[TV] Hannibal – Sakizuki (S2E2)


Quick Recap:

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A man super-glued to corpses manages to tear himself away and tries to escape, only to be chased down and murdered. His body floats down a river. In the asylum, Will pretends to be in a confused, pathetic state to deceive Alana and Hannibal. Dr. Du Maurier ends her professional relationship with Dr. Lector, stating that she questions his past actions but does not provide any further information. He tells her is resuming therapy with Will but she is not impressed.

Dr. Lector is called in as a consultant on the murder case from the beginning of the episode. It is Beverly Katz who offers the insight, borrowed from Will Graham, that grabs Jack’s attention though with Hannibal’s prodding. Jack is unhappy that Beverly met Will but she is unrepentant. Jack compromises and give her free reign. Hannibal finds some evidence but does not share it with the rest of the team. He later visits Will and tries to probe him closely to see what exactly he remembers but Will does not reveal anything. Beverly Katz meets Will again and he demands something in return – that Katz forget his ‘guilt’ and approach any evidence she finds with a fresh, clean mind. Will examines the evidence and quickly comes up with the cause and reason for the death – the victim was not sufficiently overdosed and instead woke up and tried to run.

Hannibal turns up in an abandoned warehouse much like the one Will described in his full body plastic suit. The vats in the warehouse house the bodies. He sees the arrangement of the bodies from above and notices the killer moving below. He greets him and praises his work.

The FBI are at the scene and Hannibal, dressed normally, arrives with Katz at the scene, feigning ignorance as to how they discovered the location. Jack discusses his guilt regarding Will with a psychiatrist. Jack concludes by admitting that whenever he sees Will now, he sees a killer. The team is discussing an unidentified body (actually the killer’s) that did not fit the pattern. Hannibal killed the killer and took his leg to eat later.

Dr. Du Maurier comes to visit Jack regarding Hannibal. She tells him in a roundabout way that she has cut ties with Hannibal but Jack doesn’t understand why. Katz and Hannibal bring the mystery of who killed the killer to Will who realizes that the last thing the mural killer saw was Hannibal. A flashback shows Hannibal helping the killer complete the mural by placing him in the centre. The FBI internal investigator visits Will in his cell. She tells him that the prosecution will push the label of ‘intelligent psychopath’ on him. She offers him a way out but Will does not budge even in the face of a possible death penalty. Will receives a final visitor – Dr. Du Maurier who tells him that she believes him. The episode ends with Dr. Lector paying a surprise visit to Du Maurier’s house, wearing his trademark plastic suit only to find the house abandoned.

Commentary:

Welcome back after a long, long delay which I thoroughly apologize for. When we last left Will he had just begun the process of putting himself back together and piecing together what Hannibal had done to him. This episode opens with Will seemingly back to his confused state from last season, and shows him desperately, pathetically pleading Hannibal (and Alana, too I guess) for help. It was a maddening moment for me because until I saw the scene that immediately followed it, I felt as though this season would just prove to be another three month long drag as Will tries to regain his sanity. However, I was thankfully mistaken and we see Will in a colder state of mind than we have ever seen him before. There were some great lines in the early part the episode that reminded me of some the deep, thought-provoking dialogue we got in season 1. For instance:

“I lost the plot…I am the unreliable narrator of my own story”

which is a perfect analogy to his situation. However, even if Will is fully determined to unveil Hannibal’s true identity as the Chesapeake Ripper, the question remains to be seen if he has it in him to go up against Hannibal who will be using every bit of his own manipulative power to keep the truth submerged. Will is at his lowest point right now, with the death penalty hanging over his head and seemingly no way out but there are some big swing factors that are still undecided. Jack seems to believe Will is guilty but a big part of that is Jack’s own guilt at himself – almost as though Jack believes Will is guilty because Jack thinks that he himself is guilty of pushing him too hard. Katz seems on the fence but positively disposed whereas Alana seems sympathetic but does not believe Will to be innocent. The biggest factor here though, is Dr. Du Maurier who is surprisingly the first person to show faith in Will Graham’s character. It’s still a little bit of mystery to me what exactly happened in the tail end of last season or rather, how exactly it happened. There are still some loose threads but at this point I can’t even remember what they were but I feel confident that the show will get around to tying them up.

Meanwhile, the pressure on Hannibal is mounting and it’s not just from Will – after all, Hannibal knows that Will knows about Hannibal’s role in the events of the previous season and seems frighteningly unfazed by this, but Dr. Du Maurier’s sudden withdrawal seems to take Hannibal by surprise. She is playing a dangerous game, and I think she suspects it, but I do hope she doesn’t underestimate just what kind of creature she has in Hannibal Lector. Hannibal has a ruthless streak a mile wide and ten miles long – throughout this episode he stays relatively low key but makes small, almost invisible jabs at the rest of the cast. He instantly realizes that Katz is not talented enough to put together a theory on her own and even at the end, his careful word choice to Will indicates that Hannibal himself was the man who killed the killer. Will seems to realize this but of course is in no position to say anything. Hannibal’s role in the resolution of this particular serial killer surprised me – I feel it is a little foolhardy for Hannibal to become so directly involved in a case that clearly does not concern him. I guess he was just really hungry? I also find Hannibal’s own substitute for Will’s super-imagination a little lame – really, he just smelled the body and figured it out? What is he, a dog?

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