Holy fuckballs, kiddos, this episode was fast-paced, intense, and downright difficult to watch in places. The final pieces of the Red Dragon story are falling into place, and with only one more episode of the show to go (c’mon, internet streaming websites, there’s still time to rescue it), I’m still on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next.
Like I said, though, this ep was really hard to watch: trigger warning for cannibalism, gruesome violence, body horror, and general awfulness (and spoilers) after the jump.
Last week, after the conclusion of Will and Hannibal’s Most Excellent European Vacation, we jumped forward a few years and got a new antagonist, the Tooth Fairy. The episode left off on Will and Hannibal’s first reunion since Hannibal had been institutionalized three years previous. This week continued to fill in the gap of information left by that time jump, as well as hitting some satisfying emotional and storytelling notes.
Trigger warning for gore and murder, but surprisingly not cannibalism this time around. And of course, spoilers after the jump.
The 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. Continue reading →
This 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.
Today, Hannibal meets courtroom drama. Speaking of which, just a little before watching this episode, I re-watched the 2002 film version of the musical Chicago. If only Billy Flynn had been your lawyer, Will. You could have razzle-dazzled ’em, my friend.
Spoilers after the jump. Trigger warnings for: cannibalism, body horror, serial killers, gaslighting, etc. This show is not good for your health, people. Continue reading →