‘Hannibal’ Tries to Keep a Lid on Things

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Caroline Dhavernas and Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal season 2 episode 6 Hannibal Tries to Keep a Lid on Things

[This is a review of Hannibal season 2, episode 6. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Futamono is the term used for a Japanese dish traditionally served in a pot that is covered with a lid to keep food warm. It’s no surprise, then, that in an episode of Hannibal where Jack Crawford finally comes around to see Will’s side of things – that Hannibal Lecter, for all his glorious cuisine, his impeccable sense of style, and supposed compassion, is about as likely a suspect at they come – would also go to incredible lengths to keep a lid on things, to prevent Jack from uncovering his secret, and to convince others of his innocence, now that he’s no longer above suspicion.

Of course, the term futamono also has a far more direct connotation, considering Jack Crawford literally lifted a lid to discover Miriam Lass is still among the living.

Because ‘Futamono’ ends with the discovery of Miriam in yet another (albeit brighter) cliffhanger, the primary focus of the episode is the thinly veiled game of cat and mouse that is played between Jack and Hannibal. It is a new dynamic that builds off the growing antagonism between Will and Lecter, but it also creates a ripple effect that dramatically alters two key relationships by bringing forth the apparent end of Dr. Bloom’s romantic inclination toward Will, and her sudden passion for all things Hannibal.

Sudden seems like an apt word to use in relation to this episode. Even though Bloom’s reasoning for jumping from Will’s sinking ship to Hannibal’s seemingly unsinkable vessel is sound enough (attempted murder isn’t the most endearing of gestures), the intensity with which she finds herself under the spell of Dr. Lecter is nonetheless quite curious. Maybe Alana Bloom simply is as Dr. Chilton described her: catnip for killers,” or perhaps she now sees Hannibal like Will once was: an enigmatic presence who also happens to be a tragic victim – an aspect which would be in keeping with her character.

Then again, the possibility exists that there is something entirely different behind Bloom’s shifting allegiance. It’s a question that raises the level of suspicion on Hannibal even further, but it does so from the perspective of the audience, the group that is normally in on every devilish action perpetrated by Dr. Lecter.

Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne in Hannibal season 2 episode 6 Hannibal Tries to Keep a Lid on Things

The generation of uncertainty on the title character works in tandem with a narrative that has the head of the FBI behavioral sciences unit suddenly questioning a trusted colleague at the behest of a man who has admittedly had trouble distinguishing the boundaries of reality. And yet, despite this problematic roadblock, Jack follows up on Will’s suspicions, winds up colluding with Dr. Chilton and eventually turns a suspicious eye toward, as Chilton so self-amusedly refers to him: “Hannibal the cannibal.”

That kind of mistrust is a long time coming, considering the warning signs hanging about Hannibal, such as the way people keep turning up dead around him; the way he glides about silently, like a wraith; or the fact that underneath the exquisitely tailored veneer of humanity hides the biological equivalent of cold surgical steel. All these things seem like unmistakable red flags, but it’s important to remember: this is Hannibal – the strange corner of the network television universe where rules and common sense are ostensibly thrown out the window in favor of casting light on all things disturbingly gorgeous.

And ‘Futamono’ wastes nothing in regard to making the disconcerting look pleasing to the eye. While the elegantly intertwined city councilman/tree tableau is one of Hannibal’s finest, it is the painstaking effort Dr. Lecter puts into making Dr. Abel Gideon’s final meal memorable that lingers most. But with the Chesapeake Ripper ostensibly clearing Will’s name, the question is: Who’s next on the menu?

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  1. How can one resist such a last meal? I’m assuming Furious won’t be returning next season.

  2. I don’t agree that Alana’s interest in Hannibal was ‘sudden’, they’ve been hinting at this since Oeuf and Sorbet in Season 1 and a lot of fans predicted she would be Hannibal’s romantic interest this season. That said, I loved the episode – it’s always so much fun to see Hannibal take control of the situation, especially after his brush with death last week. The Gideon scene managed to make me squeamish, in a good way of course.

    • I agree with Kevin that she fall for or perhaps had felling for Hannibal so suddenly but he maybe due to the same reason why she fall for Will in the first season. It’s because that Hannibal was seen as the damage/tragic victim due to the situation like Will was in season 1 that she fell for him. Also, she knew both Hannibal and Will before all this but she wasn’t that close to them to actually see them in that light.

      The episode itself was intense and I was so scared for Gideon during that dinner scene. I mean, was force to eat oneself’s leg…

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  4. I feel like they’ve overused the stag/antler imagery. It was cool at first but it seems like they have to use it in practically every episode now. I’m glad to see that Will is going to be set free because having him locked up has caused some pacing issues this season in my opinion.

    • Was it antlers sprouting once more from Will’s head or was it tree limbs akin to the councilman? I thought the latter rather than the former.

  5. Gideon is SICK man, he ate his own leg as a message to Hannibal, kinda like “I`m sorry you just can`t scare me whatever you do…i can take it all”.

    • I took that scene to be more along the lines of – Gideon eats his own leg meat, because he’s asked the polite way to decline and been told there isn’t a way. He knows to be ‘rude’ to The Chesapeak Ripper aka Hannibal, is to resign one’s self to horrifyingly ellaborate, artistic and brutal tortures and mutilations.

      I mean if being fed your own leg for dinner is what he’s doing now, what’s he gonna do when you piss him off?

  6. I don’t know who the actress is that plays Dr Bloom but she is really pretty…..

    • That would be Caroline Dhavernas. And yeah, she’s smoking hot.

  7. This was a great leap toward turning the tables, but I think I was more unsettled by the way the writers attempted to humanize Hannibal. By having him enter into a physical relationship with Dr. Bloom, they made him less of an untouchable and nefarious ‘god menacing with man’ presence. Also, I was expecting to see Abigail Hobbs in the pit where Crawford found Miriam Lass.