I think what surprised me the most about this episode is the lack of urgency surrounding Ardiles' murder and the fact that the gang is being surveilled. Jane didn't seem concerned, Lisbon wasn't pressing it...that was confusing to me. I like Abbott more and more each episode. Re the gifts - I don't think he hacked their files - Jane can barely use a computer. My theory is that he's talked to people in their past - family members or something - that told them about their childhood.
I honestly don't think Grimm's in any danger. It's very steady on Friday nights. As far as NBC's concerned, I'd more concerned about Hannibal than Grimm. I'm really hoping the Mentalist doesn't get cancelled - I'd love just one more season to see what happens with Lisbon and Jane.
That does clear it up in my murky brain - thanks! Though it was still really convenient that they contacted Elena in time to save Beckett's life...
The emotional weight and intensity of this episode was fantastic, and the acting was great throughout. Well done by the cast. However, the story - while well executed - didn't make any sense to me. I mean, the only theory that makes any sense to me is that Bracken arranged this whole thing from the beginning, JUST to "save" Beckett's life and call it even, but that's not how anyone on the show saw it. I mean, Elena supposedly wanted out, only to be back in just in time to save Beckett's life. Elena tried to commit suicide to avoid the meet, only to escape custody to go save Beckett. Did Elena not know that there was no meet, OR was the whole plan for Beckett (the only young woman in the entire NYPD to speak fluent Russian) to be kidnapped in the first place? And if none of the folks knew who Elena was and were going to hire her as an assassin, how did she - so quickly - end up working for Lazarus to save Beckett's life? I don't know. Maybe I'm just tired. But that whole story was a mess. Emotional and intense, yes, but still messy. Sorry. I welcome any clarification.
This was a great review - really tied it all together. Can I let off some steam though, please? Never has a show simultaneously angered the hell out of me and moved me as How I Met Your Mother. On the one hand - as far as the characters are concerned, my heart seriously hurts for Ted, knowing how long he waited to find "the one" only for it all to seemingly end in tragedy. Josh Radnor really nailed the emotion - I almost cried with him. On the other hand - Carter and Bays are JERKS. I'm so angry. Seriously, the whole point of the show was a man going through the ringer to find his happy ending. And this twist only leaves us with two possibilities: 1. The mother dies - meaning the whole point of the show has been ridiculously rescinded to Ted's heartbreak after building false hope for 9 bloody years. It's an intentional shot to the heart with no lesson, consequence, meaning or stakes. It feels cheap and made me feel used for the last 9 years. 2. There's gonna be a cop-out or a misdirect - which is even more enraging. You can't elicit that kind of emotion just for kicks. (sigh) I'm sorry. Carry on.
Great review! I totally agree that the whole Nick/Monroe friendship imbalance wasn't properly addressed. I loved how wonderfully awkward the dinner was at the end.
Looking forward to its return! Also, isn't that Richard Haibach on the screen in Picture 11?
Also - can we talk about Lecter's black sense of humour?! Jack: I can't place the fish.Hannibal: He was a flounder. Honestly...
Thanks for your post - your comments are very insightful. I think it's hard for me to wrap my head around her insecurities because the writers went out of their way to write that quality out of her character after season 1. Season 1 Pam was definitely insecure and needed people to like her. Over the course of the show, though, they changed her from that person to someone who was confident, self-assured and totally badass.So you may be on to something - perhaps the drugs are making her that way, or reverting her back to old Pam?
Awesome review of an amazing season premiere. I thought it was interesting that Beverly Katz still went to Will for help despite everything that was going down in the FBI, and what she believed the evidence to show of Will.. I think Beverly represented the mindset that Hannibal described of Will (and somewhat of himself) - believing that his mind is grotesque but yet seeing its use. There was something about the last scene with Dr du Maurier that absolutely gave me the shivers. We all know that Hannibal is a cold manipulative psychopath, but we usually see him hiding behind that veneer of normalcy. It's not often he shows his face like he did with the good doctor right there, and WOW. I bow to Mads Mikkelsen - that was just absolutely brilliantly played.
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