@J - what a great insight! You're totally right, Lecter totally was the Wendigo in Will's eyes at the end.
What a harrowing, tense, insane hour of television. Every character was put through the ringer. The tension between Will and Alana was just so raw and painful. I wanted to cry for Will, watching him be abandoned and doubted by everyone around him, actually becoming as alone as he's felt all along. Seeing the guilt flood over Jack Crawford when he realizes that this was his fault. Watching Lecter spew lie after lie - and his incredible psychopathic performance as he "cried" to Scully DuMaurier. Amazing - all around.
One thing worth noting in this is that Hannibal - as far ahead as he thinks - is capable of mistakes. He would have gotten away scot-free without Will suspecting a thing, had he just framed him for Abigail's murder. But his curiosity, setting Will up to take the fall for murders that Will KNOWS he didn't do - that may be his downfall. His confidence in his superiority may be what ends him.
I wouldn't include Rumpel on this list. He's not a great dad, but he's constantly seeking redemption for his mistakes, even though he realizes it or not.
No way did this deserve a C+. Granted, some of the episodes were weaker than others, but a C+?!? Arrested Development at its WORST is still better SO much of what we have on TV right now. This season was a solid B+.
I just watched Archer (the whole show in its entirety) this week. As a young woman who has had - and survived - cancer, I just need to say that this is, hands down, THE BEST cancer episode of ANY show that I have EVER, EVER seen.
I agree with the A- rating. This season was mostly solid.
Best episode: My favourites were Season Of The Hexenbiest and Volcanalis.
Worst episode: La Llorona, Natural Born Wesen, Kiss of the Muse.
Best character: I'm gonna go with the most improved - Hank. He went from completely useless and annoying in Season 1 to being a valuable and fun member of team Grimm.
Worst character: Juliette. Ugh - what a waste of time that storyline was.
Hopes for season 3: I'm okay with the pace that the mythology is running at; I think the show has a great balance between the serial and the procedural. Adalind's storyline needs to be integrated more into the greater scheme, right now it's very isolated and thus less engaging. Give Juliette more work to do.
I had to pause this episode and pace several times - it stressed me out big time. Watching Lecter lie and manipulate everyone around him was really, really difficult. It was even harder to watch when we could see that Will was really getting his "sanity" back and was thinking clearly. Also - looks like the relationship between Hannibal and Scully (I can't remember her name for the life of me) is more complicated than doctor/patient/colleague...
Even though we know eventually that Lecter will be caught, it's still fascinating wondering how they're gonna get there. Hannibal has everything figured out and has effectively rendered Will helpless, and right now, we viewers really have no clue how he's gonna get out of this mess.
1. JAKE JOHNSON. YES. Thank goodness they got this right. Nick Miller, Nick Miller!
2. Critics obviously don't watch youth programming - because there's lots better than what they nominated. It's like they ignored anything with a superhero title just because it had a superhero title.
3. HOW on this good EARTH did the Mindy Project get nominated for best new show, and HANNIBAL did not!?
4. I love Jon Stewart - but since when is he not in a comedy/variety category?
This season gets an A+++++++.
Best episode: Cooler. Hands down. Everything about that episode was perfect.
Runner up: Tie between Eggs & Pepperwood.
It's hard to pick the worst episodes, because no episode was bad or weak this season, they just weren't as great as the best ones. That being said:
Worst episode: Menzies
Runner up: Bathtub.
Best Guest: ANYONE who played a parent, my fave being Margo Martindale as Nick's mom.
Worst: Rob Riggle as the other Schmidt.
Prank: Winston wanting to give a bear Hep C. I could not stop laughing.
Outfit: I will admit I did not pay attention to her clothing.
Hopes: That they figure out Winston's character. I think they have the space to do that now.
They need to be locked in a room and not let out until they get all that stuff sorted out. If they can't talk about their feelings now, how on earth would a MARRIAGE work?
...full well that Will would take them and go after Gideon. This was Hannibal's way of (a)getting rid of Gideon,(b) getting Will found sick without revealing that he knew what was going on with him, and (c) not getting Alana killed. Alana's not a threat to Lecter where Will's concerned, not yet anyway.
Last point: at the end, Hannibal says to Jack that they still can't identify the source of his "infection". Here's the thing - the kind of encephalitis that Will has (anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis) is auto-immune, not infectious. So is Hannibal still the only one that knows what's going on with will and did NO ONE GIVE WILL A BRAIN SCAN when they brought him in unconscious, feverish and seizing? OR was that line just a screw up in the research/writing department of the show?
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