Television Review: HANNIBAL – Season 3, Episode 2 “Primavera” written by Robert Reineke June 12, 2015 “He left us his broken heart.” Last week we saw what Hannibal was up to after the cataclysmic finale of season 2. This week we catch up with Will Graham and Abigail Hobbs as they pursue Hannibal to Italy. Much of which involves them hanging out in a gorgeous church contemplating the cruelty of the world and God’s role in that, favoring elegance over intervention. At least until Hannibal leaves his valentine for Will Graham and Graham becomes entwined in the investigation with Rinaldo Pazzi in the hunt for “Il Mostro”. That’s the plot, but HANNIBAL’s pleasures are less in the events and in how the events are presented and what’s going through the minds of our characters. With its intense focus on Will Graham and his own broken heart, this is a strong spotlight on Hugh Dancy and he’s up to the task in one of his strongest episodes. It’s easy to forget to mention, amidst all of the stylish grisliness of HANNIBAL that gets talked about after an episode airs, that Will Graham is the glue that grounds the show to relatable humanity between his empathy and imagination. By largely sidelining Hannibal for this episode, it brings the focus right back to Will Graham and reestablishes him and makes us want to see what happens when the two meet again. Will is processing his own grief, sense of betrayal and loss, and his own feelings of betraying the man who knew him best. There’s also one standout image when the “broken heart” unfurls itself and becomes a “broken hart”. There are films that spend hundreds of millions of dollars that can’t manage to come up with an image that striking. It’s the kind of imaginative image that gives CGI a good name. The chase for Hannibal is on, and it looks like there will be some delving into his past. This is a lot more interesting than the serial killer of the week formula the show sometimes resorts to. And, it all seems to be building up to Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter coming face to face again. Will Graham isn’t quite sure what will happen when that time comes, which seems to be the true definition of suspense. Their meeting is inevitable, the outcome is not. And it’s clear that the season is leading up to that. Review: HANNIBAL – Season 3, Episode 2 “Primavera” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 8 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Open Forum: JURASSIC WORLD next post Disney Teases ZOOTOPIA You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 10 to May... May 14, 2015 Say Hello To SyFy’s HELIX October 2, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 25, 2015 to... 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What a legacy. stock Definitely, a cousin of Ian Fleming, who wanted him to play Dr. No. His Scaramounga was worth the wait. I always marvel at his refusal to say any of Dracula’s lines in the first Hammer sequel, on the grounds they were too awful to speak. So Dracula goes through the entire movie like a wild beast, never saying a word. Can you imagine an actor doing that? Cajones Grande. I’m very glad he was able to complete the Hobbit films. Saruman the White lives! stock Again, the entire episode is a dream-scape, albeit from Will’s POV. It takes close attention to decipher where the actual narrative exists, and that’s both a strength and a weakness, IMO. A strength in regards to the astounding visuals you mentioned; a weakness in that it can be seen somewhat as a “trick,” that can muddy the actual storyline. Like reading William Burroughs. I do like what they’re doing. If they aren’t going to have Starling, they have to make the attraction almost homo-erotic b/w Hannibal and Will. In the books and films it’s more of a sibling rivalry, best portrayed on film in Manhunter. The God discussion in the episode is a re-working of one of their exchanges in that film. Robert Reineke The dream-scape aspect, complete with Will’s p.o.v. being an unreliable narrator, is what really separates the show from just about every other show on television. How many other shows would take until their third episode until we find out the fate of major characters? Yeah, you have to pay attention, but I find that the show awards that attention. I wish Joseph Gordon-Levitt all the luck in the world at his adaptation of SANDMAN, but a Bryan Fuller helmed television series strikes me as the best possible version of adaptation. stock Yes, I’m not familiar with the Sandman storyline, but obviously it lends itself to the style used in Hannibal. The show’s treatment of Will Graham is one of my issues with it, but I’ve managed to let it go. Will is not a killer, nor would he ever be a killer, except maybe of people like Hannibal Lecter. His ability is an extreme form of empathy, but he doesn’t require the release of that through committing macabre murder, nor would he be an accessory to it. I think the show itself owes something to Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, which is a high water mark for him lately. Dennis Ramirez Wonderful episode. Totally toyed with my emotions. The development with Abigail left me heartbroken. Will is the perfect avatar for the audience. Like Will, I can’t decide how deep my hatred for Hannibal is supposed to run. On the one hand, I want to see Hannibal be brought to task for all the horrible things he’s done, but on the other, I want to see his friendship with Will endure. Their closeness in season 2 was intriguing, and it was kind of tragic when things fell apart, as they were always destined to. stock Yes, it was very tough to watch that young girl have her throat slit 3 or 4 times. As far as Hannibal, I hate the SOB, and I want him in the glass cell. But, to be fair, he was my psychiatrist. Seriously–post 911, Lecter, as played by Brian Cox, helped me get past whatever level of PTSD that I, along with most Americans IMO, were feeling. He wasn’t self-pitying, or scared. He was angry and determined, and incredibly intelligent. Watching him and Will in that scene became a meme of a sort for me. Not one I admitted to, of course, but it is an example of the power of the Hannibal legend. I do want to see Mads in the glass cell.