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The three-year run of Hannibal, one of the most visually and narratively innovative series ever to air on television, broadcast or cable, came to a breathtaking conclusion Saturday night. I have already confessed to a bit of selfish melancholy that there will be no more surprises, no more opportunities to get lost in the show’s radical approach to reimagining Thomas Harris’s well-known and well-trodden scenarios, and no more sweet, agonized anticipation over what form the show, probably the most envelope-pushing of any network show ever aired, might take in its own becoming. But I must also confess that I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way Hannibal, all three seasons now fully unveiled, was orchestrated to a beautifully modulated finish that illustrated the truly expressive and even transcendent (of the limitations of a more audience-friendly, more comfortingly linear structure and tone) achievement of Bryan Fuller’s series. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The history of entertainment is filled to the brim with examples of characters being killed off, only to suddenly feel a lot better for the sake of a sequel. In fiction Sherlock Holmes was killed off in The Final Problem, only for readers to keep pestering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for more stories. So back to life he came a few years later.
In television Bobby Ewing famously died on Dallas, only for it to be revealed the whole season was dream, and he was having a really long shower. Likewise Tony Almeida was very, very dead in Season 5 of 24, until Season 7 when he wasn’t.
And movies of course do this a lot. In many cases it’s a consequence of a character striking a cord with the public, who want to see them in another adventure, logic be damned. It’s hard work to come up with »
- Padraig Cotter
2 items from 2015
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