Dearest Trekkies,

As you may have heard, Bryan Fuller was just announced as the show runner for the new Star Trek series upcoming and we’re all very excited. We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know he is also behind the critically acclaimed show Hannibal. And now that trekkies and fannibals are about to become siblings, we’d like to invite you all to our table!

To make it especially easy, we’re serving you the links to watch all our episodes online free:

Season 1:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Season 2:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,  8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Season 3:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Hannibal is a show like no other. Though it’s disguised as a crime drama, it is so much more beneath that, something fondly described as a “Fever Dream Blood Opera.” Hannibal, at the core, is about the characters who populate the show and their complicated, feels inducing, relationships with each other. Really, it’s a romance, just one that’s a little off the beaten path. It features suit porn, food porn, porn porn, scenery porn, and also puppies. Much like trek, there is a diverse cast and a range of sexualities. And maybe you know, but if you don’t, our slash ship definitely is the gravity point of the show. Many of our fans are also trekkies, including, obviously, our biggest fan, Bryan Fuller. We think if you’d give it a try, you’d find you really liked it too, and it would help you get a glimpse into the mind of your new captain. If you want to read our reviews, we have five stars on yelp, we promise, and also a lot of love from just about every reviewer and critic who has glimpsed the show. 

We think, since we’re going to be sharing a driving mind, it’s only logical for us to share what we love with each other. Live Long and Prosper might not be in the Fannibal Vocabulary, but we certainly know how to pay our respects.

(Credit to Chief Gif Officer existingcharactersdiehorribly​ )

(Alternative links here, I tried to choose quick loading, ad free, ones, but let me know if any aren’t working! Hannibal is available on Amazon prime and itunes, if you can watch it through official sources, please do!)

Though we wonder…would vulcan taste any different from human? ;D In any case - We’ll be glad to have you for dinner.


The Fannibals

Trek for Newbies, Part One: What Is A Star Trek

What is a Star Trek?

Star Trek began as one of the first science fiction TV shows, and went on to become one of the most beloved and influential television franchises of all time. Modern science fiction television, modern television in general, even modern fandom have all been enormously influenced by Star Trek, not to mention the legions of scientists, engineers, astronauts, etc who cite Star Trek as a direct inspiration.

As of 2016, there have been five live-action Star Trek TV series; the first began in 1966, with a sixth series scheduled to begin next year:

The Original Series (1966–1969)
The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
Voyager (1995–2001)
Enterprise (2001–2005)
Untitled series (2017–)

There are also twelve movies, an animated series, and god knows how many books, comics, video games, and so forth.

Ok, so what’s the premise?

In the future, the human race has developed faster-than-light travel and begun to explore the galaxy, which is also home to countless other intelligent species. Humans and several other species have formed the United Federation of Planets (‘the Federation’), a utopian post-capitalist society.

The Federation operates an armada of starships, called Starfleet, which carry out missions of exploration, research, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid. The first four series of Star Trek focus on the highest-ranking Starfleet crew members of one Federation spaceship or space station as they carry out their missions. (The fifth series is set just before the formation of the Federation, but is structurally the same.)

Wait, a utopian post-capitalist society? Is Star Trek far-left propaganda?

Yes. It’s awesome.

You can’t separate Star Trek, even modern Star Trek, from its origins in 1960s America. You’ve got the Cold War, with the memory of World War II still fresh in everyone’s mind; you’ve got the Vietnam War and the draft; you’ve got the struggling civil rights movements and associated crackdowns; and at the same time, you’ve got the very first humans travelling into outer space.

The original Star Trek took all that in and presented an optimistic vision of the future. In the Star Trek universe, the human race is part of a peaceful, egalitarian, diverse society working for the greater good. The message was: things might be bad right now, but they’re going to get better. Humanity is better than this, and someday soon we’ll grow past it, stop fighting each other and oppressing each other, and we’ll explore the stars together. I’m not crying you’re crying.

That’s not just a post-hoc interpretation – it was the stated goal of Star Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, to make a show with a progressive political agenda and a diverse cast. That philosophy has continued inform the various series of the show, to greater or lesser degrees. Many episodes of each Star Trek series are allegories for contemporary cultural and political issues, which the heroes try to resolve through humanism and optimism.

At pretty much every step of the way, progressive moves by the various series have been opposed and sometimes blocked by the networks, because of course.

Tell me more about this utopian post-capitalist society.

Humans develop faster-than-light travel, or ‘warp drive,’ in 2063, and begin encountering intelligent alien species (most of whom, yes, happen to look almost exactly like humans, we’ll get into that later). In 2161, humans invite several of these other species (including the Vulcans and some other guys you haven’t heard of) to join together as the United Federation of Planets, which is pretty much explicitly Space United Nations. Over the years, new species apply for membership in the Federation, and by the 2300s it has over 150 member planets with thousands of colonies.

According to the Federation charter, they operate based on the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and they share their knowledge and resources to further the goals of peaceful cooperation and exploration.

Federation worlds have no class divisions and money essentially no longer exists. The show is sometimes frustratingly vague about how this works in practice.

Skip the Space United Nations stuff and get to the spaceships.

The Federation operates Starfleet, a fleet of spaceships whose primary mission is to explore deep space and look for new forms of life. They also engage in scientific research and conduct peacekeeping, diplomacy, and ‘defense operations’ aka torpedoing people who are really asking for it.

Starfleet is the setting for most of Star Trek. Three of the five Trek series (The Original Series, The Next Generation, and Voyager) take place on Federation starships which run around exploring cool new planets and getting in fights. Enterprise is a prequel set before the Federation formed, but it’s basically the same thing. A typical episode of one of these shows would involve a visit to a new planet or encounter with a new lifeform. Deep Space Nine is the exception – it takes place on a planet-orbiting space station under joint Federation control, and is more heavily serialized. (Eventually they also get a spaceship.)

Each series revolves around an ensemble of Starfleet officers including the ship’s captain (or station commander) and various other high-ranking officers. There are also non-Starfleet characters, as well as an unspecified number of nameless Starfleet grunts who are constantly catching lasers to the gut (‘redshirts’).

Wait, how can these shows possibly have any conflict if they take place in a utopia?

There are lots and lots of non-Federation alien species, too, and they do not have classless utopias. Some of those species are major powers which sometimes come into conflict with the Federation, including the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Cardassian Union, the Borg, and the Dominion.

There are also untold hundreds of unaffiliated alien civilizations, which fall into two categories based on how technologically advanced they are. Some alien species have invented faster-than-light travel (they are ‘warp capable’) and have discovered the existence of other intelligent life forms. Others haven’t developed space travel (they are ‘pre-warp’) and have no knowledge of other intelligent life.

In dealing with non-Federation aliens, the Federation follows a guiding principle called the Prime Directive. The Prime Directive is a huge deal throughout Star Trek. It forbids interference in the natural development of any pre-warp civilization – meaning, don’t let them find out that aliens and space travel exist. This leads to dozens of episodes in which Our Heroes have to throw on alien peasant garb and pretend not to be from another planet. The Prime Directive also says you can’t interfere with any warp-capable civilization without the consent of its leaders, leading to dozens of episodes in which something is horribly wrong and Our Heroes can’t really do anything about it.

Ok, so that’s the basic premise and setting. What are the differences between all the shows? Who are the characters? What is the future technology like? What are some good episodes to start with?

Oh my god, this is going to require a lot more posts than I thought.

Next Up:

Alien species: Vulcans, Klingons, non-corporeal godlike beings, etc

Star Trek tech: replicators, tricorders, holodecks, etc

The basics of each of the five TV series: premises, main characters, good intro episodes, fan reception

The cultural influence of Trek: why we have iPads, slash fiction, and Whoopi Goldberg

Bryan Fuller and Star Trek

Having started his career in TV writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Fuller understands the core of Star Trek the way many don’t. Anyone with any interest in the new series should get amped because the show is now in the hands of perhaps the most qualified person. I’m getting amped because the network hired the only person who could convince me to try it.

Or, as my friend David Fairbanks from Loser City put it, we all should get amped because, “Those Kirk/Spock fics are [about]to get a lot more textual support.”

OMG, I just heard about Bryan Fuller going to be a major figure in making the upcoming Star Trek series! This is literally a dream come true! This is so great because this guy knows his shit (he started out as a fan, and then became a full-time writer on Voyager), he has also proven to be capable of making very thought-provoking shows that are inclusive! (Hannibal, people, Hannibal! Turned the Red Dragon book with all its sexism into a show that featured many great female characters, had several people of color playing non-stereotype roles, and a near-canon gay relationship). I am SO excited!
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“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “His encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Trek’ canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

The creative plan is for the series to introduce new characters and civilizations, existing outside of the mythology charted by previous series and the current movie franchises.


- Bryan Fuller, 3x04 Aperitivo commentary

“The tear is actually Hannibal’s, because you come back from that tear and you see Jack is not crying. So that’s to suggest that Hannibal did have a genuine, authentic emotional attachment to Bella, and he was absolutely sincere when he wrote this note to Jack.”


“At the very beginning of the season, Mads comes up and he says, “I think Hannibal should be much more active and I’m really good at fight scenes, so if you write one, I will nail it.” And I was like, “Okay, great, we’ll write one.” And he did a fight sequence – all of the stunt choreographers were like, “Oh, my God, this guy is better than anyone that we’ve ever worked with like this.” His experience as a dancer really helps. He has such control of his instrument and his body, so he really is somebody that you want to see in an action sequence.” – Bryan Fuller

Hannibal folding the Vitruvian Man, the “perfect man,” into a heart. 

And these scenes are played alongside the shots of the “body” heart in the Capella Palatina, which Hannibal made for Will:

Will is Hannibal’s perfect man, his heart. The Beatrice to his Dante. 

But, look at that heart there in the Norman Chapel. It’s being held up by three swords. The thrice pierced heart is a tarot card, one frequently used in readings about romantic relationships/lovers. Tarot has a rich history in Italy.

This are all things of which Hannibal would definitely be aware. Symbolism is never lost on him, and always intentional. 

This is the Three of Swords. In it’s upright position, as we see above, it means “Painful separation, sorrow, heartbreak, grief, and rejection.” 

S2 finale, anyone?

But, notice how the Norman Chapel heart is actually in the reversed position? Like this:

In the reversed position, the Three of Swords means “releasing pain, optimism, and forgiveness.” 

Will understands. 

“Betrayal and forgiveness are best seen as something akin to falling in love.”

**This was all INTENTIONAL. The cast and crew knew what they were building towards. Hannibal’s entire existance is layered with subtext and symbolism, and so is this show. I’ve never see a story more beautiful in my life. Hannigram is canon, and WE NEED S4!**
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Bryan Fuller's 'American Gods' adaptation just cast its lead actor
British actor Ricky Whittle will play Shadow in Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods.'

Starz’s adaptation of American Gods has finally cast its lead role, selecting British actor Ricky Whittle to play Shadow.

Whittle began his career as a model and soap opera star, but he’s best known to U.S. audiences for his role as Lincoln in The 100.

Shadow leads a cast that includes Odin, Anansi, Anubis and Kali, in a tale that falls somewhere between apocalyptic horror and a roadtrip movie, from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings).