Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 13

Jonathan May Mega-spoiler alert. So of course after asking for Cynthia Nixon’s character to come back for weeks now, the story gods deliver in the most obscene way possible, tightening the plot’s noose with bureaucratic nonsense. Of course Jack and Will are stymied now and must move forward by themselves. And then Abigail reappears! And […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 12

Jonathan May Spoiler alert, as always. This episode was the kick in the pants that this season needed heading into the finale. What made this episode so big and bold? Gillian Anderson. She rocked her role as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, revealing everything in the suggestions and silences. Her ghostly, incantatory tone as she spoke […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 11

Jonathan May Spoiler alert, as always. With two episodes left and the reappearance of Freddie Lounds at large, the question on everyone’s mind is, what’s going on between Will and Hannibal? Is Will playing Hannibal, or playing everyone else on his behalf? Is Dr. Bloom next on Hannibal’s menu, and is that what it will […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 10

Jonathan May We always open inside Will’s head lately, and this episode was no different. (Here’s hoping we’re not Roseanned at the end!) He conflates his slaying of last week’s serial killer in a dream of also killing Hannibal, which ties in with the incredibly slow David Lynchian conflated sex scene wherein Dr. Bloom is […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 9

Jonathan May (Massive spoilers, and I totally called Will being groomed by Lecter into becoming a serial killer like three episodes ago. C’mon, story gods!) Everything in this episode acts in opposition to what has been. This week’s killer suffers from what Hannibal terms species dysphoria, but, on the whole, the episode operates thematically under […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 8

Jonathan May (As always, massive spoiler alert) This episode was unremarkable in a number of ways that I do not care to elucidate. We have the character of Margot thrown in, an unnecessary and late-coming red herring if there ever was one. Like most of the women in this show, she merely acts as a […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 7

Jonathan May (As always, massive spoiler alert) Every 15 minutes or so, I let out an audible groan while watching this latest episode. Miriam Lass returns after being found by Jack, only to kill Dr. Chilton out of an impulse she can’t control. Oh Miriam, made into just a simple plot device. Oh Dr. Chilton, […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 6

Jonathan May (As always, massive spoiler alert) Just a reminder: We’re only halfway through the season and have yet to catch up to the frame of this tale. In the first episode, we open with the struggle between Jack and Hannibal, then flash back eight weeks. So we’re still catching up (quickly, I posit) to […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 5

Jonathan May (As always, massive spoiler alert) We start with the second in a series of split montages, this one featuring breakfast. As Hannibal lovingly prepares his meal in the comfort of his own home, Will stares down the tray lumped with what barely passes for breakfast. The first time we see this split montage is when Hannibal […]

Symbols and Sociopaths: Hannibal Season 2, Episode 4

Jonathan May This episode was really just all over the place. We start out in Will’s head as he teaches Abigail Hobbs to fish; the terrible fishing metaphors fly hard and fast (“the one that got away” could also work as a Katy Perry song title). By incorporating Abigail into his interior space, we’re able to see more […]