...full well that Will would take them and go after Gideon. This was Hannibal's way of (a)getting rid of Gideon,(b) getting Will found sick without revealing that he knew what was going on with him, and (c) not getting Alana killed. Alana's not a threat to Lecter where Will's concerned, not yet anyway.
Last point: at the end, Hannibal says to Jack that they still can't identify the source of his "infection". Here's the thing - the kind of encephalitis that Will has (anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis) is auto-immune, not infectious. So is Hannibal still the only one that knows what's going on with will and did NO ONE GIVE WILL A BRAIN SCAN when they brought him in unconscious, feverish and seizing? OR was that line just a screw up in the research/writing department of the show?
Great review - and great episode. Watching Will crack was just painful. I just want him to be better!
I love the way that Hannibal and Gideon are written. They're not one-dimensional kill-for-fun psychopaths; they're simultaneously repulsive and fascinating. Gideon's actions made it clear that he's not sure who he is - they tell him he's a narcissist and psychopath and he believes that and lives it, but he obviously doesn't have a complete disregard for others - apart from a possible good-natured person underneath all the madness, what reason would he have for actually taking Will Graham to his doctor and not leaving him for dead?
One point in this review that I would argue against: I think that Hannibal's sending Gideon to Alana's house was all part of his manipulation, not an intention to get Alana killed. Every move Hannibal makes is calculated, purposeful and precise. He told Will that Alana was in danger, and then he left the gun AND the keys on the table knowing full well that Will would take it and go after Gideon.
Best - Second Star to the Right
Worst - Selfless, Brave and True
Most Improved - I loved Hook from the day he came on screen, so the fact that he's gotten even better is just awesome. And yes, dude is hot. Even with the guyliner.
Best intro - I'm pretty sure Pan is not the Shadow, but the shadows are his minions. We didn't see Peter Pan. However, I LOVE the twist on his story.
Most disappointing - Mulan. Ugh.
Worst mystery - everything about Tamara. again, ugh.
Great...more Dana. Just what Homeland needed. (roll eyes) I think the actress is fine, but the character is bloody annoying.
I forgot to mention - the scene where Will "wakes up" in the crime scene in the middle of his reconstruction, that was an AWESOME scene. Hugh Dancy should get an Emmy for that alone.
P.S. You don't have to capitalize "encephalitis" :)
I think this was the episode that finally spelled out in no uncertain terms than Hannibal Lecter is a villain. No ambiguity, no questioning whether he has honourable motives. For one, this is the first time we see him "working". There was no mistaking what Hannibal's motives were. He wants to make Will go nuts so he can't find him out.
This episode was really hard for me to watch. For one, it was freakin creepy.
Two - I work with neurologists in neurology research. The idea that Sutcliffe actually LIED to Will about his incredibly serious medical condition in order to study it just made me want to explode. At the least, it's unethical. At the most, that's unspeakably horrifying.
Also, I sincerely hope that SOMEONE will think of checking Will's medical records, given that his neurologist got suspiciously killed while seeing him...
I don't think this can fairly be called a review - it's mostly a recap of the entire episode. A better piece would have been to actually review the episodes strengths & weaknesses.
I personally LOVED this episode. This is frankly the most pathetic we've ever seen Michael, and it was amazingly awkward, sad, hilarious and compelling to watch. Without the stability of a job and the backdrop of his even crazier family to make him look normal, the man is a wreck.
His friction with George-Michael also introduces a new dynamic to the show. In the old show, they had probably the most normal, solid, likeable relationship. Not so much anymore.
Also - to all the commenters who shared how the show reminded them of their past: thank you for sharing that with us. It takes courage to put that out there and to remind everyone of the reality that informs the fiction that we watch.
I think I would have been happier if Deacon had actually gone to get help after that one night off the wagon. We've seen constantly how he's the most grounded character, and I hoped that he would have realized that he slipped back into the very person that drove Rayna to lie in the first place. Quite frankly, Teddy was totally right when Deacon attacked him on the field. They're both gonna recover, Deacon's gonna feel like an ass, and Rayna's going to be convinced again that he's dangerous.
Does anyone care about Teddy and the other chick's pregnancy? No? Didn't think so.
I was pleasantly surprised by Gunnar's proposal, though I don't know if that will work. But I do think they're setting Avery up to be Juliette's knight in shining armor - a man who's battled his demons and is ready to be a better person. Juliette is right where Avery used to be.
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