‘Hannibal’ Wears Only The Finest Person Suits

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Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal Season 2 Episode 2 Hannibal Wears Only The Finest Person Suits

[This is a review of Hannibal season 2, episode 2. There will be SPOILERS.]

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As Hannibal spent the majority of season 1 demonstrating – and then re-asserting in its season 2 premiere – the manner in which a presentation is made is, in many ways, just as important as what is being presented. Food is typically the medium in which this series works, so, in this case, the finest cut of beef (or leg of serial killer, for that matter) may find its way to a plate in countless ways, each one perfectly suited to the atmosphere in which it is being served.

But presentation can be important in any number of mediums, and as it pertains to the atypical, utterly eccentric stylistic desires of Bryan Fuller and his Hannibal crew, there is only one way of approaching the question of how anything should be presented: What would Hannibal do?

The idea of such refined, delicate, and precise preparation being combined with the utter gruesomeness of what is being consumed, where it’s been and, in the case of ‘Sakizuki,’ what it’s been up to, creates a sensation of exquisite deliberateness that’s unlike anything else on television. It’s almost as though the creators of the show have decided it exists for the sole purpose of striving to accommodate Dr. Lecter’s impeccable sense of taste (aesthetically speaking and otherwise) and sophistication.

Of course, in the case of Hannibal, such taste and sophistication has an application that goes far beyond what any normal human would consider artistic or worthy of merit. So, while the show reaches for the extreme, in terms of elegance and finesse, the pendulum swings completely in the opposite direction, daring the audience not to avert their eyes while a man must peel bits of his own flesh off in order to make a failed escape attempt from a serial killer’s disturbingly beautiful mural made of human bodies.

Mads Mikkelsen Hugh Dancy and Caroline Dhavernas in Hannibal Season 2 Episode 2 Hannibal Wears Only The Finest Person Suits

Now that Dr. Lecter has stepped into the role Will formally occupied with the FBI, he has greater access to the kinds of curiosities that seem to spur his imagination and sense of appreciation. With Will locked away, Hannibal has to feed his need to find playthings and eventually destroy them in a more direct manner, which leads him to find and confront the episode’s artistic serial killer by saying, “I love your work.” Hannibal then demonstrates his appreciation by helping the killer finish his mural (by turning its creator into a part of it), and then transforming a piece of him into another piece of finely crafted art – in the medium Hannibal works best, of course.

For a show about a cannibalistic serial killer parading around in, as Dr. Du Maurier puts it, a “person suit,” to turn an entire episode’s subtext into a kind of conversation about art appreciation is simply phenomenal. And like all forms of art, it is ultimately subjective, prone to being hated as strongly as it is adored – which is precisely what causes the aforementioned Dr. Du Maurier to cut ties with Hannibal, and whisper to Will, “I believe you,” granting the confused prisoner a much-needed moment of assurance, in his otherwise perpetual state of uncertainty.

Hannibal may work best and most frequently with food, but the objective of his art is always consumption. With Will, he’s exploring a new medium, but the intention remains the same: To wholly consume something in a refined and sophisticated manner. Although the audience already knows how this piece will turn out, for now, it appears as though this endeavor is shaping up to be Dr. Lecter’s masterpiece.

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  1. My favorite episode of the show so far!

  2. Great on point review that’s not pandering about ratings for those who watch it & snipping at those that don’t(a lot of reviews this time of year do it (i.e Digital Spy reviews).

    I can’t wait for Eddie Izzard’s Abel Gideon to return. If you think it can’t get any better performance wise on this show there is this character/actor returning.

    • The DS bs about ratings has just been removed -.- lol. I don’t trust their reviews but I only read them for the off chance of some insight I may of missed.

  3. Best show on TV! Keep on cooking Dr. Lecter!

  4. So sad that Bedelia has run off but Gillian Anderson was mind blowing in her scenes with Hannibal, Will and Jack. Fantastic and one of the best episodes of the series.

  5. “Hello there. I loved your work”. *Hannibal smiles* Loved that scene even when he looks down on the bodies, it looks like he saw a beautiful painting. Hannibal is a mysterious guy that you don’t know what he’ll do or what he’s thinking. Comparing to Dexter, Hannibal is a monster that you don’t mess with and he’s terrifying. Look at that scene when Du Maurier decline being his therapist, him walking slowly towards her gave me goosebumps.

  6. Stunning episode; I’m actually facing the next one with a little bit of dread… Hannibal is taking the stand? That’s quite a twist.

  7. I love this show,and think it’s the best show on TV.I’ve also been watching True Detective,which is good and getting an unending amount of rave reviews,but it’s just not as engaging to me as Hannibal.

  8. This is torturing! Right when Graham almost give up, Maurier told him that he’s innocent. And here I thought we’ll be getting delicious shushi made by hannibal.

  9. “I Believe You.”

    I’m really anxious to see what effect those 3 simple words have on Will. Even in his clearest moments up until now he had to be questioning every thought but now that he knows there’s at least one person who believes him his outlook will be changed.

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THIS SEASON!!!
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    I read an interview with Bryan Fuller and he says that they really want to work out a way to get Gillian Anderson back at some point this season. She has 2 other shows right now so she was only available for the first 2 episodes but if the schedule can be worked out we will see her again.
    Fingers Crossed…

  10. Sakizuke, not sakizuki.

  11. This show is just amazing. Beautiful yet really gruesome, and utterly captivating and clever. Some of the best things TV has to offer indeed.

  12. Best Hannibal Episode.

  13. Five days later and I’m STILL processing nuances of this episode. Superb.

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