Hello and welcome to Tube Talk where I talk TV. We’re truly in the golden age of TV. So many great varieties of programming, many ways to watch them, and many different kinds of television. So I love TV, I love talking TV. There will be a mix of certain shows getting episode by episode reviews and full season reviews or in How I Met Your Mother’s case, I’ll be giving a full series review at the end of the month, but now let’s start first with our favorite human connoisseur, Hannibal.
This is a warning, for me to full talk about how the episode works and doesn’t, these will be spoiler filled so only read these if you seen the episode, season, or series. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Season 2: Episode 1: Kaiseki: GRADE: A
Where we last left off, FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) had been arrested and taken into the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for the murder for Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl), daughter of serial killer Garret Jacob Hobbs (Vladimir Cubrt). Having been set up by his psychiatrist and supposed friend Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and arrested by friend and Head of FBI Behavioral Sciences and friend Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). Yeah that seems about right.
So we of course open the season with a bloody, intense, brutal fight scene between Hannibal and Jack than ends with Jack bleeding profusely hiding in Hannibal’s wine cellar with Hannibal knocking down the door. Wait…
Yeah that’s how the second season of the best overall debuting new show of 2013 begins. I’ll come back to that. Here the episode begins with said fight, twelve weeks earlier. The premiere focuses on Will trying to prove his innocence to Jack and Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and them dealing with Inspector General’s Office investigator Kade Prunell (Cynthia Nixon). They are later called into an investigation when bodies start floating in a river. They soon realize they are preserved rejected bodies of a killer who preserves bodies to create human model collections.
Hannibal’s return re-establishes itself as the best drama on network TV and the creepiest show on TV anchored by many aspects coming together for a beautifully haunting spectacle of storytelling and creepiness that’s just great to watch. This has a lot going for it with the incredible critical praise, amazing fan reaction, and distinctness on network television. I still thought about around the conclusion of episode two of first season, this is gonna be a hard sell. I liked what I saw but wasn’t blown away but the third episode changed my mind. This was just greatness.
But first I gotta go back to that opening fight scene. SHIT! That was so well crafted. From the staging, to the looks on Hannibal and Jack’s faces as warriors ready to battle, to the suspense. I didn’t see this opening the scene at all. I expected something as intense but more in the very disturbing, creepy, haunting imagery and murder way. This is a huge way to open up and I hope they stick landing when it gets back to this.
The story of the episode itself is good with as mentioned the usual disturbing, creepy, haunting imagery that’s so well done and just unique from episode to episode. The creepiest things I think obviously being the last shot of the episode where we see the latest victim of this unnamed killer in an empty silo and interconnected among the other bodies in the form of an eye. Its just so striking that its still in my head as I’m writing this. I was ready to give it to how Bloom appeared to Will towards the end in their talk but nope, this happened. The show is just beautiful in its creepiness. As well as the food. I wanna eat it but I’m pretty sure I also don’t want the recipe either.
Also back is great acting with Mads Mikkelsen still provides his own version of Lecter that I’ve come to like more than Anthony Hopkins and Brian Cox. He’s just so calculated and precise and Hugh Dancy still has a sense of controlled insanity to himself. Their one scene together still has great chemistry between them as their interactions where a big part of why I love the show so much. Laurence Fishburne still gives out great chops himself and the rest the cast is excellent.
The show returns to great form here and announces it return in a huge way by just coming right up to the table and putting its dick right out there. There’s probably a better way to go about that but that’s the type of confidence this show has. Welcome back Dr. Lecter, I’m ready for seconds.