Hannibal S02E03 ‘Hassun’ Recap

 

This season seems to be opening it’s episodes to ever increasing disturbing sequences, this episode we begin by witnessing Will sentencing himself to death via electric chair by pulling the lever himself. Creepy. This is understandably on his mind, he knows the stakes, the trial is the difference between life and death.

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This episodes main focus isn’t so much on the trial; its centre point is actually and more importantly that of Will and how the trial is affecting those around him and their perception at this current moment. Some characters attitude hasn’t changed in the slightest. Freddy Lounds is still as unpleasant as ever and will say anything to get her story. Then there’s Dr Chilton, now making up a diagnosis which in actual fact is just a description of his own self-proclaimed vanity.

There are more important character developments however, Will’s lawyer questions Alana Bloom while forcing them to sit across from one another. They talk about him as if he’s not even there and you genuinely feel sorry for him especially with his puppy dog eyes as Alana heartlessly states that she only has a “professional curiosity” in Will.

While Alana pretends that she had no feelings for Will, Jack on the other hand can’t shake the loss of his friend, he even goes as far as to defend Will on the stand which in turn puts him in the way of fire and possible dismissal from his position. He doesn’t know what to believe, especially when another murder has taken place, almost exactly the same as the past murders – Could this be Wills get out of jail free card? Jack certainly wants to believe it. But the short answer is unfortunately no, it’s not.

Hannibal shows the forensic report from the recent murder to Will, although he knows for a fact that this is a different killer due to the fact that the victim had been killed by a gun rather than mutilation like all the rest before. Will still decides to change his defence mid trial even though he himself knew that this was not even the same killer. This defence soon backfires and crumbles away, which is not good news for Will.

Just when you thought it was over, it’s not, the judge is killed just in time, who knew that was going to happen. It’s showy, horrific and slightly disturbing but that’s what this TV show is all about. So now Will has been given a second chance, although if it was to carry on like this there won’t be any judges left.

 

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The episode ends on a pleasanter moment between Will and Alana where she explains that she wants to save him. They also have the first real connection in this series as they hold each other’s hand. which was a nice touch as we knew there was more than “professional curiosity” between the two of them – more interestingly though it is actually Will who is reaching out for Alana.

Hannibal S02E02 ‘Sakizuke’ Recap

Hannibal is now airing in the UK Tuesdays 10pm on Sky Living.

 

The second episode begins just where the first left us, we see the serial killers newest victim ripping himself from the mural. The opening was one of the most horrific scenes from the series so far, it was quite hard to actually watch. You really do feel as if Roland will in fact manage to escape, but those hopes are soon dashed as he hits the rocks below the cliff edge he ends up having to dive off.

Will is sat talking to both Hannibal and Alana behind bars – seems more like a cage quite frankly. He openly breaks down in front of them, confessing that he needs their support, practically on the verge of tears. We soon realise once Will is alone that it was in fact simply a show that he wanted Hannibal to witness. He is clearly more composed in the sanctuary of his own mind, ready to play his own games with Hannibal.

Will understands how much Hannibal desires him as a friend, he realises that he can use this to his own advantage and exploit the situation, utilising it for his own needs but now it seems more like a waiting game for them both.

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Bedelia Du Maurier arrives at Hannibals office, this visit is to inform him she no longer wishes to be his psychiatrist as she has “begun to question” his actions. This scene shows to some degree that she is intimidated by Hannibal Lector, this is portrayed visually with the low close up camera shots of him slowly walking towards her as she keeps trying to back away creating some real tension.

A scene which I personally found quite amusing is that of Hannibal taking the place of Will at the autopsy, he manages to get in the way and look generally out of place as everyone else in the room is trying to get on with their job.

Beverly Katz mentions the idea of the “colour palette” this instantly grabs Lectors attention stating that it’s “as if Will Graham himself were in the room”. He now knows that she is taking advice from Will, this is attention she doesn’t want and could mean that her character isn’t going to have such a happy future. Jack also isn’t happy about the fact she’s been doing this behind his back, but does actually let this continue as he clearly still trusts Wills instinct.

Later in the episode Hannibal goes to discover the mural killer, but for what purpose? He actually helps him finish it – if you can actually call it help. He sews him into his own mural. Once Jack and Co come and find the mural, pictures are then shown to Will in his cell. Hannibal watches him closely waiting for him to put the pieces together, which obviously, he does.

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Du Maurier appears again in this episode to reveal to Will that she believes him; she tries to console him by saying that he will survive what has happened. Finally! This at least, gives Will some hope for the future. Especially after being told that he’s not actually on trial to discover if he’s guilty or not, only on whether he actually knew what he was doing. So he did need a little cheering up.

The trial is imminent and Will is still struggling to gain any support or evidence, will Hannibal even let him go down for these murders? Surely his desired friendship would require Will to actually be out of prison.

 

Leftovers

  • This episode had some real laugh out loud moments, one of my personal favorites being the scene in which Will asks Kade Purnell if he was still an employee of the F.B.I, the obvious answer being no.
  • I have to question why Hannibal took the whole leg of his victim; he made enough for four people and sat alone in his three piece suit in the dark. I don’t know why but even with all the other goings on I still found that odd and slightly amusing. Guess he really does need a friend.
  • “Hannibal has honestly done what he believes is best for you” oh yeah, right.
  • Hannibal clearly underestimated Bedelia Du Maurier as he expected her to be at home, but she’s a clever lady and luckily already high tailed it outta there. He put on his plastic murder suit for nothing.

Hannibal S02E01 ‘Kaiseki’ Review/Recap

Hannibal is now airing in the UK Tuesdays 10pm on Sky Living.

Hannibal season two has finally graced the scene in the UK and is kicking off to a flying start. The opening begins with some brutal hand to hand combat between Jack and Hannibal, the latter using some rather unconventional weapons including a pepper mill and a fridge door to gain the upper hand, the scene ends with Jacks life hanging in the balance, my guess is he’ll survive, I couldn’t imagine Bryan Fuller killing off such an important character (in relation to the books) but who knows!

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This fight was spectacular; it really gives us an idea of how powerful Hannibal actually is.

Although Will is currently being held in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane he actually is in a better place he has more clarity, the fact that his brain is not “on fire” anymore is certainly helpful. Several times we see Will fishing in tranquillity, looking inside himself to figure out what actually happened to him and being in a mental institution is certainly giving him time to do so.

Alana Bloom feels that it is Jack Crawford’s fault that will’s life is ruined due to him pushing too hard, Bloom has filed a report with these accusations. Due to this report there will now be in internal investigation focusing on Jack. Bloom is one of the few who currently sticks by Will, yet she is still unwilling to believe that someone else could have committed these murders but wishes to help him establish a case for himself that it wasn’t truly his fault due to his mental state.

Hannibal goes to see Will (at Will’s request) who tells him “my inner voice sounds like you, I can’t get you out of my head” Hannibal tries to relate this to their “friendship” but Will quickly dismisses this as “the light from friendship won’t reach us for a million years” so they are certainly not friends in Wills opinion, and it’s understandable. Will promises that there “will be a reckoning” once he remembers what has been done to him.

Will Graham has now been “replaced” by Hannibal, he is now profiling on the new case which I found a little bit odd, I don’t see him as a Will Graham really but for now it I’ll go along with it. He talks about these circumstances with Bedelia Du Maurier stating “I got to be Will Graham today”, sounding a little bit too happy with the idea of stepping into his shoes.

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Beverly Katz goes to see Will, this is not a social visit, she believes that he can help with a tricky case they are currently working on. He identifies the motive of the killer by quickly looking at the pictures of the victims, sorting them and labelling it a “colour Platte”. I like that Katz was chosen to go see Will, she clearly still appreciates and trusts his input to go to him even if she’s unsure how she feels seeing him.

Another important aspect of this episode is the flashback in which Will realised how Hannibal gruesomely force-fed him Abigail Hobbs ear. It was interesting to have some clarity on how the ear ended up where it did in season one, as it was one of the main pieces of evidence which originally landed Will where he currently is. At least he now remembers something, the only problem now is getting someone to believe him, no one seems eager to do that just yet.

The episode ends showing us the killer’s newest victim who has managed to survive an intended drug overdose and has woken up after being sewn into the “colour palette” as Will named it.

The weeks the follow should give us a better idea of Hannibal and what his “end game” could possibly be, although he’s a hard nut to crack and his motives are not always what they seem, but you can clearly see that he’s missing Will and his company and the ability to manipulate him. Although considering the circumstances I can’t imagine Will feeling the same. And there’s now a ticking clock, at the end of the season we shall understand fully the confrontation between Jack and Hannibal and how that situation managed to unfold.

 

Leftovers.

  •  The scene where Alana takes the dogs for a jog was nice to see.
  • When will they realise that Hannibal is just making jokes at their incapability to see what’s right in front of them? I.e. – “I never feel guilty eating anything” or “in that case you are dining with a psychopathic murderer”. Trololol.
  • Hannibal keeping his appointment slot open for will as if he’s going to walk through the door. Someone’s looking a bit lonely.
  • Winston going “home”, looking for Will.

 

Hannibal Season one review (2013)

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This TV show introduces us to a Hannibal which had been previously unexplored, the events before Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs. Dr Hannibal Lecter has been brought in to help a struggleing Will Graham, to assist him in keeping stable. Graham is a profiler with a unique ability to step into the mind of a killer, which slowly starts to take its toll, causing him to often rely on Hannibal and his counselling which is questionable from what we know of Dr Lecter.

Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is an extremely intriguing character; he has the ability to manipulate the people around him whilst managing to keep them from suspecting him. Seeing Hannibal before his capture is certainly interesting, he is of course a cannibal but the programme seems more focused on his relationship with Will Graham portrayed by Hugh Dancy, a fragile FBI consultant thrust into the deep end. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Will, his lack of social interactions cause him to be a lonely man who is separated from people in general, living with only his collection of stray dogs for company.

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Hannibal is beautifully filmed; the camera work is fantastic with subdued and faded shades used alongside deep over saturated reds which really stand out against the whites and the dull hues, showing the gritty world these characters are in.

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The show is not rushed, which is something that really makes this programme worth a watch, every moment is filmed with fantastic attention to detail from showing the remnants of a recent crime scene to showing the close ups of intricate objects. Making Hannibal pleasing and satisfying to watch and in my opinion, quite possibly one of the best programmes of 2013.

Hannibal season one is available to buy now and season two airs February 28th