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Tube Talk: Hannibal: Su-zakana

Hannibal - Season 2

Everything starts to fall back into place on this week’s Hannibal, continuing to prove why its TV’s best show right now. My review of “Su-zakana” here on Tube Talk.

Today we have a lovely dish sprinkled with SPOILERS!

Hannibal: Season Two: Episode 8: Su-zakana: Grade: B+

With Will Graham out of jail, this episode harkened back to season one. We’re back to formula here. Team unity, case-of-the-week, Hannibal and Will in therapy, outstanding guest star. We’ve had case-of-the-week stuff here in the season but nothing quite like what was before with Will’s incarceration. He helped behind bars, mostly via secret communication with Beverly. This feels like the same old, getting back into the swing of things.

This was a true change to what the formula was for the season, but the transition isn’t quite as seamless but I can’t complain too much as its still high quality production and great storytelling. I honestly thought we’d be waiting at least a couple more episodes before everything starts unraveling and Hannibal’s secret is outed, which given we’re about five episodes away from the finale, is gonna start playing into the plot more now. I had this thought initially, but as I thought more about it its good to get back this quick given how its all gonna come grumbling down soon.

Yet as this does feel like season one episode, it also doesn’t, given we don’t have the buddy-buddy chemistry that was ever-so present between Will and Hannibal then. Though that’s gone, the chemistry between Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen has only improved for the better given what happened and how much it has changed both men. Will is gonna be unsuccessful getting Hannibal to admit to his crimes, but he will still come along for the ride. As Will said, “I don’t want to kill you, Dr. Lecter, now that I finally find you interesting.”

Hannibal - Season 2

Speaking of our case, let’s get right to that. A woman is found dead inside a horse. Yeah I’m not gonna look at them the same way for a while. Its quite well done and as usual, disturbing. Even more so, during the autopsy, there’s a live bird still in her. This leads them to am employee of the stable our victim worked at,Peter Bernardorne (Lost and Justified’s Jeremy Davies). He is brain damaged from a horse kick to the head and is cared for by his social worked, Clark Ingram (Chris Diamantopoulos of the recent Three Stooges film). When I thought about the episode some more, they are parallel to Will and Hannibal. Though Clark is the one doing the killings and Peter knows but doesn’t bat an eye.

The theme of these killing are rebirth as it will, what with the sewing into the horses, which also apply to Will and Hannibal for this episode. Though Will points out its one dead creature giving birth to another, it means nothing really. Davies’ performance was excellent and shows off what a true acting giant he is to have such range from this and his previous projects. I’m delighted to say, he will be on next week’s episode.

Hannibal - Season 2

Well we do have something significant, the debut of one half of the Verger twins. Katharine Isabelle shows up as Margot Verger, twin to Mason Verger who should show up soon played by Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, as a patient of Hannibal’s. She’s there talking about her abusive twin and how she’d love nothing more than to kill him. This is an interesting portrayal and I liked Isabelle’s acting for ti. She’s cold but has a layer under her that just wants to be truly free. I’m even more so eagerly waiting on Pitt’s Mason giving Mason and Hannibal’s history that feeds his desire to just kill Hannibal. Hopefully that is soon.

Bloom shows up, briefly, in what was a positive and a negative for the episode, an artfully tastefully done sex scene with Hannibal which while nicely shot and edited, is way longer than it should. Though the dialogue after helps, as she even brings up this might have been done just to avoid talking about Will and how Hannibal feels having him back in therapy and on the team. She does also help in Clark’s interrogation.

Hannibal starts to show its hand right now with the end so near in sight, and manages to keep up its title as Tv’s best episode despite some pacing problems with the episode I had. This is what great television is and man I’m happy this show is on television.


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