The abstract, the overly sensual, and the contemptuous freedom all pay tribute to the opus that is Hannibal’s near dark achievement upon his show’s namesake. Episode six, “Dolce” recounts why the subtle but maddening pair of Will and Hannibal are both electric and necessary to see engage each other as intellectual sages. As cunning as they can be, there can sometimes be no greater friend than luck and the dark mistress, misfortune, tossing their lives around and reducing them to hanging slabs in a freezer. The art of the ironic becomes karmic flattery as whoever eats first in this climax, wins.
What I both love and despise simultaneously on this show is the repeated mode of characters unwilling to say whether or not they intend to subdue and/or kill Hannibal. What boiled over was finally seeing Jack Crawford put the action to the test and try to beat Hannibal to death. Now, Will and Chiyo race to find the killer but never do we know what they intend to do until the moment comes. It’s agonizing to witness but that’s the metaphor with how to enjoy really well made entrees. Most aspects of this episode were well played and toppled with a feverish need to skip straight into next week while other particular moments were left with some eyebrow-raising actions that I’ll try my best to decipher. As a whole, there was much greater good than bad, but it’s also safe to say there was much more evil than good this time around.
Bedelia nurses Hannibal’s wounds and after declares that he must leave her. She prattles mockingly that though one day he may get to eat her, today is not that day. Will and Jack reunite and together they search for Hannibal. After Hannibal leaves, Bedelia prepares to inject herself with a concoction of sedatives and likely drugs when Chiyo arrives wanting to know where Hannibal is. They converse briefly and Chiyo departs. After Bedelia injects herself, Will and Jack arrive. They question her in her deluded state but she maintains that she is Dr. Fell’s wife and that Dr. Fell is not Hannibal. Meanwhile, Mason discovers Pazzi was killed and prepares a contingency plan involving paying the Florence police. Margot and Mason discuss bringing a child into the world even though she is unable to bear children. Later, Margot and Alana are seen having sex and converse over plans of their own. Will leaves Jack at Bedelia’s home and finds Hannibal at an art museum. The two settle on old topics but Hannibal leaves Will to decide how events will end. As they leave, Will reveals a knife in his hand but is gunned down in the shoulder by Chiyo. Later, Hannibal drugs Will at an unspecified home and prepares him at a dinner table. Jack and Chiyo ride an elevator together at the complex where Hannibal is but divert paths. Jack then discovers Will in the home at a table but is cut in the ankle by a hiding Hannibal. Jack wakes in a drugged induced state and watches as Hannibal begins to cut into Will’s head with an electric circular saw. The scene ends with Will waking inside a freezer hanging upside with a captured Hannibal. They are greeted by Mason Verger.
Will and Hannibal’s reunion was the grand moment that paid in droves. Whether they truly understand each other or not, their words are minced with regret, longing, reflection, and in some ways a sense of finality. Even though there should have never been doubt about Will’s intentions, there in fact was enough reason to consider that maybe the two would leave Florence together. Though, it was silly for Will to believe he had the upper hand by simply letting Hannibal walk out in front. Granted, he didn’t anticipate Chiyo’s involvement, which almost makes her a strange “Chekhov’s gun” in human form. Because she hasn’t properly met Hannibal again, it’s rather absurd how close she’s treating the situation that only she can subdue Hannibal, or not, whichever the case may in fact be.
Where the show kind of loses me is Bedelia’s actions from near start to finish. Her line to Hannibal about him one day getting the chance to eat her but not today, was masterfully said. It just oozed such a gross accomplishment that I could’ve just imagined Hannibal proving her wrong right then and there. And then I felt they blew it with her. The drugs, the groggy conversations, and the impractical exchange with the corrupted inspector just felt weak and winded, almost as if they didn’t know what to do with her now that her scenes with Hannibal were over. As a purpose driven character, I have no surface level understanding on her nature and desire except that she’s the embodiment of Will had he chosen to leave with Hannibal. Now, I’m uncertain if she has a place on the show and what the future will hold for her. She’s entirely too charismatic to remove, but now that we know she didn’t just create breadcrumbs for Hannibal to be caught, she’s even more layered than we could have ever figured. Evil or not, she’s condensed psychodrama.
Alana and Margot’s relationship took an unexpected left turn. What fits is Margot’s personality. We know from the book that she’s into women and she does in fact want to bear a child using Mason as the father. That all translates accurately. Alana’s place as basically her mistress is just sudden and unprecedented. Granted the mirrored imagery and kaleidoscope fragments of their love scene was tantalizing and sexy, but altogether thrown in without a lot of context. Maybe that comes later, but a few hints would have been nice to have, unless I missed them.
The climax had raw and gruesome moments as Will’s head became a fountain of CGI blood dancing upside down and turning into the finale season 2 would have shown if things had gone differently. Everything about it was almost perfect except it felt slightly rushed and Chiyo never showing up seems rather convenient. Unless she’s the one who breaks up the mid-murder scene and is responsible for Mason getting his prized possession, I can’t imagine it going down any other way. Perhaps Bedelia came to her senses and told the corrupt inspector where to find Hannibal. There’s just not enough information to know. What I will say is that until Hannibal started cutting, I wasn’t sure who he was going to feed to who. Hannibal did mention needing to eat Will to forgive him, but that also means that he had to rush the meal, unlike Bedelia who had not marinated long enough yet which confesses that in order of eating priority, Bedelia is actually on a higher list than Will.
Will and Hannibal conversing in the art museum. It’s what puts the exclamation point on a show that has dozens of great things going for it. These two guys can have a conversation about anything and they will make it interesting because they rarely get straight to the point. They dance and dawdle in higher meanings while keeping their true intentions dark and hidden. Separately they are capable, but together they form the yin and yang that makes the metaphorical constructs and vivid hallucinations that much more poignant.
Tough one between the top two billing stars. So, the hell with it, Hannibal and Will both get the MVP slot. They’re a working duo and should be recognized as such. Will for his trance-like monologues and never-ending duality, and Hannibal for being able to funnel it all into clever poetry phrases like a “home again, home again, jiggity jig.” The best moments between the two are, I believe, still to come.
Kind of a side-note, but if Mason is going to imagine himself walking up to a marinated Hannibal, glazed in whatever that was, wouldn’t he imagine himself without the scarred face? I know, I know…different actors.
If Hannibal and Will have been caught, where’s Jack? Not to mention, were they just shipped all the way across the seas and if so, how did Will survive the trip with such a nasty head wound? We’re missing a lot of pieces here in-between scenes.
It’s almost ceremoniously sad that we’re getting all the book 3 plots before Red Dragon even starts. Sadder still that I think it was done in anticipation of the show being cancelled before it’s time. After all, how would the show write if they managed to do the Silence of the Lambs storyline and what would happen after?
Why Will was willing to kill Hannibal outside in broad daylight is beyond me. Was he expecting to survive himself? And if so, was he planning on returning home at all?
8 out of 10. Very solid episode with only a few supporting character flaws that didn’t resonate as well as it could have. The slow-motion and close-up art style mixed with the surreal images worked out better this time. There seemed to be more meaning behind it and I think they were better placed, visually as well. There’s a bittersweet moment coming and it will be the overdramatic capture of Hannibal, assuming they stick with the basic script. Lady Murasaki had yet to be mentioned or seen, which means we may not get to that character at all. As tensions are brought to a final meeting between villains, Will literally hangs in the middle. The outcome is all but pretermined, but it’s always about the journey, right? Great episode and very twisted cliffhanger to contend with. Until next week, thanks for reading.
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