Watch: Hannibal Season Two Trailer

I liked a lot of television shows in 2013. I even really loved a few. But one that truly stands out for me is Hannibal, the perfect show about a cannibalistic psychiatrist and poor, innocent Will Graham.

The thirteen episodes which made up the first season really weren’t enough, especially when it ended the way it did. I have known the second season has been in the works for months, but the waiting has been painful (Will Graham needs to be saved, dammit! Why is nobody saving Will Graham?!).

But now, finally, we have a trailer. Warning: Feelings ahead.

Hannibal Season Two will premiere in the USA on February 28th 2014, and hopefully in Australia eventually.

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Review: Sherlock – The Empty Hearse (Part Two)

On Thursday, I wrote about the problematic aspects of the first episode of Sherlock Season Three. After a rewatch, and some time to ponder and browse tumblr, here’s a more general review. 

The much anticipated return of Sherlock (which does not yet have an Australian air-date) occurred on New Years Day, UK time. Season Three promised to answer the much conspired about question: Just How Did Sherlock Survive The Fall?

Warning: Spoilers ahead: 

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Review: Sherlock – The Empty Hearse (Part One)

CORRECTION: In my haste to watch the episode and get a post up, I neglected to notice that the writer of this episode was Mark Gatiss and not Steven Moffat. All other claims made in this review stand. 

The Sherlock Season Three premiere episode, titled The Empty Hearse, aired in the UK this morning. I was hopeful that the episode would be good. That we would be given an explanation as to Sherlock’s survival, that the big reveals would be respectful, that John’s response would be realistic. And, as feared, I was disappointed.

Under the cut I talk about the aspects of the episode I found most problematic. If you’ve seen the episode, let me know what you thought.

Spoilers Ahead

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After two years of delirious anticipation, Sherlock Season Three is set to grace our (computer) screens in half an hour. 

Putting aside how problematic the series can be, fans around the world are unbelievably excited right now. It’s been two years since Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman last graced our screens. Two years since we saw Sherlock jump to his supposed death. Two years of speculating about how he did it. Two years, and in twenty-five minutes, all will be revealed.

I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review of the episode once it airs.

Twenty minutes to go. Take a deep breath. We can do this, together.

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Don’t Be Dead: Why Season Three of “Sherlock” Will Be A Complete Disaster

(This post contains spoilers for all seasons of the BBC series Sherlock, in particular season three, as well as the finale of season 6 of Doctor Who. This post also contains TRIGGER WARNINGS for discussions of suicide, trauma, and emotional manipulation.)

(I am making this post not only as a fan, but as someone who has experienced situations somewhat similar to those John experiences in The Reichenbach Fall. I apologise if my take on these experiences is alienating to other survivors of emotional manipulation or abuse. I have tried to write not only from what I know personally, but from what I can objectively observe.)

I’m not usually one to cast aspersions and make assumptions beyond casual speculation about episodes of a TV show before they’ve aired—in fact, I’m usually the guy encouraging people not to. That said, I have spent the past few months deeply worried about the impending premiere of season three of BBC’s Sherlock, and I don’t think it’s without good reason.

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1D Day

Sunday (Australian time) is an exciting day for Whovians, but it’s also an exciting day for Directioners. Despite the fact that the 23rd of November has been the Doctor Who Anniversary for, well, fifty years, One Direction went ahead and chose that day for their international seven hour day of celebration. Much controversy and fandom fighting ensured, but at the end of the day, both are going ahead and have millions of fans eagerly anticipating the events.

Interestingly, it was announced today that 1D Day will be broadcast live into the “Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty on BBC3” which will feature a number of past Doctors and Companions. That’s the kind of decision that has the potential to make a lot of people very annoyed, but it’s also clever marketing. Although, it would be more effective if even one of the boys had ever even vaguely mentioned anything to do with Doctor Who.

1D Day, which will begin at 6am AEDT Sunday, will be broadcast on Youtube and Google+ and will feature numerous guest stars including Simon Cowell, Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Piers Morgan, and The Muppets. It will also include behind the scenes footage, special plays of songs from Midnight Memories (which would have been more effective if the entire album hadn’t leaked), and Guinness World Record Attempts.

Fans have also had the opportunity to participate in 1D Day Challenges over the past few weeks, and will now be able to see some of their work showed live in the broadcast. Fans can also participate by using the hashtag  #1DDayLive, using the official Zappar App, and by playing along with the official 1D Day Quiz.

The boys will be also dropping into celebratory fan hangouts on Google+, as well as having a chat called One Big Drop In. You can find out more information about the hangouts here.

I’m a Directioner and a Whovian, but I’ll have to say I’m a lot more excited for the 50th Anniversary than I am for what is basically a giant live chat that, knowing the power of the Directioners, will probably just crash.

For the less cynical Directioners out there, it’s sure to be a fun day, and if I can stop crying over the fact that David Tennant will be back on my screen, I may tune in for a little while.

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The Day Of The Doctor: One Week To Go

In one week, it will be the most monumental day for Whovians since the relaunch of the series in 2005. Saturday the 23rd of November (which is Sunday the 24th of November for us Aussies) marks the 50th Anniversary of the very first time Doctor Who graced our television screens.

Yesterday, the BBC held it’s Children In Need gala and the BBC launched a special clip from the Anniversary Special. Needless to say, when David Tennant picked up that fez, I was well past hysterical. It’s no secret that Ten is my favourite Doctor, so to see him back, even if it is just for one seventy-five minute special, is well beyond my wildest dreams.

You can also watch the official trailer, and the mini-episode prequel, The Night Of The Doctor. In the prequel, we finally get to see the Eighth Doctor regenerate, which is a Pretty Big Deal (especially since none of the original run Doctors have been invited back for the special, which is causing minor controversy throughout the fandom).

Despite the controversy, fans (especially New Who fans like me who haven’t actually seen the original series, whoops) are super excited to see favourites David Tennant and Billie Piper back, but there has been speculation that Billie will not be reprising her role as much loved companion Rose Tyler. Will she be Rose? Will she be Bad Wolf? Will she be something else all together? I guess we’ll just have to try and survive the next seven sleeps and find out.

I’ll be celebrating the 50th by attending my lovely friend Mish’s Doctor Who themed sleepover party. What will you be doing to mark The Day Of The Doctor?

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