Hannibal is no. 16 on The Guardian’s list of top 30 TV shows of 2014.
The “What we said” link above is to an earlier article concerning the low audience numbers which concludes:
The series dares viewers to invest in the journey of a cold, unfeeling murderer. Whereas Bates Motel asks you to sympathize with Norman (a young man under the manipulation of his mother) and The Walking Dead uses zombies to justify its violence, Hannibal suggests you stick with a man whose MO is murder. Lecter is not a Dexter-style anti-hero, and unlike the criminals of Sons of Anarchy or Boardwalk Empire, he is not avenging those who have been killed or killing for business. He kills and then eats people because that’s what he is compelled to do.
I wonder if audiences are rejecting that darkness. While Hannibal has the top cast, the franchise, the legacy, and the artistic merit (this series is beautifully shot), it asks for a commitment and vulnerability that audiences may not be able to give – especially since Lecter is not going to reciprocate. It won’t offer campy closure in the spirit of American Horror Story, it won’t appeal to survivalists as The Walking Dead does, and it doesn’t offer a reprieve through dark humour like Bates Motel. Hannibal, unlike the others, simply dares you to enable pop culture’s most menacing villain, and then try not to side with him.
I love this one soooo much. I ship Buffy and Spike so hard, and the sad thing is that in the end you know that she never loved him the way that he loved her. He was so passionate and he loved her while he was still a demon! That is a big reason why I root for Spike more than Angel, because when Angelus is around he doesn’t love Buffy at all. Granted it was a chip in his brain that first made Spike be able to get to that point, and obviously there is a demon in him, which made him do some terrible things. But he fought against the demon and won his soul so that he could be worthy of Buffy. AHHHH the romance!
“You listen to me. I’ve been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine, and done things I prefer you didn’t. Don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood…which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred-plus years, and there’s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I’m not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it’s not because I want you, or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are. What you do. How you try. I’ve seen your kindness, and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you, and I understand, with perfect clarity, exactly what you are. You’re a hell of a woman. You’re the One, Buffy.”
Favorite Moment: Another one that was so so so hard to choose. In the beginning of Season 6 when Spike sees Buffy for the first time since she came back to life. That moment when he realizes that she is alive is so pure and so beautiful. He cannot take his eyes off her, and the look of sheer joy is almost too much to handle. It was such a touching moment, ahhh!