‘Hannibal’: The One That Got Away

Published 6 months ago by

Mads Mikkelsen and Gina Torres in Hannibal Season 2 Episode 4 Hannibal: The One That Got Away

[This is a review for Hannibal season 2, episode 4. There will be SPOILERS.] 

-

It’s difficult to think of any other drama on television – let alone an entire series based on one of the most famous fictional serial killers all time – that’s as concerned with investigating life’s heartbreaking beauty as it is depicting the terror of its inherent fragility. So far, though, in one season and some change, Hannibal has demonstrated itself to be one of those rare programs that travels well beyond their initial conceit to consider the weightier tangential aspects of the stories it has been tasked with telling.

On the surface, these divergent curiosities fly in the face of what might comprise a conventional narrative concerning a cannibalistic serial killer with diamond-cut cheekbones and a bespoke wardrobe so exquisite the thought of him one day being sentenced to years of drab mental hospital jumpsuits feels like a tragedy in its own right. The truth is: It’s the tangents like Bella Crawford (Gina Torres), the parallels ‘Takiawase’ draws between her wish to end her life with dignity and the twisted sense of mercy behind the horrific but visually striking bee-centric activities of Amanda Plummer’s holistic healer that make the series rise above its baser, blood-and-guts interests.

Early on, Bella and Hannibal discuss the notion of death as comfort, or death as a cure. It’s an uneasy conversation, as the prospect of a person willingly ending his or her life as a means by which their pain can be soothed is somewhat upsetting, to say the least. And yet the intrinsic morbidity and tragedy of the conversation is undercut by Dr. Lecter’s insistence that finding comfort in death “frees [him] to appreciate life.” The fact that such a reassuring statement comes from the man with a vacuum-sealed kidney of another serial killer in his fridge is one of the more delicious ironies Hannibal has to offer.

Hettienne Park in Hannibal Season 2 Episode 4 Hannibal: The One That Got Away

But it is one that makes a great amount of sense. After all, life’s glimmer is tantamount to the lure Will discusses in his mind with Abigail Hobbes. Life is simply irresistible to Dr. Lecter; it is another of the myriad delicate luxuries he takes such pains in preparing, and such great pleasure in consuming. Therefore, if Will wants to catch Hannibal, and possibly exonerate himself at the same time, life must be the lure that eventually ensnares such a cautious and elusive foe.

And yet, as Will surely knows from his experiences fishing, different lures can often elicit a unique and surprising response – which ‘Takiawase’ makes obvious in the way Hannibal leaves Bella’s survival up to chance, and the unnerving manner in which he choose to engage Beverly (Hettienne Park) after she breaks into his home and discovers his secret.

The thrilling conclusion to the episode is a reminder of the in medias res battle between Hannibal and Jack that kicked the season off. But it’s also in keeping with the manner the show delivers its revelations in erratic, panic-inducing moments. Beverly’s confrontation with the monster in his lair is a shift for a series whose narrative is partially predicated on the titular character’s ability to evade capture.

And in that sense, ‘Takiawase’ – with its warning of strobe effects prior to the episode and the unnerving score that accompanies Will’s drug-induced therapy session with Dr. Chilton – shifts (perhaps temporarily) the aesthetics of the series from the macabre serenity of a bizarre crime that’s already been committed to the far more forceful and fit-inducing display of an in-the-moment revelation.

In that sense, the episode’s cliffhanger ties in dramatically with the theme of the episode. After all, is there anything that can make a person feel more alive than finding themselves face-to-face with death himself?

_________________________________________________

Hannibal continues next Friday with ‘Mukozuke’ @10pm on NBC. Check out a preview below, but be warned: IT CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: hannibal

22 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. A: This review is so beautifully written! Kinda blown away!

    B: Holy frigging crap BEVERLY!

    I am so in awe of this shows ability to expand, reinterpret and honour the source material. And it definitely seems that the season will end with Jack et all believing Will.

    I mean if Beverly goes missing then it’s only a matter of time before it becomes apparent that Hannibal is involved. Can’t wait to see what new and exciting twists are in store.

    Also definitely thought the person who killed the guard and judge would end up being Mason Verger.

  2. “It’s difficult to think of any other drama on television – let alone an entire series based on one of the most famous fictional serial killers all time – that’s as concerned with investigating life’s heartbreaking beauty as it is depicting the terror of its inherent fragility. So far, though, in one season and some change, Hannibal has demonstrated itself to be one of those rare programs that travels well beyond their initial conceit to consider the weightier tangential aspects of the stories it has been tasked with telling.”
    Well said Mr. Yoeman… This paragraph alone explains in a way that I never could why Hannibal is the best show on TV right now.

    If this series had been just a paint by numbers prequel of the Hannibal Lector story (which I first thought it would be) the series would have not been any different than a b-grade horror film made for television. But what we are getting instead is so much more than could of been hoped.

  3. Fuller has already confirmed that Katz is dead. Damn, though, I LOVED the ending.

  4. I feel safe with the future of the show because of the quality and critical acclaim. If NBC picks it up for a 3rd or more then happy days…if not then Netflix or Amazon will definitely buy the redistribution rights from Sony Pictures Television for the whole series (either way…happy days).

    Btw great review for another amazing episode.

    • As much as I like the show I keep having this feeling that the much slower pace they’ve been going this season will get a lot of the younger demographics they need to lose interest. Part of that is that the show has really become story oriented so that you basically need to follow along to keep up. In season one a person could basically come in anywhere and pretty much be entertained. This season is so concentrated on what Will can remember last season that it might be confusing to those who haven’t kept up. I’m just concerned that they might lose that younger demographic and there goes the show

      • nah

      • @Tundrabeast Every episode has the ‘case of the week’ elements, so therefore anyone could go and entertained by watching any episode this season too.

        It’s a bit ignorant to say a young audience won’t follow it’s ‘slower pace’ for a physiological thriller. That makes me laugh tbh as the pacing feels more fastly constructed, with more content in an episode this season.

        • *psychological thriller.

        • My point wasn’t that younger audiences wouldn’t be interested, but that many might drop out if they find it too slow for their taste. Look at what’s generally the most popular….It’s those with a lot of action along the way. This season slowed things down quite a bit. Yes it still has a lot of gore and insanity along the way, but the primary story line is on going. I’ve seen other shows I really liked that had on going story lines that eventually struggled because I don’t think the numbers stay up for those committed to the story. I think most people like to to just jump in wherever ande find a new episode that might only be vaguely related to the over all story…Like Supernatural, Person Of Interest, and such.

  5. anyone else think that Bev saw abigail hobbs alive and trapped in Hannibal’s basement before he showed up? cause she did seem disturbed by something she saw

    • Well from what i read online the past few days,we`re in for a BIG treat about that particular issue,something that will really surprise us and it doesn`t have anything to do with Abigail Hobbs..

    • I was definitely thinking the same thing. I can’t wait for Abigail to show up.

      RIP Katz :(

  6. I believe Beverly saw a certain blonde FBI trainee that might have been MIA for a year or two

    • @ Rosie

      To be honest my thoughts were that it’s Hannibal Lector’s basement, no matter what she sees it’s going to be frightening.
      If it turns out to be who you say I will absolutely poop a brick. ;)

      • I think I would probably too xD Also,there happens to be spoilers on blondie and if she is alive or not. Actually there is a video with Mads Mikkelsen talking about it. If she is alive she must have gone through hell and back.

  7. That opening act…Will could have been a great father.

  8. This certainly is one of the best shows on network television for a very long time. Engrossing, horrific with a crack narrative and first rate acting. Love it!

  9. @Kevin7
    I think I would probably too xD Also,there happens to be spoilers on blondie and if she is alive or not. Actually there is a video with Mads Mikkelsen talking about it. If she is alive she must have gone through hell and back.

    • I don’t recall Hannibal ever being a sadist and torture his victims (Well except for the psycological torture of Will that is) in descriptions of his murders from the past. He was more into a straight kill and left for desplay if I recall right

  10. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

    Of all the people Bella could’ve chosen to spend her last moments with and of all the possible suspect homes for Beverly to search – alone mind you – to ease or raise suspicions… Damn ladies!

  11. We pretty much know how his fight with Jack ends up so if Jack is gone and now most likely Beverly too…..That will completely change things once Will gets out. The question is though…Does Will get sprung because it’s obvious Hannable framed him and is the real Killer? For that to happen maybe Beverly does get away. But that doesn’t set up the fight with Jack unless that was a dream and not reality

    • The bullet punched through the upstairs floor. That’ll probably make Crawford a bit suspicious.

Be Social, Follow Us!!