everything up to and including the toilet.
Hannibal has always positioned himself as the supreme arbiter of taste, and he does not hesitate to punish any violations of decorum. Boorishness becomes a form of Natural Selection, a weakness that needs to be culled from the population.
“And the Woman Clothed in Sun” explores the relativism implicit in that idea, suggesting that Hannibal’s drive to murder comes from the same evolutionary impulse that targets the weak or the elderly. His violence is kindness, a way of helping rude people avoid the indignity of being rude.
Of course, Hannibal’s victims would likely dispute the sentence, which is the crucial distinction between a killer like Hannibal and a more traditional moral figure like Will. Hannibal ends the misery of creatures in distress. Will adds them to his pack of strays.
When you think of husband and wife writer team Michelle and Robert King, you most likely think of their creation The Good Wife, a show that has managed to fill a Law & Order-sized hole in my heart for the last five years. Starring the excellent Julianna Margulies as the titular character (a.k.a. Alicia Florrick), it’s a personal and political drama with a legal procedural format that manages to be incredibly current without coming across as corny.
The Kings have a new project on their hands and although it also deals with politics, it’s probably not what you expected. Brain Dead has been described as “The West Wing meets The Strain,” which might sound like a bad idea but consider this: iZombie, which follows the misadventures of a zombie who helps her friend solve crimes, has been a critical success on The CW and was adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright of Veronica Mars fame.
Hannibal has traditionally been a solitary figure. Though he enjoys the company of others, he is usually among them rather than of them, observing from the vantage of superior refinement. He does not trust anyone with his secrets. He does not rely on others to fulfill his base desires, and seems to regard doing so as a form of weakness.
That consistent drive towards self-actualization at the expense of others makes “…and the Woman Clothed with the Sun” an unexpectedly communal pleasure. The episode is devoted almost entirely to the concept of family. Despite his finer tastes, Hannibal genuinely craves the simple intimacy that has eluded him throughout the show, and it’s perhaps the first time that we’ve seen him be truly vulnerable.
During season 1 of Flash, our hero was stalked by the mysterious Reverse-Flash. In fact, it seemed the Reverse-Flash had been trying to kill him since he was a child. After several encounters, the two had what seemed to be their final confrontation. But during SDCC 2015, it was revealed that the character Zoom will appear in season 2, a similarly garbed villain who’s actually “faster than the Flash.” But who is he? What’s the story behind his comic book counterpart?
Baseball is America’s greatest pastime. The sport has been played for well over a hundred years, and countless players have had their names forever enshrined in its legendary annals. Names like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, and Babe Ruth are just a few of the greats to achieve this honor. Now, another man looks to add his name to that list. That man? Will Ferrell.
Will Ferrell is no stranger to sports. He’s coached a youth soccer team, done professional figure skating, played on a semi-pro basketball team, and has even raced in NASCAR. Of course, all of this was fictional; he didn’t actually do those things. Recently, however, he actually did play for an MLB team. Ten of them, to be precise.
It’s confirmed. Actor Echo Kellum will be appear in season 4 of Arrow as Curtis Holt AKA Mr. Terrific. He’ll be a tech-savvy ally to the character Felicity Smoak and the show’s first openly gay character.
There have been two heroes called Mr. Terrific in the universe of DC Comics. The first was Terry Sloane. The second was Michael (not Curtis) Holt. But who were they? Continue reading to find out!