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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.11 – …and the Beast from the Sea

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“…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.

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New Series Brain Dead From The Creators Of The Good Wife

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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.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.9 – …and the Woman Clothed with the Sun

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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.

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Should We Live In Fear Of Fear The Walking Dead?

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A lot of horror fans are sick to (un)death of zombies. Still, AMC’s The Walking Dead‘s Nielsen ratings have increased every year. This is why the show is about to start its sixth season and why the creator of the original comic series, Robert Kirkman, has launched a prequel spinoff series on AMC called Fear The Walking Dead.

Before you get too annoyed, consider that at least some of those horror fans are responsible for making those Nielsen ratings skyrocket. The Walking Dead is just one of the many current shows that are part of the genre television renaissance.

With the exception of Wayward Pines (which just finished its first and only season), there are several genre other shows still going strong, such as American Horror Story, Bates Motel, Penny Dreadful, Teen Wolf, and the best of the bunch, the sadly-now-cancelled Hannibal (#SaveHannibal!). No matter how you feel about The Walking Dead, its critical and commercial success has made it possible for other genre-themed shows to get the green light.

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NBC Renews Aquarius: A Look Back At Season One

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On May 28, NBC aired the first episode of Aquarius, a 13-episode series. In a unique move aimed to compete with Netflix, NBC uploaded all 13 episodes onto NBC.com immediately following the premiere, but still aired them on the network over the next three months. NBC also uploaded four webisodes, which take place before the events of the first season.

It was a gamble that paid off: the show has recently been renewed for a second season, despite the fact that the show’s “linear ratings” (from those who watched the show as it aired on TV) were considered “soft” at 5.8 million viewers and a rating of 1.2.

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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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Jonny Quest, Meet Robert Rodriguez

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Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids) has been tapped to helm the live action big screen version of Jonny Quest. Jonny Quest was a 26-episode animated series that aired on ABC during Friday night prime time from 1964 – 1965. If you’re younger than 50, you might have seen it in syndication on TV through the 1970s and more recently on Cartoon Network.

Jonny Quest was a huge deal to me as a kid. The show had mystery and suspense elements similar to another cartoon fave of mine, Scooby Doo, but was creepier and more believable. I also had a crush on Jonny Quest, the character, and I’m not sure if I thought it was weird to have a crush on an animated boy, but the heart wants what it wants, right?

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Daredevil: These Are Their Stories

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Marvel’s Daredevil hit Netflix a couple of months ago with thirteen episodes, a coup for comic fans and TV bingewatchers everywhere. The show, which focuses on blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as the titular character, was such a hit that a second season was announced on April 21.

Obviously 13 episodes wasn’t enough for YouTube user David Johns, who created two fake opening credits sequences for the show. One of these crosses Daredevil with ’80s courtroom comedy Night Court (a show I loved so much I wrote about it in my diary as a kid. True story.), while the other mashup utilizes the iconic opening credits of an even more well known courtroom show, the behemoth that is Law & Order.

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Why Hannibal is the Best Show on Television

With apologies to Game of Thrones and Ramsay Bolton, TV’s most compelling sociopath isn’t on HBO. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, which returns to the air on Thursday with the start of season three, is the best thing currently on TV. If you’re not already on board, now is the perfect time to pull up to the table.

So what makes Hannibal so great? For starters, the show has an exceptional cast, with stellar performances from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the charismatic Hannibal Lecter. Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford serves as a much-needed foil for the stars chewing the scenery, while Gillian Anderson is around to remind us why we all loved The X-Files.

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