Hannibal: “Aperitivo” Review

hannibal season 3After several introspective episodes and a relatively limited use of our supporting cast of characters, the gang was finally all here again in this week’s Hannibal—including Will’s dogs! But seriously, there were more supporting characters in this episode than in the last three combined.

Spoilers, and the typical Hannibal trigger warnings for body horror, gore, cannibalism, etc., below the jump.

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Hannibal: “Secondo” Review

hannibal season 3A “Secondo” is a formal Italian meal’s second true course, and usually has a meat or fish dish. Think something like turkey, salmon, steak, or lamb. And fittingly, it’s in this episode that we get our first real mentions of lambs, a nice homage to Silence of the Lambs.

While last week gave us a pretty meditative and surreal episode, this week is much more plot-heavy. Hannibal and Bedelia get up to their usual shenanigans in Italy (murder and psychoanalyzing murderers), Will Graham travels to Hannibal’s childhood home in Lithuania, and Jack comes to Italy searching for Will.

Spoilers and the usual Hannibal trigger warnings below (gore, cannibalism, lots of snails, artsy crime scenes, you know the drill).

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Hannibal: “Primavera” Review

hannibal season 3Welcome back for your second helping of Season 3, Fannibals! I wish I could subtitle this episode “The gang’s all back!” but really it was more “Will Graham’s all back!” They are really introducing the cast piecemeal this season, but hopefully by next week we’ll round out with Jack and Alana (whom trailers tell us are still alive) and newcomer Lady Murasaki. Until then, it was nice to piece together at least a little of what happened since the finale, since last episode’s focus on Hannibal and Bedelia gave us no clue as to what befell our erstwhile companions who lay dying at Chez Hannibal in the Season 2 finale. So get ready for some answers… just not very many.

Spoilers and your typical Hannibal trigger warnings, i.e. body horror (including a particularly grotesque scene this week), mutilation, blood/gore, etc.

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Hannibal: “Antipasto” Review

hannibal season 3If you’ve ever been to a marginally fancy restaurant (or, like, an Olive Garden), you know that “antipasto” essentially refers to an appetizer. While last season’s cuisine-terminology titles sometimes didn’t seem to be relevant to their episodes, an appetizer is exactly what we got last night.

Spoilers for last night’s episode, and all the prerequisite trigger warnings for Hannibal (cannibalism, gaslighting/emotional abuse, general gore and violence, you know the deal).

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Trailer Tuesdays: Hannibal Season 3

Lordy, lordy. It seems like forever since the dramatic and murderiffic finale of Hannibal‘s second season aired, and in the time that’s passed I almost forgot how hyped I can get about this freaky-ass show. Continue reading

Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Theodicy, Dystheism, and Moral Complexity on Hannibal

There are some shows were you don’t expect to ever hear anything about religion, like Parks & Rec. Then there are shows where religious themes are going to come up all the time, like Joan of Arcadia. But sometimes, in shows you don’t expect, religious themes crop up quietly. One of these is Hannibal. Serial killers, culinary masterpieces, occasional harpsichord solos—it doesn’t seem like there’s much room to fit religion into the nightmarish drama that is Hannibal. Nevertheless, at times, hints of religious and spiritual matters do indeed appear in the show, coming from the place you’d least expect them: the mouth of Hannibal Lecter himself. Hannibal is a man of infinite complexity, and through his dialogues with Will Graham, as well as his own actions, we see glimpses of said deep inner complexity in regards to his beliefs about God and morality.

hannibalTrigger warning for typical Hannibal things, such as: gaslighting, mutilation, and of course, cannibalism.

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Hannibal: “Mizumono” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-dateThe game is up. The wild ride of Season 2 of Hannibal came to a thrilling, chilling close last night. If I got to name this episode, I might have called it something like “Folies à deux” or maybe “It Takes Two to Tango!”, because it was largely constructed of a series of scenes that were duets between just two actors. I might also have named it “All My Hopes Were Irrevocably Washed Away in an Endless Sea of Blood”. But I didn’t get to name it, so it’s called “Mizumono” instead.

Standard Hannibal triggers apply; the first twenty minutes or so are pretty tame for Hannibal, but be ready for the second half. There will be blood. So much blood. Major spoilers after the jump.
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Hannibal: “Tome-Wan” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-date1In the second to last episode of the season, we focus heavily on the relationship between Will and Hannibal. We’re also treated to the return of Dr. Du Maurier, and what might be the final act in the story of Mason Verger. This episode was intense and dark, but I couldn’t help but be delighted by how funny it was. Maybe Hannibal’s done a number on my sense of humor.

Some fairly intense drug-fueled self-harm, plus the usual Hannibal trigger warnings, after the cut. Also, spoilers!
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Hannibal: “Ko No Mono” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-date1This season of Hannibal has at times felt like a really close-up view of a really spectacular dominoes setup. We know that the pattern is intricate and convoluted, we know the dominoes are falling faster and faster, we even know what it’ll look like when the last one tips over. Yet we can’t yet back up and take in the season—I mean, the domino picture—as a whole. To that end, it feels a little bit strange to be covering, well, the third-to-last domino, knowing that the entire pattern is soon to be revealed.

Having said that, let’s dive back into Will and Hannibal’s Excellent Adventure. Trigger warnings for verbal manipulation of a child, explicit violence towards women, and the other more usual (hah!) Hannibal trigger warnings after the jump.

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Hannibal: “Naka-Choko” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-date1Another week, another massive escalation of fuckery from Will Graham and friends. Come with me and you’ll see a world filled with unsettling parallelism, terrible life choices, and weird imagery.

In other words, you’re watching Hannibal. Standard trigger warnings apply.

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