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“It’s like remembering something from your childhood…and you don’t know if it’s your memory or a friend’s memory. Then you realize, sadly, that it was just a photo in an old book…”

–Dr. Abel Gideon

 

Ah, Guillermo!

If you’ve been paying attention: You’ll notice that Guillermo Navarro directed the only two Hannibal episodes that I had anything significantly negative to say about: “Coquilles” and “Trou Normand”.

In both cases, an interesting KOTW was introduced, but could not be integrated into the continuing story line all that well. The killer felt tacked on to the adventures of Hannibal and his Super Friends.

The solution? Bring in a “Killer of the Week” that was already an established character:

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That’s Eddie Izzard as Dr. Abel Gideon once again. Just to recap: Dr. Gideon was a patient at the Baltimore State Hospital For The Criminally Insane. He murdered his wife and her family–was a model prisoner for several years, and then, seemingly out of the blue, savagely murdered a nurse in the hospital in the manner of the legendary, still at large Chesapeake Ripper. This made the monumentally idiotic and egocentric Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza) believe that his patient, Dr. Gideon, was indeed the Ripper…and he had no qualms about “suggesting” to his patient that this might be the case.

But WE know who the Ripper is, don’t we kiddies?

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And I’ll tell you right now, there is probably less Hannibal Lecter in this ep than in any this season…So be prepared for that. He has a convo with Will early on, then disappears until almost the end.

This episode is almost exclusively the story of Dr. Gideon’s escape from confinement, and the merry kiling spree he goes on. See, Gideon is so utterly confused as to who he really is anymore, that he’s decided to whack every psychiatrist who ever examined, analyzed, profiled, or treated him….In his mind, they stole his identity–and he’ll get it back when the REAL Cheaspeake Ripper sees his work and seeks him out.
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Meanwhile, Will’s encephalitis (a secret still known only to Lecter) continues to worsen. He’s hallucinating more and more…which culminates in him actually capturing Gideon–only he doesn’t KNOW it’s Gideon: Will sees Garrett Jacob Hobbs–the serial killer from the pilot Will shot, and who has been haunting first his nightmares, and now his delusions ever since. He actually takes Gideon, at gunpoint, to Lecter–he wants his trusty psychiatrist to confirm that he really is seeing Hobbs. Hannibal lies to him, tells Will that there is no one there–which confuses the hell out of Gideon, though he’s smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

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Confused by what he is seeing, and what Lecter is telling him, Will suffers a mild seizure and loses consciousness. Now the Drs. Lecter and Gideon have a chance to talk in “private”.

Lecter sics Gideon on Dr. Alana Bloom, another shrink that once treated him…which is where Will finds him–and shoots him dead before passing out again.

Will is REALLY fucked up, folks…but he’s in better shape than Dr. Chilton–follow me to “STRONG POINTS”:

STRONG POINTS

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My girl Freddie (Lara Jean Chorostecki) is back. Remember that article that she was supposed to write for her blog at the behest of the FBI to help draw out the Chesapeake Ripper? Well, it got Gideon’s attention, and she got a front row seat to a bit of improvised surgical theatre where Gideon cut open the still conscious Dr. Chilton, and began removing a few not quite vital organs.

Freddie was unharmed, but the scene lead me to wonder if they were REALLY going to violate Thomas Harris canon and let Gideon kill either Chilton or Lounds. That’s one of my favorite aspects to this series: All the little details designed solely to appeal to the hardcore Harris readers. By canon, Lounds is killed by Francis Dolarhyde, AKA the Red Dragon…and Chilton is assumed to have been murdered by Lecter sometime after his escape at the end of Silence of the Lambs, though this is never confirmed.

Hannibal constantly approaches the edge of making drastic changes to Harris’ story, and then pulls back–it’s very cleverly done.

This is definitely Guillermo Navarro’s best episode. Navarro is better known as the cinematographer for another Guillermo: del Toro. He’s shot nearly every Guillermo del Toro film–including the upcoming Pacific Rim. Navarro has a magnificent eye, but was weak in storytelling–until now.

WEAK POINTS

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I love Eddie Izzard, please don’t mistake me–but there’s nothing so awesome that can’t become tedious with overexposure (except maybe Bruce Campbell). It’s not so much that there’s too much Izzard, it’s more that there wasn’t enough of everybody else…

Furthermore, Will was so zonked out in this ep that he didn’t get much meaningful interaction with the rest of the cast beyond everyone asking him if he’s okay…that tends to get a little old, too.

Anyhoo, “Rôti” was a worthwhile episode solely for being Navarro‘s best effort, if nothing else. Next week they seem to be playing with the idea of making Will the KOTW…I doubt that’s how it’s gonna turn out, but we’ll see.

Oh, and I’ll be bringing the food metaphors back for the last two episodes of the season–in case anyone missed them.

Later, friends!

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CRAWFORD: I think the work you do here has created a sense of stability for you. Stability is good for you, Will.

GRAHAM: Stability requires strong foundations, Jack. My moorings are built on sand.

CRAWFORD:  I’m not sand. I am bedrock. When you doubt yourself, you don’t have to doubt me too.

 

Well….

Sweet, crunchy Jesus folks–I’m not quote sure where to begin….

“Buffet Froid” is a better episode than last week’s monumentally uneven “Trou Normand”, that much I can say with certainty.

However, it may be the WEIRDEST ep of Hannibal thus far, for whatever that’s worth.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

Source: Variety

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“Miss Lounds, it’s not very smart to piss off a guy who thinks about killing people for a living.”

–Will Graham

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).

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“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.

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“Don’t psychoanalyze me….You wouldn’t like me when I’m psychoanalyzed”
–Will Graham

The premiere episode of Hannibal–Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller’s interpretation of Thomas Harris’ sociopathic psychiatrist-cum-cannibal, and the characters that populate his insane world, starts the series off on a strong and incredibly stylish point.

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