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Dr. Hannibal Lecter knows all about perfect pairings — a census taker’s liver and a nice chianti; Prof. Sogliato’s cranium and a freshly sharpened ice pick — and yet on this week’s installment of the NBC drama that bears his name, every pas de deux had me thinking “pas de don’t!”
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Will Graham going from a flirty phone conversation with his open-hearted wife to a bloody homicidal fantasy (or maybe “nightmare” is a better word choice)? Alana poking the world’s most dangerous bear from her side of the plexiglass partition? »
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 Great Red Dragon
I have something to confess, to those of you who have not already sussed it out: I am not a Brit. I am an American writing abroad, as it were, which may be my only excuse for the first half of this review. You’ve been warned.
You see, as an American, my exposure to Richard Armitage has been limited to what little of his work has crossed the pond and made itself easily accessible (thank you, BBC America), especially since my time living in England ended just as his star began to rise. Thus, short of his turns as Guy of Gisborne and Thorin, I haven’t had the opportunity to appreciate his skill as an actor.
And I enjoyed him a great deal in those roles. He’s »
“There is no name for what this man is.”
Well, here’s a horse of a different color. Hannibal has jumped ahead three years, upending its status quo even as it calls back repeatedly to its pilot. Jack recruits Will to rejoin the FBI, Will visits Hannibal seeking an expert consultant, and Will visits a blood-spattered house and slips into the murderer’s mind. The game’s the same, but the players have changed. And what a difference it makes. Will, brittle and twitchy as ever, has found peace and family with Molly and her 11-year-old son. Hannibal, stripped of dignity and freedom as a result of his ploy to remain close to Will, is bumping up against the limits of his memory palace while a bitter Alana chafes at Chilton’s company at the Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Directed by Neil Marshall
Airs Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC
The first half of Hannibal season three has drawn criticism from some (though not this critic) for its artistic, avant-garde approach to exploring the psychology and relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham. With “The Great Red Dragon”, the series opens a new chapter, returning to its stylistic roots and introducing a new key figure: Francis Dolarhyde. Fans of Thomas Harris’ work have been eagerly anticipating Dolarhyde’s debut and the start of the show’s Red Dragon arc/adaptation, and after this episode, it’s easy to see why. Being unfamiliar with Hannibal’s source material, this critic can’t speak to the faithfulness of showrunner Bryan Fuller and co.’s take on the character, but the glimpses shown here are certainly compelling. »
- Kate Kulzick
As a classical musician, I can’t help but be influenced in my interpretation of Hannibal by its amazing score and soundtrack, composed and compiled by music supervisor Brian Reitzell. This is not intended to be a definitive reading of Reitzell or showrunner Bryan Fuller’s intentions in regards to the music, but rather an exploration of how these choices affect my appreciation of the given episode. Read my review of “The Great Red Dragon” here.
Classical pieces featured:
This famous movement from Mozart’s solo motet, beautifully performed here by boy soprano Aiden Glenn (the piece was originally composed for a castrato), is a fitting choice to represent how Hannibal elects to experience his arrest and incarceration at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. »
- Kate Kulzick
Former "Firefly" star Morena Baccarin has hardly been wanting for work. Since that show she's popped up in regular roles on "Stargate Sg-1," "Heartland," "V" and "Homeland" with key guest starring spots on shows like "The Good Wife," "The Mentalist" and "The O.C.".
Next up she's playing the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, the dedicated physician who was a close friend of Bruce Wayne's parents, in Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham". Usually portrayed as an elderly woman and something of a surrogate mother figure to Bruce, here she's decidedly younger but just as brash.
In this version, she's working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane where James Gordon found himself transferred to in last few minutes of the mid-season finale. Speaking about her role in the show with IGN, she says:
"Basically she and Jim meet at Arkham Asylum where he winds up working after the last episode. »
- Garth Franklin
In a recent interview with IGN TV, Morena Baccarin talked in detail about joining the cast of the Batman prequel and teased a return to Central City in The Flash. Gotham's version of Dr. Leslie Thompkins is described as a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters. In The Flash, she voices Dr. Harrison Wells' A.I. assistant "Gideon". For much more from the actress, click below. On How Closely They're Sticking To The Source Material: They're not sticking too »
7 items from 2015
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