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20 June 2013 @ 11:19 pm
Hannibal: Savoureux  
I guess I should be grateful that we need to wait a year for the next season as opposed to NEVER.


So I guess the Will/Hannibal bromance is now officially over. I can't believe I got so invested in a duo that I knew from the very start was doomed to the nth power. I mean...why? Why did I even entertain the vague hope that it would turn into something real? Or at least something that both parties could benefit from? Why was I so sad when Will basically got gaslit all the way to prison while Hannibal smiled on? GOD DAMN YOU, BRYAN FULLER!!

I'd given up being upset with Hannibal because he's just doing his part for this show. I was more annoyed with literally everyone else on the show when they all began to pile on the Who Is To Blame For Not Overseeing Will Graham? I get Alana's frustration with Jack that the latter was so willing to throw Will under the bus for the sake of saving other people's lives. I guess I just hated her whole, "Shut up. Stop talking" line when Jack started to map it out for her. In an otherwise flawlessly written show, this one line stood out to me as the most jarringly written because it was such a poor character line. It put Alana in that category of Barely Holding It Together Hysterical Woman who begins to act like a bitch because her emotions are overwhelming her. Alana is not that person. And she is right: everyone holds some blame with regard to Will. They all saw he was getting unstable (hell, Alana knew he was hearing voices and sounds!!) but no one actually blew the whistle on this. Jack had his reasons which sucks for Will but one that I can understand to a certain degree. I'm curious what Alana and Beverly's reasons were. I'm going to guess they felt Will was an adult and could make adult choices. But as it's been known, the best way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. No one did anything for Will and thus Hannibal waltzed in and won.

At least for now.

So my lingering questions are: does Du Maurier know Hannibal eats people? Does she know he's a murderer? I sort of get the feeling she's aware of something but what exactly I'm not certain. Also, is Hannibal going to be Will's shrink in prison?? Or does that honor go to Chilton? Who played the wendigo/manstag in this episode? Was it Mads Mikkelsen? Someone say yes.

The ending, as frustrating as it was, was absolutely gorgeous. The symmetry, the lighting, the dialogue, and the creepy, creepy, excellent smile from Hannibal. And while we're on that, applause all around for the two leads for this episode. I started out hating Hugh Dancy in this role but grew to really like him. His face when it finally all came together for him that Hannibal was the serial killer was heartbreaking. And major props to Mads Mikkelsen who did an excellent job of playing Hannibal faking his "concern" about Will having murdered Abigail as well as his "sadness" over the loss. Actually, I'm sort of convinced Hannibal WAS genuinely sad about Abigail being dead. Which is why it's even creepier that he could kill her.

And bravo especially for the production crew and writers for this show. Their slow build on revealing the full extent of Hannibal's evil and machinations was masterfully done. Truly incredible. I can't wait for season 2!!
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quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhh I am starting to watch it now. Winston the dog already broke my heart. I am already a mess. Why did I think to drink to numb my feelings? Its only getting worse! :S
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
It gets worse and worse. And then when you think it's gotten really, really bad. It gets even worse.
quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
OMG he is so evil, he is so the worst, the talk with Bedelia, the tears! Now showing the fake clock to Alana, 'unless you were looking for it' and he shoots her that glance, its ahhhh!!!! *sniffles and opens more beer*
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
You know what's sick? I think he actually DOES feel sad that Abigail is dead. But that feeling does nothing to stop him from murdering. It's like he's completely disconnected from the emotion itself so even if he feels it, it doesn't impact his decision making.
quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
So she is dead, I dont know the "in this life" had me in hope...why did I have hope in a show called Hannibal?...the ear! the ear! How in the seven hells, how? He is truly a murder wizard! :( :( :(

And now this from an interview (http://www.etonline.com/tv/131976_Mads_Mikkelsen_Hannibal_Interview/index.html) with Mads Mikkelsen makes me cry even harder!

"Even though I'm the puppeteer, Hannibal really, really loves Will."

So he really has feelings and emotions, he just can switch them on and off and go on his merry murdering way! :(
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
I think what he experiences as "love" is not the way most people experience it. There's a nice scene toward the end of the finale that highlights that Hannibal is very much alone and he knows it. I think he loves Will but he expresses it by trying to control and hold onto Will in the worst ways possible.

How DID Hannibal get Will to ingest an ear to throw up later? A whole ear at that! Murder Wizard!!

Edited at 2013-06-21 04:51 am (UTC)
quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I am screaming all the time Bedelia is on screen! She knows! She must know! She is something like him! Ahhhhh

You know when they talked how Hobbs "honored" his victims, I thought, wow he could do crafts, like whoa! And how do you make freaking butter out of deer or dead girls. But he had nothing on Hannibal, I tell you. When did Hannibal do the fishing lures? When does he sleep? Does he need sleep? Are we really in Dracula and not Hannibal? When he drinks in the emotional pain of others I fear we may not know we are in Dracula.
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
When did Hannibal do the fishing lures? When does he sleep? Does he need sleep? Are we really in Dracula and not Hannibal?

EXACTLY. When did Hannibal keep sneaking into Will's house? Or did he do it all when Will was in the hospital? I can believe that actually. Because as cute as they are, Will's dogs are useless as watchdogs.
quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Wills dogs are already addicted to people sausages... :(

Ahhhhh they are eating Abigail!!!! :( :( :(
And really who the hell is Bedelia?

This show! I am reduced to a hysterical mess and why did he breathe in prison smell? Now I really think he wants to be caught. Leaving The Wounded Man around, even when Crawford comes to his office. And ahhhhh! How will I survive a whole year?
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
It's going to be a LONG year. But that final scene was incredible. I loved how it was shot with the music and how it mirrors stuff from the movies. And that smile. That evil, creepy, smile!
quickyfant: Hannibalquickyfant on June 21st, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
I would love Mads Mikkelsen getting an Emmy. Really, his smiles and hugs are what horror is made off. (BTW Do you know why he is being nominated as supporting, instead of leading actor? I find it weird that in a show called Hannibal Hugh Dancy is the leading actor?)

You know I am going to hell for several reasons (one of them noticing all the time Will is breaking down, that Hannibal has no tie and he looks good with open top button, yeah I know going to hell.):
But for another reason Also, is Hannibal going to be Will's shrink in prison?? I just want this to happen!

All the time I am thinking how is everyone going to react when they all finally know Hannibal is the serial killer? When he sits in Wills room in the hospital with Jack...I dont know which will hurt more, him sipping brandy and sharing his guilt feelings over Miriam Lass with Hannibal or everything...

I love this show, it was very well made, but also it had its flaws like what you mentioned with Alana, I want to see her more in season two.
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Do you know why he is being nominated as supporting, instead of leading actor? I find it weird that in a show called Hannibal Hugh Dancy is the leading actor?

I have a feeling that the show's producers are trying to spread the nominations around to maximize their chances of winning something rather than pitting Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen against each other in the Best Actor Category.

In terms of sheer screen time, I think Hugh Dancy juuuust beats out Mads Mikkelsen. Although in a fair world, they'd both be nominated for Best Actor.

You know I am going to hell for several reasons (one of them noticing all the time Will is breaking down, that Hannibal has no tie and he looks good with open top button, yeah I know going to hell.

Well, I'll be sharing a seat with you on that bus ride to hell. During the last sequence as Hannibal walked into prison, I was admiring his blue shirt and paisley tie ensemble.
Dusty: SPN. Cas + Lightsdustlines on June 21st, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
Am I the only one who found Hannibal's conversation about his life being just birth to death, and no thought of anything beyond that except for his reputation, rather excellently presented? Ah, I love Hannibal's therapy sessions because I keep thinking to myself, either his therapist is walking a constant tightrope between being alive and dead, or she is definitely privy to something big that, for whatever reason, Hannibal wants to be remembered for. Gossssshhh, every time those two have a scene together, I'm internally screaming for Hannibal not to kill her. She's clever, and she can figure things out about him, and that is not a safe trait for anyone to have around him, apparently.

And Will's creepy stagman! Whoa, weirdness all around. I think Jack has a big problem with not noticing things in front of him because he's too tangled up in his job---and more than that, his job as a means to an end---to see beyond it. I don't like Jack, per se, but as a character I LOVE him because he just throws a wrench into all the other characters' lives, while genuinely thinking he's being as noble as he can be.

And yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a little "...bwah?" about Alana's particular kind of anger. I can kind of see where she's coming from, but it seemed strangely scripted, and the bit with her screaming in the car just made me sigh and hope the scene would be over soon. *shrugs*

The last scene was so full of win, wow. Those expressions!! It's gonna be a long year's wait. I'll have to check to see when Elementary returns, hopefully not with a contradicting schedule when Hannibal is back, too!

Edited at 2013-06-21 07:08 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniac: HannibalWilljoonscribble on June 21st, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who found Hannibal's conversation about his life being just birth to death, and no thought of anything beyond that except for his reputation, rather excellently presented?

Yeah, I forgot to mention that part in my review but I did like that. It was very creepily sociopathic in that it's his reputation and his own achievements that Hannibal sees as outliving him. One might naturally assume if they didn't know about him that he means it in a "I've impacted people in a good way through my work which will out live me" versus "I'll be the most famous serial killer of all time."

I also desperately wanted to know what Hannibal's first memory is.

And Will's creepy stagman!

Someone pointed out that it was a wendigo whose mythology is tied to cannibals. Extra creepy!

And yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a little "...bwah?" about Alana's particular kind of anger. I can kind of see where she's coming from, but it seemed strangely scripted, and the bit with her screaming in the car just made me sigh and hope the scene would be over soon. *shrugs*

I'm in the minority when I say that I never warmed up to Alana's character. I can believe she cares about Will and she worries about him. But she rarely took any action when clearly there were signs. People have chalked it up to her respecting Will as an adult who can make adult decisions. But really, if someone who I knew worked for the FBI AND CARRIED A GUN was hearing sounds that weren't there, I'd be telling someone ASAP.

It annoys me that she's the first one to demand people take care of Will but she insists on staying out of it because she has romantic feelings toward him. This makes her little better than Jack. Yes, Jack is consciously using Will which one can argue is abuse. But she's not following through on alerting people about Will's deterioration which one can argue is neglect.

I also have a very bad reaction when shows make the female characters the ones to lose their shit due to emotional distress (e.g. screaming and crying). So her whole sequence in the car was just ridiculous. I much preferred Beverly Katz's talk with Will that made it clear she was disappointed and upset that he had let things go this far. But there was no screaming and there was no hysteria. Just sadness.

I'll have to check to see when Elementary returns, hopefully not with a contradicting schedule when Hannibal is back, too!

If they are on at the same time, I think Hannibal will start mid-season again as it did this season so there at least won't be too many episodes that will overlap.