Television Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 6 “Dolce” written by Robert Reineke July 13, 2015 “You’ve been freebasing your alibi.” While the season took its time in its initial going, the sixth episode pays off most of the threads introduced earlier in the season. And, boy is the payoff spectacular, with Bryan Fuller repurposing one of the most grotesque and memorable moments from HANNIBAL and going much further than I think anyone would have expected with Hannibal preparing a special dinner for Jack Crawford and Will Graham. Perhaps sticking so closely to canon in the previous episode underlined the idea that they’re willing to not deviate when it suits their purposes. Before we get to that dinner, there’s much to enjoy about this episode. It starts out with Bedelia and Hannibal and you can see what Hannibal admires in her as she fixes him up and then sends him packing. She appears to have survived him, for now anyways. Gillian Anderson and Mads Mikkelson have been one of the strongest pairings of the season and they don’t disappoint. Likewise, it isn’t long before we see another unexpected pairing as Chiyoh arrives too late for Hannibal but encounters Bedelia instead. Chiyoh is spot on that they’re both “two birds in a cage” but the purpose of the cage, what Hannibal expected to observe, and how they may finally react is still up in the air. Perhaps even to the characters themselves. The ability of the show to shuffle the cast and create new one on one scenes is part of its strengths and Gillian Anderson and Tao Okamoto are still two of the most intriguing characters, their mysteries still mostly intact. Speaking of unexpected pairings, Alana Bloom and Margot Verger get one of the big payoffs and visual highlights of a season as we get treated to a kaleidoscopic lesbian sex scene between the two in prime time network television that’s both abstract and highly provocative, some of those folding images certainly contained vagina-like symbolism if you’re asking me. Orson Welles once said “The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.” I don’t fully agree with him, although every time a see a sea of pixels going in every direction without rhyme or reason on the big screen, I see what he’s getting at more and more, but in this case the restrictions of network television helped create something truly memorable and sexy. It’s something more graphic depictions of sex would do well to think about. It helps that Margot and Mason still have unsettled business. And this new ally for Margot could very well change the balance between the two. You can pretty much sense that Mason Verger has used up his usefulness on the show, basically being reduced to being cartoony grotesque and evil, but if his eventual exit leaves us with Margot and Alana still standing, it will have been a fun ride. Still, with Red Dragon looming for the latter part of the season there’s no real room for someone as over the top as Mason Verger. Those are a few of the highlights in an episode full of highlights including Will and Jack reuniting, Will and Jack confronting Bedelia who is both drugged out of her mind and somehow still in control (which leads to a terrific comeback line from Jack), Will and Hannibal reuniting, and the wild card that is Chiyoh. To top it off, a bone saw makes an appearance at the end and goes much further than I think anyone would have thought possible for network television. If I wasn’t at least cognizant of spoilers, that image would be at the top of this page. And, I just love the use of cgi to create something artful, almost like a three-dimensional Jackson Pollock painting on the television screen, instead of going for simple gore. HANNIBAL is often artfully over the top and this is one of its stand out moments. We have something of a cliffhanger ending, although not perhaps the cliffhanger that we were led to believe. Sometimes HANNIBAL dodges from established plot points delightfully, using the viewers knowledge to mislead, and this is one of the best of those diversions. It’s perhaps the strongest episode of the season. Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 6 “Dolce” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Positive Reinforcement Of Piracy And The Invalidation Of Comic-Con next post Tilda Swinton Confirms She Is The Ancient One In Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE You may also like Review: Doctor Who S8, Ep. 1 “Deep... 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But is there not a single psychiatrist or analyst in this world who’s got a functioning morality? I’m not speaking of the sex, just that she’s so willing to play Verger’s game. All in all Hannibal is looking like the best 3 season show since Star Trek. I don’t know how they do the Red Dragon without H in the box, but I’m betting the last episode involves a little bird, just to let us know what we’ll be missing. Robert Reineke We’re apparently going to have to wait a few more days for the next episode. Apparently NBC’s affiliates staged a revolt based on the ratings of Aquarius and Hannibal and NBC is moving the show to Saturdays to finish its run. stock Since it’s just you and me, they should just ship us the blu Ray box set now and call it a day. I don’t watch it on original run time anyway. I skim the affiliates.