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Digesting Hannibal Episode 21: American Psycho (2000)
On this episode, we talk about our patron saint Michael Bay, books (yes, more than one,) how strict education can lead one to work at Wall Street, how little we know about business corporations or the military or prostitutes, the connection between Horror movies and porn, and how the video tape police used to operate. Also, we try not to offend psychopaths, and Maki makes many bad puns (even more than usual) but he manages to read Cassandra’s mind (twice!)
Applies to life, too. To everything, really.
Doctor Who S08E01 - “Deep Breath”
You know what? I actually liked the premiere of Doctor Who series 8. Mostly because it was very clear what Moffat was trying to do.
The name of the episode is him asking the fans to take a “Deep Breath,” to calm down before complaining about changes, about a new lead actor, about every speculation and assumption.
Here, Clara is a stand-in for the audience more than ever. She is not sure if she can trust this new Doctor until she realizes it’s the same Doctor as ever, no matter which face he has at any given time. It’s Moffat saying that the character, that the franchise is bigger than the actor, than any actor.
The automatons represent the nostalgic fans: they want something that is impossible to get. The “promised land” is nostalgia, it’s how they felt when they watched Doctor Who for the first time. But they’ll never get that feeling back because they’ll never see the show for the first time again. So the only way for them to be free, the only way for them to not be burdened by this feeling, is to accept that. It might be a harsh interpretation but for me Moffat was saying: “You either accept that change is in the very nature of this show or you can jump off the ship” or TARDIS, in this case.
I don’t always agree with Moffat but, in this instance, I’m of the opinion that he addressed the right issues with the audience by telling this particular story.
It will be interesting to see what he is going to do next, to which direction he will be leading the show towards. The following episode will certainly address that.
P.S.: I probably won’t be reviewing every single episode of this show (or any other one.) Everyone is free to like this episode or not or to disagree with my interpretation, of course. I just wanted to share it since so many people seem to have missed the point.
Digesting Hannibal Episode 20: The X-Files S01E13 - Beyond the Sea
In our 20th episode, we talk about some real paranormal investigators, how terrifying teenage girls are, what Maki used to be obsessed about, why Cassandra didn’t watch The X-Files at the time, the safest place to make out inside a car, how awkward it was to rent adult movies in video stores, and why green is the color of evil. We also explain old media to the youngsters, and Cassandra’s cat tells us who is his favorite character from Moby-Dick.