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4th-Apr-2019 12:00 am - Happy 6th Anniversary to Hannibal!
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I know I tend to only pop up to commemorate an anniversary in Hannibal land, but hey, it's such an under seen gem that I can't help but bang the drum on the oft chance someone will hear me. So this is me, banging the Hannibal drum.

Today is the show's 6th anniversary of its premiere back in 2013. The show was sold as a procedural to the very procedural friendly NBC. Reviews were good but it did so-so in the ratings. Season one is very procedural and certainly the most accessible of the show's three seasons, but it was a procedural with a twist. It was obvious that the show didn't want to be a procedural and the creatives behind it weren't all that interested in telling procedural stories. They became a necessary evil to keep the powers that be at NBC more or less complacent. It was far easier to market a show with elaborate murder tableaus then it was to market the psychological horror show Hannibal wanted to be. So the show gave us some unsettling but beautiful murder scenes. They were often gothic and usually improbable but visually arresting. They provided a framework for the the first season while allowing the Hannibal and Will relationship to slowly build in intensity. 

The series premiere is a favorite of mine and it usually gets regular rewatches. In rewatching it today, it's fun to pinpoint the series hallmarks that were present from the very beginning. 
  • Visceral crime scene reenactment from Will
  • artfully shot blood splatters
  • Professor!Will
  • Jack Crawford being an asshole
  • Will saying something that can be construed as inappropriate
  • Will's 20,000 7 stray dogs
  • Team Sassy Science being sassy from the get go
  • Protective!Alana
  • Hannibal ominously lit
  • Goldberg Variations
  • Hannibal being an asshole
  • Windsor knots in Hannibal's neckties
  • Twitchy, overwhelmed Will
  • Hannibal cooking sequence
  • Hand porn
  • Hannibal being an asshole
  • Will being rude to Hannibal
  • Smitten Hannibal
  • Hannibal feeding people "protein scramble" to unsuspecting companions
  • Will covered in blood
  • Hannibal being an asshole

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31st-Dec-2018 09:18 pm - 5th Anniversary as a Fannibal
Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe

According to Tumblr today is my 5 year anniversary as a Fannibal!

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3rd-Dec-2018 08:30 pm - Yikes, Tumblr!
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I'm on Tumblr. It's probably my most active fandom hangout, but I use the term active very loosely.

I mostly just reblog stuff, but it's a different experience from forums and livejournal. Sadly, it's never been a place that I've felt totally comfortable at. I don't know how to communicate with people. It's just so frustrating. 

I remember some of the the Clark/Lois authors I liked from the Divine Intervention forum posting some of their stuff on Tumblr so I would occasionally pop in to see what was there. 

When I saw the first Hunger Games movie and inhaled the trilogy of books I stalked several pages until I finally decided to create my own Tumblr.

When I was trying to find a song to vid my Silence of the Lambs festivids offering, I turned to Tumblr for inspiration. 

When I fell down the Hannibal rabbit hole Tumblr was where it was it. The fandom thrived on Tumblr. The official NBCHannibal Tumblr was seriously one of the best official ambassadors I've ever seen. Fannibals weren't SuperWhoLock or the MCU but we didn't need to be. It was a nice slice of community. 

I don't know where the fandom is going to go. Fanart is such an integral part of Hannibal fandom, moreso than any other fandom I've been in. To lose that segment of active members will be such a blow. I imagine that many will stick around. The Hannibal fandom isn't 100% nsfw art, but those same artists have other works that feed the community. I know there's a lot of talk about heading to Twitter. I have a Twitter and until recently it wasn't very fannish but I guess my relationship with Twitter may evolve if that's where the fandom fully settles. 
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Well look what's finally getting that follow up movie we were promised oh 12 years ago.

When Deadwood ended in 2006 after a three year run, HBO execs suggested that the series could continue in a pair of HBO movies to wrap the story up. Well, nothing ever materialized, that is until the current television landscape entered into revival fever. Then, there was talk of a script being commissioned, then it actually existed, and then interviews with former cast members spoke of them having read said script.

Monday brought some unexpectedly happy news. A Deadwood movie set 10 or so years after the series is already in production and all the original cast is back. Huzzah!

This is now the third of TV shows that I care about to be revived.

The X-Files ended in 2002 and came back in 2008 with The X-Files: I Want to Believe feature film. A revival was launched in 2016 and ran for two seasons. It was off the air for 6 years before the movie premiered and 8 years passed between the movie and revival.

Gilmore Girls ended in 2007 and came back in 2016 for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. It was off the air for 9 years.

Deadwood ended in 2006 and the revival movie will air in 2019. It will have been off the air for 13 years.

And because I can't talk about reviving cancelled tv shows without bringing up Hannibal. It's been off the air since 2015. That 3 1/2 years and counting.
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Looky what I found!

If you live in the U.S. and happen to find yourself with $5 and change in your pocket, then you too can be the proud owner of Forever Knight season 1 on iTunes.

I already own the season because season 1 goes on sale from time to time for the price of $9.99. It and the other two seasons normally sell for $14.99.

This is a real bargain if you're at all invested in the Apple ecosystem and heck even if you're not. It's just nice to see FK getting a main page push on iTunes.

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Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe


Oh my darlings. I miss you so much.

Three years is really nothing in the grand scheme of things and the fandom is still so incredibly enthusiastic. My Tumblr and Twitter feeds are still so busy and it's been so much fun to read along as new people discover the show.

I'm a realistic optimist. I still believe the show can come back in some shape or form. If its chances had diminished significantly, then I feel like Bryan Fuller would be pretty up front about that. Mads mentioned in an interview at Cannes that the show got really close to coming back at the beginning of the year. However, something made that plan fall apart. No word on what that might have been.

Hannibal is a special show. It had the perfect combination of talent and confident storytelling that led to some truly captivating television. It's also a show with such a complicated budget model and character rights scenario. It might be the thing that ultimately prevents the show from coming back. And so we hit another anniversary with no news on Hannibal's future. Another anniversary in where we're left to wonder whether or not Hannibal and Will are out there. Another anniversary where Alana and Margot are free to raise their Verger baby in secrecy. And another anniversary to wonder about the fall out for Jack concerning Hannibal's escape.

If and when Hannibal does come back, we're gonna be awash with cannibal puns and sass from the word go. That's just the way Hannibal and Will roll.
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9th-May-2018 11:25 pm - Mads and Hugh news
Hannibal--Hannibal at Abigail's window
Looks like the movie Arctic that Mads filmed in Iceland back in late 2016 is finally surfacing. It was announced as part of the Midnight Screenings at Cannes this year. I'm so jazzed for this. There's already a clip out. Of all the projects he's got completed this is the one I'm most excited for. There's also the added bonus of Cannes being an awesome place for new Mads photos.


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There's some good and bad news on the Hugh Dancy front.

He and his wife Claire Danes are expecting their second child sometime during the summer. That is such lovely, lovely news.

For those of us who enjoy his face and welcoming his work into our homes on weekly basis, sadly his show The Path will no longer provide that. Hulu has announced that it is not picking up the show for a fourth season.

I have mixed feelings about that. The show had some strong performances from the three main leads but honestly the show itself was kinda meh. The first season was alright and what I saw of the second season was not interesting enough for me. I got my Hugh fix from gifs on Tumblr and video clips of his scenes. Plus on a superficial level there was the unfortunate haircut he chose to have for that role. It was no bueno.


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4th-Apr-2018 08:48 pm - Happy 5th Anniversary Hannibal!
Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe
We were all thinking it. Who in their right mind would want to do a TV series with Hannibal Lecter? Bad idea...move on. Oh and it's not going to have Clarice Starling because it's going to be a prequel to Silence of Lambs. Double nope. No Clarice, why even bother.

And then Bryan Fuller happened.

Followed quickly by director David Slade.

Then the show had the audacity to cast Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.

Fine, have it your way. I'll watch the damn show.

That quickly turned into OMG this show! This glorious, beautiful, unsettling, hypnotic and gothic show. Everything was perfect!

3 seasons and 39 episodes of Hannibal Lecter longing for a friend and not understanding how to engage with that companionship once he had it. 3 seasons and 39 episodes of Will Graham trying to balance his innate decency while trying to fight his inner demons. 3 seasons and 39 episodes of a dark and gorey romantic comedy between Hannibal Lecter and the behavioral specialist hunting him.

Come back to me show! I need to know where these two men end up.

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FK--LaCroix angry

when your blood is gone, how will you survive?
by abby82

story prompt: [Forever Knight] friendship; familial bonds; the father/son relationship
recipient: foxy11814
rating: PG for non-graphic vampiric killing
word count: 2009
disclaimer: I'm only borrowing them, no money is being made. Ownership lies elsewhere. Forever Knight was created by Jim Parriott & Barney Cohen.
author's note: written for the </a></b></a>gen_ficathon challenge back in 2009, but I never posted it anywhere else...so here it is
links: LJ | AO3 | original post

summary: "You really do like me. You just don't know that you do."

Janette would say that LaCroix could lure a baby from its mother's breast with little effort at all.Collapse )

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1st-Jan-2018 08:09 pm(no subject)
Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe

Dear 2018,

You're gonna do me a solid and bring back Hannibal, right?

I'm not picky. I don't need production to start or for the writers' room to open this year. Just give me an official announcement.



P.S. If you want to throw in giving the producers of The Path some sense regarding Hugh Dancy's hair, I'd appreciate it. They need to realize that they're stifling Dancy's beauty by forcing his character to have that short, short hair cut. Hell, I'll even take them letting him rock some facial hair. The man wears the artfully scruffy beard like no one else.

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