NBC’s “Hannibal” is a show that I’m definitely digging. Tonight’s episode, “Coquilles”, hasn’t aired in my time zone yet but I’m definitely digging the trajectory its on. Interestingly enough, it seems like Eddie Izzard is basically playing Anthony Hopkins’ version of the Hannibal character in next week’s episode 1.05 “Entree”, right on down to the mannerisms (not to mention the glass cell.
In the episode, “Jack (Laurence Fishburne) & Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) are contacted by a former colleague, Dr. Chilton, (Raul Esparza ) who believes he has The Chesapeake Ripper in custody, but then one of his patients commits a murder that matches The Ripper’s profile. The team determines the Ripper was a surgeon and is still at large when Jack’s former protégé Miriam (Anna Chlumsky) becomes the next victim. Jack copes with her loss and the prospect of losing his wife by opening-up to Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen).”
“The series focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), his mentor.” Other key cast members include Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, roughly 8% of horror movies in general), Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”), Gina Torres (“Firefly”), “Wonderfalls”’ Caroline Dhavernas and Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me).
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You’re going to have to wait a while to see episode 1.04 of NBC’s “Hannibal”, “Coquilles.” Per Variety, the episode – which features “Molly Shannon’s character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children” – has been pulled from NBC’s schedule at Fuller’s request.
Fuller explained that he felt the cultural climate in the country just wasn’t right at the time, “I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience. Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode… It was my own sensitivity.” Another factor here was apparently Sandy Hook’s re-emergence in the news this week (victim’s parents were in the stands at the Boston Marathon and a gun bill inspired by the tragedy was voted down), and it’s important to note that this episode was shot before that tragedy even took place.
Apparently, you’ll still totally be able to follow Episode 5 despite not seeing Episode 4 (it wasn’t sent to critics, but eps 3 and 5 were). Also, NBC and Fuller will help bridge the gap by providing a package of clips from the show online that trace the character aspects of the episode with commentary from Fuller. I imagine we’ll be seeing this one on Blu or DVD (it’s also airing overseas).
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So how was “Bates Motel” tonight? I still haven’t seen the d*mn thing. But it looks like Norma’s in a bit of trouble next week, right? In episode 1.05, “Ocean View,” “While Norma receives help, Norman waits for her return. Emma and Norman make a huge discovery in their investigation. ”
A&E’s “Bates Motel,” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”), is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
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The emotional first season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: The Game ended with a bang last month. Its finale more than lived up to the high bar set by the previous four episodes, and just as we’d come to expect from the episodic game, there were plenty of tough decisions to make along the way. I won’t spoil anything for you since I’m sure there are still plenty who haven’t experienced it yet. If you finished episode 5 and are curious as to how your fellow gamers dealt with the myriad difficult choices the game threw at its players, I have a video waiting after the break that will tell you just that.
The Walking Dead is over. The finale to Telltale’s brutal and often emotional take on the popular series is out, and after beating it, all I can really say is… damn. Everything comes to a head here –- friends will die, lessons will be learned, and even though this is the shortest episode in the season (it took me about an hour to complete), it packs as many, or more tough decisions and gut-wrenching moments as most 20+ hour games. I braved the final outing in what has gradually become my top choice for Game of the Year, and if this series has been an emotional roller coaster ride, this is the part of the ride where the coaster goes off the rails and shit gets crazy.
Oh, and there will be spoilers, because I really, really want to talk about the ending. You have been warned.
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: The Game has quickly become one of my favorite games of the year, and tomorrow it all comes to a head in the fifth episode, No Time Left. I feel like I need to prepare myself emotionally for this conclusion, which I almost don’t want to play because it will mean Telltale’s episodic game is over (at least for now). Don’t worry, I’ll play it, and I’ll review it, then I’ll sit in my room crying and rocking back and forth until the inevitable season two comes out. Check out the fifth episode’s debut trailer after the break. This one’s going to be a doozy.
You know how I like to spend my Sunday nights? I like to sit down at my desk, boot up my computer and spend hours looking at hot, nasty screens from the fifth episode of The Walking Dead. Telltale is being such a tease, releasing screenshots of the finale one at a time as if to say, “yeah, I know you want me, but you can’t have me… yet.” Well, I have two more images waiting for you after the jump — I hope they’re as good for you what they were for me.
Next week marks the release of what will (hopefully) be the end of the first of many seasons of The Walking Dead, and I can’t wait. The first four episodes have been consistently amazing, and the fifth isn’t likely to disappoint. If you’re finding it difficult to endure the wait for the highly anticipated finale, I highly recommend really soaking in this first look at the game. I have a crazy high resolution screenshot patiently waiting for you after the jump, along with the eighth episode in Telltale’s Playing Dead miniseries. Oh, and if you haven’t participated already, we’re giving away two codes to download the fourth episode on XBLA, all you have to do is comment to win.
How do one adequately prepare for something like the fifth episode in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead? What do you do, I mean, is being prepared for something like that even possible? I’m not sure it is, but that’s not going to change the fact that Episode 5 No Time Left is coming next week. It’s been one hell of a crazy ride, with ups and downs, zig zags, loopty loops, and I think we may have even gone in reverse a few times. The last episode set the stage for this, and if that ending is anything to go by, this episode could very well be the best one yet. We’ll know for sure when No Time Left releases next Tuesday, November 20th on PSN, and November 21 on Xbox Live, PC/Mac, and iOS. Is anyone here as excited as I am to see how it all ends, or will you be too busy playing Halo 4, Black Ops II, or Assassin’s Creed III?
I’m hearing from lots of friends that “The Walking Dead“ is officially on the rebound after last year’s inertia-fest. I haven’t seen last night’s episode, but I know what happened and all I have to say is – “good choice.”
Next Sunday, November 11 AMC airs episode 03.05 “Say the Word”. In that episode Rick struggles after another loss and Michonne is suspicious of the Governor. And we’ve got another look at that episode – one that features some od that aforementioned Michonne suspicion.
“In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.”
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I own the first four episodes of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and I’ll undoubtedly be dropping the cash to get the finale when it releases in early December. Now, it looks like I’ll also have to spend the $69.99 for the Ultimate Badass Zombie Slayer Edition (not the real name, even though it should be), which includes all five episodes and The Walking Dead Compendium One with cover art designed by Charlie Adlard — a collection of the first 48 issues of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. If you’re not into the comics, there’s always the basic $29.99 retail version that bundles the five episodes together.
Having never read the comic book, but always wanted to, the collector’s edition sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, it’s a Gamestop pre-order exclusive, and it’s doubly sad that we’ll have to wait until December 4th for it to release. Thankfully, there are plenty games between now and then to keep us busy.