How are you getting along with the whole aspect of live experiencing an Armitage project? Well, it’s not entirely live, of course. We are still divided by when we actually get to see the latest episodes of Hannibal, with Canada first, the US following after and the UK bringing up the rear
and many international fans watching somewhere in between. For me, it is the first time in this fandom that I get to discover a piece of Armitage’s TV work along with my fellow fans like this. It’s different to the movie premieres, or the live theatre work we were treated to last year. With different release dates of movies depending on territory, there was never a coherent live experience of the Hobbit films (or ITS), and with The Crucible drawn out over three months, we all saw Armitage’s terrific stage work at different times. But with Hannibal we get to see his turn as FD mostly within a matter of a few days, and reviews and commentary on Armitage’s latest work is posted timely and within a matter of days.
It feels very concentrated, and almost against my will, I find myself drawn into the world of Hannibal, on tumblr, on Twitter, on blogs. It’s exciting and invigorating, because we are looking at the same thing (almost) at the same time. We’re on the same page and we know exactly what we are all talking about. I am really enjoying this, I must say, and it makes me wish that Armitage did more serialized TV work – the pleasure drawn out longer, something new every week, discussions that last longer than a day.
Alas, we are already on the fourth of the Red Dragon episodes, and I with this week’s instalment we are already set for the final climax and denouément. Good thing that tumblr will keep Dolly going for ever and ever… 😉 Here’s this week’s tumblr round-up:
- Clematis70 caters for hand fetishists: Francis Dolarhyde and hands. Nice!
- Already a few weeks old, but this gif set by dwarfydowner on Thorin couture too nice to exclude it
- Great Dolarhyde fan art by kaitlinmarieart
- Awwwww – cutie pie!!!! Literally. Comic interpretation of the Red Dragon by pinksnowdevil
- Black and red – my favourite colours. Combined with stark editing choices, these manips by hustonjack are totally up my
- And now for something completely different: What a Guy Wants, snarky as ever. By nfcomics
- Fuckyeahjohnlockfluff has compiled part 2 of episode 3×10 review links. Links to other review round-ups within this post
- In case you are thinking of live tweeting with the Hannibal crew tonight, here is info on this week’s hashtag
- Two and a half years ago Richard said something about playing a dragon… and now it has come true… applefia2036 put the evidence in a photo set
- Mezzmerizedbyrichard has giffed the memorable scene when John Porter walks into the Brooklyn Museum. Eh. Francis Dolarhyde…
- *aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgh* *dead* the swallowing in the first of these two gifs of Dolly, close-up. Thank you richardrmitage
- It’s *always* Richard Armitage time… manip by ladymofgisborne
- See how closely Fuller et al. modelled their visuals on Blake’s paintings. Set by mymadnesswon
- The fantasy Red Dragon from the scene where Dolarhyde chats with Hannibal as a gif. And all I can think is “Is that really a pixel on the dragon’s Bermuda Triangle”??? Giffed by yunafire
- Cute Tooth Fairy doodles by farfalla-90
- Watercolour caricature of Dolarhyde talking to Hannibal by kellystarspangled
And here are the first posts based on Hannibal 3×11. SPOILERS! Note – The following links contain gifs, pics and fan art that is based on previously unseen material from ep 11. Don’t click if you don’t want to be spoilt!
- Red Dragon fear, giffed by clematis70
- Gifset from the Canadian teaser ad for Hannibal 3×11 “And the Beast from the Sea”, by beaufortplace
- richardarmitagebr put the 6 official stills from 3×10 into a set
- Say what you will about the fantasy elements in Hannibal, but the visuals of Dolarhyde becoming the dragon are amazing. Gifs by cheeseboytyrell (bonus: one peach!)
And without spoilers let me just say that ep 3×11 is absolutely splendid, too – and much more of an emotional rollercoaster than 3×10. Whoa. What a ride. This is proper thriller territory. And thriller terror.
Enjoy your weekend! I have some full-on Armitaging in front of me as Hariclea is here for the weekend. If you don’t hear back from us, you’ll know that we have over-dosed…