Television Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 3 “Secondo” written by Robert Reineke June 23, 2015 “That may have been impulsive.” Season 3 of HANNIBAL is slowly putting the pieces in place for a reckoning. Jack Crawford comes to Italy in search of Will Graham instead of Hannibal. Hannibal is impulsively killing off more people and Bedelia is accusing him of being reckless in hopes of drawing Will Graham in. And, mainly, Will Graham travels to Lithuania and the home of Hannibal Lecter in hopes of learning more about his adversary. Not much plot, but plenty of atmosphere and room for the visuals to breathe. Bryan Fuller said that this episode was something of their tribute to Hammer films. Considering how much red is in the color palette of the show, arguably every episode is a tribute to Hammer. But, in this case there are a few of Terence Fisher’s films that specifically spring to mind. The arrival at the Lecter estate recalls similar arrivals at castles in HORROR OF DRACULA, DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, and the chilly THE GORGON. Finding that there’s a prisoner in the dungeon of the Lecter estate recalls the opening of THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF. This Hammer fan appreciated the nods. Will also finds someone he can relate to as the prisoner is being guarded by someone else manipulated by Hannibal, Chiyo (Tao Okamoto). I don’t know if Will’s solution to that situation worked out as he intended or despite his intentions, I’m leaning towards despite, but ultimately it leads to him gaining a new capable ally against Hannibal. An ally that has been manipulated and abused and has a grudge to settle. The show wisely sidesteps what could have been a serious mistake and while it delves into Hannibal’s past, it doesn’t provide an easy and pat explanation of why Hannibal is like he is. It’s okay for a character like Hannibal to have a history, what you don’t want to do is remove his mystique. The show itself addresses that directly as Will says “Mischa doesn’t define Hannibal. It doesn’t quantify what he does.” Or, as Hannibal says “Nothing happened to me. I happened.” There’s no amount of pop psychology that explains Hannibal, he remains above the human fray, pure evil. The third season is more atmospheric and less plot driven than ever. I’m enjoying the slowly tightening noose. Obviously there will be a confrontation, but I’m fine with it taking it’s time, soaking in the sights of Europe, and slowly catching up with Hannibal’s victims and their quests for justice or vengeance. Especially with the promise of “Red Dragon” awaiting in the second half of the season. There was news that NBC has cancelled HANNIBAL yesterday. Given that much of the money that makes HANNIBAL possible comes from overseas, I think there’s a much better chance of it finding another home than for most shows. I give NBC credit for carrying it in the first place for letting it be as gory and adult as it is, but it wasn’t pulling down good ratings at all and there probably was nothing NBC could do to change that. Let’s face it, you can’t just jump into HANNIBAL. A place like Netflix or a cable channel, presumably with all the the previous episodes available for streaming, seems much more ideal. HANNIBAL requires attention and patience along with a strong stomach, things that the network audience often has in short supply. It’s a great show, but the platform might not be the best for it. Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 3 “Secondo” was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Open Forum: INSIDE OUT next post Marvel & Sony Have Officially Found Their New Star & Director For SPIDER-MAN You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 17 to 23,... April 26, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 12 to 18,... October 17, 2014 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Love Story” October 10, 2013 Happy 20th Anniversary To THE X-FILES September 10, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 28, 2014 to... October 1, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 1 to November... November 8, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 29 to December... December 6, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 5th to April... April 9, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 3 to May... May 7, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 25 to October... October 2, 2016 Chance A. Pates Im giving NBC no credit. They cancel more good shows than any network. NBC should stand for Nothing But Cancellations Robert Reineke I blame the viewers more than NBC in this case. Hannibal drew a 0.5 rating last week. It was beaten in the ratings by a rerun of Elementary. The only network where that wouldn’t get you automatically cancelled is the CW, and that’s borderline for them. Maybe you can fault NBC for promotion to an extent, but ultimately ratings are what determine if a show stays on the air or not. Honestly, ratings after season 1 weren’t good and they were worse after season 2, the fact that NBC went to bat twice for a low rated show, and apparently didn’t put any pressure on Fuller to sex it up and tone it down, certainly is nothing to fault NBC for. stock I’ve got mixed feelings about this cancellation news. On the one hand, Mads was the perfect choice to play Hannibal, taking the character from the rather cliche sinister Brit to a almost alien Eastern European sensibility. On the other hand, the show destroyed Will Graham, IMO, and in this latest episode, adds insult to injury by making Will a carbon copy of Lecter. I know they have license, but, it could also be one explanation for its ratings. The show only needs one Satan. If anyone else feels like I do, then this episode, despite all the odes to Hammer, and I did see them, would be a turn-off. I would love to see Mads in a big screen version, perhaps a straight SOTL remake. I will continue to watch the show, but it definitely has problems for me.