The Best Thing about Tonight’s Hannibal – The Strike Back Guys Are Hitting NBC, One by One.

I had a really difficult time watching tonight’s episode – until the end. The fight was good – but what are these people thinking? Pazzi walked right into it ( and I liked him). Mason Verger – is it possible to be more of a pig this season than last? Jack Crawford – has his chance and doesn’t finish Hannibal off? Is Hannibal even killable?

But I found the commercials Okay.

in a strange coincidence, in the same order as they appeared in Strike Back, the new and the old (origins and T & A).

Look who’s coming to NBC, one first, and two together:


Richard Armitage  in Hannibal (The late John Porter in Strike Back)

THE PLAYER -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Alex King -- (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)

THE PLAYER — “Pilot” — Pictured: Philip Winchester as Alex King — (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)

Philip Winchester,  in The Player (of late, in Strike Back)

BLINDSPOT -- "Pilot" --Pictured:(l-r) Jamie Alexander as Jane Doe, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

BLINDSPOT — “Pilot” –Pictured:(l-r) Jamie Alexander as Jane Doe, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Sullivan Stapleton in Blindspot (of late, in Strike Back)

Sigh. And guess which one dies first?

Johnny’d B Good Again – though he might be Johnny Angel

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Perry didn’t get enough John Porter, yet,  how likely is it that (a) this new Chris Ryan book would make it to film or TV ( Okay – maybe very likely) or (b) that Richard Armitage would want to reprise his role, even if he could? Not as likely. I think maybe he’s moved on, though he’d have a hard time justifying his rejection of the role based on violence.

Still, a stint on a popular American Cable TV show, even Starz, is good exposure – but if it were in the same mold as the current version – not so sure he’s in that place anymore. And, they already did a Strike Back Origins ( our original Strike Back).

It must be a prequel.  It would be difficult to raise John Porter from the dead considering his end, and what seemed convincing evidence that just about everyone who knew him, believed the execution to be real . Would an undamaged John Porter be as complex as the damaged version?

I can dream that there’ll be a version as good as the first one, and that my John Porter gets dusted off, dons his uniform, and is brought back to me.

I can  dream that dream, and this one, too.

Strike Back Makes it to Austria

Thanks to RACentral and RANet for retweeting this. Here’s hoping some Austrian fan provides a scan or translation. ( I know there is that one lovely fan who made it on the the RA Valentine Video.)

I’m wondering why Martin Freeman’s photo is there? Is Austria getting Sherlock as well?

And, is it at all possible to squeeZe in a reference to the letter Z for the Blogging A to Z Challenge?

Yes – speaking of Austria, Zell Am See, one of the Austrian ski towns, where I had the weirdest experience of skiing half-way down a mountain, shedding my ski gear to sun myself in a chaise while drinking gløgg, and then continuing down the mountain. And, where, no matter what I ordered off a menu, pot roast showed up.

And then there’s Zaragoza – a street nearby to where I now live, (or as some say ” by me” ) known for its colorful building facades. This one is where I bought mis zapatos

And Zuppa di vongole, one of my Jewish mother’s best dishes ( and mine isn’t bad either) –

zuppaimagesSo far, no vongole ( las almejas) to be seen here in Mexico – hard to believe with the Pacific Ocean so close by). I guess I’m not looking in the right places – but I love to grill clams and then top them with garlic,parsley,butter bread crumbs, or serve them atop linguine in a zesty lemon/wine sauce.

And so, ends the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I had a blast, and once again, I apologize for falling short on checking out other blogs. Next year, I’ll follow the rules more zealously.

If He Got All He Wanted, Would We Be Stripping Our Sites?

If He Got All He Wanted, Would We Be Stripping Our Sites?

[Re:Strike Back]
“but the one thing I said to them in the beginning, before I signed the contract… I said, ‘I do not want to have a shot of me standing with a gun on a poster.’ I said, ‘I’ll give you anything else, but I don’t want to be holding a weapon’.-Richard Armitage, New York Moves Magazine
photo source: SKY promotional photo, courtesy

Grazing on Richard Armitage

This week, Richard Armitage fans were treated to a taste of everything.

Tempting our appetite , were answers to interview questions, (he misses NZ pinot, he’s reading “Stiff,” he would  have a dog over a cat, but he doesn’t have either ( still to be answered, has he ever had a pet?).

No one commented that he chose white wine ( Chardonnay – French or California, I wonder?) instead of his preferred red when he met with New York Moves Magazine  [tweet] or that they apparently took tastes from each other’s glass. ( who doesn’t?).

Here I have to confess that I was thinking about this interview yesterday in what I thought was real time.   I met someone for a drink yesterday (Hendricks on the rocks, cuke) at the Gansevoort Hotel located in the West Village.  And even though I knew Richard Armitage had stayed at the elegant but un-trendy  Waldorf Astoria before,  I couldn’t get it out of my mind – that he was close- and that  this hotel would suit him just fine – he could easily pop in to see how renovations were going in his new digs – if he isn’t in occupancy yet – if it’s even his place.

Good conversation, a productive strategy session with my companion and gin put me back on the right track.

But I digress. This week, in addition to interview snippets, we got photos.  Yes, this one:woof21

I’m not sure which was more incendiary: the delicious deshabille or the pet preference – but it kept bloggers, tumblrs, tweeters and artists  busy for days – still is.  And yes- the long hair was still there.

Then there was the prelude to the fashion shoot which got us gabbing yesterday. Below is a Tumblr rendition, explaining for us that whoever dressed him was in it for the fashion statement.


 Edit: Yun


Maybe there is some editorial fashion in what was selected for Mr. Armitage – but Mr. Felton is wearing loafers not medium high boots – or a shirt and tie, and a good tailor could make an entire bomber jacket just from the collar on the outerwear Armitage is wearing. But, hey, let’s see what else the stylist comes up with.  And yes, the long hair is still there.

We also got “the voice” this week, when Warner Brothers released the promo recorded for The Desolation of Smaug.

So, interviews, photos, info, fashion, voice – all fine and good. Kept us busy and happy. Nourished us. Quenched our  thirst.

But none of it comes close to my joy and excitement in seeing some new work – Richard Armitage acting. Performing his craft. Transforming into a character. The Trailer.

I didn’t time it, but I would guess he was in about one minute of the Trailer in total – very good considering that the whole thing was only 2 1/2 minutes total.

And of course, new video footage means new screencaps, and yes- we got those, too.

So all in all, a shmorgishborg – a great week to graze on Richard Armitage.

Richard Armitage Interviews – Answers Trickle Down

In August, Richard Armitage participated in an interview with Orlando Bloom, Bloom’s dog,  and @KoolKiwis.

Since then we learned that what Richard missed most about New Zealand was “pinot,” that he would have loved to play Batman, and today we learned something else:

Sounds right to me.  I would call it   an interview of  “substance.” Actually, these were fan questions, and good work, Richard, in coming up with a new answer to a question you’ve heard before.

Things are heating up and it looks like we’ll be getting a regular diet of information.  Interviews are also scheduled for tomorrow in New York, the trailer is out, I saw for myself  two TV spots for DOS – and I’m hitting the streets tomorrow to  search  for posters in NYC bus shelters.

And this only applies to The Hobbit. Strike Back on Cinemax is just around the corner, and an interview with “John Porter” is promised for Friday, October 18 during the Strike Back season finale. There’s also a new and lengthy trailer running on Cinemax right now, with scenes from all 6 episodes of what is being called Strike Back-Origins.

Finally, after another NYC interview with Juliet Izon, hints were given that we might be hearing about exciting new projects soon.

Let the games begin.