Television Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 9 “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun…” written by Robert Reineke August 5, 2015 “Family values have declined over the last half century but we still help our families when we can. You are family, Will. The latest episode of HANNIBAL was one of characters reconnecting. Will with Hannibal. Will with Alanna. Will with Freddie. Jack and Hannibal. There’s a lot of focus on old connections, but there are three new ones that will undoubtedly play a role as the adaptation of Red Dragon rolls along. Will and Hannibal is obviously the main conflict of the series. They both know how to push each others buttons on an almost intimate basis. Freddie’s derisive label of the pair as “murder husbands” definitely holds weight. Will easily falls into the same old mindset, complete with visions of the Wendigo, as they discuss the tooth fairy’s case. The dream like nature of much of the narrative takes a turn into true flights of fancy as they mentally project themselves into the crime scene. It certainly beats watching two men separated by glass discuss a case as the visions represent Will’s mind set. But, we see later in the episode that Hannibal is not the only one that has a hold on him. Will’s able to project himself with Molly just as easily as he is able to project himself into Hannibal’s world. That, to me, suggests that the conflict of this adaptation isn’t Hannibal and Will, but Hannibal trying to pry Will out from the influence of Molly. Hannibal has already cost Will multiple connections sabotaging whatever connection he had with Margot and, most explicitly, taking Abigail Hobbs from Will. We see how Hannibal became her ersatz father and the connection that she hoped was real this episode. There’s something emotional about watching the two fake her death with Hannibal wrapped around her. Hannibal could have run away with her, but instead he ultimately betrayed her trust because she’s not Will. That’s his fixation. Also, how naughty was HANNIBAL and NBC with the “I love a good finger-wagging.” “Yes, you do. How is Margot?” dialogue between Alanna and Hannibal? We’ll have to see if Molly can save Will in this version, which contrasts quite vividly with the budding relationship between Francis Dolarhyde and Reba McClane (Rutina Wesley). It’s doomed, of course, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t bring out the best in him. I’m particularly impressed with Rutina Wesley’s “I don’t need your pity” attitude. That relationship in Thomas Harris’s novel helped elevate the whole arc as we’re asked to consider Dolarhyde as more than an “other”, but as a damaged human being. Something he’s so desperately trying to escape from being. If she had come along two or three moon cycles earlier, would his whole world have changed? Of course, Dolarhyde makes another connection by the end of the episode. A connection that’s unlikely to do anyone any good. This episode missed Neil Marshall’s stylish direction. And connecting the killings to the cycle of the moon somewhat kills the ticking clock tension that a more fast paced movie has. We’ll have to see what tricks Bryan Fuller has up his sleeve to compensate. Especially since they already kind of covered Freddie Lounds’s exit visually in the series. Is Freddie still in danger? Chilton? Alana? The story can use some quick raising of the stakes. Otherwise, everything appears to be right on track. That’s a good thing for perhaps Thomas Harris’s best novel. 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December 1, 2014 stock This particular story in the saga of Hannibal Lecter is the most difficult for me. The story is really a tragedy, with Francis becoming the character that anyone who has ever been an outsider, a loner, the hero in the classic Rush song, Subdivisions, can somehow, relate to. And if you’re familiar with the story you want to yell STOP to Francis. You want to get the girl away from him, because you know he’s too far gone, and the monster he thinks he is on the outside, is really the one who controls him on the inside. He can’t be saved. Thinking of it that way, it induces anger and depression watching it. True art produces true feelings. It’s great. I hate it. The show has been a back-story only peripherally hinted at in the novel or the films, so Will’s talent makes him Hannibal’s perfect mate. Loeb to Leopold, The Hillside Strangler cousins. I’ve said before I like it a bit more detached, but they’ve done a great job rearranging it. Now Blum plays the Chilton role, and her prison guard suit is a stylish way of putting her in the warden role. Has your neck of the woods stopped showing previews of the next weeks episode? Perhaps they know it’s only us few addicts watching. No need to let us in on the changes and spoil our surprises. I’m still sorry I’ll never hear Mads say, “Jack Crawford sent a trainee..to me?” But Francis, God help him, has got to be stopped. I’ll be glad when he is.