Jack is back as we go into Hannibal’s past.
Hannibal: Season 3: Episode 3: Secondo: GRADE: B+
Jack is back. Yes Laurence Fisburne makes his first appearance for the third season and really that still feels like an appetizer in of itself. He goes to follow Will to Italy but just for him and not the pursuit of Hannibal. All scarred up and possibly broken inside because of that, this feels right as more than catching Hannibal, Jack wants to be able to insure the mental safety of his friend, Will Graham. I honestly do prefer that to the going right after Hannibal, which will happen very soon according to the promo for next week.
Really this episode is less about Jack getting back in the saddle but more about Will discovering the origins of Hannibal. No worry not, its not too much like Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Rising. Will goes to the Lithuania mansion of the Lecter home that looked like something right out of a Hammer film. This portion of the episode is the majority of it and the most interesting next to the conversation Hannibal and Bedelia around the subject and how it relates to Hannibal and Will.
Hannibal’s sister Mischa has been brought up once before on the show and this is the crux of what Jack is after answers as to what happened to Mischa and we center on her grave as Jack makes his way to Hannibal’s old home since its the one place Hannibal can’t go. Jack there discovers Chiyo (Tao Okamoto) keeping guard of the unshowered and unfed prisoner that supposedly ate Mischa, which we all know deep down isn’t true. What I love is that there was no reason behind Hannibal’s evil. As much as I love a good reason behind the actions of any villain, sometimes I don’t really need that and that is certain in the case of Hannibal Lecter. He’s just far more creepier that way. As he puts it himself, “Nothing happened. I happened.”
The complexity comes from how Hannibal has reacted, by creating this story of that ma having done it himself and tricking Chiyo into guarding him, turn her into a prisoner herself but also since she doesn’t want to become a murderer in of herself as well. Hannibal’s sadness narrative has reached across to more people than we originally thought. Will knows Hannibal is responsible for who he is which is why its great that he sets the prisoner free and thus Chiyo kills him in selfdefense which sets her free. Now Chiyo isn’t given much more beyond being Hannibal’s (now former) gatekeeper, but it seems now that she is free she’ll want to have some words with the doctor and I look forward to that given that we barely get anything from her here.
I do love the end of this storyline with Will turning the prisoner into a makeshift dragonfly covered in snails and wings of broken wine bottles. Been a while since we seen anything like that on the how and I was glad to see it.
The ending scene with Hannibal and Bedelia discussing the true nature of Hannibal’s beginning is fascinating with their back and fourth once again at full display with her even outright asking Hannibal how his sister tasted. Only on this show can that line be said and fit right into the dialogue so well. The line about betrayal and forgiveness being akin to falling in love is exceptionally poetic for the show and fitting for the relationship between Hannibal and Will. Hannibal must forgive himself and the only way to do that is to eat Will Graham. It is also thought of that Hannibal might be drawing everyone back to him. As if this were some design.
This scene was better than the earlier ones with those two which didn’t quite measure up the full story of the episode itself aside from Hannibal and Bedelia killing off Sogliato impulsively. Will technically Bedelia did. Its another nicely dark humor moment that I feel the show needs a bit more of.
With next week promising the assembling of the team again with a few familiar recurring faces coming down hard on Hannibal, the story seems it’ll finally be fully moving into complete motion which as much as I love the slow burn, I’d like to see the wheels start moving very soon for the season.