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'Hannibal' - 'Sakizuki': One of These Things Just Doesn't Belong

By Cindy Davis | TV Reviews | March 8, 2014 | Comments ()


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While last week’s episode focused on Hannibal’s head games, Sakizuki played with ideas of reflection and control. The hour bounced between the FBI investigating the horrifying design and execution of the human mural killer’s design, and the similarities between those performing the investigating and those being investigated. During a jailhouse visit, Will Graham admits to Hannibal he’s an unreliable narrator, but does Lecter realize the truth behind Will’s words? As we see after Will is locked back in his regular cell, the tears of desperation were an act. With no one truly left on his side, Will is already hard at the work of saving himself.

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Bedelia Dumps Hannibal: In the first of several instances when Hannibal is caught off guard, Dr. Du Maurier paid Dr. Lecter a visit to let him know she’d no longer serve as his therapist. Their scintillating dance around the circumstances of Bedelia’s attack crescendoed with Hannibal barely able to contain himself as she proclaimed him “dangerous;” something she’d “glimpsed through the stitching of that person suit you wear.” Has ever a line felt more appropriate, with Hannibal spending half the episode in that disarming (dislegging) plastic-wear?” I can’t be the only one who’s felt the inappropriate sensual tension between this particular doctor and patient, confirmed by that perfume bottle Bedelia left for Hannibal to find. Though Gillian Anderson has other series commitments (Crisis, The Fall), I do feel certain she’ll be back; I mean, Fuller knows he’ll eventually have to disclose what happened between these two, right? Whatever it was, clearly Bedelia did something pretty terrible herself; it’s what Hannibal exploited in her just as he’s done to Will. Doctor and patient have each covered for one another—are reflected in each other—as Bedelia later tells Jack, “Hannibal and I are both traumatized by patients.”

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Hannibal Takes Over for Will: When Jack brings in Hannibal on the human mural case, Lecter suggests cracks in the bodies’ hardened skin might reveal evidence, while a good cadaver sniff provides him the same information, faster. In fact, after Hannibal experiences a Will-like vision of himself in the middle of a cornfield, Hannibal looks positively giddy—well, as giddy as his contained nature permits. Mads Mikkelsen is a master of subtlety. The moment after visiting Will, when Will cries and says, “I need your help,” just the tiniest speck of incredulity crossed Mikkelsen’s countenance, but it’s there for the discerning viewer to catch. Both Hannibal and Jack catch that Will is behind Katz’s palette theory, though while Jack yells at Katz for consulting Will, only the slight expression change on Hannibal’s face gives away his knowledge.

While the FBI plays catch-up, Hannibal heads out to all-too-easily catch a killer. Atop a locked silo, looking down, he sees through the eyes of the artist and assesses the situation as such. When the mural designer shows up and Hannibal tells him he loves the work, we know the killer isn’t long for this world. “The eye looks beyond this world into the next, and sees the reflection of man himself.” As Jack plays with the ideas Hannibal planted about an existential crisis, Lecter is affecting the art. He arranges the pieces to fit his own eye and takes the role of creator for himself. Injecting the mural killer, transforming artist into art, Hannibal speaks to the killer as if to himself: “Your eye will now see God reflected back. He will see you. If God is looking down, don’t you want to be looking back at him?” It’s interesting to hear Hannibal referring to all his victims as friends, or rather, to see himself as their friends. Like any good psychopath, he seems to miss this self-perceptional flaw, and perhaps that will be his downfall.

Later, when Hannibal visits Will, he asks Graham to interpret through his own eye. “What would be fixed on his dying eye?” Will replies, “I made you pliable, molded you set and sealed you, where you lay. This is my design; the dead eye of vision and consciousness. I am fixed and unseeing, unless someone else sees me.” Hannibal is Will’s creator; he played with his mind—molded Will—and sealed his fate—put him where he is (for now). This is Hannibal’s design, and only Will can see. As Will simultaneously reflects over his circumstances and the crime photo, it’s cut with a scene of Hannibal noting—as he kills the killer—that man is God’s reflection: “Killing must feel good to God too. He does it all the time.” While working out the crime scene photo in his head, Will delightfully recites Sesame Street lyrics: “One of these things is not like the others…one of these things just doesn’t belong.” That’s right Ernie! Now if only you could get Bert to notice…

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Oh Hannibal! You Cannibal, You: Will correctly works out that the killer’s missing leg is a trophy, and during one of the hour’s most hysterically disturbing scenes, Jack and Co. work out why the last victim is missing a leg as Hannibal prepares his latest feast. Kudos to everyone involved in this sequence, from props to chef (José Andrés); Osso Buco! By the end of the scene, I didn’t know whether to barf or be hungry.

Will Has to Save Himself: As messed up as his mind has been, Will is presumably in good health now, and thinking fairly clearly. Realizing that no one believes Hannibal set him up—not even Alana—Will is taking charge as much as he’s able. I loved the SotL quid pro quo shout-out when Katz came to Will for help on the case; “I’m going to need something in return.” After Will asks her to disregard the evidence against him, to essentially start over from that moment, Graham does his vision thing and gives Katz information. Later, she holds it over his head to trade for more. Despite a threatening visit from internal investigator, Kade Prurnell, who tries to convince Will a guilty plea is in his best interests, Will stands his ground. “I’m pleading innocent. It’s not just my performance you’re watching.” His final visitor (before she skips town) is someone who maybe actually does believe Will: Dr. Du Maurier herself.

Speaking of…how many visitors a day is one allowed in a hospital for the criminally insane? And why would Bedelia even be allowed?

Deep thoughts:

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Between that scintillating Hannibal-Bedelia conversation, her odd visit to Will (why was her dialogue so overplayed?) and the perfume bottle, is there an ever-so-slight possibility Bedelia is toying with both boys? Does she really believe Will? She knows he’ll eventually tell Hannibal what she said—was she giving Will ammunition against Hannibal, or just using him to get to Hannibal. Were Hannibal and Bedelia ever romantically involved, and was the perfume some message only Hannibal can decipher? While Hannibal is usually one step ahead of everyone else, Bedelia was a ahead of him.

Opening scene—skin-ripping…gah!

Another SotL shoutout; jailhouse pissing contest as substitute for…well, you know.

Aside from the Sesame Street lyrics, best line (and delivery) goes to Hannibal/Mads: “Hello. I love your work!”

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  • annie

    I work in the OR. I'm not grossed out by much. But nothing ever makes me cringe like a saw (or drill or reamer or chisel) on bone (which is a little more difficult than Mads makes it out to be).

  • AvaLehra

    Hannibal with his “Hello. I love your work!” line = Murderous Eddie Haskell.

  • Faye

    I was not prepared (emotionally, mentally) for that opening scene.

  • Three_nineteen

    Over on the AV Cub, Bryan Fuller is going over each episode after they air, every Saturday. He says that yes, psychiatric hospital patients have visitors all the time. I'm not sure if they allow total strangers in like Bedelia, but I can fanwank it by saying that Chilton would be flattered to have a fellow professional want to see his shiny new patient, and the do have Hannibal in common.

    The interviews are informative and fun - if you love Hannibal, you should check them out.

    http://www.avclub.com/article/...

  • Maddy

    And I really hope Bedelia comes back, I need to know what happened between her and Hannibal! I have a bad feeling she's going to get killed though ...

  • Maddy

    Out of all the horrifying things on this show, that opening scene was the worst. Will sure does get a lot of visitors, but I don't know that they were all on the same day.

  • Some Guy

    I absolutely love this show, but does anyone else think that the producers are going to gross their way out of prime-time network television?

    I love the series, the Thomas Harris books, and just about every other incarnation of his works and characters, but the gore in this last episode was by FAR one of the most disgusting things I've seen on TV or in film, and I've seen Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Audition and Ichi the Killer, uncut.

    My problem, though, is that the gore seems, at this point, less tasteful/artistic and more shock value.

    Most of what I loved about the cannibalism aspect of the first season is that you typically saw Hannibal prepare a piece of meat, something that you assumed came from a human, but inevitably what he was preparing looked just like something you'd eat from your local farm or butcher. The imagination filled the void between what was seen and what was assumed rather nicely, which, to me, was genius of the producers to do because it blurred the line between the fantasy of eating human and the reality of eating meat.

    But sawing a foot off in the manner that was shown is straight up Saw type gore. It's there just to shock, and, frankly, I think viewership is definitely going to suffer as a result of the fact that most people don't like seeing human bodies dismembered and skin ripped and mutilated.

    The guy ripping himself out of the sculpture was so revolting that it made it something I didn't care to watch. I continued because of my love of the source material, but to your average viewer checking it out? Or to the guy describing it at work to his friend, trying to get them involved? How do you NOT warn something about that and expecting them not to stare you down angrily the next week.

    You're going to turn off a lot of people once you start mentioning graphic scenes of skin ripping and foot sawing.

    I'm kinda disappointed frankly. I hate sounding crude, and I guess I'm showing my age, but come on. There's a line that was crossed and I'd rather not see such a great show get canceled just because the producers felt the need to out-do season one.

    Unless they want to lost NBC and get picked up on AMC or FX or whatever. That might be the ultimate goal.

  • ed newman

    You might be right. However I wouldn't be shocked to learn that either Fuller or NBC, knowing that the #1 cable drama The Walking Dead is the goriest thing (at least in terms of the quantity of gore, though perhaps not in terms of impact) on TV, is testing a theory. I agree that this show has now equaled and perhaps surpassed the ickiness of the best of the Hannibal movies (SotL). It's hard to look at, but so artfully done and sooo creepy that to this point I am not complaining.

    I so want to see the entire story that Fuller wants to tell, but I doubt that it will be on NBC. This seems to be the perfect series for Netflix to eventually save. Jettison that stupid vampire/werewolf show by Eli Roth and substitute all 5 or 6 seasons of Hannibal.

  • Three_nineteen

    I don't think Hannibal preparing the leg is there just for shock value - it demonstrates how the people around Hannibal view him. In the first season, no one suspected him at all. So when he prepared food, you almost couldn't tell what kind of meat he was using. But since the audience knows what he is, we can tell what he's doing. In the second season, Will knows who he is, Bedelia definitely knows something, Jack starting to think something is up with the whole Will situation, and Bev is just starting on the road to figuring things out. Now, Hannibal is more exposed. So when he prepares food, it's obvious what he's doing - cooking and eating human remains. It reflects his exposure to the outside world. I suspect that in season 3, once Hannibal is found out by more and more people, we will finally see the entire process - Hannibal making a kill, removing the body parts he wants and posing the rest, and then making a meal.

    Plus, Hannibal preparing that leg is pretty much the least objectionable thing that happened last night. The entire first scene was horrific, and then the scene between Hannibal and Bedelia was deliciously wrong. I'm also not sure how cutting a foot off of a leg is more gross than Hannibal ripping the face off Will's doctor, or Eddie Izzard removing Chilton's organs, or Will imagining how Izzard killed that nurse and poked out her eyeballs.

  • BlackRabbit

    I actually agree. It's like that old lesson from Alien-the scarier monsters are the ones you don't see.

  • stardust

    I'm still trying to figure out what was up with Hannibal eyeballing Beverly during their visit with Will. Sizing her up? Appreciating her canniness? I can't put my finger on it.

  • foolsage

    He was assessing her as a potential threat, I believe. Anyone who spends time with Will could be dangerous; Hannibal can't be sure what Will's saying.

  • I definitely thought he was sizing her up. Observing.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    Hannibal's plastic suit thingy bothers me. I'm guessing he wears it merely to keep his suits from getting spoiled, but wouldn't he run the chance of having strands of his hair contaminating a crime scene?

    The Bedelia and Will scene was so intense, almost like a dance that should have culminated in a passionate kiss, but only ended with her claiming to believe him. I think she is too fantastically clever to be just a helpless victim of Hannibal.

    Bedelia leaving her perfume was fascinating. I expect it has something to do with Hannibal's powerful, olfactory sense. Was she taunting him, making him think when he first entered her home that she was still there based on her lingering scent? Was the bottle a souvenir for him to smell on occasion to find a thrill, comfort, or dissatisfaction in her absence? I also think of all the use of the Stag and the Wendigo, and how a male animal like that would be enticed by the smell of a doe. I know that is reaching but I was so intrigued by Hannibal's sense of smell, since I have a very sensitive and powerful sense of smell and can pinpoint fragrances, odors, and can even pick up on people's use of alcohol or other drugs by the smell their body gives off. It's both a gift and a curse.

  • 724wd

    i thought that plastic suit would be really loud. my wife had a rain coat like that (should i be worried?!) and you could hear her a block away

  • stardust

    You know, I think you're onto something with the stag/doe scent theory. To take it a little further, hunters use doe urine to attract stags during hunting season. With Hannibal's MAJOR fuck-up of taking the Mural Killer's leg, it seems to me like the start of open season on Hannibal.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I may not be on to anything, but I like to imagine all the symbolism I'm noting is there purposefully--all the imagery of stags, and nature, and the mention of trophies, etc. It's very representative of the hunting culture and Hannibal even seems to be culling the herd by eating the rude, but also ingesting what he kills so as not to offend the Great Spirit. I don't know, it makes me think of the poem "I Went to Kill the Deer", too.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    The close up on Will's face after he returned to his cell, supposedly sobbing, filled me with joy. Thank you show, for throwing me a bone. I can hang in there now. As long as I can hold my hands over my eyes during scenes like the opener. ACK.

    Someone will pick this up when NBC drops it, right?

  • foolsage

    I'm putting odds on AMC or Netflix.

  • 724wd

    watching on-demand comcast, they hyped Hannibal was only available in Amazon Prime

  • I'm not normally too affected by heavy gore, but I very nearly threw up during the opening scene of this episode. Like, literally. I gagged. How the hell do they get away with showing this stuff on TV?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I'm with you. Hannibal prepping the leg was fine, but my god that tearing of the flesh in the beginning was horrifying.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    "Just remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!"

  • Billybob

    Or show their nipples. Horribly mutilated dead people are harmless, but if anybody sees a nipple, they will be corrupted for life.

  • 724wd

    aren't some of the women's nipples just not there? seemed that way, or some of the dudes looked like a lady.

  • Love the strategically placed hand positions of all the women in the corpse mural over their breasts. Really classed the thing up.

  • You know, obviously the whole thing is ridiculous, but in a way the prudishness helps on this show. You see all these dead people, artfully arranged so you can't see any genitals. Makes it all the more unreal. Fits the tone.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The opening sequence of this episode was the most terrifying, painful, gory thing I've ever seen on television, HBO series included.

    Will says himself why he is allowed so many visitors: so Chilton can play creepy stalker on his computer. Will won't talk to him.

    As for Bedelia's last scene, the overplaying was probably her timing her admission so Will doesn't get time to respond to her face. Bedelia is a coward, but a smart coward. She might outlive them all.

  • SVR

    The opening minutes as the killer's last victim tried to escape through the cornfield was probably one of the tensest, most suspenseful things I've seen on TV.

    Sadly, the ratings tumbled.

  • Brady

    I decided to eat dinner while watching Hannibal last night.

  • I learned my lesson long ago, when I decided to watch Trainspotting for the first time over dinner. Now, I always think of the that and put the damn burger down before I start Hannibal, something Haneke directed, American Horror Story, an Eli Roth thing, etc. The list is obviously much longer but those are floating fetidly near the top.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Yeah, I was cutting into a rare steak just as that poor man started to rip himself off the body pile. I was pretty much done after that.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I was eating breakfast while watching the episode....I'm worried that it didn't bother me at all

  • Brady

    Um...

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