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Not Any More Funny-Looking Than Most People

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | April 15, 2014 | Comments ()


Glee on Fox at 8:00pm ET.

New Girl on Fox at 9:00pm ET.

The Mindy Project on Fox at 9:30pm ET. Featuring a special guest turn by Max Greenfield of New Girl! That’s, exciting-ish.

Awkward on MTV at 10:00pm ET. One hour fourth season premiere. I’m pretty sure “awkward” has become so overused that it’s lost any semblance of true meaning or impact. Pretty awkward, right?

Fargo on FX at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. I’m actually not a huge fan of this trend of turning movies into TV shows. Hannibal has its good moments, but I’m finding the huge deviations from the source material are turning me off more and more. I won’t even touch the About a Boy sitcom for fear of ruining a movie I really enjoy, and if it weren’t for the cast I’d probably be a hard pass on this as well. I realize the Coen brother are also executive producers, but “executive producer” can mean a whole lot of things and none of them necessarily mean “heavily involved.” Anyway, fingers crossed that this doesn’t embarrass itself.

Genevieve Burgess always finds writing these little blurbs kinda awkward.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • BWeaves

    I think Buffy, The Vampire Slayer TV show greatly improved upon the movie version.

    Also, I really enjoyed Fargo last night. I think Darling Hubby thought it was too weird, but he didn't like the movie, either, and I did.

  • Michelle

    RE: About a Boy. I actually find it surprisingly endearing. The cast is pretty great and I'm a sucker for anything Katims does. That said - it basically has nothing to do with the book except the basic setup of "new age-y single mom with slightly weird but completely endearing child befriend a man who needs to learn many life lessons and possibly teach them some as well".

  • Steve Ward

    "Has its moments"?! Hannibal just "has its moments"?!

    Pajiba, I thought I knew ye.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Hey, now, we are a diverse collective of individuals with opinions and interests that vary from person to person. And this particular person is less and less convinced that Fuller knows where he's steering that particular crazy train.

  • Brock Samsa

    That's an entirely different thing then saying, I'm turned off by the deviations from the source material. Apart from the fact Fuller recently laid out a seven season arc for the series what supports your concern that he doesn't know where he's steering Hannibal?

  • Genevieve Burgess

    It's both, though. He has things planned out, except that as Steve Ward points out, he admits he's already deviated from that plan. He's made changes to the canon that aren't necessary and that actually cut off future story lines before they begin. I understand that it's a different world, but we've now got Miriam Lass standing in for parts of Will's story and Clarice's story. A lot of the decisions by characters just flat out don't make sense, like having Hannibal continue to consult on cases while he's under investigation, or having Will consult from prison. Moreover, Hannibal as a character is being balanced as someone who thinks so little of other humans that he likes them best as meat, and someone who constructs elaborate and time consuming schemes just to manipulate other people for... fun? It's a strange sadistic streak that doesn't really sit well with the rest of Hannibal's character.

    I think the acting is great, I think the visuals are lovely, but I have a hard time figuring out what Fuller is trying to do with the story or the characters, particularly if we're moving towards the events of "Red Dragon" which seems impossible right now.

  • Brock Samsa

    Well, I'd argue that changes to the cannon are necessary to destabilize an audience that is too confident it knows what is coming. That we think Beverly Katz will be safe exploring Lector's basement because in the books she is alive in Red Dragon is something I'd want to upend were I the show runner. That said, the entire show is an upheaval to the cannon since in the books Graham catches and is assaulted by Hannibal the first time he visits Lecter's office so I'm not overly bothered by other narrative changes.

    I don't read Hannibal as doing all of this for "fun" though. He reads to me as a "scientist" investigating some previously undiscovered species. He is so genuinely curious about us. Like a Jane Goodall, he moves among us in his "person suit" as his former psychiatrist called it, collecting his samples, recording data and running his experiments. In pursuit of which, he will periodically dissect one (intellectually and/or anatomically) and consume them. I see very little sadism in Hannibal - I don't remember a moment in the series where he takes pleasure in the suffering he causes. It is simply a necessary evil in service to his greater "design." The way he talks to his victims, reminds me of someone euthanizing a "dumb animal" - calmly, reasonably, and almost... almost compassionately.

  • Steve Ward

    But surely The Walking Dead has proven that deliberately straying from the source material leads to nothing but great things - streamlined storytelling, more developed characters, better...... ah fuck.

    Though seriously, I've absolutely loved everything that's aired of Hannibal thus far, so I'm not caught up in any worries about whether or not they have a clear plan in mind. As long as it keeps being awesome, I'm good.

    PS. Maybe don't read Fuller's interviews/walkthroughs over on AVClub. He says things about his future plans in his season one interviews that he's already changed this season (though I'd argue for the better).

  • e jerry powell

    That documentary about the Hillsborough tragedy.

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