You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Lord Tyrion Lannister and Lady Sansa Stark. The ceremony will be followed by a reception to feature much feasting and imbibing of spirits, but sadly very little merriment.
Sadly, ‘Hannibal’ has not made NBC’s fall schedule. However, at the time of this writing, the network has not officially canceled the show yet, and even continues to advertise it in primetime, which is generally a sign that somebody there wants to give it a chance to find an audience. Although probably unlikely, there’s some small measure of hope that the series could be brought back as a mid-season replacement next year. I guess that’s something to look forward to. In the meantime, last Thursday brought us an interesting, if not entirely successful episode.
Da Vinci finds himself on trial for his life in ‘The Tower’, the fifth episode of Starz’s new series from creator David S. Goyer. This is another (for the most part) standalone episode, though we get to see some additional character development, particularly when it comes to Leonardo’s father.
The penultimate episode of this freshman season of ‘Bates Motel’ is everything that loyal viewers could have hoped for. Full of mystery, dread and perhaps the best performance Vera Farmiga (who plays Norma Bates) has given all season, ‘Underwater’ is a perfect set-up to next week’s season finale.
The execs at NBC has gone off their meds. First they fire Dan Harmon, leaving him to find out about the news secondhand. Then they renew ‘Community’, but in a shortened order. They delay the start of the season, dumping it towards the end of the regular programming season, where it runs awkwardly through holiday episodes in the wrong time of year. And now, as this poor, tragic saga winds down to a merciful close, NBC renews the show for another season!
Once a season, author George R.R. Martin writes the screenplay for an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ himself. You might think that he’d do this to cover some monumental, game-changing event in the story that he felt needed his personal supervision, but that isn’t necessarily the case. It certainly isn’t with this week’s episode, a rather talky affair that, until the end, is conspicuously lacking in either action or high drama.
Last week’s episode of ‘Hannibal’ added a very nerd-friendly guest star to the cast: ‘X-Files’ star Gillian Anderson. Is this likely to boost the show’s ratings enough to secure a season renewal? Realistically, probably not. However, it’s awfully nice to see her back on television.
This may be the end. ABC has aired the final two episodes of ‘Happy Endings’ Season 3. These may be the final two episodes of the series forever, unless ABC offers a last minute renewal, or USA or TBS snaps the show up. If these are to be the end, at least they’re not a bad way to go out – with some slapstick and a whole lot of whimsy.