TVEnthusiast’s Keeper of Comics himself, Will Rohrig, picks his favorites of 2015.
Best Technical Production
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones consistently has the best technical production.
Best Artistic Production
Hannibal tells its story not just through straight words and pictures, but through rich surrealistic symbolism, it’s at the top of it’s class.
Hannibal‘s writing is superb.
Before the TV version of Hannibal debuted, nobody would have thought Anthony Hopkins iconic take on the character could be topped. Mads not only topped that performance, he made the character his own. Mads performance in Hannibal’s third and final season cemented his claim to the role. As brilliant of a performance as ever.
Best Ensemble Cast
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones cast is massive and every week they excel.
Bryan Fuller -Hannibal
Hannibal could have easily been a ham-fisted network schlock-fest, but under Bryan Fuller’s masterful guidance it was instead a work of art. Everything from the visuals to the sound were filled with an eerie otherworldlyness that perfectly portrayed the heightened reality Hannibal existed in. So clever was Fuller’s direction, that he managed to sneak a rather graphic sex scene onto network TV using some very clever and suggestive imagery. I think it’s fair to say that without Bryan Fuller, Hannibal wouldn’t have been one of the best shows in recent years.
Rebecca Bunch as portrayed by Rachel Bloom in Crazy Ex Girlfriend
She’s just a woman looking for love, Oh and she’s also bat-shit insane which makes her a delight to watch every week.
NBC for cancelling Hannibal
If an antagonist’s job is to make you hate them then NBC did a fantastic job by cancelling Hannibal in favor of an endless stream of mediocre un-watchable television.
Most Interesting Character
Kilgrave – Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones‘ Kilgrave may be the most interesting character this year. A villain who does bad things just because he can and never accepts blame for it. Is it because he lacks a sense of right and wrong?
Best Action Scene or Fight
Hannibal and Will Vs Francis Dolarhyde – Hannibal
The final fight of the series between Will Graham, Hannibal Lecter and Francis Dolarhyde was a thing of beauty, turning from a raw fight into a ballet halway through that left viewer’s stunned.
Robot Orgasm – Man Seeking Woman
When Chip, the robot, peaced out after having sex with Liz, I bust a gut.
Shireen burning at the stake – Game of Thrones
This was an awful scene of a young girl being brutally murdered, in a show full of atrocities this was the worst.
Most Tense Scene
Hannibal begins to cut Will’s head open – Hannibal
When Hannibal began to cut open Will’s head I gasped. What happened next was unexpected but that scene was tense.
Most Shocking Scene
The Honeymoon – Game of Thrones
Sansa Stark’s honeymoon rape at the hands of Ramsey Bolton was shocking and sickening. ‘Nuff said.
Most Satisfying Scene
Jessica kills Kilgrave – Jessica Jones
After an entire season of mind-fuckery it was such a pleasure to see Jessica Jones give Kilgrave his just desserts.
Best New Show
Crazy Ex Girlfriend
This CW musical comedy about a slightly unhinged woman moving to California to stalk a guy turned out to be one of the best surprises of 2015.
Man Seeking Woman
This surreal look at modern dating had me in stitches throughout it’s ten episode first season.
Unlike any other show Marvel produced, Jessica Jones was less a superhero story, and more a personal story about a woman struggling to come to grips with her demons, both internal and external. It made for one of the most compelling dramas of 2015.
I mean come on, you thought it’d be anything else?
Special Category: That’s not how science works
When they reverse the polarity of one of Trickster’s bombs to attract all of his other bombs he scattered across the city to it and then throw them into an Earth 2 breach. Yeah, OK Flash.
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