For most of its first season, "Mr. Robot" has been running a half-step ahead of current events, with so many public real-world hacks seeming practically like viral marketing for the USA drama.
Last week, though, the intersection of art and life became truly unfortunate, when the on-camera murders of a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia came uncomfortably close to a scene scheduled to air in that night's "Mr. Robot" season finale. Out of both sensitivity for the real victims, and perhaps a sense that no one would be able to watch that scene on that night without thinking only about Virginia, USA delayed the finale a week, finally airing it tonight.
"Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail supported that decision. When we spoke the day after it was made, he said he had no plans to edit the scene in any way, though he did talk in a larger sense about the strange feeling that came with life imitating his art so often, along with the audience's response to the show's various "secrets" (many of which weren't designed as such), coming up just as soon as I give you money for a new pair of shoes...
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! I'm on vacation but Dan and I recorded today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast last week. We talk about a new Amazon series, look at what's the end of Bryan Fuller's "Hannibal" (at least this phase of it), and in our penultimate series finale rewind, we have the pleasure of discussing "Made in America," the end of "The Sopranos."
(Note: The "Hannibal" discussion was recorded before I interviewed Fuller, so our take on the very final scene was not informed by what he had to say about it.)
Our final finale for this project: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" from "M*A*S*H," which is on Netflix.
Listener Mail - Showrunners (00:15:05 - 00:23:45)
Listener Mail - How "Lost" would do today (00:23:55 - 00:31:15)
Listener Mail - TV about Teens (00:31:15 - 00:35:05)
"Hannibal" finale (00:35:10 - 00:59:55)
"The Sopranos" finale (00:59:55 - 01:23:20)
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A few thoughts on the end of "Show Me a Hero" coming up just as soon as we get our clams to go...
Tonight, Bryan Fuller and company gave us the end of "Hannibal" as we know it. Even if the money and logistics can ever be worked out for some kind of movie or miniseries featuring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and this creative team, the show's time as an ongoing TV series is done, and it ended in a way that functions as a conclusion to the story, even if it's one that may outrage some fans. (My finale review is here.)
Earlier this week, I spoke with Fuller about that ending, potential ways he could continue the franchise, the challenges of finally doing a direct adaptation of "Red Dragon," and a lot more — including me having a very different interpretation of the post-credits scene than what Fuller intended — coming up just as soon as you take the key from around my neck...
Two Fridays have passed, which means it's time for another installment of Ask Alan.
I zipped my way through three questions this week, including yet another discussion of one of the worst TV show titles ever, a question of whether professionally handsome men Rob Lowe and John Stamos should pull a job switcheroo, and what TV show I'd like to be the subject of a behind-the-scenes TV-movie.
"Narcos," Netflix's new drama about the rise of the Colombian drug cartels, opens with a title card explaining, "Magical realism is defined as what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.
It then adds, "There is a reason magical realism was born in Colombia."
Due to an unfortunate parallel to a real-life tragedy today, USA has postponed tonight's "Mr. Robot" season finale to air next week.
Welcome to the penultimate installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.
Thoughts on the twelfth episode, “Isabella," coming up just as soon as I buy you some sweat socks at The Sports Authority...