I seriously love your reviews. Freakin' brilliant. Also, Graham was already adorable with the messy hair, but when he walked into Lecter's office? Hello. Fuller's not kidding with the guillotine - that's three characters gone! Katz, Chilton and Gideon. The story is great, but I'm really going to miss Raul Esparza. I enjoyed his work on the show. I think Will and Hannibal have been exchanging the lead for quite some time. I think there was a point where Will was a bit ahead and Hannibal was truly frazzled, but Hannibal collected himself and overtook will with the Miriam Lass/Chilton gambit. I'm looking forward to seeing what Will's plans are now.
It's an adaptation, not a reconstruction. Beverly Katz is also a character alive and well in the novel Red Dragon, but has been killed off in this series which precedes the novel. It's not uncommon with adaptations of novels to small or big screen.
Jane didn't explain, but the answer is she has daddy issues - that clued Jane in on how far she would go to hold on to the father-figure-lover she was having an affair with.
LONGNECKS!! That was the word I couldn't make out. Thanks so much! You're absolutely right...what Pam actually said was "Mike Ducockless" :-D
They sort of had that talk...It was more Alana saying that and Will resigning himself to it.
Izzard was amazing, but my favourite had to be Chilton. He walked an amazingly thin line between arrogance and intelligence in this episode, and did it so, so well. Also, he hilariously represented all of the Hannibal fandom - called out the puns AND the rhyme.
That's a great point on the imagery. That's what Will does, right? Uses empathy to see the design of killers. He missed Hannibal before because he was too close and he was sick, but it's possible that now that he's seeing him clearly, he's able to see Hannibal's design. (sigh) So awesome.
McHatton, between this and Hannibal, you're on fire this week. Awesome parallels drawn between the destinies of Adalind's daughter and Nick. That's what makes Team Grimm unique, no? They've all chosen paths that's unlike what they're expected to go. Monroe as the vegan Blutbad, Rosalee and Monroe getting married despite Wesen tradition and hanging out with a Grimm, Renard being a royal on the side of the resistance, Hank and Juliette being normal humans but fully immersed in the Grimm/Wesen world. However, it's this uniqueness that makes me think there's no single character that could allow that baby grow up in a normal enough environment. Monroe and Rosalee would be the closest, but they're far too immersed in Nick's world. I could be totally wrong on this, but the only way I see that baby being protected is by pulling an X-Files...the baby is given up to random strangers who are living a normal life. On a different note, since when is Adalind so sure that Renard's the daddy? She slept with both royals within a day or two. I think she's playing him. Also, I'm REALLY going to miss Meissner. Dude was awesome.
Fantastic review - Hannibal truly was exerting his dominance over the situation. However, I have to wonder if the truly dominant one here isn't Will Graham. I think when Hannibal told him that he's more in control than he's ever been, Hannibal didn't truly understand how in control Will was. I think it's possible that Will has anticipated every move so far. Will could have asked that insane nurse to kill Hannibal when he didn't have an audience at the cage; instead, he waited till he was back in his cell where Gideon would hear. I think he anticipated that Gideon would have told on him and that Hannibal wouldn't have been killed, but rattled enough to go back on a killing spree to feel better. By that time, Will would have planted enough seeds of doubt in Jack Crawford to get him to even consider that Hannibal was a suspect. Will managed to get both Chilton and Crawford on his side - all from behind bars and with zero evidence - simply by manipulating everyone. Also, note that Will didn't seem to be too upset at the implication that Alana was on Hannibal's radar. I think Will's plan and his understanding of Hannibal is giving him confidence that Alana will come out of all of this safely, knowing that Hannibal likely thinks that his sexual dominance over Alana would hurt Will more than killing her. What do you think?
"Why? The Hannibal is the show (entertainment) is an extremely urbane, attractive and intelligent man..." You forgot the part where he's a cannibalistic manipulative serial killer that was sleeping with her while he had drugged her. If that's not universally gross, I honestly don't know what is. I hardly think the reviewer is treating his audience like idiots. Quite the opposite - he's treating his audience like intelligent viewers, able to see themes, parallelism, foreshadowing, symbolism. The acting is really only part of the story.
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