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Save NBC Hannibal – Sign the Petition


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So, the breaking news of the day is that NBC have cancelled the show Hannibal.  This makes me very sad.  Hannibal has been the best series on my TV screen for the last two years, and we all know that Bryan Fuller had plans for the story to continue at least for four seasons.  But alas, NBC have not renewed the show for that fourth season..  So what are we to do?

Well, we fans do have a little more power these days, thanks to this good ol’ internet thingy!  (We helped get the Firefly story to continue – albeit briefly – in a follow up movie).  And as such one great Fannibal has created a petition to get NBC, or another network, to pick it up and finish the story.  Let’s not leave things unfinished, shall we?  That would be rude.

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Here’s the link to the petition: Resurrect Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal via Change.org

EDIT: And here’s a second petition found through Facebook – 50,000 signatures and counting! NBC, Netflix What Are You Thinking? Renew Hannibal

SIGN IT!

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Lets remind ourselves why Hannibal is so great.  It’s beautifully shot, exquisitely acted, and above all – food-porn!

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Perhaps it’s all just a bad dream!

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Kane’s Kitchen: Something Delicious Coming Soon From Christian Kane!


[Header Image Source: Christian Kane Panel Wizard World Saint Louis 05-23-2015 by Susan Rose, on Flickr]

EDIT: Here’s the direct link to Kane’s Kitchen on iTunes… You have been served!

You would think that Christian Kane would not have time to add another occupation to his busy schedule, but clearly you’d be wrong!  Already he’s an accomplished actor (known for SyFy’s The Librarians and TNT’s Leverage, plus many more movie and TV roles), and also a rockin’ Country Musician (check out the re-release of his album “The House Rules/Welcome To My House” on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, & other retailers – leave a review!).  His culinary skills were already known by his fans, or “Kaniacs”, thanks to both interviews and the occasional opportunity for Kane to show off on camera. Next, in a collaboration with his friend and colleague Dean Devlin (Producer and Writer of projects such as Independence Day, and Stargate) Christian is cooking up a storm in his new show Kane’s Kitchen – coming this summer to various VoD streaming services.

I’m intrigued to find out what “Purple Pizza” entails (episode 1) and what’s so “Badass” about his Brunch!  Keep an eye on the newly launched Kane’s Kitchen website for release dates.

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Christian Kane in Vegas by Raven Underwood, on Flickr

In the mean time, check out some of Christian Kane’s previous and more recent work in lesser-known movies such as “Hide” and “50 to 1” – you won’t regret it!  And here’s the music video to “Let Me Go”, to whet your appetite:

Links, Refs & More Information:
Christian Kane on IMDb
Dean Devlin on IMDb
www.kaneskitchen.com
News OK – Article by Brandy McDonnell, 3rd June 2015

The Librarians and the Fun-Filled First Season


The Librarians First Season run has recently finished it’s 10 episode run on SyFy UK, just a few days after the US broadcast. Based on, and continuing, the adventures of the Librarian Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle), from a trilogy of SyFy TV movies.

So, what’s it all about?

Magic is real!  And through the course of the two-part series opener a whole lot of magic has been released into the world, and someone has to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands… the wrong hands being the Serpent Brotherhood, headed up by the fiendish Dulaque (Matt Frewer), his hench-woman Lamia (Lesley-Ann Brandt), and other disposable lackeys along the way.

Flynn (unwittingly, and begrudgingly) recruits 3 new potential Librarians:  Jake Stone (Christian Kane), Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), Ezekiel Jones (John Kim); and a Guardian: Colonel Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijin).  When the Library itself is “lost”, or disconnected from the world, the team must work from an Annex to find a way to bring it back, amidst additional weekly cases.  Flynn himself is not always around to guide them, so they have to learn to work together and figure things out.

Colonel Baird is selected by the Library to be the Guardian after she runs into Flynn whilst on a mission with a counter-terrorism unit.  She has the extremely tricky task of keeping the new group of Librarians-in-training alive.

Cassandra is able to do science and mathematics very quickly in her head; she also experiences visual, auditory and sensory hallucinations. Her abilities are linked to the fact that she has an inoperable brain tumour (“yay” for abilities, “boo” for health issues).

Stone, prior to joining the Library, had been keeping his high IQ a secret from all his friends and family.  He has great knowledge and interest in art, sculpture, architecture, history, archaeology, pretty much everything.  He’s also rather handy in a bar fight – and who doesn’t like to see Christian Kane running around throwing a punch or two? Perhaps it’s just me! (*ahem*)

Ezekiel is the character you need around to do the breaking and entering.  He’s cheeky and snarky and at the same time manages to both aggravate and ameliorate a situation!

Season One Episode List:

  1. The Librarians and The Crown of King Arthur
  2. The Librarians and The Sword in the Stone
  3. The Librarians and the Horns of a Dilemma
  4. The Librarians and Santa’s Midnight Run
  5. The Librarians and the Applie of Discord
  6. The Librarians and the Fables of Doom
  7. The Librarians and the Rule of Three
  8. The Librarians and the Heart of Darkness
  9. The Librarians and the City of Light
  10. The Librarians and the Loom of Fate

CrownJules Concludes:

Personally, this show is filling a big Warehouse-13 shaped hole in my life – and although at first this show is reminiscent of the W13 format, it quickly progresses and grows into it’s own.  The best thing is that the stories of the week all work together to develop each character further, enriching the heart of the series.  This show doesn’t take itself too seriously: there is plenty of snappy dialogue and humour.  It’s a family-friendly show, with plenty that both the kids and adults will enjoy week on week.  If you haven’t managed to catch this show on it’s first run, check it out on your favourite on-demand service!

My favourite episode has to be “The Librarians and the Fables of Doom” (episode 6).   It kept me giggling throughout the whole show, and dared to mess with the existing character traits by merging them all with fairy tale personas… and with a surprising little twist at the end…

2014 Review Plus My Favourite Things I Didn’t Write About


2014 was a great year for Movies and TV.  I got the chance to make a dent in my “To Read” pile, visited an exhibition or two, and I got to see Frankenstein NT Live Encore Screening at my local theatre.  Most importantly, I made a proper attempt to blog more regularly here!

Here’s a summary of my favourite posts from this past year, and some honourable mentions for other stuff that I have also enjoyed, but for whatever reason I didn’t actually write about!

My favourites from Existing Posts:

Only Lovers Left Alive
The Imitation Game
Frankenstein NT Live Encore Screening
Sherlock Holmes Exhibition at the Museum of London
For The Win by Cory Doctorow
The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

 

Honourable Mentions:

Hannibal Seasons 1 and 2
This show is deliciously dark!  Mads Mikkelson is a brilliant Hannibal Lecter.  Hugh Dancy is a slightly different take on Will Graham where he has a more intuitive insight into the mind of a killer based on his introspective social anxiety or Asperger’s type disorder.  Supported excellently by Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas and a host of talented others.

Set before Hannibal is caught for being his own brand of serial killer, there are twists and turns aplenty in both the crime of the week, and the ongoing arc.  And if you’re a foodie, this show presents more than enough food-porn to whet your appetite.  Even when you know what they’re supposedly eating!

Both seasons 1 and 2 kept me enraptured, and I can’t wait for season 3.

Penny Dreadful Season 1
I was pleasantly surprised by this series.  Initially it sounded like the usual re-hash of old standard horror stories into a single show, which had the potential to devolve into a jumbled mess.  Actually, this show was well-staged, and the stories were cleverly intertwined.  Timothy Dalton and Eva Green brought an air of sophistication to some of the wilder moments.  And the fact that this show did not shy away from some pretty startling imagery and possession-induced bad language!  I’m eagerly anticipating the next season for more lovely tangled tales.

The Walking Dead Seasons 1 to 5
I’ve followed this show since it’s beginning, and although these later seasons seem to have slowed down a little, the main characters are still well worth watching.  Previous years have shown us that even the title characters are not guaranteed to get out of any situation alive.  The jeopardy started high and had remained so.  It’s not the zombie horde you have to worry about!

Breaking Bad Seasons 1 to 5
I am guilty, like many others I am sure, of mainlining this show from start to finish on Netflix.  I don’t think this has ever aired on UK television, and yet I know of many people who have sought it out after hearing about it through word of mouth, or from the good old internet!  If you haven’t heard of this show, you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years.  Just queue it up and watch it already!

Guardians of the Galaxy
One of the few movies actually worth seeing in 3D.  There are some directors who I think understand the medium of 3D more than others.  You can often tell whether a movie was designed to be in 3D from the start, and those where they decided to add in the 3D gimmick at the last minute, through the framing of many of the shots.  For 3D to actually add something to the experience of the movie you need to barely notice it’s being used at all, if you’re immersed in the environment then it’s working.  If you’re just waiting for something to pop out of the screen and poke you in the eye, it’s a waste of time!

This movie has a great story, has loads of hidden gems related to other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has characters you really care for, and is crammed with comedic moments.  Because it was created from a lesser-known comic book, it’s likely to be a new story for most of the viewers, so there’s no requirement for fore knowledge of any of the comics.

I generally don’t read comics; not because they’re not any good – clearly they are – but I read text really quickly and therefore skip through comics too fast.  You’re supposed to slow down and appreciate the artwork.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The main thing to say about this movie is how brilliant the performance is by Andy Serkis in the role of Caesar.  Motion capture has come a very long way, and you can barely tell that the apes are computer generated.

MARVEL’s Agents of SHIELD Seasons 1 and 2
Continuing and expanding on some of the plots and enemies from the MCU, Agents of SHIELD is a fairly light-hearted addition.  Focusing on the human perspective and policing a world where superheroes and villains are the norm.  Both stories of teamwork and stories of betrayal keep you guessing each week.

Sherlock Seasons 1 to 3
Sherlock has quickly become one of my favourite shows of all time.  The fact that you only get 3 episodes per season means that, for me, it always stays fresh and new.  Sherlock the series, not just the man, is super intelligent and I’ll be eagerly awaiting new cases every year (or two!).  I don’t mind that there’s a long wait between series, the anticipation and speculation is half the fun.  We know that the show is created by super-fans in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, so as long as they’re all enjoying making the show, the outcome will always be great.

The 2015 special is currently in production, quite possibly as a one-off out of the timeline of the regular show.  This should be interesting!

Game of Thrones Seasons 1 to 4
Another show where the main cast of characters are in constant jeopardy.  The fight to claim the throne of the 7 kingdoms is a bloody one.  It’s epic in scale, violent, and sexy.  What’s not to like!

The Strain: Season 1, Episode 13 – The Master


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WARNING this review contains SPOILERS.

Synopsis
Palmer is feeling much better.  He’s now up and about and visiting Abraham’s pawn shop.  He orders Fitzwilliam to pack up everything, including the wormy heart in a jar, but not the decapitated corpse of Mrs Martinez.  Eichorst appears.  Palmer might be healthier, but he’s not been fully turned.

Flashback.  Zack’s trying out his new bike.

Loud bangs bring Zack back to the present. Eph, Abraham and Vasily are discussing yet more plans to fight the vamps.  Zack comes in asking questions and Abraham answers them.  Eph would rather he had not been so forthcoming with information, and gets pissed off.

Gus is being held by one of the vampire army guys.  Somewhere “safe” underground.  He’s untied, and tries to attack, but is easily countered.

Back at Stoneheart, Palmer displays Mrs Abraham’s wormy heart alongside his own bottled replaced organs!  How sentimental.  All of a sudden Fitzwilliam declares that he’s no longer going to follow orders.  Now he disapproves!

Eph and Vasily discover that the theatre owned by Gabe, now designated one of The Master’s favourites, is likely to be a good place for a nest.  Vasily’s historical knowledge gets them in through a neighbouring building and secret tunnels from prohibition era.  They find the remnants of the coffin, which the vamps are putting back together, and a few of them sleeping in a pile.  So they head back out again.

Dutch is looking for a TV signal, but there isn’t one.  She’s busy getting drunk, and Eph is the one to pour out her bottle of booze – into a poor unsuspecting plant!  Nora is singing to herself on the roof.

The officials are planning to put the city under quarantine.  Took them long enough!  Palmer shows up at the door.  He and the secretary go outside on the balcony to speak privately.  Palmer chucks her over the side.  The other doctor, Eph’s former boss, is spared for now.

The whole gang, including Zack, are planning to go on the hunt.  Abraham gives Zack his own silver sword, and he gets a quick and dirty lesson on how to kill vamps.

The group get to the theatre together, Abraham gives a pep talk.  Vasily left some covers open on the sewer, these spots of sunlight are holding back the vamps for now.  He also brings out his stash of dynamite (which he grabbed when he visited home).  The explosion collapses the tunnel (that one at least), and the gang passes by the other direction.  The reach the centre of the theatre, Abraham hears The Master in his head.  They all go in and attack the oncoming hoard.  Dutch hesitates when she recognises one of them.  The whole battle stops while she speaks!  Then continues on.

Eichorst comes in taunting, Vasily grabs him whilst Dutch continues to shoot.  Abraham finds himself in a quieter location, but hears the voice of his wife in his head.  And then The Master is behind him.  Eph and Zack follow into the room.  They start to smash windows to let in the light.

Eichorst gets a few silver nails in the face!

Abraham goes in for the kill, but drops his blade.  Eph shoves The Master out a window and into daylight.  Eichorst and the other vamps seem to sense this and they all back off.  The Master takes his time sizzling in the sun, and then runs off down the side of the building, back into darkness.

The Master’s tolerance of the sunlight is news to Abraham.  They’re going to need to rethink how to fight him.  Abraham becomes the voice of negativity: “we’re lost”.

Gus is still aimlessly attacking his vampire captor.  They chat for a while about the box, and Gus’ need for revenge.  Then he runs off down a corridor.  In a dark yet open space he stumbles across some of the oldest vamps – attached to high chairs.  Captor vamp claims that an ancient truce has been broken and that they need a human to move about for them in the day.  The promise of a monetary award gets Gus’ attention.

Vasily suggests they regroup at his place.  Zack needs his asthma inhaler.  They stop off at his old house to pick up a spare.  Zack faked his asthma attack so that he could pick up some mementos.  They reminisce for a while, because there’s always time for that.  Mummy vamp appears at the back door.  Zack tries to run towards her, but Eph fires his gun.  Vamp Kelly runs off.  Eph reaches for the bottle.

Abraham’s voiceover epilogue is suitably dire.  The group drive off in the bread van, as parts of the city burn.

Unanswered questions

  • So, the vampire army have done bugger all throughout the whole series!  Couldn’t they have nipped this in the bud right at the start?  Clearly they saw it coming.

My Favourite Bit
Vasily’s convenient knowledge of the area, specific history, and stash of dynamite helps move the plot along.

Overall Rating
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It took me a while to watch this last episode, as I had lost a bit of momentum with this story.  I’ll be honest here.  I’ve never really connected with any of the characters, so it’s difficult to care whether they live or die.  The scientists haven’t done any science, the old hunter has failed to kill the monster he’s been hunting for 70 years, the hacker screwed up the system but can’t fix it, and the government officials are slow to react to a crisis, or are just plain corrupt.  The rich guy wanted to get turned, and still failed at that!  The vampire army could have had a much more prominent role; of all people they chose Gus as their helper right at the end – I don’t see why, so far all he’s done is drive a van!  We were introduced to the characters as being mostly intelligent people, but evidence suggests that they managed to get to their job status purely by luck, not through skills.

The only characters which I thought had any brains, were Vasily the exterminator, and Zack the kid; who managed to survive being left alone to babysit a mentally ill old lady.

Throughout this whole first season, I’ve been waiting for it to properly get going.  All of the storylines were disjointed, and each episode progressed so very slowly.  The series started out by putting dates and times on screen, so you knew that only a few hours had passed.  Throughout the rest of the episodes they stopped doing that, so we’re left unsure whether it’s a few days or a few weeks that have passed since the aeroplane arrived carrying The Master cargo.  Either way, it’s taken 13 weeks to tell that story which might have made a great 2 hour monster movie.

I may, or may not follow this story in season 2..