Because no matter how much you try to keep your head down, and not draw attention to yourselves, when white supremacy is done brutalizing black lives, it will come for you, and you will, and can never be, white enough for it not to ….
NEW YORK — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today charged former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree. Charges were not brought against the other two officers involved in the execution of the no-knock warrant that took Breonna Taylor’s life, and none of the officers were charged directly in her death.
The announcement comes more than six months after Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot to death in her own home by Louisville police officers executing a late-night, “no-knock” warrant.
Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, issued the following statement:
“Today’s charging decision is the manifestation of what the millions of people who have taken to the streets to protest police violence already know: Modern policing and our criminal legal system are rotten to the core. This decision further highlights what was already obvious: To change these systems that routinely perpetuate egregious acts of violence against Black lives, elected officials must listen to the cries of those communities and make sweeping changes — including divestment from these broken institutions and reinvesting in non-police alternatives — so that Black people no longer fear being murdered in their own home.
“Today’s decision is not accountability and not close to justice. Justice would have been LMPD officers never shooting Breonna Taylor in the first place. The charges brought against Officer Hankison state that Hankison violated standard operating procedures when his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” The choice to bring these charges alone and so late highlights the indifference to human life shown by everyone involved in Breonna Taylor’s murder. That indifference was shown by the other officers who executed the no-knock warrant alongside Officer Hankison, Attorney General Cameron who took six months to bring these lesser charges, and the system that allows these injustices to happen regularly. Until the need for real systemic change is embraced by our leaders, that indifference and disregard for the lives of Black people will continue to be commonplace.
“We will continue to fight alongside the members of the Louisville community and the larger movement to shift power and resources away from the racist and unjust institution of policing that regularly terrorizes our communities and the lives of those that we love.”
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For Science Fiction nerds, like me, this new Dune movie is one of the best things to come out of Hollywood since Iron Man, because it is one of the fundamental books of Modern Science Fiction literature, right up there with Heinlein, and Asimov. If you knew how much shit we all lost watching this trailer. My reaction was calling out all the character names as the appeared and then reciting the mantra at the end. I’ve read the first book in the series every year since I was a teenager. I’ve read the entire series, including all the prequels. I’ve also seen every one of Villeneuve’s movies, so yeah, I’m just a little “verklempt”!!
I came across a lot of trailer reaction videos from people who had never read any of the books, and didn’t know about the 1984, David Lynch movie. I liked the Lynch version of this film okay, but I hated the TV version, which just looked cheap to me, (but I know some of you may have seen that). So under the philosophy of you don’t know what you don’t know, I thought I’d shed some light on the imagery in the trailer, and provide a tiny bit of backstory on the world of Dune.
Frank Herbert’s ideas turned out to be prescient to today, and involved discussions of imperialism, resource exploitation, colonization, religious zealotry, and eugenics, (although, as a white guy, he still makes the classic mistake of equating “Jihad” with violent revolution). Dune is a massive Space Opera involving hundreds of characters, and political, and religious intrigue, and yes, it even influenced the creation of Star Wars, since it predates that. It helps to think of the movie as Star Wars, crossed with Game of Thrones, as filmed by Christopher Nolan.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but to understand what’s happening in the trailer, (and possibly the movie) you need a tiny bit of backstory about the universe. The trailer looks like it gives the whole movie away, but the plot will involve much more than what was seen in the trailer, (if done correctly), and the movie will be in two parts to accommodate the size of the story, and this trailer only features images from part one.
Dune was published in 1965 by Frank Herbert.
The story takes place ten thousand years in the future. Earth is long forgotten, as humanity has expanded into the universe. There are no other intelligent alien races, (although there are alien life forms). Computers and any intelligent machinery have been outlawed, because of a long ago war between humanity and AI, so human beings fulfill all the the functions once occupied by computers. The primary movers and shakers in that regard are the Mentats, the Bene Gesserit, and the Spacing Guild.
There are a also number of religious sects, with the primary one involving a fusion of Islamic and Catholic beliefs. There are a number of noble Houses, each assigned to their own home planet, and other special groups, on their own planets, all with their own separate agendas, all constantly jockeying for positions of power closer to the Emperor (named Corrino). There are many groups, but I’m only going to talk about the groups featured in the trailer. The books have all the political intrigue you could want, with all the depth and introspection you can expect from a Denis Villeneuve (Vil-noove) movie.
Since all computer, and computer related technology has been outlawed (See: The Butlerian Jihad), human beings have taken the place of this technology, often aided by the use of the spice, (called Melange) from the planet Arrakis. They have attained almost superhuman levels of cognition, allowing them to perform all the same functions computers once did.
Often referred to as Witches, the BG are a sisterhood of warrior nuns, aided by the use of Melange. Although not all of them act as warriors, most of them have been trained by the sisterhood, since birth, to be proficient in physical combat, and the use of manipulation and poisons. They’re advisors to the Emperor and other Imperial Houses, and obey the edicts and decisions of their Reverend Mothers. Many of the wives of the Noble Houses are from the BG, or have received training from them. They can control people with their voices, have limited psychic abilities, and have, for centuries been manipulating different genetic bloodlines to produce a male Bene Gesserit (Benny- Jess-Erit).
The Spacing Guild is one of the most powerful organizations in this universe. Aided by their use of Melange, they are the ones that make space travel not only possible, but safe. Without their ability to “fold” space, travel between star systems would not be possible, and there would be no trade or commerce. The large oblong ships seen in the trailer are ” the smaller sized dropships” capable of entering a planet’s atmosphere. The planet sized Highliners that they come from can only exist off-world. These ships are used to move goods, whole populations of peoples, and military troops. These massive ships are piloted by the humanoid shipminds, called Guild Navigators (not shown in the trailer). Navigators are beings so heavily mutated by their use of Melange that they can only exist in a sealed atmosphere of it, so it is in their best interests to make sure the flow of Melange from Arrakis remains a stable commodity.
Mentats are the human computers of Dune. Their job is to advise, calculate odds, and basically do all the things that computers used to do. After the outlawing of “thinking” machines, humans still needed the calculating ability of machines, so they created special schools for the purpose of replacing them. Most of the Noble Houses have at least one Mentat on retainer. The Mentat for House Harkonnen is Piter De Vries (David Dastmalchian). The Mentat for House Atreides is Thufir Hawat (Stephen McKinley). Mentats are heavy users of Spice, which some drink in the form of a special potion, called the juice of Sapho.
Suk School: One of the characters briefly glimpsed in the trailer is Doctor Wellington Yueh, (Chen Chang) who comes from the premiere medical school, and is the physician for House Atreides. Suk School doctors are some of the most trusted doctors in the universe, as they are specially conditioned to abide by their medical oaths to do no harm, which is denoted by the diamond shaped marks on their foreheads. They are often entrusted to serve in many of the Noble Houses, including that of the Emperor.
Paul Atreides, (of House Atreides, which is situated on the water planet Caladan) goes to the planet of Arrakis, where he meets the desert nomads, (The Fremen) of the only planet in the known universe which produces Melange. Think of Melange as something like space LSD. It’s a potent drug that expands a person’s mind to the point where they can do computer like calculations, see into the future, navigate through outer space, and increase longevity. Everyone in the upper echelons of power uses Melange to some degree, putting it in their foods and beverages, breathing it in the form of a mist, or just living within it like air. One of the side effects is that it turns the eyes that blue color seen in the trailer.
The rival of House Atreides is House Harkonnen, from the industrial planet Geidi Prime. Baron Harkonnen is an obese, manipulative, cruel man, with two nephews. Glossu “The Beast” Raban, (Dave Bautista) who is the governor of Dune and the Baron’s right hand, and Feyd Ruatha (not seen in the trailer). The Harkonens were tasked by the Emperor to colonize the planet Dune, and make sure that Spice production remains stable.
I’m going to try really hard not to give away any spoilers, though the book is 60 years old, and there’s, like, two movies about it. This is just a 101. If you want to go deeper than this, I’ll leave some resources for you to read at the end of this post.
Paul talks about his prophetic visions. While he is not someone who has necessarily been exposed to a lot of Melange, he does have Ben Gesserit training from his mother, who gave birth to a son, rather than the daughter she was ordered to have by her Order.
The next character we see is Chani (Chay-Nee) played by Zendaya, who is Paul’s love interest. Chani is the daughter of Liet Kynes.
Paul is taken to a meeting with the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, who is his mother’s superior in the Bene Gesserit Order. She gives him a test to determine if he is a human being with the ability to withstand pain, or an animal that will seek to avoid discomfort. He sticks his hand in a box, which will produce the worst pain ever experienced, and if he withdraws his hand, she will kill him with the poisoned needle she holds to his neck, called a Gom Jabbar.
Yes, this woman is powerful enough to waltz into the home of Duke Atreides, threaten to kill his only child, ( she could actually kill him if she wanted), and walk back out, with no repercussions.
Paul walks along the rocky beaches of Caladan as the Reverend Mother foretells his father’s future.
Paul is fighting with Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) using a Hotlzman Shield. All members of the Royal Houses are trained in this form of combat, and will not appear in public without one. Shield fighting techniques require mastery of the sword, since projectile and energy weapons don’t work against Shields, which were specifically developed to withstand such weapons.
Images of the Atriedes family arriving on Arrakis, the Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac, and the Lady Jessica, played by Rebecca Ferguson. The Lady Jessica is the only the concubine of the Duke. The two are not married, which has created some small amount of scandal among the other Houses.
Paul is warmly met by Duncan Idaho. Duncan has been trained by a special guild called the Swordmasters of Ginaz. He works for Duke Leto Atreides as his Scout and personal guard, and he has, along with Gurney, helped to train Paul in various fighting techniques.
The leader of the tribal Fremen is named Stilgar, played by Javier Bardem. Their entire society is loosely based on the desert cultures of Northeast Africa and the Middle East. Stilgar is also the leader of a small tribe of Fremen called a seitch. Small tribal communities, along with the use of the black rubber suits you see everyone wearing on Arrakis, are how the Fremen survive in the deep desert. Everything in their culture involves the safe care of water. Each person in the tribe is allotted a specific amount of water based on their rank, their actual water amount, and sometimes their deeds as a warrior.
The next image, of crowds of dark clad soldiers are probably the Emperor’s Special Forces shock troops, called Saudauker (Sadu-car), which are highly trained, and specially condidtioned soldiers, often used to quell planetary rebellions. Its best to think of them as better trained Stormtroopers.
Images of Glossu Raban, and his uncle, Baron Vladmir Harkonnen, followed by a shot of Dr. Wellington Yueh, Jessica, and more Sardauker, in a battle with Duncan Idaho.
The scene of Gurney and Paul on the ship is the two of them looking at a Spice harvester being swallowed by one of the planet’s massive Sandworms. Sandworms are attracted to any rhythmic sound in the desert, so Spice Harvesters are always in danger from them, and are often shepherded by several ornithopters, the insect like flying machine that Paul and Gurney are riding in. Their job is to look for signs that a Sandworm is coming, and warn the Harvester, so it can be picked up and moved to safety.
More character shots, including one where Paul fights a young man of Stilgar’s tribe, named Jamis.
At the end of the trailer you see Paul pick up a handful of sand, (just as you saw him pick up a handful of water when he was on Caladan). Melange is so abundant on Arrakis that it is virtually inescapable. The tiny glittery spots you see in the sand is probably Melange.
The last image we see is Paul running across the desert being chased by a Sandworm. Yes, I know it looks like a giant sphincter, but hey! I didn’t design the darn thing. It is however impressively vast, and much like I imagined they look from the books.
Paul recites the Litany Against Fear, which is what he uses in his trial with the Gom Jabbar. Every Dune nerd knows this litany, and probably has it tattooed somewhere on their body…
“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
I don’t think I need to tell you, that this has been one of the primary tenets of my life, and you might be surprised to know, this actually f*cking works to focus your thoughts, especially when any kind of anxiety.
Stillsuits – The black outfits you see everyone wearing in the desert scenes are suits worn only on Arrakis, and are meant to re-capture the body’s water, sweat, breath vapor, and even urine, to clean it, and recycle it into drinking water, to be reclaimed by the person. Living on Arrakis requires an acute knowledge of WaterDiscipline. Water is so scarce that many cultural activities surround it, and everyone’s lives revolve around procuring it, keeping it, and recycling it.
The Dune universe is so vast that there are entire planets devoted to a primary theme. Dune is a desert planet, Caladan is a water planet, much like Earth, and Geidi Prime is an industrial planet.
Sandworms are animals similar in appearance to colossal terrestrial annelids and in other ways to the lamprey. They are cylindrical worm-like creatures with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth which are used primarily for rasping rocks and sand. During his first close encounter with a sandworm in Dune, Paul notes, “Its mouth was some eighty meters in diameter … crystal teeth with the curved shape of crysknives glinting around the rim … the bellows breath of cinnamon, subtle aldehydes … acids …”A giant sandworm with its ring of teeth seeks to devour an ornithopter, in the Dune miniseries (2000)
Sandworms grow to hundreds of meters in length, with specimens observed over 400 metres (1,300 ft) long and 40 metres (130 ft) in diameter, although Paul becomes a sandrider by summoning a worm that “appeared to be” around half a league (2,778 meters = 9121 ft) or more in length. These gigantic worms burrow deep in the ground and travel swiftly; “most of the sand on Arrakis is credited to sandworm action”.
Sandworms are described as “incredibly tough” by Liet-Kynes, who further notes that “high-voltage electrical shock applied separately to each ring segment” is the only known way to kill and preserve them; atomics are the only explosive powerful enough to kill an entire worm, with conventional explosives being unfeasible as “each ring segment has a life of its own”. Water is poisonous to the worms, but it is in too short supply on Arrakis to be of use against any but the smallest of them.
Liet Kynes – in the books Liet Kynes is the father of Chani. He is also the Imperial planetary climatologist who has been working with the Fremen to create more water on Arrakis, and study the Sandworms. He is the liaison between the Emperor, whichever House currently resides on the planet, and the Fremen, and works as a kind of peacekeeper between the factions. In the movie, Liet Kynes is now a Black woman (although (I don’t think skin color much matters in a universe that’s ten thousand years away from Earth.) The new Liet Kynes is played by Sharon Duncan Brewster.
The Score – The Score heard in the trailer is a slowed down version of Pink Floyd’s Eclipse, from The Dark Side of the Moon album.
So during a week in which one traumatizing horror after another came form the WH, this whole thing happened. Hey, timing is everything.
I’m really excited to present the first trailer for season three of Star Trek Discovery. It looks great! What’s really funny I think this is the first Black man I’ve seen on this show, (although I’m sure some of them played Klingons in the first season), and it appears, from this traier, that he and Michael are going to be getting up close and personal.
Earlier this week was Star Trek Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and there were a number of online panels and interviews about each of the Star Trek shows. I skipped most of them, though. I liked Star Trek the Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, just fine, but I only cursorily watched episodes of Voyager, and only the first episode of Enterprise, mostly because I wasn’t feeling any of the characters on those shows. In fact, I pretty much hated the cast of Voyager until Seven of Nine showed up.
I mostly skipped the Picard series, although I have heard its pretty good. Some day I’ll get around to finishing it, Currently playing ,is the animated Lower Decks, which I have yet to watch beyond its first episode. I couldn’t finish that episode because I didn’t like it very much, and it felt loud and frantic, but maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it that day.
But I’m glad I got in on the first season with Discovery, and not just because there’s a Black female lead, but because all the characters are really, really likable, and the show is doing some interesting things with plot and character. I love that it has openly gay couples on the show, and that the lead character is allowed to have love interests, because Black women don’t star in a lot of SciFi, or have love interests when they do.
This season is especially interesting because the series will add its first NB (that’s non-binary) character, played by an NB actor, and also its first transgender character, also played by a transgender actor. Their names are Blue Del Barrio, and Ian Alexander.
I’m really looking forward to this new season because at the end of the last season, Burnham and some of the crew got dropped almost a thousand years in the future, so the show doesn’t have to stay within canon any longer, and can do all new things, with new aliens species, and some new plots, I hope, and the trailer looks promising. One day I’m going to do an overview of the first two seasons because there was definitely a theme.
The rest of the cast that didn’t go into the future, will become the spinoff series, Strange New Worlds, with Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Spock, and Pike’s first officer, Number One. I’m looking forward to this one too, and not just because it stars Spock, but because Anson Mount is pretty dreamy, and I miss those old uniforms.
But the big news this week was the new trailer for Dune dropped and I am loving every bit of it. Unlike a lot of Dune fans, I’m no purist, but I really like Villaneuve, I’ve watched all of his movies, and this looks pretty faithful to the novel. Paul is very much how I imagined him from the book, but the most jarring looking characters were of course, Duncan Idaho played by Jason Momoa, and Lady Jessica, who looks very plain to me, but I can get past that. The only reason I bring up her looks is because I really liked the actress from the 1984 version. Its looks darker than the first film, and the clothing and colors are more, well drab, really, but I’m okay with that.
Dune was probably the first “real” Science Fiction book I ever read, and I just happened to read it, at the right point in my teenage development, that Paul’s journey resonated with me (and with a lot of other teens, it seems). Its one of my favorite books of all time, which I re-read (at least in part) every year. I’ve seen the first movie at least a dozen times. Only in the last ten years have I made any effort to read beyond the second book in the series written by Frank Herbert! I did read the Brian Herbert books because I liked the writing style, and the characters and plots were fun and interesting. I know some people hate those books, and will complain as loudly as possible that they suck, but like I said, I’m no purist, and I have, as a rule, never let other people’s dislikes determine what I’m going to enjoy.
Just like the rest of the internet, though, I have lost my shit and am totally geeking out about the trailer! Its funny how you sometimes don’t realize how much influence some piece of popular culture has had on you until you’re well into your adult years. I didn’t realize how much of my personal philosophy on living was crafted around some lessons from Dune, like the “Fear is the Mindkiller”, mantra, (which happened to dovetail neatly into my love for Spock), and is probably what’s behind my personal mantra of “Keep Moving Forward”.
Anywhoo, this is what excited me this week, even though my lower back decided it didn’t like me, and tried to kill me. Any Dune fans out there, let me know what you think in the comments, and for those of you not planning to read the books, and know nothing at all about this universe, which is to SciFi what LOTR is to Fantasy, (Dune is basically the Holy Grail of Space Opera, and there would probably not even be a Star Wars without its existence), tell me if I should do a 101 of the trailer. No spoilers, but a basic explanation of some of the characters and gadgets you’ll see in the movie. I’m not going to urge everyone to read the books,(and there are a lot of them), unless they are big SciFi fans though, because the worldbuilding in the books is really, really dense. So much so, that the books have been considered unfilmable. (I mean, you can read the books, but that won’t necessarily help with an understanding of this film.)
CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Amid Pandemic
The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don’t have other good housing options.
The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order “presents a historic threat to public health.”
It’s by far the most sweeping move yet by the administration to try to head off a looming wave of evictions of people who have lost their jobs or taken a major blow to their income because of the pandemic. Housing advocates and landlord groups both have been warning that millions of people could soon be put out of their homes through eviction if Congress does not do more to help renters and landlords and reinstate expanded unemployment benefits.
But this new ban, which doesn’t offer any way for landlords to recoup unpaid rent, is being met with a mixed response. First, many housing advocates are very happy to see it.
“My reaction is a feeling of tremendous relief,” says Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “It’s a pretty extraordinary and bold and unprecedented measure that the White House is taking that will save lives and prevent tens of millions of people from losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic.”
That said, she adds that a move like this from Congress or the White House is “long overdue.” And she says with no money behind it, it kicks the can down the road.
Under the rules of the order, renters have to sign a declaration saying they don’t make more than $99,000 a year — or twice that if filing a joint tax return — and that they have no other option if evicted other than homelessness or living with more people in close proximity.
Evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent will be allowed. The government says it will impose criminal penalties on landlords who violate the ban.
You need to declare this to your landlords, however ,as this is not being widely enough promoted!
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Oh, hello there! It’s the last day of August — I know, it only feels like a year since August first — and after this it’s two months and three days until Election Day here in the United States. Here’s what we know about that: * The president and the GOP would be very happy…
Last episode, the show began its Red Dragon arc and my first question is, what the hell is Hannibal doing, while watching him bleed out Abigail Hobbes, the young girl from the first season. Yeah, I still don’t like her.
In Hannibal’s memory, (as he is the only person who would remember) he is swinging Abigail around the kitchen with a shunt in her neck, so that blood splatters all over the entire room. Does Fuller think this is sensual and/or disturbing? I’m pretty grossed out, and deeply curious about who is going to clean up that mess? Hannibal, I guess, because the maid service would be asking some philosophical questions about the deeply unhygienic bloodletting, that’s been going on in this kitchen!
Oh, so we do get to see Margot this season ,when Will goes to visit her, and they exchange cryptic plot points from the last few episodes. Will finally goes to see Hannibal, to ask his advice on how to catch the Tooth Fairy. The love/hateship between these two characters is simply juicy, as Hannibal does his usual mocking of Will’s character, and his aftershave. This is the price Will must pay for asking his questions. The two of them stand there sniping at each other like a pair of very old ex-lovers, who are long tired of the other one’s bullshit. Will is trying to maintain formality, because he is afraid of getting too close to Hannibal, while Hannibal is just glad to see him, and is looking forward to their old dynamic.
Now, Hannibal is actually in prison. It’s just an exceptionally lovely one. It does not help the viewer understand what’s happening, as the director keep flashing back to Hannibal’s happy times, or entering his mindvault, without warning, so as to easily confound.
I’d like to point out that the show hews very close to the books, right down to the dialogue about why the Tooth Fairy might pick a house with high fences, (Fuller dissected those books!) interspersed with shots of Francis Dollarhyde, outdoors and covered in blood, in the moonlight.
After Will’s semi-clandestine visit, Freddy Lounds confronts Will in the parking lot. As y’all remember, the movie role was played by the late, great, Philip Seymour Hoffman, but Laura, as I said before, is every bit as annoying as the original character, with one of the few overtly sexual jokes that appears in the series, when she jokes about the size of Will’s dick. Despite how annoying she is, she’s not, actually, a villain. She’s not out to thwart anybody’s plans or anything. She’s just your basic, garden-variety journalistic jerk, looking for a hot story.
Alana confronts Hannibal about his plans for Will and threatens him with indignities like taking away his toilet seat. There’s the second overtly sexual joke in this episode when Hannibal jokes about Alana’s sexuality. She throws back at him his own words about his code of courtesy: The Free-Range Rude. This is a direct callback to a conversation he had with Starling, in the Silence of the Lambs. There’s more than a bit of dialogue from Silence of the Lambs, which Fuller didn’t have the rights to, at the time, so there are the same lines, but said by different people.
Francis Dollarhyde fantasizes about dinner with the next family he plans to kill and conference-calls his giant back tattoo of the Red Dragon. I ahve no idea at all which mental illness this is supposed to illustrate. I suppose, since these are auditory hallucinations, that this might be some kind of schizophrenia, but like Fuller, I don’t actually want to give his mental illness a solid name. The show is good about showing empathy to those with mental illnesses, but it is a show that once again associates that with danger and murder.
The forensic team of Jack Crawford, Price, Zeller, and Graham, finally put together the Red Dragon’s method of killing the pet first. This is a point of fact that will become important later. Will does some more detectiving, on the Leeds property, where he is supposed to find a Chinese symbol of The Red Dragon, but I didn’t see that. Lets just say he did, because that’s what happens in the book. Freddy Lounds shows up and is disgusting again, desperate for a story, asking to be part of their investigation.
Francis meets the blind Reba, at her job at a photography company, and she is portrayed by the absolutely darling, Rutina Wesley. I’m glad to see her here, and that she has not done that thing, where some actor you love, stars in a show, and then never acts in anything again. She also has an astonishingly beautiful face, (she kind of looks like one of my little sisters), and the cinematography of this show really does it justice.
Francis asks for photography advice and, oddly, since there is a bowl of plums sitting on the table in front of him, a plum. He kind of stalks her after work, picking her up at the bus stop, to save her from the pouring rain. At first she resists, but then relents, and here begins one of the other interesting relationships in this series. That annoying co-worker from the movie, (the movie version of Reba called him Rob: The Walking Hard-On), is, thankfully, nowhere to be seen. Reba illustrates to him her self-sufficiency, strength of character, generosity, and how well she can navigate the seeing world.
Reba is also very forward, as she invites Frank in for a drink, and they discuss. Francis is deeply fascinated by her. (He’s like a little bird around a snake, all wide eyed and staring, which he feels free to do because she can’t see him looking at her.) She offers him pie, (which is another of those southern jokes about sex). I have never seen anyone sensually cut pie before, but that’s what this show does, take seemingly innocuous activities and makes them seem either sexy or ominous. She tells him she can hear his speech impediment (Francis has a cleft lip), and that that doesn’t bother her. She wants to touch his face, to see if he’s smiling, but he’s too sensitive about his face to allow it. It might also have something to do with the Red Dragon part of his nature. He assures her that he is smiling. (He actually is, just a tiny bit.)
Will spends the evening phoning his wife. He takes offense, when she says he has a criminal mind ,and she immediately backtracks. Of course she understands how sensitive he is about his having been locked up in the hospital. What she is seeing is Will’s empathy. I’m reminded of a conversation, from the movie, when Hannibal calls him an “eideteker”.* That night, Will has one of his first nightmares about Dollarhyde.
Jack Crawford visits Hannibal, who has seen more traffic than he ever has in years. They talk about Will and how they both manipulate him for his skills. A lot of the conversation are things that get said between Starling and Hannibal in Silence of the Lambs. I would have loved to have seen the fourth season and it’s introduction of Starling. I also would have loved having her meet Will Graham, because in the books, they never meet.
Hannibal flash backs to meeting Will, for the first time, and secretly talks with Dollarhyde, over the phone. They discuss Dollarhyde’s admiration for him, and his becoming the Red Dragon.
I’m also really proud of the show and the gender, and race swapping of various characters. I don’t know why it keeps surprising me when they do this.These characters could just as easily have been left as they were, but I guess someone must have realized that doing everything that way would have resulted in an entire cast of White men, just like the early movies.
I don’t actually have a problem with the movies. As a Black woman, I’m very used to all male casts, with nary a PoC, to be seen, but it’s nice that television has gotten the message and is, at least, trying. Okay yeah, its not succeeding as well as it should, but at least its making an kind of effort, and I want to encourage television to keep trying, until it gets it right.
ETA: I had this word wrong. It’s pronounced like “eye detector”. I watched Red Dragon, and when I turned on the captions, this is the word that came up. It means someone who has the, rather dubious talent, of being able to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I think I can be forgiven for getting this wrong. In the movie Will Graham didn’t know what it meant either. He thought it meant psychic.
2020 has been undoubtedly and completely fucked. Don’t get me wrong, things before 2020 were fucked, too, but it just seems so much more prominent this year. Everything is bad all the time and nothing ever seems to get better. There are so many issues to be angry about. There are so many topics that…