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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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

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: “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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Hannibal: “Shiizakana” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-date1This episode begins with Jack Crawford making the questionable decision to eat meat offered to him by Hannibal. Seriously, Jack, I know the tests on the party food came up negative but… seriously?

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Hannibal: “Futamono” Review

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This week, Will Graham traded his straightjacket for a pair of sassy pants, Hannibal threw a dinner party, Jack and Dr. Chilton became a little more friendly, and Alana and Hannibal became a lot more friendly… spoilers after the jump. Trigger warnings for: people-killing, people-cooking, people-eating, gaslighting, psychological manipulation, people sewn into trees, and unfortunately, an incidence of self-cannibalism.

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