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Hannibal Review: Origins

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"Potage" ponders the idea of a murderer’s psychological disposition being an unavoidable aspect of inheritance.

Whether those tendencies are inherited by education or genetics is a question Hannibal decides to leave open.

Jack & Hannibal

Before delving into Abigail Hobbs, I really want to talk about my favorite aspect of Hannibal Season 1: it never shies away from telling complex and emotional stories. Every character is broken in some way, and how they cope with being broken is the biggest driving factor for all of them.

Will is broken. For a man who is able to get into the minds of murderers to see how they work and how they perceive their surroundings, he is incredibly detailed and intricate, but aside from carrying on sometimes light conversation with Alana, he has a very difficult time connecting with people. It’s complex and emotional in a unique way. Will can connect with murder and death, but he has an incredibly difficult time connecting with the world.

Will and everyone else are stuck in this broken impasse. They are broken people, who investigate the broken, and this feeds into keeping them broken. The greatest relationships Will has are his professional ones. He’s a kind and warm to the stray dogs he finds, but his investigations and the way he thinks like a murderer every day haunts him even in his sleep. He has no escape, and no end.

Lecter tries to heal the broken, but his helping of the FBI allows him the access he wants and craves for his fine dining. He’s one step ahead of Will, and Will is continuing to divulge his theories on the copycat killer.

Will: He is an intelligent psychopath. He is a sadist. He will never kill like this again. So how do we catch him? | permalink

Will is inadvertently helping Lecter - and Lecter takes the opportunities afforded to him by copying these killers. It allows Lecter to continue his brokenness unimpeded. It’s a primal game of cat and mouse.

Abigail Hobbs is the unsolved variable in the equation. Her father being a killer and her interactions with him show a girl who is fearful of death and the destruction associated with it. The knowledge of just how far her father went with his violence is an inescapable constant for Abigail and she’s constantly wondering if she’s like him.

Whether this is learned or genetic... there’s no definitive answer. She’s bombarded by the images of her dad teaching her how to be a killer, and when she’s confronted about him post mortem, she literally has blood on her hands.

While Abigail’s solution is still unknowable, she is a solution to Lecter. From one murderer to another, she pegged him instantly when he offered to get rid of the body.

What’s left now is whether Lecter allows Abigail to keep that knowledge... or whether she’s going to end up being another victim.

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cont. in his office because he wanted an excuse to bring up the fact that he was seeing a psychiatrist. He wanted Will to know about her because he wants to use her as an "alibi" or perhaps character witness would be a better thing to say.
Hannibal doesn't need or want therapy for himself. He only wants to use her. But why her? Why has Hannibal been seeing her and why would he not change psychiatrists after she retired? She said that she was attacked. Maybe Hannibal was responsible for the attack against her and he wants to monitor her just like he monitors Hobbs and likely will monitor the girl in the pressure chamber. I believe that he has been monitoring her for years and now sees a way to use her to protect him from any fallout that may occur with something happening with Will.

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I would like to start out by saying that I haven't read the books, but I love the show.
I don't believe that Hannibal actually wants to be Will's friend. I think that is just something that he says to his psychiatrist in order to keep protecting himself. He wants to continue hiding his true self and saying that he wants to be Will's friend is sort of like creating an alibi for himself. If Jack questions Hannibal's intentions with Will then his psychiatrist can defend him by saying that Hannibal only wanted to be Will's friend. How will Jack know that Hannibal sees a psychiatrist? From Will of course! Do you remember when Will went to see Hannibal and Hannibal told him that he was having a glass of wine with his psychiatrist? Hannibal was in his psychiatrists office and NOT his own office! There should not be a reason for the glass of pink wine to be sitting in Hannibal's office when he was drinking the wine with his psychiatrist in HER office!!! I believe Hannibal lied about the wine in his office because he wanted an excuse to bring up the fact that he was seeing a psychiatrist. He wanted Will to know about her because he wants to use her as an "alibi" or perhaps character witness would be a better thing to say.
Hannibal doesn't need or want therapy for himself. He only wants to use her. But why her? Why has Hannibal been seeing her and why would he not change psychiatrists after she retired? She said that she was attacked. Maybe Hannibal was responsible for the attack against her and he wants to monitor her just like he monitors Hobbs and likely will monitor the girl in the pressure chamber. I believe that he has been monitoring her for years and now sees a way to use her to protect him from any fallout that may occur with something happening with Will.

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I thought this episode was great. I haven't read the books and I haven't seen Manhunter in a good while - so I don't know if Freddie Lounds is supposed to be this wonderfully reprehensible. Seriously, I haven't loved to hate a character this much in a long time. I knew once that girl mouthed off to her mother that Hannibal was going to kill her - he's very much the gentleman psychopath and doesn't like disrespect. However, I'm not sure what Lecter's motivation was to help Abigail, and I assume his frame job of the other kid was to screw with Will's mind. I totally agree that Will is complex and emotional but in a unique way. That's what makes his character so fascinating. @Mia - The fact that this is on NBC...sigh. It has a chance; Grimm has lasted 2 seasons, and NBC doesn't have that much else going on for it.

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This show is beautifully intriguing, definitely a subtle gem! It's a shame Hannibal is on the wrong network, if only AMC, FX or A&E picked it up instead, would've had a chance for longevity. I thought Hannibal was always the "copycat" killer and only did it again to further break Will, rattle his psyche, creating self-doubt in his analytical abilities. The moment Graham emphatically said the "copy cat" killer would never again strike in such a matter, and Hannibal gave his signature smirk, it was obvious he would do so, just to provoke Will. The only part I found far fetch is how Hannibal and Abigail were able to hide the body and traces of blood before anyone else discovered them. I could've sworn the FBI, including Graham, were cavorting outside...or did they leave?

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the series is growing on me, each episode seems better then the previous, with especially good writing in this one. So good it is getting easier to live with the fact that I think both of the male leads are miscast. I did just realize in this episode that Bryan Singer must have fallen in love with Anna Friel while doing "Pushing Daises," because he hired an absolute dead ringer for her with the casting of Lara Jean Chorostecki as Freddie Lounds (plus the way they do her hair and wardrobe).

Yama1291

This is good television. Having the audience play both silent accomplice to Lecter and empathise with Graham to this level at the same time is ingenious. The concept feels just "wrong" enough to grip ones mind tight.

Hannibal Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

I am nothing like your Dad.

Lecter

He is an intelligent psychopath. He is a sadist. He will never kill like this again. So how do we catch him?

Will