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31 May 2013 @ 12:00 am
Hannibal: Buffet Froid  
Boy, my LJ is getting a work out tonight.

On the heels of the announcement that Hannibal got a second season, we get the scariest episode ever.


I'm not really going to focus on the plot of this one because, to be frank, I found it a little bizarre. Even for a show like this. However, the genuine scares and creeptastic images the episode gave us were pretty golden, bordering on a flat out horror movie. Parallel to it, we get some startling character stuff.

The episode further developed my sympathies for Will while hating Hannibal, which is as it should be. We find out that Will indeed is suffering from a neurological disorder and half his brain is inflamed. He finally gets a brain scan from a neurologist, recommended to him by Hannibal, who accompanies will to the appointment. However, Hannibal manages to convince the opportunistic doctor to straight up lie to Will about the scan so that they may best observe how someone with Will's condition might deteriorate.

Okay, I know that Hannibal isn't doing this to Will for the advancement of medical science. Is it just so that he can break Will completely and then be the one who volunteers to fix him? IS THIS WHAT FRIENDSHIP IS TO HIM?? Whatever the case may be, the gross medical malpractice had me seething at the screen as Hannibal continues to gaslight Will and the latter tumbles further into mental distress. All the warped pictures of clocks Will drew were heartbreaking enough but when he kept saying the time and his name aloud to himself as per Hannibal's suggestion to hold onto sanity, I felt like crying. Poor, poor Will. The whole picture is so much more tragic because he's trying to use the tools given to him by the very person driving him crazy. The man needs an intervention STAT. I know Crawford tried but he needs to just pull Will from the field. Really.

The show continues to use excellent pacing with regard to exposing Hannibal's evil. With each episode they've been upping the ante on what we see on screen in terms of Hannibal's killings. During "Fromage" we finally got to see him murder someone in real time. And in "Buffet Froid" we see him brutalize someone he's recently murdered. I couldn't even take time out to giggle at the fact that he was wearing a Murder Raincoat (totally explains how he keeps his expensive suits clean) because the sight of him carving up the neurologist was just...chilling.

Bravo to the show for a great episode in terms of characterizations. I was less invested in the murder (and I'm deeply annoyed that Ellen Muth plays a character named Georgia again. WE GET IT, BRYAN FULLER. THIS IS YOUR SHOW) but everything else more than made up for it.
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Dusty: SPN. Cas + News.dustlines on May 31st, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
I forgot this was on!!! NOOOOO!!! *clutches head and screams at having to wait another day to watch it*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
The mystery of the week was pretty so so but the characters stuff! OH GOD! THE CHARACTER STUFF!!
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Eek! I was thinking about going into this one blind, but I think I'll wait until the recap before I view. I do better when I know what I'm getting myself in for.

I also put on Goggles and draw sunshine and flowers while I'm watching. It helps.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
I actually thought of you while I was watching this one. Mainly because I kept thinking, "No, awanderingbard should stay away." Objectively I see that the gore level is not higher, but just the way it was all shot just made the whole thing seem significantly scarier.
The Writer They Call Tay: MISC: DOB bad ninjaawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's sweet! Thanks for thinking of me. It's not gore for me, so much as disturbing content. So, yeah. Maybe not my cup of tea this episode.

I'll see how the recap goes, and make my choice. The good thing is I can still follow the story without watching if need be.

I do want to see the bits with Will, but not the scary stuff. Actually, I just want a show where Will wanders around with his dogs. It would be so much less stressful for me to watch. They should have a Hannibal Lite version. Like when they cut down Pillars of the Earth and the Tudors for CBC. Although, The Tudors made no sense at all when they did that.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
I do want to see the bits with Will, but not the scary stuff. Actually, I just want a show where Will wanders around with his dogs. It would be so much less stressful for me to watch.

Poor Will had to go through so much in this one I also wanted him to just spend some time with his dogs, fixing motors. Hugh Dancy turned in a particularly stellar performance of Will slowly decompensating even further with no help in sight.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
It's funny that I could think when I was reading your post was "Hannibal Lecter is a Very Bad Man", and then I went 'well, duh'. I'm kind of with you that trying to tell someone they're okay when they're not is Unacceptable, whereas apparently killing and eating people is okay? Or, less heinous. Maybe just expected.



formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
When I watch a show about Hannibal Lecter, I know to expect cannibalism. But somehow the medical practice that's non-cannibalism seems extra wrong.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think maybe because he's in a position of power, and that's scary? By presenting himself as a medical person, he's stating that he will look after you and your best interests. Hippocratic Oath. You don't expect serial killers to look after you, but you expect your doctor to look after you. Which is why it's so sad that Will has so much trust in him.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Which is why it's so sad that Will has so much trust in him.

There's this really sad part in "Buffet Froid" where Will tries to hang onto his sense of reality by using a technique Hannibal suggested. Poor deluded gaslit Will.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
I like Cleolinda's comment of this show is Sherlock Holmes if Watson were also Moriarty. The only person in the world who you're sure you can trust, and he's the person actively working against you.

We're going to be such a mess when Will finds out what's going on.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
if Watson were also Moriarty

I sense this is the latest twist for some other updated version of Sherlock Holmes that's looming somewhere.

We're going to be such a mess when Will finds out what's going on.

According to Bryan Fuller, season 2 is the ugly breakup.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I sense this is the latest twist for some other updated version of Sherlock Holmes that's looming somewhere.

Oh, can you imagine the fan!rage over that? Turning Watson into a woman sent them into conniptions, I can't imagine what turning Watson into the bad guy would do.

There was apparently a play that Brett and Hardwicke did back in the day where the big twist was that Holmes was also Moriarty. Apparently it didn't make much sense, but the acting was excellent.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 31st, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I read a Holmes pastiche where Watson was originally hired by Moriarty to end up living with Holmes to be a spy. The book wasn't bad at all even if the plot got strange after awhile.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 31st, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
There are tons of Sherlock AUs to that effect. My understanding is it all works out through the Power of Love.

I don't really like messing with the idea that Watson is just that loyal, and the only one in the world who would voluntarily stay with Holmes. That's the heart of the stories for me. Epic friendship. I never cared much for the mysteries themselves--they're unfortunately so overdone now that it's hard to find them original, even though they were the first--I just like Watson's exasperated narration.
quickyfant: worriedquickyfant on June 1st, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
Is it bad that my whole reaction has been as cleolinda has put it: Hannibal Lecter is the absolute worst. BUT HE IS OUR ABSOLUTE WORST, GODDAMMIT.!!! :S :S :S I am enjoying this show too much!
I am so happy that it got renewed! And I want the next episode NOW! ;) :D
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Hannibal Lecter is the absolute worst. BUT HE IS OUR ABSOLUTE WORST, GODDAMMIT.!!!

If I have to watch someone completely mess with Will's mental wellbeing, I'm glad it's Hannibal at least. That seems weird but he is our absolute worst.