It was clear for everyone to see in the first couple of episodes of season 3, that Bryan Fuller doesn’t care about ratings at all, all that matters is making a good show and credit to NBC for allowing him so much freedom to express himself. I guess all good things must come to an end though.
It was slower than ever, in terms of the pace of development of things, however we got to see so much happen, from wrapping up a trip in Italy, to getting involved with the Tooth-fairy as the Red Dragon arc comes into play. The most amazing part of season 3, as it has been for the whole duration of the show, is the remarkable way the characters are depicted and the interactions between them, especially after thinking back on what happened in the first 2 seasons.
Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen really give some of the best performances throughout the season. They have so much room to show the acting talent they possess in abundance, as we dig deep into the state of mind of both Will and Hannibal and they truly hit the ceiling with their work. We get to explore all of the main characters a lot more, in season 3, and they are all more or less mentally and physically changed after the events of season 2 (as one would expect), and the whole cast really is amazing, especially the aforementioned ones. Moreover Richard Armitage is added to the mix and he really took me by surprise with his excellent performance.
Hannibal, the show still maintains of course its unique charisma, from those trademark beautiful shots, the controversial gore and violence, to the cannibalism and the great cooking sessions that accompany the intense dialogues that always take place between some of the most fascinating characters of television.
The high point in which Season 2 ended. It was the most thrilling of finales and even though we thought we already knewwhat was going to happen, based on the flash-forward we were shown in the first episode of the season, it appeared that we didn’t know half of it. It’s interesting to see what Hannibal does next as the ending last year made it feel like the end of a chapter. The biggest unanswered question is who is chasing Hannibal this season? if you catch my drift. Looking forward to some gory gore. “Mmm…delicious”…and that.
4. True Detective-Season 2
This one doesn’t need much explaining. Amazing first season with the best possible cast, something that seems to be continued, even though it will be hard to replicate McConaughey’s sensational performance. we can only hope for another equally good season, but if it’s even half as good as the first we are in for another suspenseful nail biter.
3. The Hateful Eight
A Quentin Tarantino project that was apparently not gonna see the light of day; after the script got leaked it seemed that Tarantino had decided to put it back on the shelf. However after the pleadings of fans Quentin will do as the favor. No doubt this will be another one to add to the collection of amazing movies that we have become accustomed to from the genius writer/director. If it gets released this year.
2. Mr. Sherlock
I don’t know much about this movie, other than Holmes is old and not at his best intellectually nor physically, and I don’t want to nor do I need to know anything else. The mere thought, that I will have the opportunity to see Sir Ian McKellen portray one of my favorite characters feels me with joy and excitement. Maybe he will manage to win that Academy Award that has evaded him for so long.
1. Star Wars-The Force Awakens
The most obvious of choices. However I reckon this doesn’t require much explaining, does it? Lightsabers. Blasters. Space adventures. The Force. John Williams’ music. Everything we have come to adore. — Need I say more? Indulge:
You know how in movies and TV shows they sometimes show a situation that will happen in the future (or the present, depends on how you look at it) and then take us back to explain how the events unfolded in order to end up in that specific situation? Well that way of telling a story, even though it might be executed to perfection, takes something away from the enjoyment, or even some of the appeal.
Let me break it down. When we are watching any story develop before our eyes, we are interested in seeing both what will happen and how. Now if we already know where the story will end up; well then we miss out on one of the elements that makes the plot intriguing and enthralling to follow, even if it’s not the finale, it’s still an end point.
Don’t get me wrong I know that we still get to see all the events that take place up to the moment which we have already witnessed and we still get to enjoy the journey, but it is just a bit less absorbing. It is as if part of it has been spoiled by the filmmakers allowing us to take a peek into the future.