Hannibal "Releves" Review: The Talking Cure

Hannibal S01E12 "Relevés"

Last week, I tweeted the following just as Hannibal ended:

This week, I was able to watch the episode in advance, and instead of being stressed before I go to bed, I'm stressed out as I'm writing this, the day before it airs, at 6:45pm in the evening. I'm honestly not sure which is worse.

It's a stress that comes from dread, just pure dread. Many shows don't really elicit raw emotion from me. Apart from Hannibal, in fact, only the anime Chihayafuru seems to stir up unbridled feelings—though with Chihayafuru those feelings are thankfully ones of cheer and happy sadness. I don't know that I'd be able to watch two shows that tear me apart in the ways Hannibal is able to.

For much of "Relevés," I thought it wasn't going to cause me a great deal of turmoil, and there was a degree of relief in that. 

I really should've known better.

On the surface, "Relevés" may be the Hannibal's least exciting installment yet. Apart from poor Georgia's death—I am never combing my hair in an oxygen rich environment—the episode was light on gruesome deaths and corpses, and there wasn't much in the way of action that involved chasing down the serial killer of the week. Instead, it was mostly a lot of people talking to one another, often in the most cryptic ways they could manage. Compared to what the show has done in its preceding eleven episodes, this one could be perceived as sort of dull.

However, like your literature teacher who, upon hearing you utter such a statement about the book you were assigned to read, I would have to say that if you thought "Relevés" was boring, you weren't looking closely enough at the text. Through its dialogue, the episode actually accomplished a great deal. Yes, Georgia's death was the catalyst for all the gabbing, but through it, Will was able to hypothesize a link between the Garrett Jacob Hobbs copycat murders and the murder of Sutcliffe, which would mean that the copycat is someone very close to the Minnesota Shrike case.

From there on, actually, "Relevés" did what episodes of Hannibal typically do, albeit throughout more of the hour. Part of what makes Dr. Lecter such a delightful antagonist is that he rarely makes direct physical moves to protect his identity as a serial killer from Will and Jack. His psychological expertise and honey-dipped words are his weapons, crafting misdirections and lies at every turn. Here, he made the final turn of the screw, as it were, by attributing a dissociative identity disorder to Will. Lecter's been building to this for much of the season—especially in the last few episodes—and I love that "Relevés" allowed him to subtly plant, or perhaps reinforce, the idea in Jack's mind that Will is not only capable of the copycat murders, but is actually carrying them out.

There was no dramatic music as he did this, no tighter closeup on either man to emphasize the moment as Lecter nudged Jack to fill in the blanks he'd graciously already provided by continuing to steer Will toward instability. Instead, it was shot as any "normal" conversation would be, and you could almost be forgiven for mistaking this major plot development as just a boring chat between the two. 

This is one of the many reasons why Hannibal works as well as it does: . The show doesn't overplay its hand with these moments. However, it does offer plenty of gruesome death and some occasionally cheeky cannibalism jokes—though even those tend to be delightfully underplayed by Mikkelsen—so that when it's time for these sorts of conversations, it can pull back on the physical violence and visual horror in favor of mental violence and psychology horror, which should be much more subtle.

And yet, "Relevés" made me feel an immense amount of dread. Indeed, all the talking throughout the episode was a great way to build tension. It was the episode's way of making Abigail's realization that she was trapped in the single worst remake of My Two Dads of all time all the more gut wrenching. She experienced Will having an unmotivated shift in consciousness as he "interrogated" her in his mind and fled, only to have Lecter confirm—AFTER HUGGING HER—that he was going to have to kill her. By that point, the horribly burnt corpse of Georgia had been long forgotten, lost in a sea of lies posing as psychological insight, and we were left with the very real fear for Abigail Hobbs' life, not to mention whatever Jack will feel compelled to do to Will. 

Please excuse me while I consume bottle after bottle of Tums between now and next week.



À LA CARTE

– "They'll just know that you're wrong. … I hope you have good insurance."

– "You made me chicken soup." Yes, Will, he did, and it sounded ridiculously delicious. DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT PROBABLY SOMEHOW HAD PEOPLE IN IT.

– "I've interviewed enough killers to know one when I see one." Oh, Freddie.

– I chuckled when Jimmy perked up at the very mention of Jeopardy!.

– Did you all love the aural match between the soundtrack and the vacuum cleaner on the plane as much as I did? It was the perfect tension reliever in that it made me laugh more than it probably should have due to the intensity of the previous scene... though it still didn't relieve the tention that much.


What'd you think of "Relevés"?

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If it wasn't for the killing people
and eating them,I'd be thinking that
I was watching Dr.Jonathan Crane.

Hannibal,the way he manipulates people
is the same way that Jonathan Crane plays
mind games,too.

One of my favorite comics involving the Scarecrow
was in the three part story "Absolute Terror" when
when Jonathan proves once and for all that he can
terrorize people without using his Fear Toxin.:)

Two fellow inmates at Arkham taunt poor Jonathan
and Jonathan later gets his revenge just by talking to
them through the AC vent.The two guys commit suicide.

And Jonathan escapes from Arkham....again. lol.

When Batman questions Poison Ivy and Harley as to what
had happened,they don't mention what Jonathan said,just
that it SCARED THE HELL out them! :o

Poor Abigail,though. I kinda figured that the end was nigh.

I knew that once she became a liability Hannibal would
put her out on the curb with the rest of the trash. :(

If Abigail Hobbs was a character from the books,does Hannibal
kill her in one of them as well? Or is this just for the tv series?
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I thought Bryan Fuller had forgotten the thirteenth episode of Hannibal, before I realized it was Ceuf's fault... :\
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that soup IS very nourishing and delicious :D!!!! possibly made of human stock hehehe
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Geez... Will is so screwed, we gotta think of a new word to describe the bottomless hell-pit he's in right now!

By the way, it sure looks like whatever events happens next week won't be able to link themselves to what eventually will be the Tooth Fairy killings. I mean, yes, obviously Fuller took some liberties with Harris' materials here, but this series was still suppose to be a prequel to "Manhunter", and, right now, it certainly doesn't look like it's going to play out that way (see what I did here? Yep: put the far superior Mann film over the soulless Ratner effort, even though Ed Norton's Will Graham is closer to Dancy's than William Petersen's pretty badass interpretation of the character!)

To make sure continuity isn't completely disrupted by all the maddening events of the past several weeks, Fuller has to pull out a pretty hard hat-trick next week:
1) Make sure that the actual hero of his series, Will Graham, doesn't end up in a psych ward or, worse, in prison.
2) Make it so that he somehow manages to stay as a profiler for the FBI, even though it is now damn clear that, although he is exceptionally good at it, this type of work makes him completely unstable, enough so that friends and colleagues would seriously suspect him to be a serial killer too.
3) Make all this happen... and yet SOMEHOW manage to not make Lecter the new resident of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane - not yet anyway, not until we gets at least a couple of seasons out of this odd couple he got going with Graham. Eventually, yes, he'll have to be put in his cage, but why should Fuller hurry the inevitable? That, plus Lecter in a hole will force Will out of the picture... and who wants that to happen right now?

So that's a tall order... don't know if they can really pull it off... gotta wait and see.
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Someone in the AV Club comments speculated that it's possible that this is still all part of Hannibal's plan and that Hannibal will "save" Will in some way next week by "figuring out" that he didn't do the murders and possibly attempting to pin them on someone else. This would preserve Will's job, Lecter's freedom, and allow for them to still have a relationship next season. I think this seems plausible but again it's just speculation.
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Yes this episode was one of the scarier out there. It is indeed a horrible way to die in a hyperbaric chamber. But I thought Will's delusion of Georgia walking in some ghostly way, was quite scary as well. I thought the episode before this went overboard with the artistic delusional scenes. But this was a bit better paced.

I like how everything is falling apart for Hannibal now. Georgia's murder just made things worse for him. Mads Mikkelsen portrays Hannibal as some posh psychiatrist who wears suits magnificantly so well, but I honestly cannot see him portray Hannibal as a caged and masked man wearing an orange jumpsuit. One that we are used to in the movies. I wonder if Hannibal wanted to be caught. They made it seem that calling Garrett Jacob Hobbs was a huge mistake for Hannibal.
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Sorry, I have to disagree. I found the story compelling, "the killer of the week" stuff is getting tiresome. Less of that, and we can finally see the characters begin to grow...

As for Hannibal, I have no idea what his ultimate purpose is. Can someone shed some light on that please? Book spoilers may be? :) < (I just don't get the "Will's my friend" but he led him to believe he has a mental disorder and framed him as a murderer)

It's just all contradicting, the things Hannibal says as opposed to the things Hannibal actually does......I mean why did he have to kill Abigail? < *sadface*
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Ok, since you asked for them, book spoilers:
In the books there are only 2 people that Hannibal feels a real connection with and actually cares about - his little sister Mischa and Clarice Starling. He finds Will very interesting and they can connect on some level. But what drives hannibals character more than anything is his need for freedom. He would prefer for he and will to continue their relationship, but now Will is getting too close to the truth just as the FBI trainee did. The only person who he has valued over his own freedom is Clarice. Eventually he and Will will become enemies.
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Hannibal might feel the need for a companion who shares his special "taste". But as he seems to be a sociopathic personality, he'll never be able to really connect to another person. Hannibal appears to be an empathic person on the outside but in truth, he isn't capable of understanding the emotions of another human being. Therefore, Will fascinates him. Hannibal could connect to him if they both would share the drive for killing (and eating) people. But clearly, Will has got not one sociopathic bone in his body. As any sane person, Will only kills when there's no other way to solve a conflict (self defence).
First and formost, Hannibal is protecting himself. His fascination with Will can't be labelled as love or friendship. Will is one of the few persons who might be a match to Hannibal's supreme intellect. So on one hand, Hannibal wants to build a relationship with Will (every one, even a sociopath, yearns for a partner to share one's best recipes with), but on the other hand, Hannibal must avoid that Will's mind leaps to the conclusion that everything's connected to Hannibal.
(I hope, I could make my thoughts on this matter clear enough. The Hannibal-Will-relationship is a really complicated one.)

What I don't get, is that still nobody knows of Will's severe condition.
He was in the hospital with really high fever, for christ sakes! The doctors should have made a spinal tap. Will was showing all the classic symptoms of Meningitis.
It's the first thing that came to my mind when I watched Will popping pills and losing time. *sigh*
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...What exactly were you disagreeing with...?
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Oh that's my bad. I though you called the episode "dull" and "boring"...

I should have been reading more carefully! < XD
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I forgot to add: Gillian Anderson is such a beautiful and talented actress!

I sincerely hope she can come back for Season 2!
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I do appreciate the review this week, so keep the Tums coming. I'm a MoM man, myself, but I watch this show with dinner. It's one of the few shows I don't watch while multitasking. I enjoyed this episode with a nice turkey burger and salad with a raspberry vinaigrette. F-f--eh, screw it.

This episode was boring overall, but it did get a lot done. Mostly killing the two main people Will had actually saved over the season. If I ever see the mushroom girl on screen again, my heart's gonna sink.

I've talked about the reserved space for stupidity in this show on...both opportunities so far. A comb in an oxygen-rich hyperbaric chamber without even the cliché of an inept guard. The only thing that surprised me after that was they didn't show Hannibal giving it to her as a gift. Poor Georgia. She was doomed, but even if Will finds himself a little busier next week, I really think they could've done more with her.

And I feel the opposite for Abigail. I'm glad she was officially guilty, so we can feel less guilty about Hannibal killing her. I was glad that Will saved her in the first episode, but she was pretty much annoying the hell outta me every moment after that. I'm glad she's gone, and I wish it had been a little sooner. I appreciate that she showed softer sides to Will and Hannibal, but I could've used a few more Abigail-free episodes.

I'm glad Gillian Anderson's character is getting thrown into the mix a little more with Jack talking to her. I don't think of Jack as comparatively clever (he's pretty much a bull that runs wherever someone waves a red flag, and that's a shame), but it's really interesting to watch her mind bounce off someone who's personality moves forward, especially since Jack has no interest in saving her or protecting her. Anyway, I'd like it if she survives into the next season. Yeah.

Anyone watching the relationship with Will and Hannibal form early on had to know it would end in poop, but I don't like the brain-boiling angle they went with. I'm tired of waiting to see if something's only happening in Will's mind. Hannibal is leap years ahead of Will intellectually, so he could've managed to play Will without Will being further gimped by a convenient physical affliction. I get that the main character has to look strong, and getting his ass kicked by Hannibal wouldn't help that image, but Hannibal's supposed to have the upper hand at first. It would be a short series if he didn't. Will's magic powers of empathy will eventually even things out, and we should get our even matches soon enough.

Heh, Freddie. She's still allowed to happen, so...k. It'd be one thing if she were so smart, that she was always one step ahead of everyone in some awesome way, but she's really just a fly that no one's bothered to swat. It's like they basically catch her in their hands from time to time and just release her...back into the room. Who does that? Whatever.

I'll admit the soup did sound delicious. I think I eat most of the things Hannibal mentioned, but not the thing that looked like a black octopus tentacle. I dunno, some veggies are just gonna have to be swapped out for the next best thing.

Georgia. I had (small) hopes for her. :(
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I think Jack going to see Dr. Du Maurier is not just to check on Hannibal's objectivity. or what was the purpose of asking about the patient of Du Maurier? other than just he was Hannibal's referral.
I don't believe you didn't mentioned this in your review. since Dr Du Maurier, said something about how she failed to mention how the patient did swallow his tongue! Does that mean she knows about Hannibal O_O? or she just saw a friend in a panic reaction to save her life -_-?


Will is starting to hold grasp of what is going on, connecting the dots! unfortunately it's taking him too long! so I Hope that Jack sees what's behind the mask for the sake of Will.

I thought that Hannibal thinks of Will as a friend! so I really don't understand why trying to frame him; if he is so worried about himself being discovered, he is smart, he can do something else!

THANKS Noel Kirkpatrick for a Hannibal review! I am so happy now
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Awesome! A Hannibal review, what a nice surprise. Thank you Noel & tv(dot)com!
Another superb episode. Georgia's death was absolutely horrifying. I like that Jack's perceptiveness & cunning is starting to come into play. He's been a bit underutilized so far. The only time we've really seen it as I recall is when he was the only one to believe Abigail had something to do with the murders. His instincts were right on. Normally I would find it hard to believe that someone with Jack's instincts and training could be manipulated the way he is, but Hannibal is the master of manipulation & has done it so subtly that it's believable.
Poor Abigail...worst father figures ever. Even had she lived, how could she ever trust another man. That scene with Hannibal played out wonderfully. The way he hugged her you could almost believe he had genuine affection for her, but that is what sociopaths do- they mimic our behaviors. I think he does maybe have a type of affection for her, but it is not as we would define it, because he is incapable of that. But she was so happy to see him and to watch it turn to utter betrayal and horror when she realized what was about to happen was heartbreaking. The whole time I kept thinking "Run! Hit him, fight him, run!" but knowing, as Abigail did, that it was futile. I think ending it like that was more terrifying than actually seeing him killing her.
Gillian Anderson was once again great. I'm really enjoying her interaction with Hannibal and she keeps pace with him nicely. I liked her sparring with Jack as well.
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I completely agree about the dialogue of the show. That is one of my two favorite aspects of the show (along with the brilliant artistic visuals). I love how subtle it is, building the tension between the characters.

As far as this episode, I didn't really care for how quickly they killed off Georgia, but that was easily forgiven for the great way in which it pushed the story forward. I loved the further deterioration of Will's character, and the way Hannibal pushed Jack to suspect Will's sanity, and of course the scene where Abigale learns the truth about Hannibal. I can't wait to see where they go from here.
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Oh is it Christmas already? A Hannibal episode review! Thanks, pere Noel!
This show has become as good as whatever the nice psychiatrist is cooking every episode. It looks so delicious!
This time Dr Lecter was often just pure darkness, I love the show's visual language.
But do I really have to feel sorry for Abigail? She helped her father snatch the victims and she knows how we taste - in one episode she made a face at the meat Hannibal was serving ... come to think of it, I never felt sorry for any of Lecter's victims except the young FBI agent ...
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I don't think you are necessarily supposed to feel all that bad for Abigail. I took her last scene with Hannibal as her accepting her fate as something that she probably deserves. Hannibal clearly had affection for her and I believe he was truthful this whole time in wanting to protect her, but the events of the last two episodes made that impossible.
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Another great episode. It was more psychologically intense and is probably building up the tension for the finale. There was definitely a lot of subtle suggestions rather than outright gore. Just goes to show, that imagining what was in the soup or how Hannibal kills Abigail is just as horrifying as seeing a gore fest.
I am sort of confused about Hannibal's motivations where Will is concerned. It seems that he is always setting him up with dangerous obstacles to overcome, like sending him to Tobias' house and trying to frame him as the copycat killer. It is like it is a series of tests to see if he is worthy for ?. He knows Will's gift makes his mind very pliable as the line blurs between who Will is and the killer whose mind he enters into. It is as if Hannibal wants Will to know him, to be his friend, but he wants to mold him into someone just like him so he won't be alone. He is using Wills illness to his advantage to keep him off balance, but if he cares about Will, he will have to save him. Hannibal cannot let Will get too close, he doesn't want to get caught. Of course Jack is really not doing what he promised to do. After all Jack promised to make sure Will did not get too close and protect him.
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This show is absolutely enthralling and relentlessly scary. I love it.
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I was tense the whole damn episode....and I loved it! I have loved this show since the first ep! The subtlety of the actors' facial expressions, the set design, the way they play with light & dark on this show makes it a joy to watch. But if anyone ever needed a hug, it's Will Graham!
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I was not so invested in Hannibal when i started watching it but i am completely now. Hannibal Lecter undoubtedly makes the best serial killer i have ever seen. Unfortunately for him, After this episode it seems the curtains are much ready about to drop on him. I was wondering when will will finally display his psychic vision power ability to connect all of those murders together, and i knew from the beginning that Abigail was going to be to the key to unveil it. Hannibal should've killed her a long time ago. He was letting too many people getting close to him.

If it was again his curiosity that pushed him not to tell will that he had this decease in his head, to see how far his current predicament would have pushed him, I think that's going to be one of the last pieces that will allow will to construct the belief that Hannibal is the serial killer. I think The showdown between him and Hannibal is going to be awesome. I cannot wait for it. I also cannot wait to see their faces when they realize they were eating human meat whenever they were dinning with Hannibal, especially jack's face.
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This show is slowly and steady moving up my "favourite show" list.

So good!
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I think this Hannibal is one of the best TV shows of the year, and this episode just reinforces that fact. Hannibal has mastered the dichotomy between the physical gore we witness at the crime scenes and the psychological trauma we perceive in the therapists office. While this episode wasn't, as Noel said, the most gory, it was certainly the biggest battle of the minds so far and had the most psychological toying we've seen yet with Jack and Will. Certainly has me completely on edge for the finale.
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You have all noticed that each titke of this season's (seasoning) of Hannibal was related to gourmet cuisine.I think it is kind of intresting to note, that "releve "(there's an acent on the last "e" but I don't have a French board.): this weeek's title, has two interesting connotations:1) to spice the food and 2) that moment in the Hunt, when an animal hiding during the day in its lair will leave it at night. Somehow, these meanings are very smart in defining the who somewhat ghotic atmosphere that has settled before this episode but is taking more body now. The question is whom is the animal in its lair, Hannibal, one would think except he is not the type to hide in lairs; or is it Graham who looks as if he is not about to leave his????????It is the subtlety of the writing that really imitates and understand Thomas Harris' that really needs to take it's kudo here.
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I knew Mads was playing Lucifer as Hannibal pretty early on, the show hasn't tried to steer people otherwise. There was even a line a few episodes back where Hannibal basically said I can't make you do something you already wanted to do, which is classically associated to the behavior of Lucifer. It makes him much more interesting, and if the show continues to flesh him out, I may prefer this version more than Sir Anthony's.

I like the shorter format. UK shows are, IMHO, all the better because they are shorter (more for comedies than dramas but it applies to both). It does sometimes allow plot holes and rushed resolutions to shoot by, but I'd rather have that than 5-6 episodes of spinning wheels (It's what killed a lot of LOST and is currently killing Revenge). I'd rather crave more than be too stuffed.

I dunno what she's doing, but whatever it is, Gillian Anderson seems to aging half as fast as the rest of us (Duchovny is doing it pretty well, too.) She really holds her own against Mads in their scenes. She's also still gorgeous. Maybe it's all that time in the UK.

I think the best exchange of the night was between Jack and Hannibal over the nature of insanity. To say "maybe it's not insanity, maybe his brain just works on a level different from ours" made me think about history's famous serial killers and even some of its geniuses. I absolutely think there is a line between insanity and evil and one does not always mean the other. Lecter shows this difference perfectly: he's rational, he DOES have empathy to some degree (poor Abigail! I think Hannibal had no real desire to kill her until he had to), he is mannered, methodical, social, restrained. He does what he does out of curiosity and detachment. We are not all Hannibal's potential victims, but he does see some as merely pieces in a game to move as he sees fit. He kills, and he eats some, but thus far hasn't been shown to revel in torture or even death in and of itself. Before Will, for all we've seen, there wasn't even motive beyond that curiosity for his killing. I don't think he's driven to kill to satisfy some urge, he does it simple when he needs to or to protect himself, to continue to remain free to live as he chooses. He lacks perhaps morality, but morality does not equal sanity, so the inverse would also be true. It's a very interesting area to explore and contemplate.

While it stands on its own as a great TV show, it absolutely one of the best things network television has given us in a long time. Glad NBC gave it at least another season.
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I loved that exchange on the nature of insanity, too. I love that for a show that does so much talking, they don't beat anything into the ground. That entire exchange only took a few lines and yet conveyed some important ideas and information. They don't talk down to the viewer and I appreciate that.
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Dr. Du Maurier is literally the best! I know, Will is the main character and all that, but I'm kind of tired of his hallucinations and fevers - it's been too long, you guys! But I'm fascinated with Du Maurier and her relationship with Hannibal.
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I as well. :) In the episode in which
Will kills Gideon and Hannibal is later
talking to his doctor,and she tells him
"Sometimes all we can do is watch."

Hannibal got this LOOK in his eyes.How
much do you wanna bet that he was thinking
about Mischa at that moment? :o
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This show is reminding me more and more of season 4 of Breaking Bad. There's this sort of intensity that just keeps building up, and it makes the psychological horror elements of the show much more effective.

One worry I have is how they end this season, it seems like everyone is getting closer and closer to catching Hannibal, and the only three ways I see it heading (as in, next week) is either Hannibal being caught, which feels a little too sudden, the second option is them finding out, and Hannibal going on the run, which feels a bit out of place and weird, and the third is or Will finding out but not telling the cops for whatever reason, which is what (in my mind) is looking more and more likely.

Assuming this show gets to keep happening for a while, will we see Clarice? That would be amazing.
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I don't think that Hannibal will be revealed. Wouldn't make much sense and it would be way too soon. Bryan Fuller once mentioned that the events of the Book (Red Dragon) wouldn't play themselves out until season 4 (if one can believe what the show's creator utters in interviews...).
I'm with Amy here.Abigail is pretty much doomed and would certainly work as a perfect scapegoat. Will is still delusional. If he's ever treated appropiatly for his meningitis, he'll surely perceive his doubts concerning Hannibal as symptoms of his illness.
But I won't bet on this option. You never know what Hannibal might or might not do. If he's unsatisfied with his inability to build a real emotional bond with another person, he might blame it on Will. Sociopaths really don't like it to have to cope with their own shortcomings.
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"Assuming this show gets to keep happening for a while, will we see Clarice? That would be amazing."

Having read about Bryan Fuller's plans for future seasons online, I don't really want to say too much about the possible stories for the future. However, I will say this: MGM owns the rights to Silence of the Lambs, and the characters introduced in that story. That doesn't mean that they won't be able to have her on the show, but they have to negotiate with MGM if they want her to be on the show.
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I see a potential third option. Hannibal will need to make a decision on which urge is stronger. HIs urge to kill or his loneliness and his desire to save his friend. He has treated everyone he meets as an experiment to see where and how far he could push them. I think with Will and with Abigail he did have genuine feelings of caring. Abigail's mistake was that she made it impossible for him to save her and himself as well. He may yet find a way to save Will as he does know what is wrong with him and can save him and make Will think his suspicions were just part of his delusions, and he could still think of a way to lead Jack astray and chase the ghost of the Chesapeake ripper. If I were Freddie Lounds, I'd watch my back,
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I don't have much to add other than I hope Gillian Anderson's role becomes more prominent. She relates to Hannibal in a different way than everyone else, and it seems like I'm more intrigued by their past every time they talk.

...plus, y'know, watching her on TV makes me feel younger. As if I'm watching TV in a simpler time...
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Agreed I really like their interactions and really look forward to their scenes.
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Noel, your show/episode breadcrumbs at the top of the page are messed up. Click "Hannibal" & it goes to "Defiance"
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Fixed, thank you!!
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This is what I get for using templates.
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No problem. Completely understand.
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Bryn Fuller Twitter-confirmed it: THE CHICKEN SOUP DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE IN IT YOU GUYS!!! It was just a nice gesture for Will! Not that Hannibal isn't nice when he serves people-meat... I mean... ok I just said Hannibal is nice. I have a problem. I'm from Tumblr.
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If you think about it he is a gentleman(his style, how he talks, showing respect)
and in the movie he usually(not always) eat rude people or bad people
so yeah he is kind of nice, in a very very twisted way
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thank you for that!!! but then your icon is Red John... so can I rely on your input really? ;)
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Hahahah, will when you put this way, i guess not
but i am a Patrick Jane fan and under the bloody smile is written "Who are the seven?" so my icon is just for my excitement for the next season of The Mentalist when RJ's real identity is revealed(which by the way i think is Raymond Haffner)
but again it is not that smart to trust someone who's icon is a creepy smile made of blood no matter what the excuse is
(i was imaging what would someone think when reading my comment and seeing my icon :p)
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Well that actually sort of really sweet. Gah. This show, guys. This show.

Didn't stop the show from setting up a visual match of sorts between the silkie meat and Georgia's crispy corpse though...
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ahahah this show is having more repurcussions on my psyche than it should! And don't even let me started of the stressing, discomforting feeling every single episode gives me! But then I can't wait for next week! What is wrong with the 21st century's pop culture?!?!?
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No Will, don't eat the people soup!!

I love this show. It is dark and disturbing.
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the way Hannibal described the food makes it sound so good then I have to remind myself there are bits of human in it!
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The only thing getting me through the last couple of episodes is the knowledge that this is a prequel series, so Will will get through all the monstrous things being thrown at him. But I still have to pause the show every now and then, just to catch my breath.
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No, not really, the show states in the beginning that it's based on the characters of the novel not the whole story, and naming the show Hannibal may mean that the main character is Hannibal and like in the novels Will Graham was only in the "Red Dragon" book but not the others, so it may mean that will might not exist in all of the seasons, but i highly doubt it, because it seems to me that the show revolves around Will more than it does around Hannibal even if the show is named after Hannibal
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You're forgetting Crawford. He's in the books too.
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- sticking fingers in ears - LALALALALLALALALALAL I can't hear you. Will will be fine! FINE! He has to be, or I won't be able to keep watching
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SPOILER FROM THE BOOK ..... SPOILER FROM THE BOOK !!!
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Will Graham will be fine, sort of ; he catches Hannibal, and survives.
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END OF SPOILER .... END OF SPOILER
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They're mucking with the timeline and with events enough that I remain unsure if Will survives.

I only think this because Miriam Lass's tracking down of Chesapeake Ripper plays out almost exactly as Will tracking him down did it in the books, including what tipped Miriam off to Hannibal's identity. So actions and events are being shuffled around a bit.

Had they killed Chilton, I would've been even surer of the uncertainty the show trades in.
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Don't take away my safetyblanket! Will making it though in one piece is what I cling to when it gets too intense.
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Did anyone else catch that Georgia was George from Dead Like Me? She was a reaper.
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"Georgia" is not the only name reference to DLM in the show. Miriam "Lass" was also quietly slipped in there early on
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There was a mention of it in the FTW/WTF we did the week she first appearred. It's a very nice meta-reference about her role as a woman who was dead and wanted her life back on Dead Like Me to a woman who thought she was dead but was still alive on Hannibal.

If Lee Pace doesn't show up in S2 to play some horrific inversion of Ned the Pie Maker, I don't know why we're even bothering. ;)
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Noel you're right
even though this episode didn't contain as much as "Action" as other episodes did
but it is in my opinion the greatest one of the season, in all of the previous episodes will hovered around Hannibal's real face without touching it or knowing it exists, but in this episode he knew about the copycat, he almost grasped Hannibal in his mind(like what he usually does in crime scenes) in this episode he touched his real face without knowing who was he touching, it was really great

I almost feel sorry for Hannibal, i don't think he really wanted to frame Will, at least not yet
the one who lost the most in this episode was Hannibal, he lost two dolls(maybe even friends) that he really liked playing with, i think that if will hadn't gotten close to finding out about him he would have played this game for years just to see what would happen, but in the end he really wanted will to believe that he was a killer just like the serial killers he hunt,
he likes will, he doesn't want to hurt him but he doesn't have another choice else than to frame him

i like the series a lot more than the movies,
Hannibal here is a lot more interesting, mainly because of Mads Mikkelsen which according to fuller(the show creator) wanted to change Hannibal view from the cannibal psychiatrist to Satan the fallen angel, which this episode really did, he doesn't do what he does because of his cannibalism , but because he is just curious(deadly curious)

A mistake i think the fuller made is naming the show "Hannibal" because i feel that the show is more about Will than it's about Hannibal, and unless they were planing to keep will in prison for Hannibal's crimes, it's going to be really hard to keep him as a regular in the series
i mean he is ether going to be on the run or in prison(maybe even get killed in future seasons)
and it would be stupid for a tv series to be called Hannibal without a Hannibal being regular in it

A mistake i hope the show wont make in case Hannibal went to prison in the next season(if he didn't escape) is to justify his nature with a story like in "Hannibal Rising" it would destroy every thing that makes Hannibal different from other serial killers and will destroy what i think Mads Mikkelsen is trying to do with Hannibal personalty

for the reference here's what fuller said about Mads Mikkelsen version of Hannibal :
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What I love about Mads's approach to the character is that, in our first meeting, he was adamant that he didn't want to do Hopkins or Cox. He talked about the character not so much as 'Hannibal Lecter the cannibal psychiatrist', but as Satan – this fallen angel who's enamoured with mankind and had an affinity for who we are as people, but was definitely not among us – he was other. I thought that was a really cool, interesting approach, because I love science fiction and horror and – not that we'd ever do anything deliberately to suggest this – but having it subtextually play as him being Lucifer felt like a really interesting kink to the series. It was slightly different than anything that's been done before and it also gives it a slightly more epic quality if you watch the show through the prism of, 'This is Satan at work, tempting someone with the apple of their psyche'. It appealed to all of those genre things that get me excited about any sort of entertainment.
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wikipedia. org/wiki/Dr._Hannibal_Lecter

(by the way Noel if you're a fan of anime and dark tv shows i suggest you watch Code Geass, it is the greatest show i have ever seen i loved it more than any other show(more than GoT, The Mentalist, Dexter and other great tv shows))
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I think Hannibal genuinely cares about Will (I had a line in the review about it, but removed it as I didn't want to stir the pot of people arguing about it) and Abigail, and so it pains him to do this to his friend, but compulsions are compulsions, curiosity is curiosity, and self-preservation is self-preservation.

Naming the show Hannibal was likely an insistence by Sony (but I can't say for sure). If you call something "Graham" or something like that, people won't know what it is. You say "Hannibal" and people have the cultural associations in place.

Oh, I've seen Code Geass. I don't think I like it quite as much as you do (which appears to be a lot!), but I do think it's very good. Pizza Hut product placement, aside. ;)
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Well, they didn't need to name it on a character, Elementary for one is about Sherlock Holmes and could be named Sherlock Holmes or Holmes or Sherlock without a problem(i don't think there will be a copyright issue) but they named it Elementary which in my opinion is better
when you see a show named after a character, you will know that the show is limited and should always be about that character

Oh i really really really love Code Geass especially the ending and how Lelouch achieved peace by making himself people common enemy
it was really great and full of moments that i almost cried because of it, even though i never ever was emotional about a tv show let alone an Anime
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All the time I felt like screaming at the screen: "IT'S ENCEPHALITIS, YOU STUPID PEOPLE! Won't anybody realize it?"

So, Dr. Scully, you exist after all... The conversations between Lekter and Maurier have been so surreal that for a moment I thought she had been one of his victims, and he was either remembering or imagining those conversations. When she mentioned a patient had attacked, her, I promptly thought of Hannibal. And by the way, Gillian Anderson is still a babe. And a very elegant one.

And why is the season so short if this show is on a network?



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"IT'S ENCEPHALITIS, YOU STUPID PEOPLE! Won't anybody realize it?"
Kind of felt the same,
I kind of wanted to put my hand on Will's shoulder and tell him :"Don't worry, you're not crazy, you just have Encephalitis, nothing to worry about".
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Part of broadcast's experimentation with shorter seasons (see: The Following, much of what Fox is airing next fall). I believe it was always conceived of and pitched as a 13-episode per season series.

I go back and forth on whether a "full" season of Hannibal would've been worthwhile. I worry that the serial killer of the week cases would've unnecessarily bogged down the show (notice how they gradually became less and less the focus of the season?) both in terms of "Why are there so many damn serial killers?" and "Yes, we get it, Will is being torn to shreds by both Jack and Hannibal. Can we please move on now?"

At the same time, a full season might've also allowed for some plot holes to be filled (I fail to understand why Freddie isn't in jail at times, despite her occasional usefulness) or for Alana to be better fleshed out (she dips in and out of the narrative to a frustrating degree, but at least when she appears, it's rarely extraneous to the episode).

It would've also allowed time to have Hannibal work Will over some more, which *can* feel rushed as it is -- especially given its prominence over the last few weeks -- but that it is moving at such a brisk pace makes it all the more fear-inducing because there's no time to really breathe, and so you do get caught up in all of Hannibal's machinations and Will deteriorating state of mind. There's an intensity to it, sort of along the lines of a Greek tragedy, where everything is rushing so quickly and you know it's going to end horribly, but you just can't look away.
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I found this one of the most stressful episodes of the season. I can not wait for the finale.
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I love this show, but I have the sinking feeling that Fuller is going to pull a HOMELAND in the Season Finale and have Will go thru Electro Shock Therapy just as he figures out Hannibal's true nature. Why not? Might as well keep EST in the family, since that's exactly how it worked on the Season One finale to HOMELAND! Besides, it cleans the slate somewhat for Season 2.
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Full agreement. I just tweeted while watching this episode (didn't get a chance to watch it last night) how amazing it is that this show can build suspense so well with people just running around talking to each other. Incredible work all around, writing, acting, visually, etc... This show is excellent, and congratulations to NBC for making the right call and allowing it to have a second season.
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Couldn't agree more!
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I am trying so hard to keep watching this show, but it is so hard. Every episode seem just drawn out and complex. It is getting kinda boring, but I am trying to like it cause I think it has a lot of potential and I am keeping an open mind. I just think they rely too much on the gore and Will being crazy.
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This episode was so terrible to watch. In that, it was ingenious television, but it had bad effects on me physically, it was so, so tense. o.o
The chilling ending was only barely enough to get me to forget Will's HORRIFYING dream with dead Georgia staring at him in his house!! That was by far the most terrifying thing I've seen in a very, very long time!
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Completely agree with this review. It did feel like a bit of a dull episode, but the plot progressed so much that it could never be an overlooked episode. I really do enjoy the inevitability crescendo this show hasn't once failed to adhere to. Reveals and realizations are not left to fester. They are swiftly dealt with and - here's the most impressive bit - not forgotten, rather, woven into the metaplot. Earlier in the season, I feared that the show was progressing too quickly, but this week made it plainly apparent that the writers know exactly what they're doing. Hannibal just wants to see if he can make a mini me.
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I liked the way Wills dreams of the stag are slowly evolving over the last 4 episodes. The more episodes i see, the more i get the feeling that a lot of Hannibals behavior with Will and Abigail is driven by loneliness. He knows his behavior is wrong and is willing to sacrifice those relationships to cover himself, but does actually want those relationships to continue until he is endangered.
My only problem with this episode was the fact that Will was in a hospital and none of his tests showed up his brain condition
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Yeah, that was the only thing about the storyline that didn't make sense to me--it's not like MRI tests or CT scans are uncommon. I'm no doctor but everything about Will's condition scream brain problem to me (headaches, hallucinations, etc). I'd at least want to rule it out.
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It is rather a stroke of genius to give Will a condition that was only recently discovered and which presents as a psychiatric condition not an organic one. Unfortunately, NMDA encephalitis is very difficult to diagnose as it does not show up on brain scans. It does show up on a blood test for the antibody, but you have to be looking for it.
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Ah, so the only reason it was found last week was because Hannibal smelled it and alerted the dr to look for it? I had been wondering same thing as GC...
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Thanks for the explanation, it bugged me because of his brain scan in previous episode
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In reality, the MRI in the scene would not have lit up like that. NMDA would only show non-specific changes unless they find a tumor, usually ovarian and usually found in women which is the most common co-occurrence. This condition is often missed diagnosed as a psychiatric condition because the presenting symptoms are a viral pro drome followed by the behavioral changes, hallucinations, and seizures. Autoimmune disorders are often a case of just bad luck. The body can attack itself anywhere at any time. It does not happen to every person and it is hard to predict who will be at risk.
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The show is so excellent in ways that other shows cant even dream of. Please review more because it is spot on.
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WE NEED MORE HANNIBAL REVIEWS !!!!
ok i'm done
I LOVE HANNIBAL (THE SHOW)
ok now i'm really done
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I agree, we really need a place to come and de stress after the episodes.
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Exactly! We'll need a group therapy session
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I'm hoping that every episode of season 2 gets reviewed!
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First off, thank you so much for finally reviewing Hannibal! Secondly, I think I might need some Tums too but I can't wait until next week's finale. Thank goodness there will be a second season!
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My pleasure. I'll be back for the finale next week, too!
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I don't know where this show is going to go from here. Obviously Will is going to get out but will Lecter get caught? I assumed he would be free the whole series and he would get caught in the finale whenever that was but it's looking less and less likely. Maybe he will be in prison next season and Will will talk to him like he does in the movie. But that would greatly limit what they could do with Hannibal.
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Maybe he will escape...
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Fuller says they have a 4-year plan for the show. Which, you know, is adorable considering that he's never had a show make it past 2 seasons. (And I say "adorable" in the most loving way possible as I've enjoyed all the shows he's created on various levels.)
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Actually, from what I've read, it's actually a 7 year plan. :P
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I really do hope he makes it though. Even if it's not all on NBC. I have heard that it's pretty cheap to make, since NBC shares the cost with another company, and if that's the case, I think there's a bigger chance for it to happen. I really want to see Bryan Fuller's full vision for Hannibal's story.
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I didn't really want to post this here, and rather just let people seek out the interviews if they really wanted to know, but since you brought it up...

SPOILERS FOR BRYAN FULLER'S SEVEN YEAR PLANS! DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED:

Basically, the first three season will be different stages to Hannibal's relationship with Will in the "prequel" stage of Will and Hannibal's relationship and the investigation. Then for seasons 4-6, he will do his versions of Red Dragon/Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal (that is, if he can get the rights for the SoTL/Hannibal characters from MGM - otherwise, he will probably try to work around it as much as he can, while trying to keep as much of the story as he can). I'm assuming that there will be a fair number of changes to these stories, both to fit with the characters he has/will set up over the first few seasons, and because having 13 episodes should allow him to flesh out certain aspects of the stories. Finally, season 7 will be a kind of epilogue, wrapping up any plot points that were left open after Hannibal, and giving the characters more closure.

Because of this plan, I'd be happy if it ended after 3 seasons, or if it ended after 7 seasons, but not really anything in between. That way, we either get the full prequel experience, or the full Hannibal experience.
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I read 4 in an interview with....Collider, I think. I don't see this show running for 7.

And the show is produced through Sony and Gaumont International, and NBC pays a licensing fee, which is par for the course. If NBC does ever get in a tiff over the show, it's unlikely to be due to *just* costs, but whether or not its licensing fee is justified by the show's ratings.

More than likely, international co-production deals, like with Gaumont, have made their licensing fee lower than it would've been had it just been Sony and NBC paying for it (though Sony has become notorious for constantly lowering licensing fees in an effort to get shows primed for syndication).
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Yeah, Dead Like Me is still one of my favorite shows (I never liked the stuff with George's family but I loved everything else) and Pushing Daises was really nice too. I never watched Wonder Falls though. It's a shame really, I've never seen anything by him I disliked but everything gets cancelled.
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Hey, you gotta dream big!
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I totally agree with your tweet, Noel. The other night I had a nightmare. I didn't want to be left in the same room with Norman Lekter. That's right, "Norman" Lekter. TV is getting sicker than ever and I'm watching too much of it.
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It was interesting to finally see someone, that being Abigail, know the truth. The final conservation between Hannibal and her was great, and the preview for next week looks amazing. This all makes me happy that the show has a second season, or else we would have had such a huge cliffhanger
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Can I say..first time I laughed during an episode..mind you it was when the lab guys were making fun of Will (okay we know the woman is Beverly now what are these guys names...I missed her she can see Will's pov). Dread is a very good wordfor it. It will be interesting to see who will be on Will' s side. I really hope Jack smelled the same bs that sent him to Hannibal's doctor.
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I think the BS Jack smelled was more about Hannibal's objectivity, not a question of his expertise. It's just that he assumed the wrong perspective on the objectivity: friendship instead of destruction/experimentation. I can totally see Hannibal explaining himself at some point in the same way he explained things to Abigail in this episode. Something along the lines of "I was protecting myself, yes, but more than anything, I was curious what would happen to poor Will Graham."
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