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Hannibal: "...And the Beast From the Sea" Review

This week's Hannibal took our expectations about the Red Dragon story and introduced a curve ball.   Read More... //

Hannibal "...And the Beast From the Sea" Review: Holding Onto the Good

Will and Jack scrambled to figure out where the Tooth Fairy would strike next, while Francis struggled with his feelings for Reba.   Read More... //

'Hannibal' S3E11: ...And the Beast From the Sea

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Several people in the Hannibal fandom love shipping Will and Hannibal, but, unlike a lot of shows, the relationship between the two, although still entirely platonic, is evident. These are two characters whose subtext is an important part of the series because it affects the strained relationship between the two of them. While season 2 was essentially their honeymoon period, season 3 tested the strength of their bond. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but for Will it is an addiction to a drug-like need for understanding of his darker side that only Hannibal can grasp. And for Hannibal, the 3 year long period as a caged animal led him to loathe Will in unimaginable ways. Flashing back to before Hannibal’s arrest, Will made it clear that he would attempt to move on, which was a promise Hannibal believed to be empty. It was only after the three-year jump that Hannibal realized that Will had moved on — a complete rejection of Hannibal, who was still thinking of him after all those years. It’s clear that Hannibal wants Will all to himself, so his command to Dolarhyde to "kill them all" was a jealousy-ridden "well, if I can’t have him, no one can." The conversation between Hannibal and Dolarhyde expanded on the overall Red Dragon metaphor, with Hannibal, of course, playing the Beast’s role in their chat. Expertly directing Dolarhyde to attack Will’s "perfect" family, you can see Hannibal perched on Dolarhyde’s shoulder like the Devil in an old cartoon. Duality has always played a big role in Hannibal , but the theme is just so much more impactful in this season where we have a character who is almost literally two different identities while juggling two lives. Dolarhyde’s desire to be accepted and understood stems from a background that we’ll hopefully get the chance to watch unfold (it was shown in Dolarhyde’s first appearance, but was only hinted at). Now, he has both Reba and Hannibal doing this for him in a messed up metaphorical love triangle. If anything, Reba is the angel perched on Dolarhyde’s shoulder preventing him from sliding into the abyss that Hannibal is dragging him into. Perhaps out of fear of harming her or an acceptance of the inevitability of his metamorphosis, Dolarhyde ends things with Reba. For now, she’s out of his talons. The attack on Molly and her son was easily on of the most terrifying sequences in this season. While Mason Verger’s drug trip gone wrong stands out in season 2, I’m certain that this home invasion is equivalent. While both of the Red Dragon movie adaptations focus on Will’s perspective and the fear that results from almost having lost his family, it’s far more frightening to actually experience the attack from Molly’s point of view. Luck just barely on her side, Molly was able to get away from the Red Dragon’s maw. But what also made the scene so entertaining was Molly’s aptitude and power over the situation. From having an escape plan for her son to using the car alarm as a distraction, it was delightful to see her not play a victim but a survivor. Like a lot of series, in Hannibal , the villain-of-the-week format plays a larger metaphorical role in the psychology of the main characters at that moment. For this episode though, it seems that the main point of Dolarhyde’s attack and his rejection of Reba is referring to the lesson Hannibal is attempting to teach both Will and Dolarhyde: that being normal is overrated. p { text-align: justify; }

'Hannibal' recap: 'And the Woman Clothed in Sun'

Francis Dolarhyde is a very shy boy. Hannibal recognized it in him from the start. While the Great Red Dragon thrives on notoriety and headline collages, Dolarhyde is so fundamentally self-abnegating that he recedes into the shadows even when in the presence of a blind person. But the need to be...   Read More... //

'Hannibal' Recap: Serial Killer Love And A Goofy Stuffed Tiger

Shame on you, Hannibal. Shame on you for actually making me feel something like empathy for the Red Dragon. This guy shoots families in the head, and prances around doing nude Tai Chi, a la the ba...   Read More... //

Hannibal Recap: Monsters and Tigers and Dragons, Oh My!

  Francis Dolarhyde rears his head and furls his mouth. He roars into the spindly shards of mirror, that old familiar broken face glaring back at him. The exploded-Id of his bedroom seems to be enclosing; the slanted, sickly-colored walls could collapse and crush him at any moment. He puckers, parts his lips, mouths out inaudible sounds, as if something is about to rip its way out of his face.   Read More... //

Hannibal Recap: Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

This episode repeatedly returns to the well of The Tyger, a poem that speaks of a predatory and ferocious beauty.  Read More... //

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'and the Woman Clothed in Sun': The mouth of Hell

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "and the Woman Clothed in Sun," the "Hannibal" episode where Reba touches a tiger, Dolarhyde visits a museum, and Will catches up with Bedelia.   Read More... //

Hannibal Season 3 Episode 10 Review: And the Woman Clothed in the Sun

The search for the Tooth Fairy continues on Hannibal Season 3 Episode 10 , and we saw more of the life of Francis Dolarhyde. This was another strong episode, and Richard Armitage is just killing it every week. The moral of this episode was easy enough to decipher: telephones are dangerous in the hands of serial killers.   Read More... //

'Hannibal' S3E10: And the Woman Clothed in Sun

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Dolarhyde is a very insecure villain. Besides loathing his appearance and being incredibly shy, his entire modus operandi (the method he uses to kill. Criminal Minds fans probably hear this term being thrown around a lot) revolves around gaining dominance over his victims in order to become an all-powerful beast more akin to how he wants to be. The Red Dragon is not just his alter ego, it is, what he considers, to be the final stage of his metamorphosis. His body is but a shell harboring a monster feared across America, and that is exactly what he wants. So shy that he can’t help but hide in the shadows around a blind woman, his desire for recognition and understanding makes reach out to the one person he believes will satisfy this — Hannibal the Cannibal. And Hannibal does understand Dolarhyde perfectly. After all the work Dolarhyde did setting up to call him, Hannibal reassures him that the body he has now doesn’t matter. I mean, the look on Dolarhyde’s face when he hears that is one of relief. That, finally, he has found someone who understands what he wants to become. Duality plays a big role for Dolarhyde (like it does for Hannibal, Will, and Buffalo Bill ) — he’s both a man of sensitivity and of immense rage. His relationship with Reba conflicts with the urges he feels. For the first time in his life, Dolarhyde has people who appreciate and like him. But unlike Hannibal, Reba is the rock tethering Dolarhyde to a normal life. Allowing him to feel more secure than ever about the way he is now instead of the beast he wants to become. Like, for example, he genuinely fears Reba discovering his darker half because he knows that he would have to let the Red Dragon consume her. Another big motif in Hannibal is the whole theological reasoning behind cannibalism, which is the idea that consuming your enemy passes his power to you. In that same fashion, Dolarhyde ate the original Red Dragon painting to demonstrate that he is the one controlling the Red Dragon, instead of it controlling him. Most likely, this is tied to his relationship with Reba in an effort to protect her from his other half by gaining control over it. Even though Reba finds herself being the Beauty to his Beast, it’s Du Maurier who’s being called the Bride of Frankenstein. A lot like Amy Dunne in Gone Girl , Du Maurier has turned a lie into her life story and the only person who isn’t believing it is Will. Gillian Anderson took Bedelia to even darker depths when she revealed to Will that when she sees an injured bird, all she wants to do is crush it beneath her heel. I’m curious to see why Hannibal would have wanted to snuff this potential by eating her. If anything I’m wanting to know what makes her different from Will in Hannibal’s eyes. Since Dolarhyde got too cocky, Will got a glimpse at both halves of the Tooth Fairy. From this point onwards, Dolarhyde will, more than likely, find himself losing control of both the world around him and of himself. p { text-align: justify; }