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Honestly, had McCain not picked Palin as his VP, I would've been kind of okay with him as president. I was one of the loudest Obama supporters at my school, but based on McCain's background (rather than his campaign), I felt like if we HAD to have another Republican in the White House I would've been okay with McCain. And the same's true here. Of course I'm overjoyed that Santos (and by extension Josh) won, but I would've been okay with a Vinick win.
I'm glad Mark mentioned Helen in his review. I definitely wanted Helen to be First Lady more than I wanted Santos to be President. NAQ SBE QBAAN GB OR URE PUVRS BS FGNSS BU ZL TBQ GUNG JNF ZL SNIBEVGR PBAPYHFVBA GB NAL PUNENPGRE NEP RIRE.
About Leo, all I have to think of is Donna saying, "He was so proud of you, Josh" and I start crying again.
My guess is that the writers planned for Vinick to win California, and after that it was just a matter of needing enough states to go blue. I really do love that they gave both candidates their home states.
I've lost track of how many times I've watched Mark's reaction to the kiss. Totally worth the commission. TOTALLY WORTH IT. But I also love how Will and CJ are both just like "IS SOMETHING HAPPENING SOMETHING IS HAPPENING ISN'T IT."
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To me, the main result of Miriam's reappearance is that we learn to NEVER believe a character is dead unless we actually see their body as a corpse like we did with Bev. So ANYONE could still be alive. Vapyhqvat Serqqvr.
-Mark can't blame anyone for this because it wasn't commissioned! However, we DID commission the other three Bryan Fuller shows, which are part of why he decided to do Hannibal in the first place, so we're still partially to blame!
-"Hey, future you is thanking me right now!" *guy immediately gets a bullet to the head* THIS IS SO HORRIFYING WHY AM I LAUGHING.
-As someone who always loves theological discussions in fiction, my favorite scene in this episode is WIll and Hannibal's discussion of God and power. Mads Mikkelsen has said repeatedly that he views Hannibal as Satan, or a fallen angel living here on Earth. If we're to take his interpretation of Satan to be similar to (if not the same as) Milton's Lucifer, Hannibal's identification with God and his possession of power makes complete sense. After all, Lucifer fell and became Satan after expressing his desire to be as powerful as God. So it seems that Hannibal is trying to assess just how similar he and Will are: is Will an angel, or his he an (unknowing) follower of *the* fallen angel? Which does he want to be?
Season Two spoilers: Nyfb Znex ybivat Orireyl vf gur zbfg cnvashy guvat rire. ZNEX QBA'G TRG NGGNPURQ GB URE QBA'G QB VG HAYRFF LBH JNAG GB FHSSRE YVXR JR FHSSRERQ.
A few factoids about the first episode: NBC picked up an entire thirteen-episode season based on the strength of the script of the pilot alone. Also, Fuller's second choice for the role of Hannibal was David Tennant and the role of Will Graham was written with Lee Pace in mind (which you can kind of tell, much like how you can sort of tell that the part of Chuck in PD was written with Caroline Dhavernas in mind). However, while I LOVE both DT and LP, I'm really glad that the parts went to Mads and Hugh instead. Lee Pace has the kind of on-screen presence that makes it hard for him to be a believable underdog. Hugh Dancy's performance still demands attention, but in a different way that downplays his character's strengths.
The best part about the pilot is how you KNOW what Hannibal's eating. You KNOW that he's a murderer. And yet you're drawn in by him...you get to know him separately from that side of his life, which makes him scarier. Like, except for the bit with the lungs, I feel like people without any knowledge of the world of Red Dragon would be shocked to learn that he's a cannibal.
And the music they play when Hannibal's first on screen is the same piece from Silence of the Lambs, right? If it isn't exactly the same it's very similar.
And you doing Double Features has been AWESOME. YAY FOR THE ENTIRE FULLERVERSE AND VERONICA MARS!