Simply put, another brilliant episode. Not only turning up the narrative several notches, but adding an element that made my gag reflex kick in; a Hannibal Lecter that can believably sleep with a woman. We know from Harris’ last novel that Clarice runs away with him but it anything but a normal relationship. Hannibal has never been presented that way in the past so to say it is unsettling is a giant understatement. But I have to say, this addition to Lecter’s psycopathy actually deepens the mystique surrounding him. It almost makes him a superman in my eyes (see below about Mads’ approach to Lecter), this ability to appear so normal, so reasonable, cultured, musically talented, an athlete, a linguist, a chef, and not above playing chopsticks on his fine harpsichord. There is no one like him. And now he’s presented as a sexual being. Well, Mads Mikkelsen is hotness walking and so you can see why I gag, because no one should find Hannibal Lecter a likely sexual partner. Unless you know nothing about all of his “game on” hijinks, which Alana does not. I wonder what will happen to her psychologically speaking, when she finds out who she slept with. Again, GAG.
I read at the Wiki for Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s comments about Mads’ take on Lecter: “He talked about the character not so much as ‘Hannibal Lecter the cannibal psychiatrist’, but as Satan – this fallen angel who’s enamoured with mankind and had an affinity for who we are as people, but was definitely not among us – he was other. I thought that was a really cool, interesting approach, because I love science fiction and horror and – not that we’d ever do anything deliberately to suggest this – but having it subtextually play as him being Lucifer felt like a really interesting kink to the series. It was slightly different than anything that’s been done before and it also gives it a slightly more epic quality if you watch the show through the prism of, ‘This is Satan at work, tempting someone with the apple of their psyche’. It appealed to all of those genre things that get me excited about any sort of entertainment.”
I continue to love Raul Esparza as Dr. Chilton; as deceitful, duplicitous and self-serving as I remember Chilton being. As an actor, he is really a superman. Is there nothing he can’t play?
This is the kind of entertainment that makes you question yourself, which, while disturbing, is a really good thing. I can’t wait to see how this season will keep unfolding. Even if it’s sick, I just find this Lecter ‘verse, so very very very compelling.