By now the news of Hannibal's demise has boomed all over the internet. From Twitter to Facebook, and across the internet proper. And while the axing of the series wasn't entirely unexpected given the shows ratings (despite its popularity), what has come as a sort of surprise was the overwhelming fan reaction.
Less than a day after the execs at NBC announced that they were opting out of renewing a fourth season for Hannibal, the show's fans launched into a swift campaign to create a petition to have the show come back, and directly that a streaming service rescue it from oblivion.
Granted this wouldn't be the first time a series has lost its way on a network, been cancelled, and then saw new life in the form of a rescue from a streaming service; but, those instances are not proliferate in the least, and Hannibal would be bringing with it some seriously heavy baggage in its fourth and future seasons.
One of the biggest issues the series creators had with Hannibal was the rights for usage of Clarice Starling from the Silence of the Lambs novel. A character that is as intertwined in the legacy of Lector as Graham and Crawford. Without the usage of Starling, the show would eventually dead-pan, and spin its own wheels in place.
Whether or not this is a reason for the cancellation isn't known, though I'd imagine that at some point, without the usage of Starling, or the rights; someone somewhere decided it was a lost cause.
Am I saying that a fourth season of Hannibal can't happen? No, not at all. It is highly probable that a streaming service could pick it up. Though they may have some great challenges ahead of them.
Is it irony, force of will, or sheer drive that has kept the fandom of My Little Pony alive and well over the past few years? Given the fact that so many other fandoms have seemingly come and gone, and either dwindled to naught, or have become washed over with hypocrisy; the fans of the still popular children's show are still going strong, and with no clear signs of ever letting up.
Considering that the show is now strongly in its fifth season, this is good news for the creators, who never in their wildest dreams would have imagined that a series grounded in simplistic moral guidelines and practices would find purchase in the hearts of such a largely diversified audience.
But what happens eventually to the glue that binds the fans and a specific series? Over time, I've grown farther and farther apart from the series as a whole, and haven't seen much of it since its fourth season. Not to mention that I've all but abandoned my collection of the figurines.
Several of the places that I still frequent that produce MLP fan-fiction are still going on like a freight train, but admittedly fewer and fewer of the shows fans are still keeping up with the episodes. Many simply write the fan-fiction as a source for their creative outlet, and maintain a near close proximity as a fan while openly distancing themselves from others.
As for myself, I find it interesting to say the least. I mean, what does this say about us a whole? Are we simply reaching a safe and comfortable spot in our fandom, or is this our way of growing into a next generation category all our own?
Personally, I feel it's a small bit of both. We've become comfortable, bloated, and relaxed in the waters. And as long as the show continues to produce, we don't have anything to really upset the waters. The elitist fans will continue their elitism; the grammar Nazis will still ruffle our feathers when they shred our work, and the voice actors will continue to voice our ever-changing favorite characters.
With the plethora of conventions being held every year, it's clear from an outsider's point of view that the series is still popular, even if there are fans that, like myself, find the popularity more often than not, a bit of a chore to maintain.
So the question I pose is this:
Which of you fans of the series are still fans, and which of you have just grown comfortable and complacent? Are you a fan in title only, or do you still go through all the motions?
It's the day we've all been dreaming of; the day when Sony announced that they were finally remaking "Final Fantasy VII." Now that the wait is over, we get to sit down and go over the pros and cons of what a new version of a beloved classic might be like.