Happy Labor Day weekend, Americans! I’ve been having a rough weekend. My childhood dog, Charlemagne, passed away on Saturday, so I’m mostly just dealing with that and catching up on my sleep.
Michael Paterniti’s “The Last Meal” follows him and his girlfriend as they reconstruct the last meal of French president François Mitterrand—which includes the illegal eating of ortolans. Hannibal’s food designer, Janice Poon, offhandedly linked to this while discussing the show’s ortolan scene, and it is so up a Hannibal fan’s alley it’s not funny. It’s the kind of writing that makes your eyes contract and your breathing slow down. (Warning, though: ableist language in the opening paragraphs.)
Speaking of Hannibal, it is—SOB!—tragically in our rearview mirror at the moment, so let’s round up the tributes, hot takes, and more:
- The Hannibal Compendium is a tumblr dedicated to cataloging references the show made to the books, usually by pulling a book quote and showing how it was used. Given Fuller’s deft remix of the books, it’s fascinating.
- Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture talks about how transformative the show was and the true meaning of “a novel for television.”
- Cleolinda Jones draws parallels between the finale’s stinger and the film Hannibal (which significantly rewrote the original book’s ending).
- Andrew Kuhar made some Friends-style credits for the show.
- Leah Scnhelbach at Tor.com offers a post-mortem on why Hannibal was one of the greatest television shows of all time.
- Here’s pretty much everything Bryan Fuller has said about the possible season four.
- Brandon Nowalk at the A.V. Club talks about Hannibal and Mr. Robot as self-destructive television shows, which is a really fascinating way to look at them.
Jam of the Week: Melanie Martinez’s “Pity Party.” It reassures me that we’re still building alternative kids the way we used to, and might even be doing them better: Martinez treats Crybaby as a conceptual album and even directed the music video above.
Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez, and Olivia Cooke are all up for the same role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. I have a solution: PUT THEM ALL IN THE MOVIE SO WE CAN AVOID THIS SOPHIE’S CHOICE.
Kate Elliott points out the male gaze in narrative perspective in “The Omniscient Breasts.”
Aaron Sorkin is writing a Lucille Ball biopic and Cate Blanchett is starring in it. I would be delighted to see Blanchett do more comedy, so count me in.
Sady Doyle explains the actual point of “political correctness” in comedy: being aware that your words do influence people.
Simone Missick will be playing Misty Knight in Netflix’s Luke Cage. SCREAM! How fantastic!
Speaking of the Hulk, Amadeus Cho will be the (totally awesome) Hulk now. And, hearteningly, it’s the first title in Marvel history to have a Korean-American character written and draw by a Korean-American creative team! Woohoo!
Added: Dragon Blade (via io9)