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New Fantastic Four TV Spot!

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A brand new TV spot for this August’s Fantastic Four has been released by 20th Century Fox.

This time around the TV spot is sort of a run down of the team, and their individual powers. Plus we get some new footage! Including a nice group shot of the entire team.

The movie is based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate run, with the team’s power being the result of travel to an alternate universe, rather than the oh so credible “Cosmic Rays!” The trailers and TV spots so far have been mostly action based, with not a lot of plot being released, even at this late stage.

With not much material to make a judgement on how the film will turn out it might be curiosity that drives people to the cinema, if nothing else.

Check out the new TV spot here!

Fantastic Four is set to be released in UK cinemas on the 6th of August.

Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman,  Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the villainous Doctor Doom.

The official move synopsis:

“THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

Ant-Man Extended Clip Of Scott Lang’s First Time In The Suit!

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Marvel Studios have released an extended clip from their upcoming Phase Two finale, Ant-Man. 

The scene was released following the movie’s world premier last night, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. It was a shiny red carpet affair but clearly none of us were invited. Nope, we’ll have to wait almost three more weeks before we get to see Paul Rudd in action as the tiny Avenger!

In the clip we see what appears to be Scott Lang’s first ever time in the Ant-Man suit and from the looks of things, he does not have permission to be wearing it. This is suggested by the fact he doesn’t seem to know how it works. Another clue is his complete confusion when he hears the voice of Hank Pym, mocking him, as he finds himself in an itty bitty pickle.

Check out the clip here!

Ant-Man is released in UK cinemas on the 17th of July.

The official description for Ant-Man reads:

“The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Plus you can check out the official Ant-Man website here!

Star Trek 3 Title Confirmed!

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So we can stop calling it Star Trek 3 now, because it has a name.

The last night the movie’s director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Community) confirmed the, much rumored, title of the newest Star Trek film. Star Trek: Beyond.

We’re pretty sure that it won’t feature a character called Terry McGinnis though. Which is unfortunate because I’d pay all the money to see that movie!

Lin took to twitter last night to post a picture of the Starfleet uniform Insignia along with the caption “Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!” and the hashtag #StarTrekBeyond

Star Trek: Beyond is scheduled for release on the 8th of July 2016.

That’s plenty of time for you geeks to make some interesting batman/Star Trek: Beyond mashups! Get to it!

Japanese Ant-Man Trailer Is Best Yet!

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We’ve seen more than a few trailers and TV spots for Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man.

With the final movie in Phase 2 less than three weeks away, the trailers, posters and teasers are coming thick and fast. But this more recent Japanese trailer is the best we’ve seen so far!

We get much more of Scott Lang’s life before he becomes a superhero, a little glimpse at him attempting to steal the suit and a much bigger focus on his relationship with his daughter.

Plus the trailer is packed with plenty of action sequences. Some we’ve seen before, some brand new and exciting.

Check out the Japanese Ant-Man trailer here!

Ant-Man is released in UK cinemas on the 17th of July.

The official description for Ant-Man reads:

“The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Plus you can check out the official Ant-Man website here!

Lancelot To Return To ‘Once Upon a Time’

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[This article contains spoilers for season 4 of Once Upon a Time]

The season four finale of Once Upon A Time ended with some unexpected and startling imagery.

The dagger of the Dark One, with the name Emma Swan inscribed on it. Gasp!

422NewDaggerAfter Rumpelstiltskin was cured of his dark heart by the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the darkness fled into the streets of the town, searching for a soul to tether itself to. I an effort to preserve Regina’s happy ending, Emma stepped forward and allowed the darkness to consume her. The episode’s final moments saw the iconic dagger fall to the floor, revealing the identity of the new Dark One.

I suppose we can guess what’s going to be item number one on Snow, Charming and Hook’s “To Do List” as we head towards the new season. Finding a way to free Emma of the darkness.

Fortunately, moments before he succumbed to his wounds, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice revealed the name of his master, and the only one who can save Emma, Merlin. Yep, we should have seen that coming.

Exciting stuff eh?

Lancelot-970x545Well, to add to the excitement comes the knowledge that with the team’s search for Merlin, will come a familiar face. Talking to EW, Edward Kitsis (the show’s executive producer) confirmed that Sinqua Walls will reprise his role as the legendary knight of the round table, Lancelot.

“Oh man, you can’t go to Camelot and not see Lancelot,”

Fans of the show will remember Lancelot from season two when he appeared in flashbacks and was impersonated by the evil Cora in the present. However, Cora claimed to have killed Lancelot, so we’re curious as to how the character will be returning.

Will it be flashbacks? Was Cora lying/mistaken? Who knows?

All we’re sure of is that we’re delighted to see Walls return to the show!

Once Upon a Time returns to ABC on the 27th of September.

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man –Terrifying and Hilarious In Equal Measure!

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We all remember the original Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, right?

Specifically we remember how they gave us the most sinister version of “There are No Strings on Me” that humanity has ever seen. Thanks for that by the way, that wasn’t traumatic at all.

Now, courtesy of a fan made trailer, we have the Wizard of Oz added into the mix.

In this video mashup by Darren Wallace titled Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man, we see the once lovable Tin Man wreak havoc on the world and The Avengers. But it’s not the Avengers we recognize. It’s Scarecrow (Captain America) The Cowardly Lion (Thor), Dorothy Gale (Black Widow) and other inhabitants of Oz, who take the place of the Avengers we know.

While seeing Thor shirtless with the Cowardly Lion head is hilariously silly, there is something so incredibly terrifying about this video. Perhaps it’s the fantastic work that’s gone into the Tin Man, who still possesses the voice of James Spader.

So yes, well done on this Mr Wallace, and thanks for making Pinocchio AND The Wizard of Oz creepy at the same time.

Oh and a special well done for the random addition of Alan Alda “playing” Hawkeye. That part was genius!

Check out the brilliant parody trailer here!

 

 

 

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Geek Retreat On The Radio!

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Well would you look at this!

Geek Retreat owner, Stephen Walsh, is on the radio again. It seems like BBC Radio just can’t get enough of Geek culture.

On Friday Stephen had a lovely chat with BBC Newcastle where he disputed the apparent demise of board and card games. And today on Kay Adams at around 11.30am he appeared as a guest, alongside Colin Goodman and Gill Hatcher.

The subject for discussion today was the “Rise of the Geeks!”

The group discussed how the label Geek has changed over the years, how comics, science fiction & fantasy have become more mainstream. They examined what exactly it means to be a geek. Plus there was some interesting debate on the difference between the words “Geek” and “Nerd”.

You can catch Stephen’s contribution here, starting at 02.37.47.

Have a listen and tell us what you think.

Why are geeks becoming cooler? Is it the Superhero Movies? Game of Thrones?

And what exactly is the difference between Geek and nerd?

New Fantastic Four TV Spot Brings The Power!

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“You guys ready to have your minds blown?”

Why yes Johnny, yes we are.

So let’s have a look at the new TV spot for Fantastic Four, set to hit UK cinemas on the 6th of August this year. Wow, not long to go!

The TV spot, released by 20th Century Fox, has got some added kick to it, and not just in form of some brand new footage. We get to have a good look at all of the team and their newfound powers. In particular we have to point out how much Michael B. Jordan nails Johnny Storm as he shows off exactly how cool his power are.

Remember when we were terrified that this movie was going to be worse than X-Men 3?

I’m just kidding, nothing is worse than X-Men 3.

Still, the worry about this movie is fading more and more with each and every piece of footage we see. Let’s just cross our fingers that we’re not going to regret our growing optimism.

Check out the new TV spot here!

Fantastic Four is set to be released in UK cinemas on the 6th of August.

Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman,  Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the villainous Doctor Doom.

The official move synopsis:

“THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

Newest Supergirl Trailer Goes For Origin Story!

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Looks like the leaked Supergirl pilot isn’t going to stop CBS from promoting the upcoming series.

CBS have released another trailer, this time focusing much more on Kara’s origin story, which is pretty much the same as Clarke’s, but with some added Phantom Zone to explain the age problem.  What with her baby cousin being older than her now.

The new trailer is also a lot more action based, fewer parallels to be drawn between it and the SNL Black Widow parody trailer this time.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the series continues on from the pilot, which I have absolutely not seen, and I think that it has a lot of potential. But we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

Check it out for yourself here!

 

The official Supergirl synopsis:

“SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.

Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director.

However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

What’s Happening at Geek Retreat This Weekend?!

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It’s Friday folks!

Yep the week is over and we can finally put our feet up and relax, soaking in the anticipation of the weekend, when we get to see our friends, hang out and have a good time.

What better time to pop along to Geek Retreat in Glasgow or Newcastle? You can chill out, geek out, have a coffee, tea, super shake and some wickedly tasty snacks! It’s not just a great place to come in and hang out with your friends, maybe play a few of our free games, it’s also host to plenty of fun events each weekend.

And this Saturday and Sunday are no different.

This weekend is jam packed at Geek Retreat stores! So without further ado, let’s have a look at what we have lined up in store for you.

Saturday:

Glasgow – Magic: The Gathering Modern Masters Draft

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We squirrelled away some Modern Masters for a special occasion, so who fancies a draft!?

You keep what you draft, but we’ll put a prize pack of MM into the prize pool for each player which will be distributed in a 4/2/1/1 structure.

Please email [email protected] or comment below to reserve your space. First come first served! Only 8 spaces available!

Glasgow – Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Team Tournament

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Join us at Geek Retreat HQ in Glasgow for another Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Team Tournament!

You and your team mate match up against two other duelists. Are you ready to join forces with your team mate and take down your opponent!

For a full explanation of tag-Team rules you can check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! Site here!

House Rules – strictly no Burn Decks or Burn cards

Newcastle – Live Lounge

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Tonight’s the night to put your glad rags on and strut your stuff at our Live Lounge!

Back by popular demand is Open Mic Night. So whether or not you can sing, do impressions or act just get involved! Sign up in store with your act name and what kind of act you are.

We are recording but if you don’t want to be on the website don’t worry we won’t force you!

It’s a FREE event to come down and watch some live acts, supporting our local talent!!

Sunday:

Glasgow – Magic: The Gathering Preliminary Pro-our Qualifier for #1 Pro Tour 2016!

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Your entry fee gets you 6 packs (4 DTK & 2 FRF) with which to build a 40 card deck. Geek Retreat will provide the land.

There will also be a top 8 cut after Swiss then a draft to decide the top 8 placings.

As a side event will also be offering a draft for those that haven’t made the top cut and still want to draft though!

Price and full prize support to be confirmed in the next few days

As always you can use your membership card to save 5% off the entry fees stated above

Please email [email protected] or drop into the store to secure your places for these events as we have a number cap in place and don’t want anyone to be disappointed on the day.

Newcastle – Hearthstone Tournament

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With the release of Blackrock Mountain, and the hilarity of our last random deck tournament, we thought we’d hold something a little more sensible this month!

We will be running a standard Hearthstone Tournament, one constructed deck and one sideboard containing 10 cards only.

Prize support will be announced at the event but for further details see the Facebook group, Hearthstone at Geek Retreat, or call us on 0191 447 0160.

And that’s our weekend! Lots of stuff to get excited about, so don’t miss out.

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

The Demise of Board & Card Games? Not So Much.

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Our very own Geek Retreat leader, Steven, appeared on BBC Newcastle today!

The show, hosted by Anna Foster, was a response to a recent article that appeared in the Telegraph called “Card games and board games are dying out, and it’s no great loss” (hmmm, I think the folks at GR every day would beg to differ.)

The article’s writer, Harry Wallop, gave his take on the world of board and card games, stating that they’re on the decline; they are, as the title says “dying out”. Referencing a recent survey he explained:

“73 per cent of parents remembered regularly playing board games as children, only 44 per cent of the children polled said they do so now.”

What the article fails to account for is the massive subculture surrounding card and board games or, as they’re more commonly known to us geeks, table-top games.

It’s a community which is, perhaps, invisible to the casual observer, but dig a little deeper and you can find it with ease. Somewhere like Geek Retreat for example (shameless plug.) If you stop by any day of the week you’re guaranteed to find tables of people, of all ages, playing a multitude of games, card and board games.

The man behind Geek Retreat was invited to chat on BBC Newcastle today about the article, refuting the idea that board games are dying out. You can hear his contribution here. (Skip to 01.21.36 for his part)

Before Stephen came on the show most of the conversation was about games like Monopoly, Guess Who or Scrabble. These are, of course, very recognisable games but they’re a tiny slice of reality, a narrow peek into a much wider landscape.

It’s very clear that card and table-top games, as well as the community that surrounds them, are an alien concept to a lot of people.  Especially Mr Wallop over at the Telegraph, as evidenced by his take on the games themselves.

“Board games are an exercise in killing time — which, I suppose, is what parenting is for long stretches. But I’d prefer to kill that time doing something more educational, more interesting and more fun.”

Is it educational and fun you’re after? Well table-top games are definitely what you’re looking for then. Games like King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Last Night on Earth, etc. are games that are more than just a whole lot of fun; they teach problem solving techniques and strategic thinking.

During his interview Stephen brought up Magic: The Gathering, which we here at GR are more than familiar with. Each store dedicates two days a week to this game and our Magic events are always popular. The same popularity can be boasted when it comes to Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon and Weiss Schwarz, all of which have a huge following both online and in real life.

Now it’s true that what goes on in Geek Retreat is anecdotal evidence, but it points to a larger world of table-top gaming, a world that the folks over at the Telegraph are clearly not familiar with.

Mainstream consumption is not the be all and end all of what is popular or what thrives as a hobby. A loyal, passionate fan base is all that’s really required to keep something alive, and with geeks, loyal and passionate are the watchwords.

BREAKING NEWS! First Heroes Reborn Teaser Trailer Lands!

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“We all have the potential to be heroes.”

While that might be true, in NBC’s TV series Heroes, which first aired back in 2006, it seems some people have more potential than others.

Having superpowers definitely helps things along a bit.

It’s been over a year since we first heard the news that NBC would be bringing back the Heroes franchise with a sequel mini-series entitled Heroes Reborn. Since February of 2014 we’ve had plenty of announcements, mostly casting, and mostly informing us that more and more of the original cast will be returning.

Now, finally, after over a year of waiting, NBC has released the first ever teaser trailer for the new show. So as of right now I’ll just shut up and let you watch it for yourself!

Check it out here!

NBC have also released a brand new series description:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”). 

 

New Ant-Man Extended TV Spot & Character Posters!

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With less than a month to go we’re officially into the final stretch, waiting for Marvel’s last phase 2 movie, Ant-Man.

It’s been a long road to get here, the movie has been in the works for about a decade, and its production has been fraught from time to time. Now there’s less than a month to go before we see Scott Lang in action as he fights crime, big and small.

Marvel Studios have released a brand new, extended, TV spot (Via EW) plus seven new character posters.

Each poster keeps the focus firmly on the man in the tiny suit, while introducing us to each character, some of whom we’ve yet to see in any of the trailers.

Check out the new TV spot here!

And the seven character posters here.

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Ant-Man is released in UK cinemas on the 17th of July.

The official description for Ant-Man reads:

“The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Plus you can check out the official Ant-Man website here!

 

Comic Review: Rasputin #6

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Story By: Alex Grecian
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Art By: Ivan Plascencia
Cover By: Riley Rossmo
Variant Cover By: Jeremy Haun

Released June 24, 2015

Finally, after what feels like an eternity, Rasputin returns from hiatus.

Rasputin #6 launches a new story arc, which sees Grigori reinvent himself as a Presidential aide; not perhaps the role you might envision him in. At least not until you witness his resurrection abilities put to good use when an assassination attempt is made on his employer.

The guys have obviously done their homework, mixing the historical, with folklore & contemporary culture to great effect, breathing new life into an old tale.

Written with a sympathetic tone, we empathise & even root for Grigori. Which, upon reflection, and with some historical context, raises questions about our own morality!

The contemporary setting juxtaposes nicely with the historical setting of issues 1 – 5, and the story is interspersed with beautifully inked single and double page spreads of a single image. The silence speaks louder than words, and forces the viewer to pause and reflect on the scene they are confronted with. It’s a welcome contradiction to the classic action packed narratives we are used to. The full page panels act as a means by which the comic is given room to breathe, by a team that know exactly the tale they want to tell, and exactly how they want to tell it.

Stretching the boundaries of their chosen medium to the best of use as both a visual and written narrative, this title feels right at home with Image, and we look forward to seeing how Rasputin, the mad monk’s tale concludes. Particularly now his particular ‘skill-set’ has been recorded on film by a bystander at the political rally…

Eat The Rude: NBC Cancels Hannibal, Is This The End?

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To quote another NBC show that was cancelled well before its time; this is definitely the darkest timeline.

Six seasons and a movie aside, this news has left me rather down if I’m being quite honest. But having moved past the anger stage, I now find myself capable of putting my thoughts down in a more coherent manner.

Announced earlier this week, it seems NBC have decided to cancel Hannibal, making the current third season the shows last. When asked about the cancellation, Bryan Fuller said in a statement:

“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers,”

“[NBC president] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”

It’s a pretty big blow to fans of the show to be sure. Over the course of its three seasons, the show has developed a rather rabid cult following. I should know, I’m one of those fans. As is my fellow GR writer Caitlin Garden. But despite critical acclaim across the board for the show, it has sadly lacked in the ratings department for some time. While generally fantastic, the sad truth is that NBC see this show in numbers, and its ratings have never really been the strongest.

But is this really the end of the show?

It’s no secret that there are quite a few outlets have expressed a serious interest in picking up the show. In fact it’s currently rumoured that Amazon may be willing to pick up the show, giving it new life on its digital platform. Add to this the fact that their panel at Comic Con is still on and there’s hopefully still a chance we may not have seen the last of Dr Lecter.

I do hope that the show finds a new home. To end a programme that is of such an incredible quality would be simply unforgivable. It’s a rare show that takes the best of Bryan Fuller’s works, and creates something entirely different. It carries with it a madness that draws people in and makes them want to follow.

It’s as the good Doctor Lecter himself once said; Madness can be a medicine for the modern world.