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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.
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.