Hannibal Too REAL for Emmy?

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With the Emmy nominations out, there is a lot of gung-ho about the two brilliant series that have been left out, or should I say SHUT OUT of the nominations. Orphan Black and Hannibal are two absolute GEMS that premiered in the year 2013, and have changed the way the horror/thriller/psychological drama genre has been perceived ever since. Orphan Black was possibly left out because it is a Canadian series, and everyone knows anything made in Canada is immediately discounted to be of no consequence by America even if it is BETTER than some of the BEST shows in the US. Yes, you read that right.

So what’s the reason behind Hannibal receiving the figurative axe from the Emmy? In an age where fictional television is getting lamer by the minute, and reality television has lost any remote semblance it had to the word ‘real’, Hannibal came along and swept the ground from under our respective feet. It is gory, scary, and turbulent, not because of ghosts, or supernatural elements, but because it depicts just how terrifying and sick a human mind can be. And trust me, there is no greater horror in the world than watching the appalling things that humans are capable of putting other human beings through.

Television is supposed to make is forget our ever so crappy lives, and make us feel better about ourselves. Instead, Hannibal deals in everything that’s ugly and crass about the human nature. With stunning and mind-wrinkling performances by the main cast, Hannibal is nothing if not a piece of art, a jarring symphony, that shall remain long after your crappy awards have lost their sheen, Emmy, I assure you of that.

Does that scare you, Emmy? Too real, is it? Do you feel like you have no category that could do justice to Hannibal? Here, I have a number of suggestions as to which category Hannibal would best fit into:

I-have-extra-wrinkles-on-my-brain-cos-of-this-show Category

Bryan-Fuller-is-the-shit Category

FOOD-FOOD-FOOD Category

Best-shit-on-TV-till-date Category

And if these didn’t fit onto you uptight, archaic, and extremely ‘limited’ spectrum, then why didn’t you nominate at least ONE of these:

 

PS: I don’t care a hoot anymore about whom you award what to, so screw you, Emmy! Also, get OVER The Big Bang Theory, it’s just not funny anymore. 

Review: Hannibal Season 2 Finale

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43 minutes and 12 seconds is all it takes Bryan Fuller to deliver irreversible trauma and emotional scarring that shall be engraved onto your psyche for the rest of your life. Well, to be fair, it gradually happens over a course of two seasons; but that doesn’t discount the fact that the season 2 finale of Hannibal is the ultimate blow to your emotional and psychological health.

A fan of psychological thrillers, are you? Have devoured every episode of Dexter, Homeland, Criminal Minds and the likes? Well, news flash, honey- they are all merely baby formula compared to this intestine-churning, heart-squeezing, brain-wrinkling equivalent of a TV show.

Within the first few minutes of the finale, you know it isn’t going to be a smooth ride, not like you were expecting one, and so you have braced yourself. When Will seems to be having the same conversation with Hannibal and Jack at the same time, each asking him if he thinks he is ready to do what is required, your heart thumps in sync with the beats of the background score (and if that didn’t happen, it is probably because you haven’t got one anymore, and you have already been served up at Hannibal’s dining table).

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that George R.R. Martin has lost his throne as the mass-murderer/shock-deliverer to Bryan Fuller, as the latter manages to wipe off three quarters of the main cast without so much as a wince. Behold, the original psychopath of all time and age! 

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The most shocking of all revelations is of course the fact that Abigail Hobbs is still alive. But what an existence that must have been like, I shudder to think, with the master manipulator constantly in your head and having developed the Stockholm syndrome. Why else would she push Alana Bloom off of the window? However, the most heartbreaking of it all was Jack trying to get in touch with Bella (fingers crossed about them not being his last moments), I admit, I did tear up a bit at that time.

After all the planning and the scheming, all the double-crossing, who goes scot-free? Hannibal, of course! The moment he realised that Will was about to double-cross him, he didn’t merely escape; he made a grand exit, one that all his foes paid for with their lives. Calmly sipping champagne, he takes off with Dr. Du Maurier to, I am guessing, France.

When Hannibal leaves Will and Abigail bleeding on the floor, you cannot help but experience a déjà vu moment with Will trying to slow down the blood flow from Abigail’s throat. That is one image that shall be imprinted in the deep, dark recesses of every fan’s mind, until the very end of time.

Can we please have a rehab facility made up for the fans of Hannibal, cos right now we would like nothing better than to be dressed in pyjamas, wrapped up in a cosy robe, and walk around like dazed zombies waiting to feast on Bryan Fuller’s brains. 

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Must Watch TV Shows of 2013

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It would not border on exaggeration when said that 2013 was one of the most creative and thrilling years that television has seen in a long time. There are a number of shows that are not only promising, but also mind boggling, catering to intelligent audiences that seek drama, thrill, and logical explanations all wrapped up in a neat little bow. Some of the do-not-miss-unless-you-are-dead shows of the previous year are:

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Orphan Black

Genre: Drama, Sic-fi, Thriller

Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Kevin Hanchard

It will not be amiss to say that 2013 has set a whole new benchmark or the sic-fic and fantasy genre, and my personal favourite is Orphan Black. Imagine you are at a train station, and suddenly you witness someone who looks exactly like you, down to that tiny little mole you have over your left eyebrow, jump in front of a moving train. Wouldn’t that scare the living daylights out of you? This is what happens to Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), and within micro seconds she is sucked into this world where she comes to terms with the fact that she and the jumper are a part of a scheme that is bigger than she could ever imagine in her wildest dreams. With a compelling performance by Maslany, Orphan Black is one show that simply must not be missed.

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Hannibal

Genre: Horror, Crime, Drama

Starring: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

There have been a number of explorations based on Thomas Harris’s brilliant, yet bat shit crazy psychiatrist, Hannibal Lector. So I was a little sceptical about this show when I first heard of it. However, being a firm believer in giving everything a fair chance I did watch the pilot, and I am compelled to admit that Hannibal is nothing but pure excellence. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a criminal profiler for the FBI with the unique ability to empathise with the murderers. Who else to help him retain his sanity after a hard day of field work but the charming and elusive Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen)? Fair warning, this show is not for the weak of heart, or the squeamish audience, as it gets quite graphic. Hannibal will reach its fingers in through your eyes, reach up into your brain, and caress the deep recesses of your personal unexplored psychopathic tendencies that have remained dormant for too long. You have been warned.

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House of Cards

Genre: Political Drama

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright 

House of Cards is by far one of the most gripping political dramas that I have come across. Not for nothing is it one of the biggest hits of the year 2014. If you love Homeland, you will gobble up House of Cards like a junkie fresh out of crack. Come for the thrills; stay for the back-door deals, the manipulative yet admirable characters, and unbeatable performances. Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is by no means a likeable man, and yet when he is betrayed by the ones he trusted, he makes it a mission to rebuild his fort no matter what the cost.

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Broadchurch

Genre: Drama, Crime

Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman 

The predominant reason I started watching Broadchurch is because David Tennant played the role of DI Alec Hardy, a shady detective who has all but given up on the world. I was pleasantly surprised that the show grew on me as anything that has anything to do with human nature or psychology. The storyline revolves around the murder of a little boy in a sleepy town by the name Broadchurch, and how this attracts the attention of the media which proves to threaten the once friendly community of seemingly ‘perfect’ people. Broadchurch’s writer Chris Chinball explores the ideology behind the ‘ideal human’, portraying its characters with such depth that is relatable, and astonishing at the same time.

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Almost human

Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy

Starring: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

Classy, sassy, and a bit smart-assy! That’s the entire extent of introduction that Almost Human requires, however, I shall elaborate for your sake. I was excited about this show because J.J. Abrams was one of its creators, and anyone who has watched Star Trek, or Fringe will follow him to the end of the universe itself just in the hope to catch a glimpse of his brilliance that lights up the Sic-fi world. Almost human explores a future set in the year 2048, and the crime rate has increased astonishingly, to deal with this the police force has sanctioned robots with a minimal level of human intelligence to pair up with human cops and fight crime. With exceedingly brilliant chemistry between the leads, Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban), and his nearly human companion Dorian (Michael Ealy), Almost Human is a feast to those of us who love to peek into the future and see the high-techie world that could be awaiting us.