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Hannibal 1.06: Entrée

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

PREVIOUSLY: Will started sleepwalking and wanted to quit the F.B.I. for the 80th time, the Crawfords made sure we will never be happy ever again, Hannibal started driving a wedge between Jack and Will, and a cancer patient did some Christian arts ‘n crafts before killing himself in a barn. Just like at Bible camp.

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Hannibal 1.05: Coquilles

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

NOTE: I will try my best to get episode 1.04 recapped when it’s available in its entirety. Until then, go check out the webisodes if you haven’t already!

PREVIOUSLY: The PREVIOUSLY is mostly from the unaired episode, but you can watch this actual episode without having seen that one. It’s a little more procedural than the previous episodes, so there’s not a lot of continuity wrangling to do.

FUN FACT: I’ve got a fever and have been pounding cough syrup like someone who pounds cough syrup recreationally. This is, honestly, the best fucking way to watch this show that I can think of. Highly recommended!!!

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Hannibal 1.03: Potage

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

PREVIOUSLY: We met Freddie Lounds and she fucked all the shit up and Will Graham started therapy, but the PREVIOUSLY is mostly a recap of the first episode–Will shot Garrett Jacob Hobbs, but not before Hannibal gave him a killer-2-killer courtesy call.

Before we start, here’s a link to food stylist Janice Poon’s totally charming and informative blog about working on Hannibal–it’s full of recipes, photographs, and lots of interesting tidbits about the food aesthetics for fellow behind-the-scenes nerds.

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Hannibal 1.02: Amuse-Bouche

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

PREVIOUSLY: WILL GOT TOO CLOSE AND EVERYONE WAS REAL MAD ABOUT IT, ESPECIALLY THE SERIAL KILLER HE SHOT TO DEATH. But Hannibal isn’t mad. Hannibal gets you. Hannibal is the only one who understands. Come to Hannibal’s bosom. Hannibal deserves you at your best because he loves you at your worst. Shhh, it’ll be all right.

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Hannibal 1.01: Apéritif

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

HANNIBAL. FINALLY. I’ll be real with you guys: I watched the pilot last night, and then proceeded to have a dream that they were canceling it after one episode, and woke up more distressed than I did after the dream where someone gave me 45 dogs and I kept losing track of them and crying. That’s how awesome the pilot was.

Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy (2004’s seminal hit King Arthur) as FBI Special Agent Will Graham, and Mads Mikkelsen (also 2004’s seminal hit King Arthur) as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The cast also includes Laurence Fishburne as AIC Jack Crawford, Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alanna “Al” Bloom (making her one of two characters changed from men in the source material, YES), and Hettienne Park as CSI Beverly Katz. Also, though he doesn’t appear in the series, it’s worth noting for the gastronomically inclined that José Andrés is the food adviser for the show, so all of the body parts are going to look delicious.

The show is probably the most aesthetically beautiful show on television right now (Bryan Fuller, duh). The palette is dark and sensual, pretty much following that cast picture at the top of the page (lots of blues, reds, violets, etc.) and the entire cast is lovely and very, very good. And the costuming! I DIE.

The writing is wonderful–none of the normal pilot-episode weirdness and infodumps–and the pacing is excellent. I’m a horror fan and an artful gore fan, and even with the restrictions on what they can and can’t show, I was satisfied with what was done with the violence/bloodshed–nothing was really over-the-top gratuitous. There’s a focus on eerie and macabre rather than outright disgusting, which is welcome. Additionally, Hannibal is a perfect way to get your creepy fix if you’re feeling the loss of American Horror Story!

ONTO THE RECAP PROPER.

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