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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.5 – Contorno

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After a lengthy prelude, the key players in Hannibal are ready for the main event. “Contorno” brings us the season’s first major showdown, and the good doctor has finally come out on the losing end of an encounter.

But let’s back up. While “Contorno” does conclude with an explosive brawl, the episode itself is as much a clash of philosophies as it is a clash of fists. “Contorno” begins where “Apertivo” left off, with Will and Chiyoh en route to Florence while Mason and Alana tighten their net from America and Jack says his final goodbyes to Bella.

Hannibal, meanwhile, is still happy being Hannibal, taking care of his torture museum and cooking snails for Bedelia.

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Ash returns to Evil Dead with classic outfit, something else’s blood

My head describes this as "gory" but my heart is saying "groovy." Credit: Entertainment Weekly

My head describes this as “gory” but my heart is saying “groovy.” Credit: Entertainment Weekly

It’s been over 20 years since we last saw Ash Williams rip up deadites with a sawed-off shotgun and a chainsaw-gauntlet in 1992’s cult medieval adventure Army of Darkness, but looking over the first pictures of Bruce Campbell’s return to the role that made him an icon makes it feel like it was just yesterday. Created by Campbell and Sam Raimi, the new Starz network series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, brings the beloved horror series back from the dead, or at least from the clutches of that 2013 remake.

Both Campbell and Raimi promise undead hijinks the likes of which the charismatic and grotesquely comedic film franchise is renowned for. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Campbell described the new show will be like “The Searchers with carnage and mayhem.”

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Characters You Should Know: Doctor Who’s Chris Cwej and Izzy S.

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As pride month draws to a close and many are celebrating the same-sex marriage ruling by Scotus last week, we at Nerdy Stuff take a look at two Doctor Who companions you may not know: Chris Cwej and Izzy S. Years before Jack Harkness, these two characters appeared in the tie-in media of Doctor Who and brought gay and bisexual representation into the Whoniverse.

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Sense8 Turns Empathy into High-Concept Science Fiction

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Since its debut on Netflix, Sense8 has received deserved praise for its ambition and its diversity. However, it’s worth remembering that a diverse show with terrible writing and boring characters would still be a pretty bad show. Thankfully, Sense8 avoids those pitfalls. The new series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski is not perfect, but it is beautifully sincere, with a phenomenal cast and a fantastic sci-fi premise that complements the show’s admirable diversity.

More to the point, Sense8 is explicitly about empathy. The show begins when eight strangers from around the globe are reborn as sensates with a telepathic link. Because they essentially share the same mind, the sensates intuitively understand and respect one another despite differences that might ordinarily drive them apart.

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IDW’s Jem and the Holograms Comic is the Reboot Fans Deserve!

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Jem and the Holograms debuted as a cartoon series in 1985, created by Christy Marx, a staff writer for the original cartoon shows of Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The odd cartoon that mixed battling bands with sci-fi tech found a way to brand itself into the minds of ’80s kids, even if they didn’t watch it. It was inevitable this “truly outrageous” band would be rebooted. But more significant is that the new Jem and the Holograms comic from IDW, which released its fourth issue this week. . . is really good!

Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell put together this reboot story, which Thompson scripted and Campbell did art on, with colors by M. Victoria Robado and letters by Shawn Lee. There is a clear love for the original story, but Campbell and Thompson are also smart enough to ask what needs to be updated so the story doesn’t just retread old ground.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.4 – Apertivo

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Hannibal may be on the chopping block, but there are still nine more episodes left in season three and we’ll be here to recap all of them. It’s a good thing, too, because last night’s “Apertivo” was easily the strongest episode of the young season despite Hannibal’s conspicuous absence.

“Apertivo” spends most of its time filling in the gaps from season two. The episode begins with a conversation between Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza) and Mason Verger (Joe Anderson, replacing last season’s Michael Pitt), comparing their surgically reconstructed faces after surviving their respective run-ins with Hannibal. Chilton is hoping for revenge and profit. Mason’s motivations remain somewhat unclear, but he is offering $1 million for information about Hannibal in an effort to bring the doctor to heel.

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Hannibal and the rise of arthouse style television

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Nearly every article on TV begins and ends with, “It’s a great time for television right now.”

That’s not untrue, but it’s not groundbreaking news, either. In the ‘70s, the majority of shows airing either revolved around a detective, a police squad, a family, or a hospital. In fact, in 1976, all of the nominees for Best Drama at the Emmys were detective shows. It was rare that a network would bite off a piece of unique programming, letting it sit for a while, before eventually spitting it onto the ground.

Today, however, networks, premium cable channels, and streaming services are venturing into a new battleground for television: arthouse cinema style programming. NBC’s Hannibal and Cinemax’s The Knick are just two examples of nouveau visual storytelling that could only flourish at this moment in time.

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Hannibal Falling, and Why the Show Will Rise Again

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Much to the chagrin of horror fans everywhere, NBC has announced that it won’t be renewing Hannibal, the beloved show about the cannibal next door. There are still ten episodes yet to air, but the third season will be the final one appearing on the network.

The news isn’t exactly surprising. Hannibal has pulled dismal ratings for the entirety of its run, recently dipping to a low of 1.7 million, and everyone involved seems to be aware of the cold reality of the situation. Bryan Fuller expressed gratitude for being allowed to make three seasons, while NBC thanked Fuller for delivering some much-needed critical acclaim. That’s why I can’t criticize NBC. The network did everything it could for Hannibal, but there’s only so much that can be reasonably expected.

And yet, I’m strangely optimistic after the cancellation of my favorite show, largely because I just don’t think we’ve seen the last of Hannibal. In fact, I’m confident that it will find a home somewhere else, and that it will happen relatively soon.

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Winona Ryder Is Back, In Small Screen Thriller Form!

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Winona Ryder has been cast as the lead in an upcoming Netflix series, written and directed by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who have written a couple of episodes of current creepy TV show Wayward Pines.

This new eight-episode series, formerly known as Montauk, will be set in the 1980s Long Island town of the same name. Here’s the synopsis, according to Variety:

A young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends, and local cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance – which turns out to involve top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Angie Han at /Film points out that the show might be inspired by The Montauk Project, a series of allegedly secret US government experiments on time travel. This sounds like something that must have been alluded to on at least one episode of The X-Files.

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Daredevil’s Radar Sense: What is it?

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Daredevil may have been around since Stan Lee and Bill Everett introduced him in 1964, but many new fans have been discovering him now thanks to the live-action show on Netflix and the past several years of consistently entertaining stories from a slew of fan-favorite writers. Though blinded by radioactive materials, attorney Matt Murdock uses his other now-superhuman senses and a special radar sense to operate as the acrobatic hero Daredevil, the “man without fear.” But how does his famous “radar sense” work exactly? Let’s find out!

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