Hanna Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Father

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The tension was thick on Hanna Season 1 Episode 4 when Hanna lashed out at her father and Marissa regained the upper hand.

I don't know about anyone else, but I was on the edge of my seat.

Hanna only knows a piece of the puzzle, but it was enough to turn her world upside down.

Salvation - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

What she hasn't realized yet is that even though Erik isn't her biological father, he's still her father.   And she doesn't know that he also saved her from a lifetime of misery.  

Hanna's confusion and rage are understandable. 

Any child would be upset if they learned their entire existence has been a lie.  

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Marissa might have been right when told Erik that Hanna deserved the truth, but Marissa was just trying to get in his head.

Erik knows that his involvement in Marissa's project to buy children for a secret experiment was the wrong choice, but he desperately wanted to right that wrong which is why he agreed to help Johanna get her daughter back.

Unfortunately, his actions have caused a whirlwind of death and destruction.

Normal Life - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

It's not clear if Erik truly fell in love with Johanna as he claimed, or if he would have even stayed with her and Hanna after he found them someplace safe to live.  

He would have stuck around to keep an eye on them, but his total involvement is questionable.  

No matter the truth, Johanna's death forced him to become a father to the little girl he saved. 

You know what I think? I think you felt guilty. When she came to you to get that kid back, you let your heart get in the way of your responsibility.


He might have been acting out of duty when he took Hanna into the forest to train her and plot his revenge against Marissa, but there is no doubt that he grew to love Hanna as his own.  

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How could he not?  

Everything he did was for her own safety.

He wasn't going to keep her isolated forever, but the only way they could be free to live a normal life was when Marissa was no longer part of the equation.

And while part of me feels Erik should have told Hanna the truth which might have prevented her lashing out at him later, another part feels that Erik made the right decision.

Now wasn't the time for him to divulge anything because it was far too complex a story for him to condense it into a bedtime discussion.

Secrets - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

He wouldn't have told her whole truth anyway.

How do you explain to your kid that she was a part of some secret government experiment to create super assassins (I'm speculating on that point)?

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Is it something she really needs to know? It's a complicated question.

My father is honest.


The truth is so complex that he would have had a hard time piecing together an alternate history for her, and she's so smart, she would have eventually figured out that something wasn't gelling quite right.  

Captive - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

As heartbreaking as it was to see Hanna lose it on the tarmac, it turned out for the best. It would have been over for both of them had they gotten on the plane.

Sawyer is turning out to be more ruthless than Marissa.

Even though he saved her life thanks to Rudi's indecision about putting a bullet in her head, he's the one she's going to have to fear the most. 

If the CIA wants to eliminate all traces of the secret project (Eugenix? I didn't catch the name), Erik isn't the only that needs to disappear.

Carl - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

Marissa was genuinely surprised about Sawyer's appearance and knowledge.

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It makes me wonder if Marissa lied about all the loose ends being tied up after the project closed.

The CIA might not have known about Erik's involvement, but the fact that one of the test subjects was still alive was a problem.

Obviously, she didn't burn them all as she said which is why her pursuit of Erik and Hanna had to be done under the radar.

Jacobs is Done - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

She might still have feelings for Erik, too. It was hard to tell if she was relieved or not that Sawyer's master shot hadn't killed Erik.

She's a master of the poker face, but she could have been relieved because she wants to be the one to end Erik's life. 

He betrayed his responsibilities to her when he went on the run, and he threatened her family.

Marissa is cold, callous, and all business. There's no humanity in her so it would make sense that killing Erik personally would be her end goal.

There are also other people to consider. 

Dieter put his family in danger when he got involved with Erik even if it was only on an emergency basis.

On the Run - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

Sawyer knows all about his family and his involvement with Erik.

If he was able to follow Hanna movements via surveillance footage to discover where Marissa was being held, it's fair to speculate he knows where Hanna went after she left.

Dieter also seems to have some knowledge about the secret project, but it's not clear how much he knows.

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It's odd that he would have had Johanna and Erik's contract hidden in his ceiling.

Dieter should have stayed out of it, but it's too late now.

Still, Hanna staying with Dieter and his family was a good experience for her.

She was able to see how normal families interact and was even able to form a bond with Dieter's wife.

The Wife - Hanna Season 1 Episode 4

This might help in the future when and if she reunites with Erik. She recognized a connection between Dieter's play fighting with his kids and her fight training with her dad. 

It was completely different in scope, but the level of love shown was the same.

She's just angry and hurt right now, but she'll come around.

Sophie is still in the picture and Hanna wants to retain a connection with her BFF. 

Wherever Hanna is going on the truck ride, finding Sophie will be a top priority.

She'll also probably be making a new friend with the kid who discovered her on the truck. At least I hope he'll be a friend and not a foe.

Hanna doesn't need any more upheaval in her life at the moment.

Over to you!

What did you think of "Forest"?

Should Erik have told Hanna the truth? Did he really love Johanna?

Is Marissa relieved Erik wasn't killed?

Will Sawyer kill Dieter's family?

Hit the comment and share your thoughts!

If you need to catch up, you can watch Hanna online right here via TV Fanatic!

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Hanna Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

My father is honest.


You're official now.