Who is Stephen Colbert? That was the big question folks wanted answered by the premiere episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Although Colbert’s been a late-night fixture for over a decade, the guy who appeared on The Daily Show and then hosted The Colbert Report for ten seasons was “Stephen Colbert,” a fictional and wildly pompous conservative pundit designed to spoof the actual wildly pompous conservative pundits that rose to prominence along with the Fox News Network. “Colbert” we know. But the “real” Colbert, he’s still a mystery.
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All the fuss over the last couple of months about NBC’s cancellation of Hannibal may have been distracting us from just how perfect Season 3 has been — from the European-flavored surrealist horror of the first half of the season to the slow-simmering brutality of the back half, creator Bryan Fuller has not only expertly crafted the perfect ending, but he’s also created one of the greatest love stories of contemporary television. Do we really need another season of Hannibal?
AMC's 'Fear The Walking Dead' can't help shambling over some familiar territory, but gets surprisingly real over the collapse of civilization, more than living up to its predecessor . Our early spoiler-free review, before the "Companion Series" premieres in full on August 23!
God, the devil, the dragon and the lamb — in Hannibal’s eyes they are not at all dissimilar, as most things remain slippery in his mind palace. Everything tends to bleed and blur together in his orbit, as evoked in the persistent motif of layering one character’s face over Hannibal’s own. Divided by the glass partition of his cell, it’s easier to blend Jack or Will or Alana’s faces with Hannibal’s, as they stare at each other from either side of the glass and Hannibal delivers his weekly sermons on the currency of evil.
I’ve stayed quiet about Hannibal since the Red Dragon arc began — this half of the season has been slowly simmering and less surreally theatric than the first half. It’s not that it hasn’t been interesting, but there’s been less meat on its bones to chew over. Not so with “…And the Beast From the Sea,” in which Hannibal Lecter essentially proves why you should never break up with him.
The critical derision of True Detective Season 2 came to a head last night with the untimely “Omega Station” finale, but did Nic Pizzolatto’s once-revered drama redeem itself, as HBO promised? Here’s how every major character ended the Vinci-set season, for those dying of heart blue-balls.
At the midseason mark, Hannibal has a moment of readjustment, switching gears almost effortlessly to transition into the future — three years down the line, and Will Graham is experiencing his Godfather moment. Just when he thought he was out, Jack Crawford pulls him back in to investigate the Tooth Fairy, a name our new killer despises, as “The Great Red Dragon” is more to his demented liking.
Ladies and gentlemen, I need to make my own Bachelorette confession. I missed the first 45 minutes of “The Men Tell All.”
In some ways, Hannibal almost reads like a fan fiction version of the Hannibal and Will Graham story — without forcing its two leads into a sexual relationship, that is. The love between Hannibal and Will is so twisted, so deep, and so accurately explores relationship dynamics that it’s almost more chilling than watching an eel slide down Mason Verger’s throat, or the awful realization that there’s a human baby inside of that pig.
I’m not saying The Bachelorette is fake and totally manipulated by the producers ... but if it was fake and totally manipulated by producers, they couldn't have scripted a better finale.