“If you really believe that representation doesn’t matter, then why the fuck are you threatened by it? If not seeing yourself depicted in stories has no negative psychological impact - if the breakdown of who we see on screen has no bearing on wider social issues - then what would it matter if nine stories out of ten were suddenly all about queer brown women? No big, right? It wouldn’t change anything important; just a few superficial details. Because YOU can identify with ANYONE.
So I guess the problem is that you just don’t want to. Because deep down, you think it’ll make stories worse. And why is that? Oh, yeah: because it means they wouldn’t all be about YOU.”
im in one of those periods in my life where i cant focus on anything i cant finish an assignment i cant listen to one song for more than 5 seconds i cant sit through a tv show episode i cant finish a book i cant write a story
all i can do is stare blankly at the wall and wish i had something to do but everything i could do or want to do is just supremely unsatisfying
SOMEONE PUT IT IN WORDS THANKS YOU
Hey kids this is a symptom of depression
I love seeing pictures of Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu posing together, because it always looks like JLM’s crush has agreed to be his prom date and he still can’t quite believe it
I think what Hannibal really needs right now is to make us start liking it again. I mean so far they’ve killed off/disappeared nearly all the sympathetic and likable characters on the show, or even just the ones that offered more complexity. Abigail, Bedelia, Beverly (and yes you’ll notice they’re mostly women) and now Chilton-the-recent-favourite and even Gideon to an extent. All we’re left with now are Jack, Alana, Will and the Science Bros, and even the Science Bros offer not much than brief comedy relief and technobabble. In fact, all we’re left with are characters that make Extremely Bad Decisions, and it’s hard for anyone to care about what happens to them.
Jack is bull-headed and rash (like geez, ever heard of subtlety when catching a psychopath!? Why would you ask permission from Hannibal. Why would you allow Hannibal to treat Miriam with the very thing that traumatised her to begin with. Why would you have a gun on you when letting a witness identify a suspect. Why, Jack, WHY) and Alana has become increasingly dull and two-dimensional. She’s a little self-righteous, has a strong sense of justice and loyalty, and refuses to see any point of view that isn’t her own. I get why she’s this way within the show, but you can’t expect viewers to root for ANY of these people when 80% of the time we’re feeling frustration at the characters and their terrible, terrible decisions.
Even Will has become a little distant, and while I like his new sharp, edgy persona, it doesn’t feel like he’s our protagonist anymore, he’s drifted away from us and into machinations against Hannibal that we aren’t privy to, and thus feel excluded from.
Furthermore, Hannibal has now become too overpowered. Granted, Hannibal the show has always required a suspension of disbelief to begin with, but by the middle of Season 2 it becomes frustrating when Hannibal always seems to be twenty steps ahead of everyone else, no security cameras seem to exist, Baltimore has no end of victims but not a single witness, and all we see are people stumbling around blind after him. We know Jack eventually (finally) does try to kill Hannibal, but all they’ve done is given us a quick promise then dangled a hundred false, mocking leads in front of us.
I mean by now we should be given one little real flaw, at least one misstep, even if it doesn’t have to be followed up on immediately. We should be left with a hook, some assurance and anticipation to see how Hannibal will mess up and attempt to weasel his way out. They tried that with his dinner party and Jack testing the food, but it turns out all the food is normal, despite us seeing Hannibal harvest his human meat. That’s not explained either, for all the buildup of expectations it caused.
About Miriam: I understand that 2 years is a long time to have Hannibal in your head, but I’m still struggling to understand how Hannibal managed to trick Miriam Lass into believing that Chilton was the Ripper. I cannot comprehend how Hannibal disguised his voice when half the time I can barely understand his super thick accent. That was a real what the fuck moment, and no amount of psychobabbling hoodoo technique is going to convince me of it. Psychology is complex, poorly-understood and variable, not magic mind-control.
I started watching Hannibal for plenty of reasons, but now that they’ve killed off most of them, I find myself staying for only 3 reasons: to see how Will and Hannibal’s battle of wits will end, to see Will’s biggest I TOLD YOU SO in history, and to shove it into Alana’s face that all her convictions were wrong and bad and she should feel bad.