True Detective is HBO's latest Quality TV, but I find it's actually pretty enjoyable! Its first season is composed of eight hour-long episodes, and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. A lot of people have compared it to Twin Peaks - we can discuss any correlation as we move through the episodes, but I'll say right now that the similarities are pretty slim.
I'll leave the rest for the individual episode discussions, as I'll be re-watching the series from the beginning. Watch it with us if you want!HANNIBAL
Hannibal is a TV series based upon the Hannibal franchise, using characters from the books and movies. The story is set prior to Red Dragon, the prequel to Silence of the Lambs. In the show Hannibal is still a respected psychologist, and only the viewer knows what he really is.
I've never been particularly interested in the franchise or the idea of cannibals as a horror story. I started watching Hannibal after I stumbled upon an interview with the creator or director, who was rambling about The Shining and Kubrick and David Lynch, and how they've all influenced him in the creation of the show. Really, there is no discernible influence of these directors or their creations on Hannibal (it's much closer in style to an average primetime crime drama). There are some pretty overt references or tributes to them, such as this scene
in the first episode, but that's really about it.
Like True Detective, I feel the closest thing to Hannibal is actually the X-Files, especially the "monster of the week"-styled episodes. What it lacks in comparison to X-files, I feel, is particularly likable characters. The development of Hannibal himself is pretty good. Aside from that we've got Will Graham, kind of the main character - a cherished "autism spectrum" superhero savant who is only occasionally interesting. Everyone is obsessed with him, especially every single female character on the show, each of them possessing little other character development. There's Lawrence Fishburne's character, he makes some nice faces but seems to get most of the clunky lines. Scott Thompson of Kids in the Hall has a minor part.
It's shot pretty well. It looks nice. You've got a beautiful field of hibernating wild grass with a gross dead thing in the middle. There's also a ton of over-the-top gore, which I'm still not too sure about. Is it supposed to be funny? I dunno.
We're in the second season now, and Will and Hannibal are currently in an interesting situation. We're only 5 episodes in, and I'm curious to see how they take the relationship from here and finish off the 13-episode season.