Joyeful

Fantastic review - Hannibal truly was exerting his dominance over the situation.

However, I have to wonder if the truly dominant one here isn't Will Graham. I think when Hannibal told him that he's more in control than he's ever been, Hannibal didn't truly understand how in control Will was. I think it's possible that Will has anticipated every move so far.

Will could have asked that insane nurse to kill Hannibal when he didn't have an audience at the cage; instead, he waited till he was back in his cell where Gideon would hear. I think he anticipated that Gideon would have told on him and that Hannibal wouldn't have been killed, but rattled enough to go back on a killing spree to feel better. By that time, Will would have planted enough seeds of doubt in Jack Crawford to get him to even consider that Hannibal was a suspect. Will managed to get both Chilton and Crawford on his side - all from behind bars and with zero evidence - simply by manipulating everyone.

Also, note that Will didn't seem to be too upset at the implication that Alana was on Hannibal's radar. I think Will's plan and his understanding of Hannibal is giving him confidence that Alana will come out of all of this safely, knowing that Hannibal likely thinks that his sexual dominance over Alana would hurt Will more than killing her.

What do you think?

Joyeful

"Why? The Hannibal is the show (entertainment) is an extremely urbane, attractive and intelligent man..."

You forgot the part where he's a cannibalistic manipulative serial killer that was sleeping with her while he had drugged her. If that's not universally gross, I honestly don't know what is.

I hardly think the reviewer is treating his audience like idiots. Quite the opposite - he's treating his audience like intelligent viewers, able to see themes, parallelism, foreshadowing, symbolism. The acting is really only part of the story.

Joyeful

I'm really interested to see what their take on the Queen will be...

Joyeful

You're all right. Cillian is the Irish version of the name (see Cillian Murphy, actor), while Killian is the English version of it.

In Once Upon A Time, it's spelled Killian.

Joyeful

I'll start with this - the cast was amazing. They worked with what they were given, and they did it fantastically pretty much every week, and in this finale. Barney meeting his daughter was probably one of the best scenes EVER in the show. I love the cast and I'm forever grateful for them.

However, the writing and the total inflexibility of the show-runners was a travesty. They had an ultimate goal from season 2 and refused to change it even as the dynamics of the show changed, the length of the show changed, the chemistry of the actors changed, and the viewer expectations changed. They negated almost all of the character growth and experiences over the years and ignored how invested the audience had become in the mother. They completely ignored just how amazing Cristin Milioti was and completely wasted her. All so they wouldn't have to change an idea they had 8 years ago.

Ted and Robin getting together would have made sense if the finale happened - I don't know - 4 years ago. But now, after 9 season, it was completely contrived.

That's why I think the ending was totally is a slap in the face to the audience. That was a "we never really cared what you thought or wanted, we had a plan and we stuck to it." THAT'S what makes me angry about the finale.

Joyeful

Here's my problem with this episode - they're painting Neal out to be a hero, who made this big sacrifice to save the town.

But it wasn't even remotely a sacrifice. Neal made a selfish move while WILLFULLY disregarding any potential consequences. He went to resurrect his father so that he could be reunited with his family, without even considering for one minute what that would mean for everyone else. Even when Belle warned him that he was being deceived and that the consequences might be dire, he brushed her off saying "I'm sure my dad will come up with something." I mean, Neal was the cause of the curse; Zelena used him like floss.

I'm not saying I don't feel for the guy - anyone would want to be with their family. But Neal's death wasn't a heroic sacrifice. It was the consequence of a stupid move that cost Henry his father and Rumpel his son.

If anything, the sacrifice was made by Rumple, yet AGAIN. He gave up the dagger that controls him to save Neal's life, to have Neal live inside him. He gave up his sanity for like a YEAR to keep Neal alive.

Neal was a good man, no question, but his death was far from heroic or sacrificial.

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Joyeful

Great review, as usual.

I did love the shout outs to the books, though (spoiler alert).

Hannibal - who is incarcerated much as Will is now - sends the serial killer in the novel out to kill Will Graham. Will Graham lives right by the water in Florida Keys at the time, and that's where he's attacked.

This episode gives us a beautiful mirror image - Will Graham sends a killer to kill Hannibal Lecter, who is swimming in a pool.

Love it.

Joyeful

Tommy Merlyn on Arrow. I know it was last year, but it still stings.

Joyeful

I didn't enjoy this episode as much as everyone else. Mostly because of one pet peeve that I have: "deep" conversations in the middle of an action crisis. Laurel and Sara were slowly sharing their feelings over a bottle while there was a room full of hostages at gunpoint - really? NOW?! It happens all the time in TV, movies and it drives me crazy every time.

The best thing about this episode was Thea. She was amazing. And the last 30 seconds to me were more exciting and nerve-wracking than the entire episode. I feel awful about the fall-out that's gonna happen when Thea finds out that Oliver has more secrets than anyone. Poor Thea.

Joyeful

Chuck and Sarah on Chuck. Those two were one of the best couples I had ever seen on TV.