I’m going to be brutally honest, friends: There’s no quote at the beginning of this article because nothing really stuck in my head. So rather than read other sites’ reviews and steal whatever THEY used, I’ll just proceed with the review proper…
After the ecstasy that was Episode 8: “Fromage”, I knew the follow up would be at least a slight let-down. “Trou Normand” isn’t the best episode of the season, but I give it credit: Given the sloppiness of the storytelling here, it could have been significantly worse.
GRAHAM: I feel like I have dragged you into my world. LECTER: No, I got here on my own, but I appreciate the company.
(NOTE: This review contains some particularly icky imagery….If that’s not your thing, get someone with a stronger stomach to read it to you. If you’re cool with blood and gore and viscera and all those fun things – then read on, sicko!)
Now, before we jump into tonight’s repast – and it’s a rich one, indeed – I’ll just let you know that the “banned” Hannibal episode we’ve talked so much about: Episode 4–“Ceuf” is indeed now available online. Including via iTunes, who – from what I hear, have the clearest version. “Ceuf” WILL be reviewed on NerdBastards in due course.
I told you all last week, upon hearing the news that NBC would be pulling Episode 4 of Hannibal out of “respect” for the victims of the recent tragedies in Boston and Newtown and their families, that I would track down that episode and review it come Hell or high water!
Well….that’s not happening–at least not just yet. See, apparently Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller went to the NBC brass about pulling the new series’ 4th episode: “Ceuf” several weeks ago (yeah, it was HIS idea–my apologies for all…well, most of the awful things I’ve said about NBC this past week).
To maintain continuity, he instead decided to, in his own words, cannibalize (ha-ha) “Ceuf” into six short webisodes.
They’re available on YouTube, NBC.com, and a thousand other sites by now.
Honestly, there’s not much here. I believe Fuller when he says proceeding straight to Episode 5 tonight will have little or no effect on the series as a whole. These webisodes are mildly interesting little time-wasters that delve deeper into the growing relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl), the now-orphaned daughter of slain serial killer Garrett Jacob Hobbs AKA “The Minnesota Shrike”.
For what it’s worth, Hannibal cooks not one, but TWO meals for his co-stars in the series: First he makes another dinner for Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), then later he makes breakfast for dinner for Abigail and Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas).
Oh, in case you were curious, the original “Ceuf” was primarily about a woman played by SNL alum Molly Shannon who brainwashes children into killing their parents….So I can see (however grudgingly) why Fuller was uncomfortable with airing it. The full episode will play in overseas markets, but not in the US or Canada. It is unknown whether or not it will be made available online here (don’t bother looking for it yet–I found a dozen sites that claimed to have the full, uncut “Ceuf”, but in reality only had the webisodes).
Here’s the first episode of the web series, which begins with a short intro by Fuller:
Hannibal Episode 5 airs tonight on NBC at 10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central. Look for the review tomorrow as per usual here at NerdBastards.
Actually, I should amend that: NerdBastards intends to review Episode 4 of Hannibal if it is humanly possible to do so.
I suppose I should start at the beginning, with an article from Variety. The popular trade publication reported that, in recognition of the recent tragedies in both Boston and Newtown, Episode 4 of Hannibal will be pulled. The plot of said episode reportedly involves elements of child murder that the network feels would be in poor taste to air at this time. Instead, next week NBC will be proceeding straight to Episode 5 of the fledgling series.
Now, this is not the forum for me to drone on about my particular feelings regarding this decision (I’m doing plenty of that on Facebook). Instead, I wanted to take the time to assure NB readers that Episode 4 will still be covered. The episode will air according to schedule overseas, and there’s talk on the show’s Facebook Page that it will still be available for online viewing. Therefore, unless there’s absolutely NO reasonable way of getting ahold of the ep, expect a double review of Episodes 4 AND 5 next Friday.
“Miss Lounds, it’s not very smart to piss off a guy who thinks about killing people for a living.”
Welcome, fellow diners, to another scrumptious look at the continuing adventures of Hannibal ‘N Pals.
While the above quote may be from Special Investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to the fabulous, yet amoral Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki – and yes, according to IMDB, I’ve been misspelling “Freddie” for the past two reviews), Episode Three of Hannibal is almost exclusively the story of Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). Abigail is the now-orphaned daughter of the Minnesota Shrike: Garrett Jacob Hobbs – the serial killer Graham took down with the assistance of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
“Killing must feel good to God, too…He does it all the time, and are we not created in His image?”
–Dr. Hannibal Lecter
If you’ll recall my review of Hannibal‘s pilot episode from last week, you’ll remember my overall positive impression of the show, and my less than glowing assessment of former Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen in the title role: What with his cold, overly creepy demeanor and unintelligible accent.
However, I was fair enough to allow for the possibility that Mikkelsen might grow into the role, and my reservations could be premature. They certainly were.