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'Hannibal' recap: Supernatural evolving love

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Shiizakana” | Aired Apr 25, 2014

I want to preface this recap by saying I was smart and actually ate before watching. Someone give me a cookie! Okay, on to business.

We start with Hannibal tied to a tree, and Will Graham wants an admission. We knew Will was dreaming. After all, killing Hannibal would sort of end the show.

As for me, I feel like I just wandered into an episode of Supernatural, as we see a trucker returning to his truck with a hot cup of coffee on a cold and snowy night. We can tell something is off even before he starts the truck and tries to pull away, but the truck won’t move. So, of course, he gets out, grabs a flashlight and starts to check all around. You just know something is gonna jump out. It’s all about when — and when it does jump out, the hash tag from last night comes to mind. #Willdigo. Did they just put a Wendigo in this episode? A Wendigo, a Native American half-beast demon, that is now mauling the driver as the blood flows and we pan to the moon?

If “Carry On Wayward Son” plays, I’m gonna freak out. Nope. It’s the regular credits.

More memories for Will, as we see him in therapy with Hannibal. Will Graham is in a dark place, my lovelies. He’s regretting the events in the barn last week, but he tells Hannibal that it’s not pulling the trigger he regrets. He regrets not pulling it fast enough. Will is looking to “adapt, evolve, become,” and Hannibal is drawn to that. You can see it. Is Will truly going to the Dark Side? Or is this all part of his larger game to trap Hannibal? If it is, he’s doing an amazing job, because it sure looks like Dark Will is slowly being born.

As Will leaves therapy, Margot is on her way in, and they share a moment. Margot is Margot, Will is Will. Suffice it to say, it was an interesting moment before we join Margot in therapy, where she and Hannibal talk about her brother. It’s interesting to watch Margot with Hannibal. She seems to know what he is on an intellectual level. She seems to know he’s guiding her to kill her brother. She wonders what he guides Will Graham to do. I like Margot. She’s messed up, but she’s so smart.

Let’s visit the crime scene! The snowy, dripping-blood-icicle-filled crime scene. Things of note: Whatever killed this man mauled him, ripped his throat out, eviscerated him, but didn’t eat anything. This is similar to livestock killings in the area, which means whatever did this was trained to do it for damage, not survival. Crawford and Will think it’s someone with a trained bear or wolf. I’m going with an autonomous Wendigo.

When Will goes to find out more, he goes to our old pal Peter Bernardone. Because Bryan Fuller is evil. I mean, we all know there’s a doctor out there, some sort of animal odontologist, who could have explained these bite marks to Will in a nice, bright, sterile setting, but noooo. Bryan Fuller has to make Will go see Peter in the dark, depressing psych ward he’s locked up in because — more trauma for all involved! You know I’m gonna say it. Damn you, Bryan Fuller!

Still, what Peter has to say is certainly more interesting than a professional view. It’s a bear/wolf. Maybe both. Friends who hunt together. But we shouldn’t blame the animals, because man is the only creature that hunts just to kill. Also, Peter has a pet rat. It’s adorable.

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Actually, Peter is more right than he knows, as we learn when we get our first look at the killer. On the bummer side, I’m wrong and this episode is less Supernatural and more Scooby-Doo in the sense that the Wendigo isn’t real, but a creature made by a man. In the literal sense. Whoever our killer is, he has experience with reassembling skeletons and pneumatics, both of which come into play with our Wendigo. It’s basically a pretty effective puppet skeleton with one hell of a bite force.

As two lovers kissing in the woods soon find out.

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Will does his murder-scene-flashback thing and imagines the crime scene with himself as the man and the Ravenstag as the monster, which he then sets upon the lovers. As it goes on, we see the stag horns raise up, and they are now attached to Will Graham’s very bloody, snarling face. Yay #Willdigo!

Will’s assessment: This is a man. A man who wants to be an animal. He wants to maul. Nothing personal. They’re just meat and prey. He’s an engineer or understands engineering and is a student of predators.

Let’s see what Team Science has to say! (Can we give them a logo and a sound effect? Someone help me out here.) They agree with the man-made animal idea. Pull ratchets and pneumatics. Hannibal drops by to add his two cents. Our killer seeks transformation, and, coincidentally, he has a previous patient who had a desire to be transformed in much the same way. He was a teenager at the time, but perhaps he’s realized his potential as an adult?

Randall Tier (Mark O’Brien) is carefully tending to a skeleton as Hannibal emerges from the shadows to murmur, “You’ve always been ruled by your fascination of teeth.”

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Okay, maybe I’m just really slow. I’m willing to admit that’s possible, but this conversation just became a revelation to me. As it goes on, Hannibal muses, “You set a patient on a path. You’re left to wonder where that path will take them. You’ve come so very far, Randall.”

Did we just set up that Hannibal Lecter has been nurturing serial killers? Is Hannibal guiding, helping, training them to become what they were meant to be in his eyes? Maybe you’ve been there from the beginning, but the idea that Hannibal has had this agenda for years is a revelation to me and, to be honest, both terrifying and awesome.

UfsKJYep. That’s what it looks like. Hannibal tells Randall that he knows what he’s done and goes on to warn him that the FBI is looking for him. Dear Hannibal, ever the nurturing one. Randall doesn’t want to stop. Hannibal doesn’t want him to stop either, and he has a plan to help when Will and Crawford arrive.

It seems the plan is for Randall to admit that he had an identity disorder, but knows who he is now. He’s taking his meds, and he’s doing very well. We’ll see how that works out.

Later that night, Margot drops by Will’s house. That sounds so odd when I look at it that way. But she does, and the wordplay begins. As he asks her what the heir to the Verger Meat Packing company is doing at his door, it occurs to me that this is the first time we get her last name. If you’re a fan of the books, you likely knew who Margot was already, but there’s still something about hearing the name Verger said and knowing that Mason, the brother she’s been so tormented by, can’t be far off now.

Mason Verger is coming. I’m not sure how to feel about that yet. Young Mason Verger is something we’ve only gotten glimpses of in flashbacks in books. It’s exciting to think of what’s to come.

But that’s not what we’re discussing tonight. Tonight we’re discussing Hannibal and, more specifically, what Will thinks of his therapy. The topic of Hannibal encouraging Margot to kill her brother also comes up, as does the fact that Will tried to kill Hannibal. In other words, your typical Friday-night chat.

Will takes that information into his next session with Hannibal, as they discuss Randall Tier and his therapy. Will wants to know what would happen if Hannibal’s patients compared notes. When Hannibal asks if he believes Randall is innocent, Will replies that he believes Hannibal’s therapy was successful.

It seems Will and I both had a revelation during this episode.

He goes on to ask Hannibal how many there have been, like Randall Tier, like him. Will then tells Hannibal that Bedelia DuMaurier came to see him in the hospital and told him she believed him. Was that a twitch I saw from the usually calm, collected Dr. Lecter?

Things get really interesting: Will asks if Hannibal killed Beldelia. The answer: no. What does he think about when he thinks about killing? Hannibal’s answer: He thinks about God. About life and death. Then he said something that totally made me fangirl squee as we got another reference from the books and previous movies: Hannibal collects church collapses. God dropped a facade on 65 grandmothers in Italy. Is that evil? God kills. Is that evil or is that God? When Will asks if Randall Tier believes in God, Hannibal helpfully suggests that maybe Will should go ask him.

This is what I call a bad idea. Especially when we see a hand picking up the skeleton suit of animal-killing power. Then it’s a really bad idea when we see Hannibal in the woods, talking to Randall. Will is coming. It’s time for Randall to revel in what he is. Where he is. Which is, incidentally, outside of Will Graham’s house.

Hannibal Lecter, you evil sonuvabitch. You just set that kid on Will and walked away.

Except Hannibal seems to be forgetting something. Will Graham isn’t prey, and he isn’t unsure about what Hannibal is anymore. He knows what Hannibal is, and that knowledge has made him stronger. He’s not a puppet.

Not like Randall Tier. Who, after attempting to kill Will, has ended up on Hannibal’s dining room table, dead.

As Will calmly summarizes, Will sent someone to kill Hannibal, and Hannibal sent someone to kill Will. This makes them even.

Even Steven.

Hannibal wants to make Will a killer. I hope Hannibal is ready for what he gets.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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