Hannibal "Takiawase" Review: Helping Hands

Hannibal S02E04: "Takiawase"


Shit just got real, folks.

That's a ridiculous thing to say about a show where a man was driven to the edge of his sanity in the first season, but it does feel accurate. We've known about Hannibal since the start, and while Will figured it out at the end of Season 1, there wasn't anything he could do about it thanks to the evidence that Hannibal had delicately arranged in order to frame the fragile criminal profiler. Between the two of them, it was just a one-sided game of psychological (and now chemical) manipulation, with Will only being able to fight back from his new jail cell.

Will needed help. He needed Alana to maintain his defense and be a form of support. He needed Chilton to be oblivious before it became apparent that he could be useful. Most importantly, he needed Beverly to reexamine the evidence, and to keep investigating how that evidence had been put in place to, in turn, put Will in his current place. He needed Beverly to be his hands and his eyes in the world where the physical evidence was located while he delved deeper into his mind to find out what, exactly, Hannibal has done to him.


And it resulted in Beverly's death. A shot through the floor indicated that Hannibal got to her, and at that range, well, as we know from Hannibal's fight against Jack, Beverly would've had to be strong and well-trained to survive against the doctor in such close proximity, and even Jack didn't get away cleanly. What hope would there have been for Beverly in a dark room she didn't know, other than Hannibal's fickle, coin-flipping sense of mercy? Sadly, she knew too much, and with Will's words tumbling out of her mouth, Hannibal likely wouldn't have risked anything at all.

With Beverly's death, the show changes gears. This will only enhance Will conviction about Hannibal (if the memories weren't already doing it), but it will also only drive him into a new pit of loss since Beverly's death is all on him. Her death, however, may also signal the the drawing of the net around Hannibal. Yes, he got away with killing an FBI trainee, but killing an FBI lab tech—and one as heavily involved in these gruesome deaths as Beverly was—will only shift attention away from Will (to a point, anyway) and likely renew the hunt for the Chesapeake Ripper.

It may not seem like it, but I'm pretty distraught over Beverly's death. Not only is it an issue of me liking the character and Hettienne Park—who has done great work up to this point and especially this season—but it's also an issue of Will losing an ally, losing his "presence" in the physical world. I'm also not thrilled that it resulted in the loss of one of the show's two female series regulars, which may make the loss all the harder to bear.


Will, at least, was doing what he could to peel back the layers of his rotten onion of a memory, and he used Chilton to do it. It was delightful to watch him play Chilton, knowing that Chilton would return to his favored tactic of psychic driving to get a deeper sense of Will's particular damages, and that it would actually stir up memories for Will. 

Will's newly unearthed memories of Hannibal performing similar psychic driving techniques on him during Season 1 were new for us as well. Normally, I'd be dismayed by this sort of pseudo-retconning, but so much of Season 1 was told from the perspective of Will's burning brain that the reliability of his point of view was, to a certain degree, always in question. The show's shiftiness with time and place didn't help as far as we viewers were concerned, so having Will just appear in Hannibal's office sometimes could've been a clue to Hannibal's scheming while also just being artful continuity-editing. It'll be something to watch for in going back to Season 1.

This is a good, if harrowing way, of keeping Will active in the hospital. There's only so much pleading with so few visitors that Will can do, and his options for interaction are rather limited. So keeping Will as an active agent in his own narrative would be tricky enough from this location, but Hannibal has done a fine job so far in preventing the "Oh, Will's in his cell having another visit to his memory palace" from feeling stale or repetitive.


If there was one stale bit, it was the show's return to less-than-stellar form with our murderer-of-the-week, an acupuncturist (Amanda Plummer) who was lobotomizing her patients to "quiet" their pain. The procedural beats for this case were resolved fairly quickly, with the acupuncturist confessing as soon as Jack, Jimmy, and Brian arrived at her door, and considering the deft way the muralist was handled and how they're handling Will's admirer, this felt considerably unimportant as a narrative aspect for the episode. As we've discussed though, the murderer-of-the-week often suffered from this in favor for playing up a thematic parallel to something else, and in this case, the acupuncturist's mercy killings of her patients tracked alongside Bella (Gina Torres, back for more heartbreaking scenes with her real-life husband Laurence Fishburne) and her desire to end her own life as cancer continued to ravage her body.

What, this subplot asked, is the quality of our mercy? Did the acupuncturist's patients deserve to die and might-as-well-be-dead? Is there quality of life so terrible that it is a cure and a relief to die? Does Bella have the right to decide her own fate in this situation? She decides, to a degree, with a do not resuscitate order, but taking all your morphine is a bit more of an active decision than saying, "No, you're not bringing me back." It's a question that a number of societies grapple with, and to no clear legal or moral consensus.

Hannibal being Hannibal, however, decided to let Bella's fate rest on the flip of a coin. I'm rather surprised he flipped a coin of it since, frankly, resuscitating Bella does cast him away from the eye of being a sociopath, another bit of character evidence that he couldn't possibly be the Ripper or setting Will up for all these crimes. What crazy person would save another person like that, after all?  Of course, it gives the fight from the premiere a fresh layer of emotional complexity for Jack, knowing that he man he's been searching for is also the one who kept his wife alive for him.



À LA CARTE

– Abigail! Hi, Abigail! We all miss you! 

– I love that Jimmy loves bees.

– The muralist was named James Gray, yet another nod to Jame Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs.

– Updated: So I suck. I totally left off this very fine essay on truth-telling in Hannibal by harpier that was posted in the community. Go read it, discuss it! And forgetting something like this is why I shouldn't write reviews while on vacation/am seriously jetlagged. Apologies to harpier for not including it when the post originally went live this morning.


How did "Takiawase" taste going down?


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Apr 13, 2014
All I could think of - after the initial shock - was: "Have you ever heard of the 21-foot rule?" If either Hannibal or Beverly were exchanged for either Danny Crowe or Raylan, the outcome would've been a different one.
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Mar 31, 2014
"When a drone mates with a queen it's ejaculation is so explosive it's audible to the human ear." did not know that! and that ending freaked me out!!!!
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Mar 28, 2014
I think this episode is the point where Hannibal has truly come into its own. Tense, well-written, heartbreaking, and holy sh-- batman that final sequence.

You mention that the potential death will strike Will the hardest as he will feel solely responsible (as well as losing the stabilizer on the outside), but I think it will hit Jack in the same feels. His conversation with Beverly, the previous episode, hearkens back to his conversation with Mariam Lass before her disappearance ("do what you need to do your job"). Basically he turned the other cheek, allowing somebody close to him to stumble too close to the bee's nest. This could be what sets up his decision to take the next step on his own.
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Mar 25, 2014
I had a dream where I saw what Hannibal is going to do to Beverly. It was twisted!!
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Mar 25, 2014
Ugh...I love Beverly! Is there any hope this wont end in her death? Hannibal is gonna eat his way through the entire cast!
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Mar 24, 2014
so...anyone here have gif where Hannibal turn off the light and start chasing beverly like a mad psycho? that one scene really scared the hell out of me
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Mar 24, 2014
The moment Will asked for Bevelery 's help to investigate Hannibal, I already suspected she will die. I only hope I am wrong !
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Mar 24, 2014
Now we have to worry about Zeller. He's the one left with the clueball that Beverly mentioned specifically that Hannibal was at the hospital with the Crawfords.

Who would Price have to finish his sentences with?!
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Mar 24, 2014
Much as I don't want Beverly to be dead, the thought that she may still be alive is so much more terrifying than the thought he just killed her. Sadly, the show goes back down to 3 interesting characters all the same.
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Mar 24, 2014
I'm afraid I'm not convinced Beverly's dead.
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Mar 24, 2014
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Mar 29, 2014
Ohh Man did Beverly get pwned! Holy Split personalities Batman!
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Mar 24, 2014
Thought I do understand your explanation as to what shows Hannibal got to her. A bullet wouldnt have gone through the ceiling unless Hannibal grabbed the arm with which she held the gun. Thats what we're expected to suppose. It is within reason, but I don't think that is a guarantee that she was killed or even that Hannibal got to her. It certainly looks that way though.
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Mar 24, 2014
being in hannibal's unsavory clutches is a fate worse than death. ask bella crawford.
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Mar 24, 2014
The possibility of Beverly not being dead upsets me more than her being dead.
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Mar 24, 2014
That's how a psychological thriller is made of!
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Mar 24, 2014
When i started the pilot last year, i hated it. I hated Will's character and the actor playing it. I was a fool. People on here have pointed me in the direction of giving it a shot, and I never did. Twice a fool.
Luckily for me, Jimmy Fallon had Hugh Dancy over at The Tonight Show last week and he actually surprised me. So yesterday I decided to give the show a shot, and i saw the entire first season in one viewin!. Wow. just wow!
I was a fool allright.

I just finished this 4th episode and I absolutely loved it. Sure the show has its flaws and ridiculousness (grandpa putting up that totem pole?), but I must admit it is quite brilliant with superb storytelling and grand acting.
I too am very upset about Beverly. That plot was my favourite this season. Will had someone. Not just Alana Bloom. Damn...can't believe it.
That final scene was fantastic. Only 4 episodes in and already surpassed the first season...also because of the first season. That speaks volumes.

One thing I love is the fact I still can't read Hannibal. The ultimate psychopath. Who knew this would've happened on NBC huh...

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Mar 24, 2014
I think reviving Bella was perfectly executed by Hannibal. He encouraged her to kill herself knowing she would do it near him, so that he could save her and have Jack thinking forever how great of a man he is. As the sociopath he is, it was brilliant, though I still hate him. A true psychopath would probably not have done the same.
I will miss the lab tech Beverly and the fact that she didn't tell anyone that she was going to be snooping around a possible serial killer's home though...she deserved to die. Intentions, smart, process, dumb. She found some evidence with the room and should have went back to work and told Jack I think I remember seeing this crack in the wall and spilling some water I noticed a roll, etc etc, we should go back and investigate. You're a lab tech, not a SWAT Team chasing a serial killer
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Mar 24, 2014
I wondered about his choice for Bella, I didn't think it was all that premeditated at all. It almost seemed like he was so caught up savoring her dying in front of him that the consideration to revive her didn't occur until the very last second. Sure, it very much plays into his image with Jack, but all the same, I don't think he'd planned the move out so much as just capitalized on the events as they unfolded. Sure, it didn't take much to predict Bella was likely to kill herself, and the methods most women use are often easily predictable as well. I just think people might be giving Hannibal a little too much credit on this occasion.
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Mar 24, 2014
noel, per usual, your analysis is handled with the same deft hand with which hannibal handles his scalpel right before he serves up some human pate', but i do strongly disagree with hannibal's motive for jarring bella back to life.

with everything hannibal has done, i had almost forgotten how cruel and soulless and disconnected to any semblance of human compassion he is. bella came to hannibal for release. she wanted to spare herself and jack the slow agonizing death march that afflicted her mother. bella bared her soul to hannibal. she spoke eloquently of her quest for sweet relief and her desire for jack to remember her in the most favorable light. hannibal listened to her knowing all along that he was planning to violate bella's wishes.

it would have been beyond the pale for hannibal to allow another human being a dignified death. hannibal's whole bent is to violate the lives of his victims by dehumanizing them in the most barbaric of ways. when hannibal resuscitated bella against her wishes, it was like watching some woman being raped on any of the law and order series. the shock, dismay and slow realization of what was happening to her was heartbreaking. the look in bella's eyes spoke volumes:*this man is taking away my no. this man is doing something to me that i do not want him to do. this man has just stuck his long needled into my body and it was not that which i wanted him to do.* when bella slapped the hell out of hannibal from her hospital bed as he stood there gloating at his hollow victory over her death, i wish bella had been wearing brass knuckles. if jack is not suspicious of hannibal now, then he looks like an utter fool worthy of the contempt that hannibal bears him.

hannibal does not give a damn about jack crawford except to toy with him. if bella had been in perfect health, hannibal would have killed her in a gruesome, unimaginable way just to cause jack crawford pain and to throw him off his game.

beverly, poor beverly. she reminded me of all those doomed heroines who go into haunted houses or face the monster alone when they have been warned that it is the last thing they should do. with everything will told her, how could beverly underestimate hannibal. hannibal as much as told beverly that he knew that she had been talking to will. why beverly did not wait to see jack about her concerns regarding hannibal seem less the character's decision than the whim of the writers. i cannot believe that this woman is brilliant and professional in every other sense, but would go to the home of a suspected, brutal serial killer without backup or at least telling another colleague where she was going.

next week's episode seems anti-climatic for me because we know the lovelorn orderly that will directs to kill hannibal is not going to succeed. forget his james bond villain persona, mads mikkelsen will never create another anti-hero as chilling and ice-cold and so devoid of any human grace as his hannibal lecter. anthony hopkins' hannibal lecter had a soft spot for clarice starling and the orderly at the asylum where he was kept. mads mikkelsen's hannibal seems to have a soft spot for no one--not will and not even dr. dumarier.
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Mar 24, 2014
The lake in which Will is fishing represents his brain where he is searching for stuff he's forgotten.
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Mar 24, 2014
I changed my mind. I thought maybe there was a chance that Hannibal would keep her alive for a while, but that's really not his style.

RIP Beverley. I'm sad to see her go, but she was stupid not to approach the evidence as if Will was telling the truth.

Apparently the next 2 episodes are supposed to be crazy, can't wait.
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Mar 23, 2014
I think what Beverly saw at Hannibal's basement was an autographed first edition of the book "To Serve Men." Shocked, naturally she ran in fear.
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Mar 24, 2014
lol...a twilight zone reference is always worth its weight in gold. i wish i could take this episode of hannibal back in time to see how traumatized early 60's audiences would have been by it.
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Mar 24, 2014
I don't think they could have aired this in the early 60's. Not just on television, but probably not even in specialty theaters either.
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Mar 23, 2014
TBH, I don´t miss Abigail, I didn´t like her very much, and I was happy when she dissapeared
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Mar 24, 2014
I didn't care for her so much either until she opened up to Hannibal and told him about all the things she'd done with her dad. At that point she became less of a scared, and frail little girl and more of a wolf trying desperately to fit herself back into the sheep's clothing.
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Mar 23, 2014

Though I'm not 100% sure she's dead (yet!), I'm really sad to see Beverley go, I was similarly really enjoying the actress this season. Generally, I agree on the female characters. I particularly like our leads' scenes and relationships with the females when they appear- Will and Alana, Will and Beverley (s0b), Jack and Bella, Hannibal and Annabeth/ Dr Du Maurier, that crazy Freddie Lounds woman with Will... etc.
It does make me feel a bit better seeing all the love she's getting from the commenters here though.
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Mar 23, 2014
I like Beverly quite a bit, but she consistently makes bad decisions. It seemed only a matter of time before she was placed in mortal danger, but I didn't expect it to happen this quickly.
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Mar 23, 2014
"I want you to kill Hannibal Lecter!"

Dont! Do it! Kimber!!!
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Mar 23, 2014
I hope so much that Beverly will survive and be okay. What Hannibal did with Jack's wife was truly cruel-deliberately encouraging her suicide, then letting her black out, believing she was going to die, and then waking her up. Knowing that her breathing would be effected after that, and taking her life so lightly that he flips a coin to decide whether to resesitate or not-at least, that's what I think happened.

By the way, in the fight between Hannibal and Jack which is supposed to happen later on, do you think it's pretty clear that Jack will either die or be taken captive by Hannibal? It looked pretty bad for Jack.
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Mar 24, 2014
aaaaamen@ hannibal's deliberate calculating cruelty. he definitely had a hard on all the while bella was thinking she had found a confidante and father-confessor in him. when people trust hannibal and give him credit for compassion and decency, he is offended by it and reacts to it with unswerving mechanical cruelty.

bella was raped by hannibal albeit not in the usual way. the look in her eyes when she regained consciousness said it all. hannibal hates human beings. it is a misanthropy that knows no bounds. the only reason he did not kill bella with his own hands and eat her is because he considers her tainted by disease.

i know in my soul that hannibal has some unsavory tortures in mind for beverly. what he will do to her is worse than if he kills her outright. what is even sadder is that will warned beverly. unfortunately jack did not warn bella that hannibal is the last person on earth to whom one should ever confide a secret or wish. if hannibal had invented the cure for cancer he would have destroyed it with barely contained glee just so bella could not have it and so jack crawford would be inflicted by extension with even more suffering.
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Mar 23, 2014
Jack will live. He later assigns Clarice to Hannibal.
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Mar 24, 2014
Forget the FBI, Jack is quite the matchmaker!
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Mar 23, 2014
it's strange thing to say, terrible thing to say and I hate myself for that, but this is the first episode where I hate Hannibal. Of course I always knew Hannibal=evil. But his victims were quite often nameless or as a viewer I didn't have any emotional connection to those people. But I "knew" Beverly and this episode marks a new era for me. Those final minutes were a real torture. I could barely walk after that episode. I was so stressed out. They have to catch this monster ASAP.
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Mar 24, 2014
god, i am so feeling you. this is not my first rodeo with hannbial in this series, but this is the episode where i truly wanted to see the character impaled simultaneously through all his vital organs starting with his scrotum.

what happened to beverly was awful, but in the line of her duty. what hannibal did to bella was for his twisted, unconscionable enjoyment which i guess is the reason for everything he does. hannibal lied to bella when he said that he had already made peace with death. the fight scene from the premier episode with jack crawford reveals the lie behind that assertion. no man who fights so hard has made peace with his own death. hannibal would gnaw off his own leg to escape the retribution of jack crawford.
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Mar 23, 2014
A couple of quick points.
In regard to Bella: Hannibal could not allow a suicidal patient to die in his office as it could prompt an investigation by the medical board and a possible suspension of his license to practice.
Also, bringing her suicidality into play keeps Jack busier with Bella and away from Will. Often, a suicide attempt trumps a DNR, depending on which state one resides.
Furthermore, an opioid overdose suppresses respiratory function; for someone with lung cancer, this will cause significant ongoing impairment of the respiratory system if they survive the overdose. Again, this will keep Jack focused on Bella.
Given all of this, Hannibal is showing no real compassion for Bella, but is just being practical. Convincing Bella that suicide is a viable option is merely another form of psychic driving, with the goal of using her and her illness to keep Jack at bay. (IMHO)
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Mar 24, 2014
you make great dispassionate points. still, with everything we know about hannibal, the suspension his license is the last thing on his mind considering the laundry list of atrocities that he has committed thus far. if hannibal had wanted to do bella a solid, there was any number of ways he could have disposed of her body including forging a handwritten note to jack that bella had gone away to die alone to spare jack grief.

i agree with you that any time hannibal can give jack pain is a good day for hannibal and unfortunately bella was a lamb at the feet of a sociopath.
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Apr 01, 2014
No, no, not Dr, Du Maurier, just a psychotherapist with a passion for great television!
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Apr 01, 2014
hannibal is beyond a guilty pleasure. if there is a taboo that it has not broken as far network television violence is concerned, then it will not long before it does.

what is depicted on hannibal almost exceeds what has been shown in the hostel and saw movies.

the irony is that i am so not the murder porn guy. nudity especially male nudity i am always on board, but violence has always been something that i have avoided. yet and still, i continue to watch hannibal behind my hands.

i guess will's earnestness and barely held grip on reality continues to rope me in. besides, i lost my cherry to mads mikkelsen when i saw him in casino royale. he stole every scene away from daniel craig which is no easy feat. then again, no other james bond villain has ever wept blood.
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Apr 01, 2014
I loved all of the Hannibal movies (except for Hannibal Rising). I also avidly watched Dexter. Before that it was Buffy! Now I watch The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Following in addition to Hannibal. I have had to close my eyes sometimes, but these shows are too good not to watch! I watched the first Hostel and the first SAW movie and said never again! Those were just too nasty for me! I am not a big fan of the Bond franchise, it's just not my thing.So Hannibal is my first exposure to Mikkelsen. I have to admit he is damn good!
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Mar 26, 2014
Suspension of his license may not be his top concern, but the investigation would and or suspension would certainly cramp his style.
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Mar 26, 2014
Actually, I am a psychotherapist by trade, but this is my day off!
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Mar 27, 2014
dr. dumarier is that you? i loved your work on the x-files. by the bye, you look lovely as a blonde.
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Mar 23, 2014
Yes Beverly is dead but that doesn't mean that she's gonna die now!
Hannibal is gonna keep her around for questioning or even worse.
maybe he'll do some wierd creepy sick Hannibal stuff to her.
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Mar 24, 2014
But first, dinner!
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Mar 23, 2014
I was evil and watched this episode before the wife did. Then i went and only watched the scene with Beverly (R.I.P) purely to see the reaction on the wifes face :P
In all honesty im hoping for a twist. Everyone expects that when the lights when out, it was also lights out for Beverly but im hoping for a twist. Its expected that shes dead so no-one would expect that she wouldn't be.
Also curoious as to what she saw when she turned the lights on. Wife think it was the other FBI agents body but i think its either whats left of Abigail or a freezer full of body on hooks like they do with pigs.
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Mar 23, 2014
Very sad to see Beverly go (although expected seeing how naively she went about involving Hannibal in spite of Will's warning) as she was an interesting character. Forensics smart but also with more emotional intelligence than those two left in the lab now (funny but kind of forgettable... does anyone even remember what their names are)
In spite of all the horrible things Hannibal has done so far, somehow his betrayal of Bella as she struggles to accept hear own death and the effect it is to have on her husband felt like the most despicable thing he has done so far. It was perfectly 'choreographed' to make you despise Hannibal for letting her believe she could choose her one time to die and then exposing her suicide attempt to her husband. Ugh Hannibal, that was low. Kudos for the acting to Gina Torres too.
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Mar 24, 2014
i have never seen my reactions mirrored in so many responses. at least i know that bella lives on in the usa network's suits where she is glowing and healthy and gorgeous and totally in command. gina torres is also the voice of the justice league's unlimited huntress character and she is the voice of superwoman in the justice league animated feature; crisis on two earths wheres she gets her turn to play a sublime sociopath.

yeah, hannbial definitely showed that empathy has never been and will never be his human suit. he hates the idea of mercy and the lessening of suffering. pinhead in the hellraiser franchise is a good samaritan compared to mads mikkelsen's hannibal lecter.
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Mar 23, 2014
I agree completely. Hannibal seemed to be genuinely ashamed for maybe the first time, I think - but I might be over-analyzing this. Given Bella won't have the chance again to leave on her own terms and the death she was always so afraid of is now the most probable outcome makes me feel very sad for her. Hannibal regrets too - somewhere in his darkest depths, a little bit for a moment maybe ... Not much, but I do believe he has some sympathy for Bella.
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Mar 24, 2014
I think Hannibal truly likes Bella. She has the whole package of traits he seems so enamored with: elegance, grace, intelligence, beauty. I think that's what the coin flip scene was meant to convey.

Heads: I let her die in peace. Jack will be devastated.
Tails: I utilize her worsened health and suicide attempt. Jack will be distracted and devastated.
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Mar 24, 2014
It was tails then...
I also think Hannibal likes the better half of the Crawfords, if not for the traits you mentioned most certainly for her courage she's showing in the way she's handling her terminal disease.
I had the impression from the show and the movies that if you gained the respect of Hannibal you're safe for ending up on his dinner table. The exception are people who pose a threat to him or provide a mean to conceal his true identity: Abigail, Miriam, Beverly...
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Mar 24, 2014
I think I need to re-watch that scene now that I am over the shock at Hannibal's low blow. To me Hannibal was not ashamed but proud of himself but was careful to act at the hospital like the concerned friend for the sake of Jack. Although Jack looked a bit miffed if not suspicious although for those who think Jack should be more suspicious of Hannibal, let's remember he has been through the shock of finding out Will 'killed' a few victims and all along dealt with his spouse's terminal illness. This is to say, he is not 100% sharp...
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Mar 24, 2014
hmmm...shame? hannibal? if bella had been healthy, hannibal would have killed her in a gruesome way after first torturing her and would have reveled in serving bella's kidneys to her husband jack.
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Mar 23, 2014
the only small tiny problem, well not really a problem, is just i want to see how hannibal fought beverly. the way they set that up was fantastic. lights turn on, she sees something that she shouldnt and then realises hannibal is right behind her. he gives the death stare and shes shit scared, then he grabs a knife(im assuming) and dashes off. i just want to see that lil scene cause i love when hannibal fights. so skilful and calculated even when the odds are technically against him(beverly having a gun). great episode hannibal just gets better and better. the coin flip was just so casual it was funny, just flipping a coin to decide what to do with someones life loved it so much. hannibal saving jacks wife just adds more layers to their relationship that its really setting up their epic fight so nicely.
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Mar 24, 2014
It was dark. They would have to show the fight in nightvision or infrared, lol. Having a gun, but not having a line of sight or any familiarity with your surroundings is next to useless. Gunshot in an enclosed space would have been deafening too. The muzzle flashes would have given away her position, possibly the gunpowder if you want to throw in Hannibal's persnickkety nose. Best bet would have been to not fire, drop low, and listen. But Bev is a labtech, so whatthefuckevah.
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Mar 23, 2014
The one before last shot of the episode will sure keep me awake at night! ^^
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Mar 23, 2014
I really love Chilton this season; he's a perfect television version of his literary basis, minus appearances.
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Mar 23, 2014
Favorite episode, hands down. A friend of mine called Beverly last week and I didn't want to believe him, but it made sense for the show. Having Bella back and trying to kill herself, I think, is signaling that she will be gone by time we're back to the fight scene - because why would Jack fight if he had anything to lose? AMAZING episode. Except the bee side plot.
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Mar 23, 2014
so did Hannibal want jacks wife to suffer he gets off on people's pain can you really use strob lights to cause seizures and alter a person;s perception and psyche hahah
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Mar 24, 2014
suffering is hannibal's bailiwick which i do not understand since hannibal is not like the serpent character in the genesis story who brings suffering into paradise where none existed. the world is full of damaged, hurt, suffering souls and for some reason hannibal has made it his vocation to pour acid on to the wounds of humanity. at this stage cyborgs are more human and feeling than hannibal lecter. pain is really the culinary dish that he serves best.
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Mar 24, 2014
Strobe lights can induce seizures, yes.
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Mar 24, 2014
I don't think so. I think he wanted to cement his relationship with Jack. By saving his wife Jack will feel like Hannibal is the greatest friend he has in the world.
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Mar 24, 2014
if that is true, why was hannibal so smug and unfeeling when bella reawakened in his office and in her hospital room? his face was devoid of any remorse for having thrust bella back into the throes of her deterioration. charity of human spirit is just not hannibal's style. sticking it to jack turns hannibal own. i cannot even imagine that sexual intercourse gives hannibal the same sensation as it does for him to cause another human being suffering especially when they think that hannibal is their savior as bella did.

although in all fairness to hannibal, many human beings would rather see patients suffer from debilitating incurable diseases than to allow them the opportunity to die with some peace of mind and dignity. people have no choice in whether or not they are born and they seem to have no choice in whether or not they die with dignity or as a sideshow for onlookers who will forget them just as soon as their caskets bang shut.
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Mar 23, 2014
Beverly Katz appears in "Red Dragon" (along with fellow FBI techs Price & Zeller), so I'm thinking (and hoping) that Hannibal keeps her alive in his dungeon, along with two of his other female victims whose bodies still haven't been recovered yet, namely Agent Miriam Lass (minus an arm), and Abigail Hobbs (minus a ear).
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Mar 24, 2014
That is a possibility; if one of Crawford's people were to be found captive and tortured in Hannibal's home, I think that would be even more likely to produce the fight than anything involving Will.

Personally, though, I think (and hope) she's dead. Serving her to Crawford would also be a good instigation to that fight. And Beverly was not too bright to go to Hannibal's home when she had only one guy's secondhand info on where Hannibal was, and no idea when he would be home. I'd have checked the house when I knew for certain Hannibal was out of town.
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Mar 24, 2014
They've been happy to muck with the "canon" in the past, so safe to assume they're mucking with it here.
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Mar 23, 2014
It's a shame Beverly's character never really had a chance to develop as a stronger character in the series before her demise. One of my main qualms with the series to date is its inability to use and create more of the characters beyond Will, Hannibal, and Jack. Alana, Jimmy and Brian all suffer terribly from being supporting characters on the series (although this episode's not-so-interesting crime prodecural at least provided some nice character moments for the latter), so more really needs to be done with these characters before any of them fall to the pray of Hannibal.
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Mar 23, 2014
Hannibal's gonna have Beverly sashimi next week.
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Mar 24, 2014
is that ethnic cuisine along the lines of beverly potstickers?
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Mar 23, 2014
Pretty sure Beverly found Miriam Lass.
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Mar 23, 2014
Or Abigail
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Mar 23, 2014
The thing about Beverly's character is that she brought light humor to a show that can be dark and morbid. Without her it loses that dynamic.
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Mar 23, 2014
The seem to be using Jimmy and Brian more in that respect lately, as a macabre comedy duo of sorts.
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Mar 24, 2014
Fuller's said that they're seriously ramping up the humor as the season progresses. I think he's said that Episode 8 is supposed to be bizarrely hilarious? Which...I can't even fathom.
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Mar 24, 2014
what could be more bizarely hilarious than poor bella thinking she had floated into the arms of gentle morpheus only to come to the shocking realization that she was in the clutches of hannibal's untender mercies? i must have laughed myself into a stupor over that one--not....
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Mar 24, 2014
I can't wait! Hannibal Lecter can be hilarious and I think Will also. Maybe that's what Hannibal truly sees in him and all what he did to Will was part of a gigantic prank? To unleash Will's humor? Admitted, Hannibal went to SOME LENGTHS for that laugh but certainly worth it.
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Mar 23, 2014
Beverly, Beverly, Beverly. Now Will has to call his admirer/stalker for help it seems. And Jack grew closer to Hannibal because he stopped his wife's suicide? Brilliant. Chilton is pretty much the opposite of help although he did help remember Hannibal's unorthodox therapy... This is all soooo good.
The case of the week brought me at least some funny moments with the rest of the bunch so the lapse is forgiven. Plus: Bees.
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Mar 23, 2014
That beehive is something they definitely wouldn't show in the other Bryan Fuller production, Pushing Daisies, which paid so many tributes to corpses, bees and honey.

Oh, and it's always like this. Some agent is on the trail of a big baddy, goes visit a suspect who's potentially harmful, and of course order no backup whatsoever, and not a single soul knows they are going there, so when the agent gets killed by the aforementioned suspect and disappears, nobody in the Department has a clue what happens. If I were a cop, I would always at least tell five people where I would be going and why.
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Mar 23, 2014
True on the 'visiting' without warning anyone although in this case it was breaking and entering so a big no no in FBI terms which makes me even madder that Beverly did it....
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Mar 23, 2014

Bitch, I know you didn't just kill Beverly!
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Mar 22, 2014
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Mar 24, 2014
Hmmm...I'd still hit it.
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Mar 25, 2014
Right in one of the jaws!
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Mar 23, 2014
Definitely a Picasso tribute, with a touch of Salvador Dali. Well, Hannibal is a man of exquisite taste for the arts, so that figures.
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Mar 24, 2014
hannibal is a monster masquerading in a human suit with an unsurfeited taste for human flesh.
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Mar 24, 2014
Agreed, but even psychos may appreciate art.
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Mar 23, 2014
Yeah, that was pretty fucked up
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Mar 22, 2014
I'm with you on Beverly. Really sad to see her die, and for the very reasons you pointed out. There are few female characters on the show, and after Dr. Du Maurier left, it's a pity to see another one die immediately after. And Beverly's character was a good one. It was interesting to see another character come closer to the truth about Hannibal, with the help of Will's mind, while all the others are clueless about his secret passions outside the kitchen.

On the other hand, I guess that killing Beverly is the only death at this point that will cause any emotional response among the viewers. Killing Jack is too soon (just waiting for the finale though), no one cares about the other lab techs dying, Chilton's death doesn't matter either - people are probably even looking forward to him dying at the hands of Hannibal - and I suppose Alana is meant to have sort of a romantic connection with Will that might heat up in the future and at this point killing her is purposeless. So Beverly being sliced and diced is understandable, but it doesn't mean I like it.

The good thing it that the death of Beverly really turns up the heat on the show. Now Hannibal knows that Will is still suspecting him. The question is, did Hannibal plan the events of the episode all along. Did he know that Beverly would find the stitches because of what he said about "going beneath the skin"? And did he take the liver not only to eat it, but because he knew that Beverly would inform Will about it, and he would then figure out that Hannibal is eating the organs? Will said that Hannibal is toying with Beverly. Was this really the case? That his ultimate goal was to make Beverly suspicious enough to lure her into his claws? Did he even know that Beverly would at some point break into his apartment and find his lair? Am I becoming paranoid trying to figure out how clever Hannibal actually is, and how much foresight he has about how others will behave?
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Mar 24, 2014
Her death is one of those horrible things but narratively, it makes an annoying amount of sense, since Will doesn't have the relationship with Brian and Jimmy, and neither of them would go to Hannibal's house like that. So it makes sense but it's just friggin' awful.
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Mar 22, 2014
I loved Beverly's character so much. She wanted to believe Will but her training told her he had to be guilty. Hettienne Park played Beverly brillantly subtle. I am going to miss her.

The three main characters are great but the supporting players are amazing. Raul Esparza as Dr. Chilton is a revelation. I cannnot wait for next week's show.

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Mar 22, 2014
I loved the scene with Abigail (Kacey Rohl) in the beginning. But I honestly don't understand why Will is still fond of her. That girl aided her father in killing other young girls and also killed Nick Boyd. I think Will's blindside for Abigail is also another reason why he ended up where he is. If you guys remember, Jack always suspected that Abigail was involved from the get go. But Will simply could Not wrap his mind around it, or even entertain the idea that she assisted her father. And Abigail killing Nick Boyd was the first secret Hannibal convinced Will to keep from Jack and others.
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Mar 24, 2014
Abigail was a victim. Will saw that. She didn't run around assisting her father because that's how she bonded with her dear ol' cannibal dad, it was a survival tactic. She lived in a home with a monster. Pretty much parallels any child that lives in a house with an abuser. They placate the crazy to ward off the wrath. Simple. She killed Nick in a fit of fear, stoked by Hannibal. We saw that she was guilt ridden and haunted by her part in the girls' murders and Nick. Though Will didn't know that she had assisted her dad right away, possibly even blinded by his immediate affection for her, he probably subconciously saw under her mask, victim.

Hannibal played on Will's paternal desires when it came to Abigail, whether they be Will's absorption of Hobb's paternal feelings or his own latent ones. Hannibal was at one point trying to craft them into a family unit. Between, "We are her fathers now", hugging Abigail, and promising that, "Will will keep your secret." He was doing a fine job of unifying them, emotionally and through culpability (like DuMauier).

Abigail trusted Will and Hannibal. Her trust got her killed.
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Mar 24, 2014
aaaamen. i too question will's fondness for abigail. if i did not know better i would think hannibal was right that will had the makings of a latent serial killer. oddly, the edward norton version of will graham in red dragon did not seem to have the makings of a latent serial killer.
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Mar 24, 2014
I can't speak for Edward Norton's Will Graham, as I haven't watched any of the films. I can only acknowledge the beauty of Dancy's Will as written in the television series. He delves into the dark. He becomes it fully in his mind. And he rejects it violently, but bits remain. Hence, the nightmares. Will would probably be more at peace if he just succumbed to the darkside, as Hannibal has been trying to assure through his various manipulations, but he fights it! Will chooses to be good overall, despite how his work tries him. No matter how antisocial he is, he hasn't tipped over to annihilation of man.
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Mar 25, 2014
I don't think Will could fall totally in the dark side. His conscience is too omnipresent. But he sees the darkness. He understands it. And I think he'd like to deeper dive in it, consciously or not, because he's intelligent and this is an interresting sensation to live for him. Watch the dark side straight in the eye reconciles him with his shadow self and his negatives emotions. It gives them the right to exist, even if it's not a politically correct thing to do in our society. That's why he's so tortured. He wants to dive more in it, by curiosity, by necessity, but he can't mute his conscience, neither his humanity, like Hannibal.

(sorry for my english)
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Mar 22, 2014
yes the murder of the week was kinda meh but it was useful as in making us reconsider death as a "cure" or murder as in "mercy"
What I found amazing was the coin scene, I was like "ok, you saved her because of a coin said so... weird but practical"
Poor Beverly the moment she entered Hannibal's house I was saying my good byes. She was a nice character and I really will miss her but she got way too close too fast. I mean if you are searching a supposed murderer and cannibalist house you bring back up or leave a note or something. And yes this a show and of course she didn't who to trust but still she took a hugeeee risk even if Hannibal were a normal guy she would have commited a crime.
Will and Abigail's scene was both sweet and sad
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Mar 22, 2014
The show keeps getting even more fabulous
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Mar 22, 2014
The murder of the week seemed like something tacked on, but I did like how it didn't take up the entire episode, so we got to see everyone working on the other things they were working on.

Beverly's murder is going to wreck Will. I know he told her to stay away from Hannibal, but he will blame himself anyway.
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Mar 22, 2014
We now know what Jack was eating before the fight started:-)
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Mar 23, 2014
Well if Beverly was the "he was a flounder" then you'd be right but I suspect you are not.
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Mar 22, 2014
Everything was good except the murder of the week
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Mar 22, 2014
Yeah, they tracked her down and she just confessed -
"When was the last time you saw these men?"
"When I killed them"
"A-HA! Gotcha!"
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Mar 22, 2014
It seems to me that Hannibal's best option for disposal of Beverly Katz is to orchestrate a scenario which diverts suspicion away from himself. Hannibal can't let her live, but he has to know that if Beverly just disappears, or winds up in a ditch someplace, Will will know Hannibal is responsible. And with Katz dead under such circumstances, the F.B.I. (Bloom, Crawford, etc.) and Chilton may be more inclined to listen to Will. It would not surprise me to see Hannibal attempt to make it look like Katz died elsewhere in a random robbery attempt or car accident.
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