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Review: Hannibal, Episodes #4 & #5

Apr. 26, 2013by: Paul Huffman
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EPISODES 4 & 5: Ceuf & Coquilles

THE MENU: Abigail Hobbs grows closer to Dr. Lecter and Will Graham continues to struggle with the inner workings of his mind. When a disturbed man with a terminal brain tumor begins to single out victims to gruesomely carve up into guardian angels, Graham reaches his breaking point and Jack Crawford discovers he's took his work home with him.

THE MAIN COURSE: Im not really going to jump into whether I support the decision Bryan Fuller and Co made to pull the fourth episode entitled Ceuf from the air, will just say that I wish we could have seen the thing in its entirety. A 6 part neutered web-series with clips of the un-aired episode showed nothing but moments of evolution of the character relationships weve been introduced to so far. The most compelling of which is diving more into what seems to be turning into a perversely moving relationship between Hannibal and Abigail Hobbs.

One of the clips resulted in a psychedelic experience for Abbie with help from Lecter that resulted in a few laughs and light moments. We got more of a glimpse into Wills struggle with what he was forced to do to Abigails father and the sense he feels for her that was a result of that experience. Perhaps most important we are introduced into Jack Crawfords personal life that is expanded upon in tonights episode. NOTE: The sick moment comes in a quick flashback of Hannibal on the hunt after hes asked a question of what meal hes prepared for Jack Crawford. To check out the 6 part Ceuf mini-episode go here

On to tonights episode dubbed Coquilles. A wonderful episode in its own right with two plots that make us want to confront our own mortality. Its ironic that the villain of the week that is arguably portrayed the most tragically is the one who so far sits on the throne of conducting f*cked up sh*t. A man suffering from a fatal illness, who seems to have been given the gift of singling out sinners to gruesomely turn into guardian angels as he sleeps around their mangled bodies. The manner in which he cuts up his victims to give them the appearance of having angelic wings is definitely haunting. He seems to spot his victims when he takes a second glance and they go all Ghost Rider on him, an interesting approach as the documents on said victims prove he didnt flub up on choosing undesirable people. Something deep was definitely going on with this vigilante; I almost wanted more than one episode dedicated to the guy. Intriguing stuff indeed.

So how about the character development this time around? I found myself thinking it was convenient but still packed with emotional resonance any damn way. So far every character in this show has had an opportunity to shine and tonight was Laurence Fisburnes night as Jack Crawford. Its no secret Fishburne is an awesome actor and he brought so much subtle emotion here I definitely felt for the man. Stand out moments were a revelation for the character during a questioning and the culmination at the end that told us where his story is heading. Im not going to spoil anything but I was a bit disappointed up until the end because nothing was really packing a punch, but by the closing minutes when all the cards were on the tableheart strings were tugged thoroughly. The wife of Jack Crawford in the show if played by Fishburne's actual wife Gina Torres, so we know where the passion came from that is delivered in the episodes closing minutes.

DESSERT: Coquilles showed us once again what this show has the potential to be. Definitely had some of the most disturbing sh*t Ive seen on cable TV in a while with the baddies M.O. I loved the emotional themes the episode brought up with what a terminal illness can do to a persons psyche and how you live your life going forward. Youre hit with the knowledge that youre not immortal and you dont know what comes after. And do you let your loved ones in to support you? Or do you cut them off thinking your protecting them? Our villain of the week chose the latter, and it ends disgustingly tragic for several.

Next weeks episode entitled "Entree" looks delicious indeed, more gruesome imagery, sets that scream nostalgia of past Hannibal films, and our gang of heroes getting a bit closer to Lecter's true nature. Check out the promo here

RATING ON 10

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Extra Tidbit: Favorite line of the episode: "Cruelty is a gift humanity gave itself." Spit that truth Lecter.

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7:50PM on 04/27/2013
I still don't think NBC is the place for this show, I can only hope one of the main cable channels grabs it up when NBC fumbles the ball, and it goes to a new home that gives Hannibal the teeth it deserves.
I still don't think NBC is the place for this show, I can only hope one of the main cable channels grabs it up when NBC fumbles the ball, and it goes to a new home that gives Hannibal the teeth it deserves.
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12:40PM on 04/27/2013
I don't get the point of skipping an episode either. They'll likely all deal with some messed up situation like that. In fact, I'm so OCD about watching shows like this in proper sequence that I think I'll give up on the show for now. I'll catch up when they grow some balls and release the cut episode.
I don't get the point of skipping an episode either. They'll likely all deal with some messed up situation like that. In fact, I'm so OCD about watching shows like this in proper sequence that I think I'll give up on the show for now. I'll catch up when they grow some balls and release the cut episode.
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11:36AM on 04/26/2013
I still have to catch ep.3 but am enjoying the show from what I've seen. When does Gillian Anderson show up? I read she will be in multiple episodes as Hannibals psychiatrist. Havent seen her on anything since Xfiles so excited for her to show up. I'm assuming the complete episode 4 will be available on blu-ray when its released, but will look for the webisodes. Too bad people are such emotional pansies they have to skip an episode for fear of offending. Hasn't anyone ever heard of turning
I still have to catch ep.3 but am enjoying the show from what I've seen. When does Gillian Anderson show up? I read she will be in multiple episodes as Hannibals psychiatrist. Havent seen her on anything since Xfiles so excited for her to show up. I'm assuming the complete episode 4 will be available on blu-ray when its released, but will look for the webisodes. Too bad people are such emotional pansies they have to skip an episode for fear of offending. Hasn't anyone ever heard of turning the channel anymore?
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