Will Graham is free and only he knows what he’s going to be up to on the outside. Will’s freedom and more this week on Tube Talk.
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Hannibal: Season 2: Episode 7: Yakimono: GRADE A-
Well really I don’t know how else to start this review off without talking of the dearly departed Dr. Franklin Chilton played wonderfully by Raúl Esparza. But before we get to that, I should elaborate from last week, Jack discovered that his pupil and FBI trainee Miriam Lass (Anna Chlumsky) is well and alive. She hasn’t been seen since last seasons “Sorbet”, also most likely due to her regular role on HBO’s brilliant Veep, she became a victim of Hannibal in investigating the Ripper and was last shown being choked out by Hannibal. So it was certainly a shock to see her alive and minus one arm when Jack discovered her last week. I love watching Anna on Veep as she just kills it among that great ensemble, but here she shows off a great range of emotion given what all she has been through. Again, more on that later.
But first back to Chilton, who went to Jack for protective detail so Hannibal wouldn’t silence him whose demise is very unpredictable. I think many of us knew Hannibal would play into his exit down the road but more so in the manner of being part of his dinner. Another tie back into last week, a fingerprint of Hannibal’s is found on a flower found on the inside of Sheldon Isley from last week as well as traces of drugs that were found in Miriam’s blood. Drugs that happen to be used by Hannibal and Chilton in treatments. Chilton returns to his brightly decorated home to fine Abel Gideon’s mutilated body in his wine cellar and backs packed to flee after Hannibal chloroforms him and set him up in the murder of the FBI agents coming to bring him in for questioning.
Props to Hannibal on this, that was some perfect set up to get the heat off of him. Though he goes off to Will for help. Quite the turned table as he knows he’s screwed given how similar he and Hannibal’s therapy is and that he must leave the country. He is not Hannibal’s meal but rather his fall guy. Also genius given Miriam can’t remember what the Ripper looks like but only what he sounds like. Miriam identifies his voice and in enraged, shoots him in the face.
I’m loving season two but goddamn we’re three down of some the best supporting and guest characters in Beverly and now Gideon and Chilton. Esparza played the role very well with a sense of sleazy, kinda narcissistic doctor wanting fame and recognition and recognition for his own vanity but wanting to do some true good. He conveyed that very well and is an excellent actor.
Props to Chlumsky for playing and bringing more depth to Miriam. Also the shot of her from the bullet hole in the mirror was amazing. The one thing that was eh was Will’s freedom. You think it might be a little more played up, but in someways I do like how downplayed it was in order to help better advance Hannibal’s plans. Though I love that scene in which Will holds Hannibal at gun point and that he resumes therapy with him at episodes end. Another problem is how downplayed Bloom is here. I was expecting just a bit more drama with her, but this doesn’t hinder what is a great episode. The acting was superb all over and just great.
We’re gearing up more and more now with the second half here and I feel as if this is just the calm before the storm. Hannibal got lucky this week, but soon he’s gonna have to be quick on his toes again.