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This is the end. Hannibal knows it, revels in it, and doesn’t even pretend to mess around. I’ll miss Hannibal, but they wrapped it up well, and you can’t ask for more than that.
Hannibal pulled in twists, gore, psycho aesthetics, and a little bit of twisted romance to deliver what I declared halfway through to be “the best ep ever” in “The Number of the Beast is 666.” For one of the first times in the series, the thriller aspect of the show was in full force.
I like that Hannibal is all the way to the actual Red Dragon storyline, and I love the way they’re doing it, but you know what—it definitely feels like a coda. It’s such a meaty, fully fleshed-out plot that it’s just the perfect stopping place should the story ever need to stop. So, here’s hoping they wrap it up well and don’t do any stupid cliffhanger crap.
Real suspense returns to Hannibal this week as Will comes face to face with a killer and, for the first time in a while, there’s no predestined outcome to the encounter. This episode is chocked full of character development for our killer, some usual trippy reality-bending, and a nice murder mystery without any actual murder.
Hannibal continues to combine the best of all possible styles (and worlds) as we get further into the Red Dragon murders. “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun” features some screwed-up time, a few head-trips, a two-sided murder mystery, and some Hannibal and Will action. It is, literally, all the good stuff.
After 2.5 seasons, Hannibal catches up to its source material and it’s (still) good so far.
Hannibal balances literary canon with its own quirks, capturing Dr. Lecter with style.“Digestivo” is a perfectly wonderful balance of weird, referential, and arty–jam-packed with plot, references, and bizarreness.
Hannibal has saved all of its action for one or two episodes and “Dolce” is the first that brings the painstaking set-up to a head. After some mildly interesting discussions, Hannibal is captured. Ta-da.
With “Contorno,” Hannibal stops reflecting on its past traumas and gives us a bit of forward momentum. It’s counter-productive to call this episode weird, but I was so enjoying all the psychological interludes that plot business begins to feel strange simply by its lack of Hannibal‘s patented weirdness.
I’m sure you all heard my cries of despair from wherever you were when Hannibal was cancelled earlier this week. What cancellation means for us in the now is that we just must savor the rest of this season all the more and pray to the God of Streaming Service revivals.
This week, Hannibal introduces more bits from the novels with plenty of twists. “Secondo” is less trippy than usual but has plenty of soul(?)-searching, exploring both the nature of stories and Hannibal’s own past traumas.
The first ten minutes of “Primavera” is just a complete replaying of the climax from the season 2 finale. You’d think this would be pointless, but removed from the overblown context of the rest of the season it’s a perfect setting of the stage for Will’s messed up headspace.