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Hannibal 1x06: "Entrée"
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cleolinda
OH MY SHIT

YOU GUYS

WHAT JUST HAPPENED


This episode is a thing of beauty and delight once you realize what they're doing. But since I'm largely staying away from spoilers, I didn't know, and thus I spent much of it shouting at the TV in a fit of fangirl pique. Bear with me, then.


PREVIOUSLY ON: EMPATH AND CANNIBAL: Murder angels and meat wings (but not made by the Chesapeake Ripper); everyone has tumors; All the Dogs went beyond the bark of duty to save Will from his self-destructive sleepwalking; "Did you just... smell me?"


cupcakery: Alert alert: there is eye gouging in Entrée. Just so you're warned.

cleolinda: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I love how half a dozen of y'all who saw it in Canada the night before came straight over to warn me about My Personal Squick. Like, y'all just know by now.


So. We open with Eddie Izzard face down, dripping sweat and bleeding from the mouth, in a prison cell (technically, as we discover, a certain psychiatric institution) and a whole posse of guards and orderlies (is that Barney in the background?) outside it. They're trying to figure out 1) what's wrong with him, 2) if he can get up, and 3) if he will kill them all. And I started getting kind of upset, because I was like OH FUCK YOU, I KNOW THIS SCENE! YOU'RE USING IT NOW?! LEAVE SOMETHING FOR LATER, GODDAMMIT!! (I... I have feelings about this.) So they manage to get Eddie Izzard onto a gurney and into the infirmary, where the night nurse--totally alone--is sticking electrodes on his chest for an EKG and setting up an IV, and then she turns around. And there's Eddie Izzard behind her, and he's got a This Is Going to End Well gleam in his eyes.

The setting, properly introduced: The Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, which is where you go if you plead not guilty by reason of insanity (and a jury buys it). Remember how Crawford said that he thought, at first, that the Angel Maker's first murder was possibly the Chesapeake Ripper, but "there were no surgical trophies taken"? Well, now, "thanks to Freddie Lounds, there's an unconfirmed story floating out there that the Chesapeake Ripper's already in custody." "Am I confirming? Fact-checking for Freddie Lounds..." Will says in a very Shaking My Head tone, adding, "I always feel a little nervous going into these places... afraid they won't let me out." "Don't worry. I won't leave you here," says Crawford. "Yeah," says Will. "Not today." Bless his tormented heart.

And here's Dr. Chilton, a character who seemed to walk straight out of the books as the embodiment of oily smarm when he was played by Anthony Heald. Which is to say, it takes you a minute to adjust to the lower-key, pace-yourself-for-the-long-run version. Raúl Esparza is very good, though--reminds me a little of Jonathan Pryce, for some reason. He starts off by condescending all over Will ("Should I call you Dr. Graham? Ah, a teacher") and then assuring Crawford that, "for something so disturbing, [the crime scene] is quite undisturbed." Will asks why, exactly, a nurse would be left alone with A CONVICTED MURDERER IN A HIGH-SECURITY INSTITUTION. Chilton explains that Gideon--Dr. Abel Gideon--has "behaved perfectly, and gave every appearance of cooperating with attempts at therapy" in the two years he's been in residence, and thus security was "slightly... relaxed." Yeah, it's all fun and games until someone gets et. Crawford asks that they give Will some privacy to go empath the scene, and here's where Chilton shows his oily colors: "Oh, yes, that thing you do. You're quite the topic of conversation in psychiatric circles, Mr. Graham." "Am I?" Will asks softly. "Yes--a unique cocktail of personality disorders and neuroses that make you a highly skilled profiler." "He's not here to be analyzed," says Crawford, smiling (oh shit)--"Perhaps he should be," Chilton says quickly. "We are woefully short of material on your sort of--thing, Mr. Graham. Would you mind speaking to some of the staff?" ("DOCTOR") "--No, no, no. Not this trip. Maybe a special visit." Ladies and gentlemen: a man who needs a facepunch every day of his life.

So! Let's move it on out to the crime scene. Yes, yes, I know, he ate her tongue, and his pulse didn't go over 85 the whole time, because can't we just leave that for later like we're suppohhhhh... that's not what happened.

It's the Wound Man pattern. You guys. The Wound Man murder is how Lecter gets busted in the books. Because he was the Chesapeake Ripper. Oh shit, y'all.

And, significantly--Chilton (who, we are told, consulted on a previous, unsuccessful hunt for the killer) insists that this proves the imprisoned Gideon is, in fact, said Ripper. Crawford is equally certain that the killer is still at large. "The reason you failed and kept failing to capture the Chesapeake Ripper," Chilton says dramatically, "was I already had him."

CLOSEUP OF EYELESS NURSE WITH BLACK ABYSSAL SOCKETS

WHY, SHOW

WHY

*red wine scaryface credits that I whimpered through*

So. EMPATHING IN PROGRESS, whether we like it or not. Will imagines himself being hurried into the infirmary on the gurney; again, the nurse sets up the EKG. When the nurse turns away--Chilton mentioned that Gideon hid a fork tine in the palm of his hand, but I didn't realize that he meant Gideon hid a fork tine inside his actual hand, nor that we would see it sliding out in bloody closeup. With calm stealth, Will uses this to unlock each set of handcuffs; the heart monitor flatlines as he pulls off the electrodes and the oxygen mask. He's standing when the nurse turns around, promptly punching her in the throat and throwing her against the wall and then to the ground. And then he starts gouging her eyes out with his thumbs and I DON'T LIKE THIS SHOW ANYMORE. Gasping, she crawls for the door, dark blood streaming from her eyes while I'm sitting there wailing "NOT OKAY NOT OKAY THIS IS NOT OKAY THIS IS NEVER OKAY" and Will calmly detaches an IV pole, letting her grope her way to his feet right before he impales her.

(You know, if I were a guest Killer of the Week on this show, I would be so pissed that my character had all these, uh, interesting things to do and then they were like, NOPE! Hugh Dancy gets to do that, thank you for your time!)

Back in the present, Will comes out of the empath trance with tears in his eyes. This may be the most shaken he's ever looked. He pulls himself together long enough to clarify with Crawford that the Chesapeake Ripper hasn't been active in two years... which is about the time Gideon himself was put away.

TWO YEARS EARLIER: noirish grey tones (the reverse passage of time is indicated by slightly more facial hair on Laurence Fishburne). "Lass, Miriam. Come in," Crawford says to Anna Chlumsky--wait, what the fuck is this Wannabe Clarice bullshit? "Sorry to pull you out of class. Your instructors tell me that you are in the top 10%?" "Top five, sir." "You're gonna have to stop correcting me if we're gonna get along, Lass," he says. Heh. He expositions that she wrote him a letter when she qualified for the Academy, specifically hoping to work for him in the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program--and boy, does he have an opportunity for her. "I'm assuming that you're familiar with the Chesapeake Ripper. Ripper's very hot right now. Killed his last two victims in six days." And then my ears perked up because this is very close to a line in Red Dragon (I just reread it). "There'll be at least one more body and then nothing for months." "They say he's a true sociopath," says Miriam. Crawford: "What do you say?" "I say they don't know what else to label him. He has some of the characteristics of what they call a sociopath--no remorse or guilt at all," she says, because she has also read Red Dragon. "He won't have any of the other marks. He won't be a drifter. He'll have no history of trouble with the law. He'll be hard to catch." Guess who that actually refers to. Guess.

So Crawford is assigning her to the Ripper task force under his direct supervision. Miriam and I can't help wondering: "Why me?" "You have a forensics fellowship, six years of law enforcement, a degree in psychology, a doctorate in criminology." (What, is she also the youngest lieutenant on the Starship Enterprise?) "And what I don't have... are enough warm bodies."

Which is an interesting way to phrase it, given that I'm pretty sure we should start the Terrible Things Happening to This Girl countdown. In the present, Crawford confirms this with a sad, wistful look.

‏@BryanFuller: .@AnnaChlumsky on #HANNIBAL is named Miriam Regina Lass. George Lass' sister on #DEADLIKEME was Redgy Lass. Redgy is short for Regina.

Uh. Hope you guys weren't that attached to her.

Back at Baltimore State Hospital, Will has returned with Alana in tow. "The volume of Abel Gideon's mail is becoming a nuisance," grumps Chilton. "Sometimes I feel like his secretary rather than his keeper." And I started bristling again, because all of this is from Lecter's later imprisonment, not Random J. Sociopath--you use up lines like this now and they're gone. "Mostly researchers or PhD candidates requesting interviews. A scattered dozen lonely hearts seeking his hand in marriage." (In the wake of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev capture and subsequent online woobification, I find myself linking to The Killer Crush: The Horror Of Teen Girls, From Columbiners To Beliebers a lot these days. I daresay it applies to more than just teenagers.) "He butchered his last wife," Alana says with a certain disgusted incredulity. "And her family, on Thanksgiving." Chilton: "There's no accounting for taste" (drink!) "--or intelligence" (heh). Will argues, "Murdering his wife was impulsive. The Chesapeake Ripper is methodical, meticulous--that's why he's so hard to catch." "Was... so hard to catch," says Chilton, who seems really, really invested in the idea that he's already got the Ripper. In a nutshell, this guy is a very supercilious pig ambitious famewhore who feels unappreciated as a mere "turnkey" in an asylum; he both resents and shows off his celebrity patient(s)--bear that in mind.

Alana explains that she and Will mean to interview Gideon separately, to "compare and contrast" his answers. Chilton notes that Alana has a previous acquaintance with Gideon; she says that she had two sessions when he was first institutionalized, but "I saw him mainly in court... I wrote an article about him in the Journal of Criminal Psychology." Ah, but "he is very familiar with you. He has given you a lot of thought." Gross, Chilton. (This originally referred to Lecter's very different fixation on Will--the man who caught him--and now we're also throwing a brunette in there to interview Dr. Gizzard in his cell? More fangirl bristling.) "I've read your notes, of course. They were more or less helpful... as I conducted my own interviews with Dr. Gideon over the years," smarms Chilton. "Well, I'm glad I was helpful," says Alana, with the patience of a saint. ("More or less," mutters Will. Alana grins.) So now, the lady having called dibs, we cut back and forth between the two interviews:

Alana walks down the scary scary hall (nobody flings anything at her) and greets the prisoner graciously; Gideon, surprised, leaves his bunk to peer through the bars in the cell door. Given that the entire cell is fronted with villain-proof glass, pacing back and forth behind the one section with bars is more coy than anything. "Why, Dr. Bloom," he says (in an American accent). "How wonderful to see you again. I've met a lot of psychiatrists in the last two years. It's hard to forget one so... sublime." But why exactly is she here? "I was caught red-handed... I mean, literally. There's no mystery as to whodunit. I did it."

Will stands against the wall rather than take a chair as Alana did, because if you thought he was going to start socializing now, you are wrong: "The mystery is whether you are who you say you are... or not."

Gideon: "Never liked being called the Chesapeake Rrripper. Maybe something with a little more wit." See, this is why it's so important to have a name that rhymes with how you're evil; you gotta give these people more to work with than "Abel the Unstable."

Alana: "Is that why you didn't take credit for the Ripper murders before now?"

Gideon: "Just watching the goose chase from the box seats."

"Two years of goose chasing," says Will, even though I swear these are two separate interviews. "You must be a very patient man."

Gideon: "Are you just gonna run the psychopathic checklist here? I have had my personality inventoried by the Minnesota Multiphasic." "Would you prefer a Rorschach test?" Alana asks pleasantly. "Well, if you're gonna show me those pictures, maybe you should put a blood pressure cuff to my genitals. I find it gives a much truer gauge of reaction." That is an absolutely terrible pickup line, sir.

Will: "What effect were you hoping to have by killing the night nurse?" "The effect I was hoping to have was her DEATH," says Gideon in the most wonderful DUH tone. "Mission accomplished."

"Brutalization of the body was done posthumously," notes Alana.

"The Chesapeake Ripper usually does that sort of thing during," Will hammers home, "not after."

"I do not have to convince you that I am the Chesapeake Ripper," says Gideon, finally sitting down.

"Seems that's what you need to do," says Alana.

"It's certainly what somebody needs," Will mutters to himself.

Back when they first announced that they were doing this show last year, I had a total "WHAT? WHY?" freakout, gradually progressing through the Not Sure If Want stage to Your Cast Has Won Me Over. Basically, taken at face value, this scene is what I was afraid the entire series would be like. Good for what it is, but just kind of... watered-down and imitative? And then they're using up the asylum material on some random Killer of the Week who isn't even our title character? Who is this third-rate wannabe biting his style?

@BryanFuller: EARLY DRAFTS OF SILENCE OF THE LAMBS SCRIPT CALLED #HANNIBAL DR. GIDEON BECAUSE MGM INITIALLY DIDN'T HAVE RIGHTS TO THE NAME

REALLY.

GENERIC OFF-BRAND HANNIBAL LECTER.

THIS IS A THING YOU ARE DOING.

GAHHHHHHHH

It was only later that I realized that they were doing this--I think--on purpose.

Meanwhile, Actual Brand-Name Hannibal Lecter is leaving The Best Office Ever for the n...oooo, no he's not, there's Crawford in his waiting room. "I'm sorry... I was just, uh..." Lecter: "In the neighborhood." "Something like that." (And there's the black stag statuette as he walks in.) Crawford says that Bella's fine--"Well, she tells me that she's fine and she tells me when she's not." "You expect me to tell you more?" asks Lecter. Crawford says that she's off at a NATO conference, busy working, but "I doubt I could talk to her if she was here." "About her condition?" "Yeah, about her CANCER, about her DYING. She doesn't want to talk to me about it." Lecter cites the rule of doctor-patient confidentiality, but Crawford reminds him, "You talk to me about Will Graham." Yeah, and that's why I don't want to hear another word from Fancy Cannibal about how Crawford supposedly left Will "to his own devices." Ah, but Will is not technically his patient: "We have conversations." (Well, I hope you don't charge him full price, then.) So what would he call Crawford bittering in his general direction right now? "Desperate coping." "You don't think I have a right to know what's happening with my wife?" snaps Crawford (Laurence Fishburne is kind of heartbreaking in this scene). "Well, I'm not just gonna stand outside my marriage and watch this happen. If that's what she wants, TOO BAD. She married the wrong guy for that." Lecter relents: "I'll offer one insight. She doesn't think she married the wrong guy." Crawford sighs, his voice thick with tears: "I can't stop thinking about when my wife is gonna die. I look at her side of the bed and I think, 'Is she gonna die there?' I can't stop thinking about it, you understand? I can't stop." Crawford admits that he's dreading the loss of his wife--but thinking about other losses as well, as he gets even closer to tears. Lecter replies, "Jack, you can't save her. She won't let you. The cancer won't let you. Who else couldn't you save?"

In retrospect? That's a knife, and Lecter just twisted it. You are a terrible person, sir.

In the black-and-white past, here's Crawford and Who Else He Couldn't Save. Ah, it's the original Wound Man murder, a Jeremy Olmstead pinned to his work table with a shit-ton of pointy tools.




Crawford wants Miriam's opinion on the scene: "Tell me what you see." (Wait, is that, like...a handsaw in the guy's leg?) "[The Ripper] did it all here," she says. "Did it while he was alive. He struck the throat so he couldn't call for help. He'd want him awake. Organs were removed. Not all of them... he was choosy. He took the liver... thymus... but left the heart." "What's he doing with the organs?" asks Crawford. "Surgical trophies," says Miriam, not quite hitting the mark. "He's a medical doctor, isn't he? That's why you call him the Ripper?" (No, we... call him the Ripper because he... rips people? Jack the Ripper was never proven to be anyone, much less a doctor.) "Psychopaths are attracted to surgical fields," she continues. "They offer power. They require the ability to make objective clinical decisions without feeling." Crawford: "White male? Forties? Fifties?" Miriam: "I don't know that he's white. He's exotic somehow" (perhaps ~Lithuanian nobility?~) "which is why you're gonna catch him." "I'm gonna catch him?" says Crawford, because that is some kind of unfortunate implication the whole "exotic, not white" thing just tripped and fell into, wow. No, no, explains Miriam: "We call you the guru. You have a peculiar cleverness." I'm not entirely sure I'd say that to my boss, but it's interesting that the trainees may view Crawford the way Crawford views Will. "You'll probably spot him before anybody else." "Or you will," says Crawford. DUNNNNN. "Now, I want you to take a look at this," he says--

--but Crawford's back in the present now, in Forensics. "There's no detectable consistency with the Ripper victims," says Beverly (indeed, one might even say that the Ripper is an intelligent hard-to-catch sadist doesn't kill the same way twice). "He doesn't hunt exclusively within his own ethnic group--he's killed all creeds, colors, men and women." (nnnngaahhhhh it's the empty black eye sockets again) "She has the exact same wound pattern as the last-known victim of the Chesapeake Ripper, I mean exact," counters Brian. "We never found a body for his last known victim," Crawford says carefully (if you haven't guessed that Miriam isn't getting out of this episode alive, you know it now). Jimmy and Beverly shoot Brian a significant look. "Then... the victim before that," he backpedals. "I see the Ripper, but I don't... feel... the Ripper," says Will. "This is plagiarism." But they never made the wound patterns public, says Crawford--shouldn't the Ripper be the only person who knows? Well, maybe, says Will, but "if [Gideon's] a plagiarist, the real Chesapeake Ripper is gonna make sure eeeverybody knows it," with a sort of and you will be soooo fucked laugh there in the middle.

That night, Crawford's awakened by a phone call--and a familiar voice gasping, "Jack--Jack! Jack--it's Miriam--I don't know where I am--I can't--see anything--" "Miriam?" "I was so wrong--I was so wrong--" "Miriam?" "Please--Jack--please--" BEEP.

(Am I the only person who started thinking about the last time someone said they were so wrong?)

At Forensics the next morning, Beverly is "hooked into every carrier database and telephone provider in the United States," but: nothing. "Look again." "I did my agains. And my again and again and agains--I can't find any electronic trace of any call made to your home at 2:46 am." "I am telling you that the PHONE RANG." "You're sure it was Miriam Lass?" she asks. "You haven't heard her voice in two years, Jack," says the foolhardy Brian (whose last name is Zeller, FYI). "YOU GONNA CONTINUE TO QUESTION ME ON THIS, Z? IF SO, MAYBE I SHOULD ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE ROOM WHILE IT'S STILL SAFE FOR YOU TO BE HERE." Allow Jack Crawford to drop some science on your skeptical ass: "The Chesapeake Ripper recorded Miriam Lass two years ago as he was killing her. Last night, he called my house at 2:46 am. He played that recording for me." If so, Will says, that means that Gideon isn't the Ripper, because they would have been able to trace a call made from the hospital. Then, he ventures, "Are you certain... it was a recording?" Well, that suggests two years of dire possibilities. "Jack, you said yourself... there's no body." "MIRIAM LASS IS DEAD!" Crawford insists, AND IF SHE WASN'T DEAD BEFORE, SO SHALL IT BE NOW. "The Chesapeake Ripper is making it very clear that someone is plagiarizing his work!" Yes, like Will TOLD YOU. Brian tries to argue that Crawford might have just been half-roused from a deep sleep and maybe the call didn't even really happen; Crawford, in return, side-eyes him doomfully. "I know when I'm awake," he says. He took the red pill, okay? He knows.

Empty Academy lecture hall, Quantico. Will's sitting at his desk, rubbing his eyes, when the Dire Ravenstag clops in, accompanied by unusually threatening music. We had an interesting discussion about this a few days ago--Bryan Fuller's said that the Ravenstag's a combination of imagery from the Cassie Boyle crime scene (the stag head and the pecking ravens). Give how the Ravenstag started showing up Will's dreams when he began empathing killers and feeling really disturbed by his ability to identify with them, I thought, okay, it represents something inside Will that he's afraid will come out ("I can bring it out of you"). Even when he found the statuette in Lecter's office, I thought it could mean something in his own personality that he wanted to resist--something Lecter, in turn, might want to bring out. But then y'all started telling me that it very well might represent Lecter himself, the shadow he casts over Will, and/or Will's subconscious struggling to recognize it; the fact that the Ravenstag was sort of snuffling at Will's arm in the same episode as "Did you just smell me?" weighs pretty strongly in favor of that theory. And, of course... the Cassie Boyle murder was the one Lecter committed. And this time, Will hasn't really focused on what he empathed from the Gideon crime scene; he's become more concerned about the actual Chesapeake Ripper. And the Ravenstag may be trying to tell him something.

But he's awakened by Crawford and Alana (I'm not sure if it's significant that the tapping of Alana's heels has translated twice now into the Ravenstag), because Crawford has an idea: "We have a direct way of communicating with the Chesapeake Ripper, and we'd like to see if we can push him." "Push him toward what?" "We might be able to influence him to become visible," says Alana--"If we can enrage him," adds Crawford. Wait, is this a thing they let you do in the FBI? Let's see which violent criminals we can piss off today? Will doesn't quite get how this is supposed to work, either. He argues that the Ripper's already focusing on Gideon as an adversary--"Don't fool around." But "Gideon is just a tabloid rumor right now," says Crawford. "We need to make him the truth." "You might push the Ripper to kill again just to prove he isn't in a hospital for the criminally insane," says Will, who is apparently the only voice of reason in this entire room. Crawford: "I HAVE TO PUSH, WILL."

And then Will realizes: "Are you thinking about getting into bed with Freddie Lounds?" No, not like that (can you even imagine the wardrobe, though?)--Crawford wants to provoke the Chesapeake Ripper with her awfulness. It was at this point that I yelled out "WHAT THE FUCK, THIS IS FROM THE PLOT OF RED DRAGON!" More bristles than a hairbrush, y'all. Except that this actually works out pretty well--the way they use tattlecrime.com ends up being so low-key that it's more of a precedent, a well the team can keep going back to. You know, right up until it goes terribly, terribly wrong. The fake exclusive was a whole huge runaround in the book, and the male Freddy was hilariously, pitifully sleazy in his eagerness to get ahead--but Miss Freddie has a lot more sangfroid, so give that shit the boot, sure.

So here's Freddie, fabulously awful and ready to play ball. Crawford introduces Alana as a psychiatric consultant, adding, "I believe you know Will Graham." "Mr. Graham, so good to see you," Freddie smooves, extending her hand. Will totally leaves her hanging (snerk). Crawford lays out the possibilities: "You ran an unconfirmed story about the Chesapeake Ripper. What I want is for you to confirm it. And you would get the satisfaction of seeing the Los Angeles Times, the sanctified Washington Post, and even the holy New York Times run copyrighted material under your byline. With a picture credit." Alana even promises to use her influence with Dr. Chilton to get Freddie an interview with Gideon. "What's against you, and by association us," Mr. Graham breaks in, "is that your brand of journalism is obnoxious."

Miss Lounds remains serene. "Not to snap bubblegum and crack wise, but what's my angle?" LOL FREDDIE. "Is he the Chesapeake Ripper, or do you just want me to tell everybody that he is?" Well, he totally could be! "Do you know what profession psychopaths disproportionately gravitate to?" Crawford asks rhetorically." "CEOs, lawyers, the clergy," says Freddie--and #5 is surgeons. "I know the list." "Well, then you know what number six is," snarks Will: journalists. "Know what number seven is, Mr. Graham?" I guessed the punchline--"Law enforcement"--about a second before Will said it, because he needed time to work up the proper tone of deathless loathing.

"Here we are," says Freddie, smiling. "A bunch of psychopaths helping each other out."




@ScottThompson_: I want that top L.J. is sporting. She looks like the missing member of the X-Men.

@LaraJeanC: which one? I look like a superhero with the gloves- its why i wear the gloves. Or supervillain.

‏@MrAaronAbrams: Her superpower is her ability to flirt with being horribly murdered.

@BryanFuller: What is @LaraJeanC's super power?

@LaraJeanC: aaron abrams covered that question. #flirtingwithdangerinanimalprintawesomeness

In voiceover, the story she posts, as Lecter reads it on his iPad:




His name is Dr. Abel Gideon, and strong evidence has surfaced that he's far more than a mild-mannered surgeon who cruelly murdered his wife. Maybe, just maybe, Gideon is the most sought-after serial killer at large, a killer who's eluded the FBI for years and has baffled their most gifted profilers. That serial killer? None other than the Chesapeake Ripper.

Oh, y'all.




HE MAD NOW.

And Freddie? You are real, real lucky you live to blog another day. That's all I'm going to say about that.

(The funny thing is, at first I thought the nurse's murder was, figuratively speaking, a team effort--that Lecter had somehow somehow convinced Gideon through correspondence to make it look like the Chesapeake Ripper was clearly already in prison, so you can just stop looking for him, guys. Yes. You can totally stop noticing that tons of very tasty people are disappearing in the general Baltimore area. But it seems more like Chilton is driving this for his own fame-seeking purposes, although I tend to think he didn't actually mean for Gideon to actually kill someone to prove it. Who knows, maybe he did. What we do know now is that Lecter is Not Happy about any of it.)

"So are you enjoying reading my mail?" asks Gideon; Crawford is the visitor this time. "Looking for something instructional? Diagrams? Don't believe I can recreate one of my own murders from memory?" (There's the correspondence idea.) "You wouldn't be recreating them from your memory, Doctor. You're not the Chesapeake Ripper," says Crawford. "Ooooh, have to agree to disagree," Gideon, like, actually purrs. But--if you are the Ripper--why do you take surgical trophies? "Agent Crawford, there are just some things you're not allowed to do in a state-certified operating room." Eeeeeee. But then why didn't he take any trophies or display his victims when he killed his wife and her family--the murders he's actually been committed for? "Crime of passion. You know how stressful the holidays can get." Point for you, off-brand sociopath. "Anyway, you didn't come here to talk about my wife... or the little nursey." Crawford: "Oh? What am I here to talk about?" "Your trainee," murmurs Gideon. Aw hell, y'all. "Miriam... somebody." "You're telling me you killed Miriam Lass." "Yes," says Gideon, very, very quietly (okay, now we are getting into some serious creepery). "Didn't mean to kill her--don't get mad at me." Amazingly, Crawford is not actually hulk-smashing through the barrier to rip Gideon in half, even for daring to pretend he killed Miriam--he looks more perplexed than anything. "I'm not mad at you" (he sounds a little surprised himself at this). "I know where you are, I know how you got here, I read your file. I'm curious, why are you being so forthcoming all of a sudden?" "Well, what have I got to lose?" cracks Gideon. "You know where I am"--institutionalized for life regardless--"and you know how I got here." But then, why didn't Gizzard the Ripper put Miriam's body on display somewhere to be found? "What makes you think I didn't?" he replies. But before we can figure out what the hell that suggests, here's Crawford's cell phone ringing, and the caller ID says HOME; he excuses himself.

"The polite thing to do is to ask them to call back," Gideon calls after him (Crawford's already not giving a fuck halfway down the corridor). "Unless it's not an option..." I kind of love that he's trying to do the DEATH TO THE RUDE thing but can't really commit to it. Which is what I came to like about what Eddie Izzard does here--I first read these scenes as "weak Silence of the Lambs imitation" (although not an Anthony Hopkins impression pe se), which seemed strange, because you know he can do better than that. But as the episode wore on, I started to think it was something a lot more subtle. It's almost like Gideon's seen a Brilliant Imprisoned Sociopath movie, and this is the show he thinks he's supposed to put on. But... he isn't one. He's an impulsive crime-of-passion killer, maybe intelligent and snarky but not an actual stone-cold murder genius; he wants the attention, but he can't quite pull off the persona. And that, in turn, highlights how terrifying the real Hannibal Lecter actually is later on. If that's what's really going on, it's fantastically meta.

Out in the hall, Crawford assumes it's Bella calling. It's not. "Jack, it's Miriam. I don't know where I am" starts up again, and this time, we hear a bit more of it: "I was so wrong. Please--Jack--I don't want to die like this--"

"IN MY HOUSE. IN MY BEDROOM," says Crawford (now in his house, in his bedroom) to the Investigators Three. "WHERE MY WIFE SLEEPS." Man, when Lecter gets mad, he don't play. Jimmy says he's got "three distinct beauties" off the house phone: fingerprints from Jack, Bella, and--presumably--the Chesapeake Ripper, although Brian expresses skepticism that said Ripper would traipse on into the home of the Head of Behavioral Sciences and leave fingerprints now. Oh, but even better: "The Ripper put his head on your wife's pillow," announces Beverly. "AND NOW SOMEBODY'S SLEEPING IN MY BED." AND IT IS IN NO WAY JUST RIGHT. "Was Miriam Lass a blonde?" she asks, pulling out a long strand of hair. Ohhhhh no. "I pulled her fingerprints from the VICAP database," says Jimmy, "and I got a match." "SHE'S DEAD," insists Crawford. "SHE WASN'T HERE."

See, here's what I'm trying to figure out. Clearly, the "Ripper" left a hair from Miriam's head. He made sure there were impressions of someone having laid on the bed. Her fingerprints were left on the phone. Did Lecter take Miriam's body in there with him?

(Wait, where has Miriam's body been for two years?)

What am I talking about, of course Lecter hauled Crawford's dead trainee's body into the house to stage a ghost phone call. The man can teleport from Minnesota to Baltimore and back again overnight with a girl's lungs. A murder wizard did it.

"Did Miriam Lass know where you live?" Will asks him quietly. Crawford says she was smart enough to find out if she wanted to, and thus, Will says, "she could've told the Chesapeake Ripper before he killed her." Orrrrr maybe Bella just paid for her therapy with a check. "Did you know... you were sending her after him?" "I sent her after information," Crawford insists. Well, says Will, "whoever made that call thinks you were close to Miriam Lass and... feel responsible for her death." Crawford, shaken by this, flashes back to...

...the grey days of yore at the Crawffice, where Miriam pops by to see if he's read the report she left. "Don't you have classes today?" "Yes, sir. I thought this might be more important than Exclusionary Rules of Search and Seizure." After busting her chops a little, Crawford tells her that his "assessment" of her report is that "instead of being here you should be in a lecture hall boning up on Good Faith Warrant Exceptions. What you're proposing in your report breaks confidentiality laws. You know that. You shouldn't be so dismissive of what you're learning here." But, says Miriam, "if the Chesapeake Ripper is a surgeon, we should check medical records for all of the known victims--I knew we couldn't get a warrant if we didn't have something substantial." "It's one thing for a trainee to go poking around in private medical records without a warrant; very different if the guru did it." Wait... Miriam steps closer and lowers her voice: "Better for a trainee to ask for forgiveness than an FBI agent to ask for permission?" "In my experience." Oh, CRAWFORD. "Then I hope you forgive me for skipping class today," Miriam says, brightening.

Back at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Hammy, Alana says gently, "If someone were using manipulative methods to subvert your sense of control, you may not realize it until those methods are pointed out to you." "Which may be a manipulative method in itself, " counters Dr. Gizzard. "You were a model patient. You behaved yourself for two years," says Alana. "Well," says Gideon, "no opportunity to be naughty." "You could have been pushed." "Well, that would be unethical," he says. Dude, this is Chilton we're talking about; I thought you were perceptive and shit. Alana: "I can help you find out. But I need your trust to do that." "Oh, I trust you, Dr. Bloom," he says. I have a feeling we have not seen the last of this guy.

Chez Lecter. Chilton toasts his candidate for Chesapeake Rippery: "Dr. Gideon is going to provide us with a singular opportunity to analyze a pure sociopath. It is so rare to find one in captivity." Man, is the future waiting for you. Alana is not impressed--until dinner arrives, at any rate. "Inspired by Auguste Escoffier," they are having lamb tongues in an origami lotus, as you do, "served with a sauce of duxelles and oyster mushrooms. Picked myself," says Lecter. (Uh, guys? Have y'all checked on that confiscated Mushroom Whisperer farm lately?) "I don't think I've ever had tongue," she says. Lecter: "It was a particularly chatty lamb." And then I missed the entire next minute of show and had to go back because I was laughing so hard. (I was going to say it would make a great band name, but actually, I think The Chatty Lamb would be a better tavern.) "The Romans used to kill flamingos just to eat their tongues," says Chilton, because... what, they didn't even want the super long drumsticks? I bet those would have been pretty fun. "Don't give me ideas," says Lecter (yeah, Eddie Izzard didn't run off with that part of the scene, did he?). "Your tongue is very feisty. And as this evening has already proven... it's nice to have an old friend for dinner." Oh God, please let this show be renewed forever and ever. Let me live to see the day they get to that scene.

"I see three possibilities," says Alana. "Gideon is the Chesapeake Ripper... or he just thinks he is... or he knows he isn't." "He is," replies Chilton, "he knows he is, so do I." Well, of course, only the Ripper could know the wound patterns. Unless... "Did you discuss the Chesapeake Ripper's crimes with Dr. Gideon before he murdered the night nurse?" asks Lecter. Chilton: "Yes... when I began to suspect what he was." Oh, you dumbass. "Fearing he might be exposed may have, uh... spurred him into action," he admits. Alana: "Is it possible you inadvertently planted the suggestion in Gideon's mind that he was the Ripper?" "You're not suggesting coercive persuasion." "No, I said inadvertently," says Alana, because you are a dumbass. "Psychic driving is unethical," says Chilton--"But reasonable in certain circumstances," adds Lecter. Uh, Alana would like to know what the hell circumstances those might be. "It may have been useful trying to remind Gideon he's the Chesapeake Ripper," he says ("Mm-hmm," Chilton breaks in, because WE KNOW, you dumbass). "If he repressed those memories. But he seems to have come to that awareness all by himself," Lecter concludes. Chilton gives him an uneasy look. To Alana, he says that if Gideon has been "unethically manipulated somehow, I need to know" (WELL YOU'RE THE ONE WHO DID IT!). "I would love your insight." Um, no, kthnx. Lecter deftly pries Chilton away by asking him to help with dessert in the kitchen, where he talks about how he loves Norton grapes, which are the same color inside and out, even when you PEEL THEM WITH A VERY SHARP KNIFE. "A grape with nothing to hide," says Chilton. Yeah. MEDITATE UPON THAT.

@BryanFuller: A PURE GELATIN OF CONCORD GRAPES. @CHEFJOSEANDRES SAYS: "Gelatin would be made out of the bone of a human." pic.twitter.com/baBsU3sA6k

I salute you, fancy cannibal, in your quest to think of ever more imaginative ways to be just really the worst person ever.

Oh, and a word to the wise, Dr. Chilton: "Were I in your position, I would have attempted psychic driving. Perhaps you already have," says Lecter. SIGNIFICANT LOOKS ALL AROUND. "I promise I am much more forgiving of the unorthodox than Dr. Bloom. Shall we?"

At the Crawffice, one more ghost call from poor Miriam--but this time, caller ID displays a number. As Bevelry and Will walk-and-talk towards an abandoned observatory, she explains that they've traced the call to a disposable phone within a hundred feet of that location. Miriam was looking into medical records, Beverly tells him: "If the Ripper was a surgeon, she thought he might've treated one of his victims," "Have they retraced her steps?" Nah, they just said fuck it, we got a lot more trainees where that one came from--YES OF COURSE THEY DID. "The ones they could find. She made a jump somewhere they couldn't explain. You make those jumps," adds Beverly. "The evidence has to be there," Will replies. Yeah, I think maybe that was the problem, actually. Beverly: "Every surgeon that came into contact with any of the Ripper victims has been thoroughly vetted or currently under observation" (o rly?). Including Dr. Gideon, then? "Dr. Gideon wasn't in my bedroom," insists Crawford, meeting them at the front steps. "The Chesapeake Ripper was." So Crawford is going to call that number back... and now they can actually hear it ringing. Behind them. In the observatory. Ohhhh no.

There's a phone. The phone is in a hand. The hand is attached to an arm. The arm is attached to nothing. It looks a bit fresher than one might expect after two years... but it's all they're going to get. Well, except for a handwritten note: What do you see?

(See?)

The Best Fireplace Ever, where Crawford is drowning his sorrows in a brandy snifter in the firelit darkness (the brandy is probably people). "What would be the benefit of making you believe your trainee was alive?" Lecter asks him. Well, I don't know, why don't you tell us. "Hope," says Crawford. "The Ripper wanted to cloud my vision with hope." Cheer up, emo profiler: "It can sometimes be brave to allow yourself hope," says Lecter. Crawford: "Not the false kind." "Don't give up hope for your wife," Lecter insists. "Not yet. She's lost hope, which means you can't." "I don't have any control over that--" "TAKE control!" WHOA OKAY! (Well. I guess Lecter really does think of connection as something that's achieved by gaining control rather than by giving it up.) After a moment of silence, he says, "I'm sorry about your wife, Jack. I truly am. I believe the world is a better place with her in it... I am sorry about your trainee." He sounds really, really sincere, but I have got the side-eye so bad right now, y'all don't even know. "Whatever the Ripper was doing, it worked," Crawford says heavily. "I mean, I thought she was alive. For a moment, anyway. I actually let myself believe something that I knew was impossible." "Talk to me about her," says Lecter. "What was her name?"

The Best Office Ever, back in the days of grey. "My name is Miriam Lass--I'm with the FBI. I would show you my credentials, but I'm actually just a trainee." "Never just a trainee," Lecter says kindly. "An agent in training." This is when the Miriam thing shifted from "imitation" to "precedent" for me--assuming we ever get to Silence of the Lambs, it can reverberate as a layer of memory rather than "stuff they already used up" (fangirl placation achieved). Because now, the danger of sending Clarice in would be all the more present to everyone involved, given that they'll all remember a time when that didn't... turn out so well.

"I was hoping to talk to you about a former patient," says Miriam, from the days when he was a practicing physician. Well, "I haven't practiced medicine for some time, but fortunately for you, I have a very good memory." "His name was Jeremy Olmstead..." Suddenly, Lecter's memory is not quite as good as previously advertised. "He was recently found murdered in his workshop. We think he may be a victim of the Chesapeake Ripper," says Miriam. "He had two old scars on his thigh. Pathology checked with the local hospital--he had fallen out of a tree blind five years ago while bow hunting, stuck an arrow through his leg. The doctor of record was a resident surgeon, but you were on duty in the ER that night." O rly? You don't say. "Your name was on the admissions log," says Miriam. "It's been a long time since the accident, but I thought you may remember if anything was fishy with the arrow wound." Oh, well, maybe, sort of, vaguely, not really? Hunters show up at Baltimore ERs stuck with arrows all the time, you must really forgive him for letting that one blend in with all the others. But! "I did keep detailed journals during those days. If you like, I can get them for you," says Lecter, although this offer cannot possibly be sincere. Nonetheless, he climbs into the Cannibal Library Paradise loft while Miriam wanders around the office.

We had actually just been discussing when in the series we might get to the part when Shit Goes Down, which was my non-spoiler shorthand for the scene where Will's investigating the Wound Man murder, and he meets Lecter for the first time, just to make an innocent inquiry, and then Bad Things Happen with a linoleum knife (he lives, since it's a back story and he's telling it), and that is how Lecter ends up getting caught. It's just so fantastic, that two-page flashback in Red Dragon, and I was dying for the show to someday get to this part, probably as a season finale, when Will would see the picture--




and just--know--




and quietly excuse himself to go call for backup on a pay phone, because this was written in 1981, but Lecter knows that he knows--




and then Lecter sneaks up behind him in his socks--




and then I started squeaking "oh my God oh my God oh Jesus oh Jesus oh Jesus"




the whole time he strangles Miriam.

(And meanwhile, my sister must have wondered why I was in the room next door shrieking "IT'S THE SOCKS!!!")

So! That's the first time we've actually seen Lecter kill anyone. (Wait, no--attack anyone? I no longer know what's up or down or even dead at all.) Man, did they make it count. And I think this is where it gets interesting--there's a lot of different expressions going on here. He enjoys killing generally, so a little of that; are we seeing relief that he's grabbed her in time? Anger, even fear, that he nearly got caught? Is he relatively gentle (no, he is, really weirdly--he kisses the top of her head afterwards) because of the chivalrous ("chivalrous") streak, or because he's just trying to accomplish this as quietly as possible, or because he genuinely, in some way, regrets having to kill her for just politely doing her job? (Well, he introduced Alana's head to a stone wall pretty cheerfully, even though he clearly liiii~iiiikes her, so maybe not so much with the "regret.")

You know what this also means?

We now have no idea how Will's going to find out, or how Lecter's going to get caught, or what's going to happen when he is. Now, ALL BETS ARE FUCKING OFF.

Wait. Wait wait wait. Step back. So what you mean to tell me is--you are saying that--Lecter is sitting here in front of his fireplace pensively thinking about how he's genuinely sorry about Bella Crawford, and sorry for Jack because he's losing her, because even cannibals sometimes get the feels, and he felt fairly wistful, indeed, as he was sneaking around Crawford's house TRYING TO GASLIGHT HIM INTO THINKING HIS TRAINEE WAS STILL ALIVE? "Yes," he said to himself, as he set up a phone call to relay Miriam's last words to Crawford (the second time), "I feel such sympathy for this brave, suffering woman--now, should I lay a single blonde hair across her pillow, or should I actually lay Dead Miriam out in the bed for the full effect"? ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT IS WHAT HE DID?

You are literally the absolute worst, sir.

"She was a very brave young woman," Crawford says quietly. Lecter drinks to that.

SO BASICALLY THAT JUST WENT COMPLETELY OFF THE RAILS INTO AWESOME.

@akathorne: But what the hell, though?! Did I just watch a SotL remake with My Girl and Eddie Izzard? What is even happening!

@cleolinda: I--I am kind of overwhelmed right now. I think on Tumblr they call these "feels."

See, that's what I ended up loving about this the more I thought about it--it's like they had all these scenes that felt vaguely derivative of the originals--so they could knock you over and sweep them out of the way like YEAH, WE ARE DONE WITH THAT NOW. Game on.


Hannibal Boss Talks Casting Lee Pace and Kristin Chenoweth—and a Pushing Daisies Kickstarter Campaign! More to the point: "So our viewers will be screwed if we don't have a second season." YOU GUYS, I WILL FLIP A FUCKING TABLE right after I make sure nothing breakable is on it. PRAYER CIRCLE FOR MAY 12 ANNOUNCEMENT.



@MrAaronAbrams: Well I dunno how this show can get any betterWAITGILLIANANDERSONISCOMINGOHMYGOD.


PLEEEEAAAAAASE.


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I was already excited for Dr Chilton since I adore Raul Esparza (if Fuller ever feels the need for a musical episode, Raul's prepared for that. Also he's way shorter than I thought he was) but I'm excited to see more of the dynamic between him, Will and Hannibal. Izzard was suitably creepy, my love for Freddie grows with each week and basically Bryan Fuller owns my soul. I would also love the Katz-Zeller-Price crime scene trio.

Just... For the love of all that is holy, we need to go look for some Nielsen families.

I think at this point they do take online viewers into account? (Can they take DVR into account as well? Maybe?) It's getting to be a bit more "every vote counts" than the Nielsen families setup used to be, I think.

Haven't read a line of this seeing as I just finished episode 3, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for introducing me to this show. I've been reading your recaps since the first and I finally got brave enough to watch the actual thing, and it is SO GOOD and SO GROSS AND GOREY.

Also, the art direction is absolutely stunning, which is one thing your recaps couldn't really cover, so it was totally worth it. Even if I'm not sure if i'll be able to eat lunch.

It really is. I try not to overwhelm the recaps with pictures, but my God, I could if I wanted to. Both the cinematography and the sets.

They do some really interesting things with the gore/horror aspects, but I have to say, it's the suspense that I love. The parts where you either know something's about to happen or you're afraid something might happen (you'll see that in the episode 4 recap)--they do such a good job leveraging the BUT WE KNOW aspect. When you read this recap--there is a scene near the end that I MELTED DOWN over, just from waiting for what I realized was going to happen.

So in the first episode? There is TOTALLY a wound man illustration underneath the picture of the school.

eta: Also, a question. If NBC cancels it, will the show actually cease to be or merely not aired in the US, since it's foreign production? Does anyone know anything about the international ratings?

Edited at 2013-05-04 06:27 pm (UTC)

Heh, I remember Bryan Fuller pointing that out (with picture) at the time, but just didn't have the get-up-and-go to comb his timeline for it.

(You know, you would think Lecter would maybe stash that picture somewhere safe now that he's KILLED SOMEONE over it.)

I actually think they'll run the entire season regardless, because it's shot, bought and paid for, and it's not like they have anything to replace it with. So it's more a matter of renewal than sudden cancellation, I guess.

YAY!! A recap!

So what you mean to tell me is--you are saying that--Lecter is sitting here in front of his fireplace pensively thinking about how he's genuinely sorry about Bella Crawford, and sorry for Jack because he's losing her, because even cannibals sometimes get the feels, and he felt fairly wistful, indeed, as he was sneaking around Crawford's house TRYING TO GASLIGHT HIM INTO THINKING HIS TRAINEE WAS STILL ALIVE? "Yes," he said to himself, as he set up a phone call to relay Miriam's last words to Crawford (the second time), "I feel such sympathy for this brave, suffering woman--now, should I lay a single blonde hair across her pillow, or should I actually lay Dead Miriam out in the bed for the full effect"? ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT IS WHAT HE DID?

You are literally the absolute worst, sir.


He is the absolute worst, but his motives make sense (at least to him). I think he was punishing Jack Crawford because he knew Jack was behind the Freddie Lounds story. But this is separate from the fact that Jack is still a soon to be widower. Professionally, Hannibal will screw with him. Personally, he can feel bad for Jack and his pending grief. It's all levels of splitting but this is how Hannibal seems to be in this show. He genuinely can like people but get him mad and dammit, he turns on you. But he'll still like you.

HE MAD NOW.

Honestly that expression on his face had me scurrying away about as fast as when Crawford raises his voice.

Did Lecter take Miriam's body in there with him?

I somehow suspected that he took...parts of her? Like maybe her head? I actually wasn't sure if he ate her. He has this thing about only eating the rude from what I gather about the show. So maybe with this one he just kept her...packaged?

@BryanFuller: .@AnnaChlumsky on #HANNIBAL is named Miriam Regina Lass. George Lass' sister on #DEADLIKEME was Redgy Lass. Redgy is short for Regina.

Uh. Hope you guys weren't that attached to her.


Thanks, Fuller. Thanks.

Oh, and thanks also for apparently creating a cliffhanger of such magnitude for the season 1 closer that we will all have seizures if the show gets canceled. THANKS.

It's all levels of splitting but this is how Hannibal seems to be in this show.

Yeah, there's a REALLY strong ability to compartmentalize that verges on paradox. Like, that you can have feelings that shouldn't even be able to exist side by side--"I feel really sorry for you, except when I want to punish you, and I feel a lot of sympathy but zero remorse." That's just fascinating to me.

We now have no idea how Will's going to find out, or how Lecter's going to get caught, or what's going to happen when he is. Now, ALL BETS ARE FUCKING OFF.

Thisss, sfm. Good job, show.

It kind of killed me that the arm was all carefully displayed in an old observatory, left with a note reading "What do you see?", and no one checks where the telescope is positioned.

Also, I was geekily happy to see Norton grapes featured, and to read about the trouble they had in acquiring them. Yay for local - non-people - cuisine finding its way into Hannibal's kitchen.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but the coloring of the observatory reminded me of the pills in the...pill machine at the pharmacy in episode two.

Great recap!

That whole scene with Miriam (OMG Redgy??? Dead Like Me feels now) in Crawford's office is line-by-line Clarice in Silence of the Lambs. I was like, "Are you kidding me?" but either they wanted to film their favorite scenes before they got canceled or they're going off script as they go forward. And I'm wondering if that's the case with the last scene of Mirriam's death.

Also, the casting in this show has been genius. Raul Esparza as Chilton was a brilliant idea.

Yeah, and even if the show is renewed, they're not sure they can get MGM to let them use the Clarice character, apparently. It's probably a little of both. Honestly--I feel a lot less viewer/fangirl anxiety after this episode. Like, all bets are off now, they could use any part of the books/movies at any time, but they did it so well with this episode that I am finally, entirely on board with that now.

I'm kind of weird like that--even with movie adaptations, it's almost like, the bigger a change you make, the more okay I am with it. Because usually people have a fairly well-thought-out reason for big changes. It's when they mess up something relatively small that you're just like THERE IS SERIOUSLY NO REASON FOR YOU TO HAVE FUCKED THAT UP, WHY DID YOU DO THAT. And it helped that they had so many bits from the book in the right places in the episodes leading up to this to show that they were doing it in good faith, you know? And they gave us time to get attached to the show's version of the characters. After this episode, I trust them.

they're going off script as they go forward. And I'm wondering if that's the case with the last scene of Mirriam's death.

I just cannot state strongly enough how much they won me over with that scene. Which probably sounds bizarre. But it was just perfect.

My thoughts, let me proffer them in a large pile:

Chatty lamb! Lamb tongues! OMG I just got the joke. I have smart. In my defense, though, I spent the whole scene being viscerally upset by the sight of the tongues, and being totally disappointed in Alana for just blithely cutting into them, for some reason.

…I think this show is influencing me strongly in the direction of vegetarianism. Unlike the rest of Tumblr, on whom it appears to be having the opposite effect.

I read Dr. Gizzard the same way as you, Cleo - that he was trying to perform the movie supervillain, and doing it badly and ridiculously. And all the "off-brand SOTL" moments seemed like intentional postmodern remix stuff, right from the start. I definitely think that's where the show was going with it, setting up a kind of Lecterverse hall of mirrors effect, with present-day events turning out to have been an influence on the later-day events that we already know about. In conclusion, brain hurts, ow.

Norton grapes. Reference to Ed Norton, Y/N?

"Psychic driving is unethical," says Chilton--"But reasonable in certain circumstances," adds Lecter. Uh, Alana would like to know what the hell circumstances those might be."

So in the "overlooking obvious clues that Lecter might possibly be a bad person" category - he is so very, very willing to disregard ethical limits and boundaries, as a psychiatrist/psychotherapist. He should not be counselling Will if he is not formally taking him on as a patient. He should most certainly not be counselling Bella if he has a social and professional relationship with Jack. He should UTTERLY not be talking to Jack in an informal counselling session while DISCLOSING PRIVILEGED INFORMATION ABOUT BELLA WITHOUT HER CONSENT. That thing he did with taking Abigail home and administering an alleged Valium without Alana's knowledge and permission? I mean, dude. He is showing a pattern of not just unethical, but glarinly, hugely, obscenely unethical behaviour and none of the psych professionals involved appear to be batting an eye. Well, Alana batted like, half an eye, and then was placated by some randomly-timed breakfast.

"Hunters show up at Baltimore ERs stuck with arrows all the time, you must really forgive him for letting that one blend in with all the others."

Actually, I bought that because ER people see totally insane shit on a daily basis. I remember reading a site of "so this actually happened" stories by ER interns, and yeah, arrow dude would not have stood out.

"We now have no idea how Will's going to find out, or how Lecter's going to get caught, or what's going to happen when he is. Now, ALL BETS ARE FUCKING OFF. "

I know, right? RIGHT? Want this show to air all 5 or whatever seasons of itself, right now - like, right this minute.

Edited at 2013-05-04 07:47 pm (UTC)

Chatty lamb! Lamb tongues! OMG I just got the joke. I have smart. In my defense, though, I spent the whole scene being viscerally upset by the sight of the tongues, and being totally disappointed in Alana for just blithely cutting into them, for some reason.

Oh my God, I laughed so hard at the lamb thing. Which blessedly meant I wasn't looking too hard at the tongues. I think this show is just really making me realize what a narrow idea of edible meat I have (and possibly that American culture has in general). Because at least half the things he's served so far are things I wouldn't eat even if you could prove it wasn't people. Mostly because I'm easily weirded out by textures, not the idea that one part of an animal is conceptually better than another. I'm actually a lot more disturbed by the idea of how the characters will feel when they realize they've been tricked into cannibalism.

…I think this show is influencing me strongly in the direction of vegetarianism. Unlike the rest of Tumblr, on whom it appears to be having the opposite effect.

Oh, Tumblr. I had trouble with food generally the first week or so (like, actual trouble chewing and swallowing), then just with red meat, then got past it. But I figured I was spending way too much time having to rewatch the show and transcribe the dialogue, and so most people weren't spending as much time with it ~in their heads omg~ as I was.

I read Dr. Gizzard the same way as you, Cleo - that he was trying to perform the movie supervillain, and doing it badly and ridiculously. And all the "off-brand SOTL" moments seemed like intentional postmodern remix stuff, right from the start.

I had had such a terror of the show actually turning out that way that I didn't catch on to the meta as quickly as I probably should have. Because you cannot, generally speaking, get a SOTL reference/homage past me, so I have noticed a lot of them in pop culture, and most of them are crappy. So I just went straight into NO NO NO Cat mode.

(On the other hand, I'm relieved that I'm not the only one thinking that now, because talking about how weak and derivative this or that part was would be, uh, kind of insulting if it wasn't meant to be ironic.)

He is showing a pattern of not just unethical, but glarinly, hugely, obscenely unethical behaviour and none of the psych professionals involved appear to be batting an eye.

Which may say a lot about those characters themselves, particularly the way we're seeing that Crawford is willing to bend the rules to get things done.

Actually, I bought that because ER people see totally insane shit on a daily basis. I remember reading a site of "so this actually happened" stories by ER interns, and yeah, arrow dude would not have stood out.

Heh, now that you mention it, I can see that. I may have been coming at that from the unfair angle of "I totally don't remember specifically choosing a guy with an arrow wound to recreate the Wound Man illustration, nope."

And... mmmyep, another Pushing Daisies alum, though for a moment there when we heard Dr. Chilton's voice before we saw him, I thought somehow they'd gone as far as to get Anthony Heald to dust off the tweedy suits (well, it's been more than ten years, so...)

Had this weird notion considering Mikkelsen!Lecter's sartorial choices and comparing them to Chilton's. If memory serves, Thomas Harris went into a little detail of how Chilton dressed (including a suit in windowpane check?!) in an attempt to seem younger, and the film of Silence picked up on this... Mikkelsen!Lecter seems to be dressed like Chilton in the book.

Something I keep thinking while I'm watching this is "He's DRACULA!" Like the thing about people in a horror movie who don't know they're in a horror movie...

I also keep thinking of what horror historian David J. Skal (via his book The Monster Show) had to say about Hannibal Lecter: "Like Dracula, Hannibal Lecter has a pronounced taste for human blood; like Frankensein, he is a brilliant, but mad scientist; he has two personalities, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both civilized and savage; and, like some sideshow super-geek, he is held and exhibited in a succession of zoo-like enclosures. The Silence of the Lambs itself provided a sideshow-like diversion in which all the traditional headliners in the monster show reassembled themselves like the pieces of a broken mirror. And the monster, this time, looked very much like us."

Yeah, I think that's why he as a character got such a strong foothold in pop culture. That's a really fascinating way of explaining it--that he hits all those different marks. I'd picked up on the vampire thing on a number of levels, but not the other two characters.

The scene where Will's doing the nurse-gouging was one of the very few that made me sit open-mouthed. It was brutal and elegant and everything I could ever watch in this show. Hands down, right now, Entrée is my favourite because of the way everything shifts slightly off-kilter and repositions Hannibal and Will. During the re-enactment, Will is so calm, so single-mindedly focused, so much like the mask Hannibal's wearing, which finally begins to slip at the end of this episode.

Nursey gave me Silent Hill flashbacks before Wound Man thoughts because of the way they shot it. It looked to me like there was just the grouping of the objects impaled in her torso and upper thighs, with them meant to be some sort of bizarre table legs.

(Ooh, thanks for The Awl article. I'm always interested in how hybrisophilia and erotomania cross-over and are embodied in our culture.)

I spent much of the episode posting SHUT UP CHILTON. (Which, hilariously, the nbchannibal tumblr liked.)

Yeah, they're separate. Just intercut to be claustrophobic. The genitals line had me doing some sort of flaily pointing at the television thing because Chilton actually did that to Hannibal in the novels. Hannibal Lecter is the best at being the worst and I want to pat him on the head and give him some organs to play with. (And I'm pretty sure there was more than one saw in the Lecter crime scene. I thought I saw a hacksaw where the extended part of an uncut blade was sticking into the body.)

(perhaps ~Lithuanian nobility?~)
EXOTIC LITHUANIA, PLAN YOUR NEXT VACATION, PEOPLE. COME SEE THE FORMER SOVIET ORPHANAGES AND LEARN ABOUT THE FAMINES WHERE THE ONLY THING TO EAT WAS PEOPLE.

oh lord i was right about the vegetarian option being mushrooms wasn't i.

Chilton, you're not even a doctor. (Fake doctor, can't diagnose.)

He didn't kill her, though. She had to be alive later to make that phone call. So he strangled her into unconsciousness and then she woke up in somewhere dark and lonely and with him in the shadows. AND HE KISSED HER ON THE HEAD. AND HIS FACE. HIS FACE.



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The genitals line had me doing some sort of flaily pointing at the television thing because Chilton actually did that to Hannibal in the novels.

Yeah, I remembered that in passing, but I don't think he suggested it, much less to a lady, Dr. Gizzard.

(And I'm pretty sure there was more than one saw in the Lecter crime scene. I thought I saw a hacksaw where the extended part of an uncut blade was sticking into the body.)

Oh, I'm sure. That one particular saw just looked hilarious to me, for some reason.

AND HE KISSED HER ON THE HEAD.

So I didn't imagine that, then? I was like, "People are going to think I am so disturbed if I point out that he kissed her head after strangling her and I imagined it." But yeah, THAT is... something to consider.

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I LOVED THAT SO MUCH. I kind of wanted to give it a standing ovation when it was over.

I have a friend who's pretty ticked that Will's realization was given to a one-off character, but I agree with you - I think it's a brilliant way of telegraphing to the audience that all bets are off. Those iconic scenes have been done before, and now that we have them out of the way, we have no idea what's coming, and that is so exciting. Now that Will's relationship with Hannibal is different, the way he catches him is also going to be different, and I so can't wait to see what it is. And if they get to Season Five, I have to imagine that Jack's attitude toward Clarice is going to change, too. Miriam has set a precedent, and once Jack knows that Hannibal is responsible, that loss is going to echo to all the future seasons.

I just cannot stand the idea of not getting to see the future seasons of this show. I need NBC to renew it already! Every time I see 'Hannibal' in an EW headline, my heart skips a beat.

Other things:

- Will's empath-ing trances are definitely getting worse. No surreal dream-like touches to this one, no changes in the lighting and the way everything moves, just cold-blooded torture. For a second I thought he wasn't going to pull himself together long enough to get the job done. Hugh Dancy is just phenomenal - terrifying in one moment, heartbreaking in the next.

- Laurence Fishburne for all the Emmys. I love Jack as the hilariously capslock-y boss, but now that they're giving him these meaty plotlines, I'm loving him even more.

- Hannibal was so fucking scary this episode. When I watched the second time, Jack's monologue about staring at his wife's side of the bed and wondering if she would die there was so chilling, because when Hannibal planted Miriam's hair on the pillow, he was hitting Jack even harder at his weakest point.

- Interesting that you should bring up the connection between Alana's heels and the Ravenstag appearance, since I just saw a photoset on Tumblr of Alana's fashion throughout the show so far. She wears a lot of clothing with scale-like patterns, and the poster thought that was meant to reference the snake-mongoose metaphor from episode one, and suggest that Alana was not what she seemed. I'm not sure how much I buy it, but you never know...

- One little touch I really loved: without devoting much time to it or explicitly addressing it, Will and Jack seemed quite a bit more comfortable with one another this episode. Their talk at the end of Coquilles must have gone well.

- Freddie is still a terrible person, but I kind of loved her this time around.

- CHILTON. Such different casting, but so perfect.

- No really, where's my renewal notice. I need this show.

I have a friend who's pretty ticked that Will's realization was given to a one-off character

I think I would be pissed off if they hadn't done it so awesomely. They just really seriously won me over with the way they did that scene.

Hannibal was so fucking scary this episode.

Which is why I ended up really liking what they did with the Gideon character, because it ended up being this really effective, light and hammy contrast to GENUINE TERROR. Eddie Izzard had a few lines that were super creepy, but I don't know that I was actually scared of him at any point. (Although, we didn't see him playing Gideon during the actual murder of the nurse. That might have changed my mind.)

Alana was not what she seemed. I'm not sure how much I buy it, but you never know...

I keep wondering if it's more related to that idea that she might get seduced in one way or the other and "taken away" from Will, even if she's just this unwitting love interest for Lecter, and so her footsteps are "shadowed" by the Ravenstag, as it were.

(I say "taken away," but I feel like it would be more Alana making a conscious choice based on the only information she currently has, and then being horrified when she finds out who/what Hannibal really is.)

Freddie is still a terrible person, but I kind of loved her this time around.

I have come to just absolutely adore her. Like, not as a person, but as a character I want to watch. She strikes me as a lot smarter and smoother and cooler than the male version.

This episode brought it indeed. Everyone sitting around discussing the Chesapeake Ripper in front of Lecter was hilarious for obvious reasons. But someone clear something up from the books for me? Lecter was the Ripper, but not all of his murders were like that? He didn't kill that way every time? (Cause I could sort of imagine him being like two or three different "serial killers" as far as the FBI knows but it all being him in the end, plus some they don't know about.)

"WHERE MY WIFE SLEEPS." Man, when Lecter gets mad, he don't play.

He knows how to hit you where it hurts. And then calmly talk about your feelings afterwards. Also, that line about being sorry about Bella sounded genuine, but it's followed by being sorry about the trainee, who the hell knows.

"Your tongue is very feisty. And as this evening has already proven... it's nice to have an old friend for dinner."

Is this supposed to be a reference to someone we know? Or is Lecter just serving them up some generic old friend? I wondered, since he had the body all this time, if it isn't Miriam's. (But he totally grabbed some people mushrooms to go with the main course.) I mean, I know where the line is from, but who is the old friend they're eating now?

I was dying for the show to someday get to this part, probably as a season finale, when Will would see the picture--

See, I had no idea the picture was a thing in the books. To me, it just seemed sloppy for him to leave 'evidence' drawings around. Like, that scene almost would have had more tension if she had been randomly admiring his artwork and he snuck up behind her and strangled her. Because he had already decided to; her seeing the picture wasn't what made him. And she would have realized she was wrong whenever she woke up to be killed, so the recordings to Jack would still have made sense. But that scene was intense.

Because now, the danger of sending Clarice in would be all the more present to everyone involved, given that they'll all remember a time when that didn't... turn out so well.

I sort of thought this, too. Sort of a reverse of Clarice, or highlighting the fact that Lecter and Clarice met under very specific circumstances. Like, look what could have happened to Clarice if she had met him when he was 'in the wild' so to speak.

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Also, that line about being sorry about Bella sounded genuine, but it's followed by being sorry about the trainee, who the hell knows.

I genuinely cannot figure out what was going on with "I'm sorry about your trainee." I don't think he's the least bit sorry he was tormenting Crawford to get him back for the Tattle Crime story, but I can't tell if he maybe regrets that Miriam had to die, based on the way he strangles her. I was afraid to mention that he kisses her head afterwards, as someone else just pointed out, because I was afraid I'd just imagined it. That's why I was kind of trying to draw people's attention to, you know, go look at that and tell me what the hell all is going on there. But then, you know, Crawford's all like "She was so brave" and Lecter looks pleased with himself. I just. I do not even know what to make of him half the time.

"Your tongue is very feisty. And as this evening has already proven... it's nice to have an old friend for dinner."

I think he was just saying that in the figurative way at that moment, so that we would all flail at the context.

Sort of a reverse of Clarice, or highlighting the fact that Lecter and Clarice met under very specific circumstances. Like, look what could have happened to Clarice if she had met him when he was 'in the wild' so to speak.

And since we get his side of things here in a way we didn't in that movie, I wonder how he would think of Miriam by then, how he would compare the two of them. The memory that would sort of ripple into the story--it's not just Crawford's memory of sending this girl off to get killed, it's also Lecter's memory of having killed her.

This was the first episode I watched live and I don't have the book background just your recaps and OMG. I was gasping and amazed all the way through.

Just this show.

but we haven't seen lecter kill anyone yet. i know it looks like we did, but if he'd killed her right there, how would he have gotten the tape to play for jack?

he just choked her out.

so either there are more flashbacks to come where he manages to get that tape, or she's still alive somehow. maybe incapacitated and unable to get help (like a mason verger precursor) and he's been breaking down her mind for two years. sure easier to get her to jack's house that way.

Well, I say "strangled," but I didn't mean "to death." You can choke someone unconscious in--what is it, thirty seconds? It takes a number of minutes to actually kill them. I want to say two minutes, I can't remember. I'm assuming he incapacitated her that way and hauled her off to kill her later, make the recording, etc. But that's also why I mentioned "dire possibilities of the last two years," because that arm looked kind of fresh. (I guess he could have frozen her body. Oh my God, I have to stop thinking about this.) I think at this point she's probably dead (I guess he could have just cut off her arm, who knows at this point). But I was wondering how that recording was made. Not even so much how he made it, but why she seemed to think she was calling Crawford for help when clearly that isn't what was actually happening.

But he did not kill Miriam at this point, otherwise she could not have made the phone call ... so still no on screen killings just another "knock-out" and it still is fabulous :D It was even more creepier than the sudden knock-out. Especially, if you realize that he went away, so he could get rid of the shoes and sneak back ...

Again with each no episode I wish more and more that this goes on and on. If it s allowed to run, it is going to be one of the most awesome shows ever made ... *fangirls*

I did not even recognize Chilton's actor. Even though he plays my favourite SVU DA. The whole body language is soo different. He is such a slimy bug in this one.

Yeah, I finally realized that and tried to go back in and put a correction. Like, I both knew and forgot at the same time and got tangled up. Shit, as someone else pointed out, he might STILL not have killed her. I throw up my hands at this point.

*flails is possibly morbid glee*

This was a great episode, first off. Second, I got the impression from the beginning that the whole SotL-styling was deliberately done with just enough of a "cheap knock-off" vibe as to intentionally grate on those that know SotL. It echoes the whole "not the real Ripper" plot of the episode. I think they knew very well how fans of SotL would react, and so used that to enhance what they intended. The same way they've been using the WE KNOW THINGS aspect with Lecter. Also, that irritation actually helps the audience resonate with Lecter's fury in that one scene.

The immediate aftermath of Will empathing was intense and extremely well done. I wanted to stand up and applaud that performance. The way he's shaking and sweating (nice job spray person) and trembling and gasping and would someone give this guy a HUG DAMMIT was just perfect. This is something actors BEG for and point to as to why they love to act. In fact, all the core characters are getting some great scenes with exactly the kind of "meat" they most want.

Chilton should just skip all the pleasantries... oh wait, he doesn't know what the word "pleasantries" means, nor "politeness" and "manners" for that matter. He should just wear a sign saying, "DUMBASS."

I have to admit I kinda love Freddie in this. The smugness + her arrogance is just so charmingly repugnant. And I'm rather confused over it, obviously. And the hair. That hair is almost a minor character in it's own right. Oh, and her wearing the gloves to the interview, I noticed that when I was watching and thought it gave her this vaguely villainous feel. Or like she wants to be there but not in contact with anything. Like she was deliberately placing a barrier between herself and the world while still being able to move in it.

Dinner with Lecter: Ew, tongue. Even gourmet chefs and foodies admit that it's something a lot of them don't like. I think it's the texture of the skin of the tongue or something like that. And these are the same people saying they like snails, so there you go. I would love to have some Norton grapes right now. Admittedly, I would like to have grapes most of the time. And blueberries. And pineapple. And fruit, period. Tasty.

"Your tongue is very feisty." Now that is a wonderfully subtle (to the characters) and hilariously blatant (to the audience) threat. I laughed out loud at this. Poor Alana, I'm really worried about how she's going to react to the inevitable revelations. I think she's going to be engaged in a fiercely close competition with Will on who gets the title of "NOT TAKING THIS WELL".

Minor point, but I noticed that when Lecter went up that ladder in the Best Office Ever, it was really loud. Annoyingly so. Lots of rattles and thumps. To the point that you'd wonder why he wanted it in his library/office at all; it would disrupt the calm quiet of the room. Then he comes down all quite-like and ninja-foots it in his socks to behind poor Miriam and blood-chokes her unconscious and I realize that he deliberately made as much noise going up that ladder as possible. This way she would be unconsciously listening for those noises to alert her that he was coming back down. She'd let her guard down, just a little, even if she was suspicious. That would give him a slight window of opportunity to strike. Then I sat there and thought THIS SHOW, DAMN.

And that's my reaction to the whole series to date: THIS SHOW, DAMN!


Second, I got the impression from the beginning that the whole SotL-styling was deliberately done with just enough of a "cheap knock-off" vibe as to intentionally grate on those that know SotL. It echoes the whole "not the real Ripper" plot of the episode. I think they knew very well how fans of SotL would react, and so used that to enhance what they intended. The same way they've been using the WE KNOW THINGS aspect with Lecter. Also, that irritation actually helps the audience resonate with Lecter's fury in that one scene.

They played me like a violin, then, let me tell you what. And I kind of love that they did. Because yes, I literally sat there fuming, "But that's HIS scene! That's about HIM!" So yeah, he sees the article and it really is kind of like, look at that damn picture like something out of the movie! GET HIM! GET HIM!!

Chilton should just skip all the pleasantries... oh wait, he doesn't know what the word "pleasantries" means, nor "politeness" and "manners" for that matter.

As good as the original version was, I have to say--Raul Esparza completely sold "We are woefully short of material on your sort of--thing." Oh my God, I wanted to throttle Chilton right there. If they want to go ahead and let him get et ahead of schedule, I'm totally okay with that.

I have to admit I kinda love Freddie in this. The smugness + her arrogance is just so charmingly repugnant. And I'm rather confused over it, obviously.

See, I just love how serenely awful she is. Like, you just cannot get her down, she has no shame. And "Not to snap bubblegum and crack wise, but what's my angle?" was just the best.

I would love to have some Norton grapes right now.

I admit, the dessert looked fantastic. I'm a pathetically picky eater, not to mention the fact that I pick chocolate over fruit almost every chance possible, and even I was like, "No, I want some of that." That said, all of the food has looked beautiful, even though you're probably never going to get me to eat organs, no matter where they came from.

I realize that he deliberately made as much noise going up that ladder as possible.

Oh, man, I don't know that I noticed any noise either way. That's fantastic.

it reminds me of a line from a star wars short story "when you have a bantha as smart as that, you don't eat him all at once"

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I basically agree with all of this. I guess with Molly in the future there's no point in hoping that Will would end up with Alana or Beverly, for that matter, though. I JUST NEED HIM TO STOP HURTING MY HEART WITH HIS SADNESS. I'm also waiting for cannibal romance, because I want to know just how fucked up this show is willing to get. You throw Gillian Anderson into the mix and/or some kind of dominance play for Alana, and shit could start to happen.

(Crawford yelling is the best. I genuinely sit there and try to decide whether this or that line of dialogue in the recap merits bolding or not.)

I just keep remembering that the first officer into book!Lecter's basement turned around and immediately tendered his resignation and went into hotel management, or something. And now I'm wondering DOES HE STILL HAVE THE REST OF HER???

Yup! Hotel management. I feel like a horrible person for being like, "I want to see them do the basement." But I want to see them do the basement. Because I think there's a number of different ways you could go with that, and I want to see what they think he'd have down there--"what kind of crazy is he," as Crawford would say.

And now I'm wondering DOES HE STILL HAVE THE REST OF HER???

Yeah, my gaskets were so blown that I didn't even stop and do my usual I HAVE QUESTIONS outburst. Probably because I have too many questions to even know where to start. When did he make the recording? Did he talk to her or interrogate her? When did he kill her? How did he kill her? Did he kill her? Is she still alive somewhere with an arm cut off? Are she and Abigail going to fight over who gets the top bunk? If she's dead, I have to think he saved her entire body so he could decide who to torment later and how--which means he still has it, minus an arm. Which also means that he killed this girl and said to himself, "You know what, let's hold on to her, I might need to be the Absolute Worst a couple of years from now." Don't even get me started on the "did he eat anything" line of questioning. The only reason I'm handwaving all this at the moment is that I have a feeling we might find out more later.

Oh, not eyes! Oh, you poor thing. :-(

Is it sad that for the past 2 recapisodes I've been reading "Chesapeake Ripper" as "Cheesecake Ripper"? And spent a whole lot of time wondering what cheesecake had to do with murder aside from the food theme? And this coming from someone who's lived in Chesapeake for 15 years.

Hee! "Chesapeake" doesn't even look like a word to me anymore. I know exactly how it's spelled and yet it's looked wrong to me ever since the episode before this.

I wasn't sure exactly where they were going with this whole "bootleg Hannibal" thing, but once I got the shape of it all I could do was shake my head and go "oh, clever, clever show". And I think Izzard is in next week's episode too? That the meta delights may continue.

What I'm really wondering though is (besides the aforementioned meta delights)if the real purpose of this total restructuring is to allow for Will Graham participation of some sort once we get to SotL arc season. Just hear me out before setting that torch on fire! While Mads!Hannibal is fantastic and all, Hugh!Will is the other half of the show and a big part of the appeal of Hannibal. From a production point of view, to drop him simply because the book dicates it (the book we might not even be able to get the rights to no less, though your point about MGM being willing to play ball should the series prove that long term successful seems on point) is a waste. And besides, sometimes ignoring what the book says is a good thing! *coughhannibal'sendingwithcannibal!clariceseriouslythatcangofuckitselfcough* And should the series go that far, to completely remove one of the two main leads making up the foundation of the show's success to replace with a totally different, untried new lead is more risk than I've known any TV executive to take.

Mind this is all just speculation, but I feel betting on Will staying around in some function is not exactly Vegas odds.

Other thoughts:
-Freddie is still unmitigated awful and yet that's somehow part of the appeal? She's grown on me. Like people mushrooms.
-On a related note, Uh, guys? Have y'all checked on that confiscated Mushroom Whisperer farm lately? made me spit my drink out in horrified laughter.
-Whereas Lecter's 'he mad' face was just plain horrifying. Just an expression, but damn it was scary and you knew shit was going to go down hard. Mads Mikkelsen is just too fantastic for words, really.
-Kudos to the writing team for still keeping with the 'control and connections' theme for their killers. It's giving Hannibal such splendid consistency and that makes it so much easier to really sink in (and dream logic away what doesn't work).
-At this point is there anything Hannibal can't make out of people? Jesus.
-Gillian Anderson next week YES YES YES

the real purpose of this total restructuring is to allow for Will Graham participation of some sort once we get to SotL arc season. Just hear me out before setting that torch on fire!

Oh, I am all for this. I love Hugh Dancy on this show, and while I really wanted to see the first time he runs afoul of Lecter, I'm not really looking forward to the end of Red Dragon per se. And even though the show's named for Hannibal, he doesn't show up until the 30-minute mark in the first episode. So Will is the character who we attach to first. I don't want him to go, and it would be really interesting to see how his presence and relationships with the characters affect the storyline he wasn't originally there for.

Besides, we couldn't call it EMPATH AND CANNIBAL anymore if he left. They keep him on, we can at least call it EMPATH, LAMB & CANNIBAL or something.

Whereas Lecter's 'he mad' face was just plain horrifying. Just an expression, but damn it was scary and you knew shit was going to go down hard. Mads Mikkelsen is just too fantastic for words, really.

Seriously. And it just worked so well after the much lighter, hammier character.

Kudos to the writing team for still keeping with the 'control and connections' theme for their killers. It's giving Hannibal such splendid consistency

I'm still surprised (and pleased) that I wasn't just reading too much into that before. "I want to control people so I can connect with them" explains a lot.

I gotta say I really felt bad for Crawford this episode. The previous one portrayed him as kind of a hardass so it was surprising to see him so vulnerable.

Did Miriam's 'I can see anything' like freak anyone else out after the earlier eye gouge? What did Hannibal do to this poor woman? Do I even want to know?

OH JESUS I HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT

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Huh, the Rorschach thing is really interesting. I just saw it as reminiscent of a blood splatter.

The Will and Jack thing about being awake is really interesting.

I thought of that on the very last draft of the recap, and I was disgusted with myself for not thinking of it sooner. :D

Since I'm just now watching everything on Hulu, knowing what happens in this episode makes the "Have you ever lost a pony, Jack?" conversation in episode two SO MUCH HORRIBLY WORSE. Because I was hearing it and going "Oh, Hannibal. You did NOT."

Here's something that'll really blow your mind, as someone pointed out elsewhere--think back to Silence of the Lambs. "Jack Crawford sent a trainee... to me?"

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