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Hannibal, Ep. 3.08, “The Great Red Dragon”: Armitage is gripping, physical as Dolarhyde

25 July 2015 8:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 8, “The Great Red Dragon

Written by Nick Antosca and Steve Lightfoot & Bryan Fuller

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

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Hannibal, Ep. 3.07, “Digestivo” provides gruesome, satisfying closure

18 July 2015 8:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 7, “Digestivo”

Written by Steve Lightfoot and Bryan Fuller

Directed by Adam Kane

Airs Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC

From its very first episode, Hannibal has had to contend with a certain element of dramatic irony. One needn’t be a cinephile or fan of Thomas Harris’ novels to know of Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal the Cannibal, and for the name to immediately conjure the image of Anthony Hopkins locked in a cell, or wearing a straightjacket and strapped to a gurney. It feels safe to say that everyone watching the series Hannibal knows that at some point, barring a complete break from the source material, Hannibal Lecter will end up in police custody. With “Digestivo”, Bryan Fuller and company finally bring this moment to pass, catching up to the lesser informed segment of the audience—those only peripherally familiar with Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs—and doing so in style. »

- Kate Kulzick

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Kcc: Reitzell embraces distortion, homage in standout score to Hannibal, Ep. 3.05, “Contorno”

3 July 2015 7:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kate’s Classical Corner: Hannibal, Ep. 3.05, “Contorno”

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 “Contorno” here.

Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333, III. Allegretto grazioso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1784): Hannibal plays the piano

Both of the classical pieces featured in this episode were presumably chosen as direct references to other works, the first of which is Thomas HarrisHannibal, in which Hannibal plays this Mozart Sonata on a harpsichord. The particular performance of the piece used is lovely and fluid, though this makes the shots »

- Kate Kulzick

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Hannibal, Ep. 3.05, “Contorno” is disjointed, but immensely entertaining

3 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 5, “Contorno”

Written by Tom de Ville and Bryan Fuller & Steve Lightfoot

Directed by Guillermo Navarro

Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC

In my review of “Aperitivo”, I called for Hannibal to find a sweet spot between the slow-moving introspection of “Secondo” and plot-heavy momentum of “Aperitivo”. “Contorno” does just that, though not in the way expected. The first half of the episode crawls (particularly the scenes with Will and Chiyoh), dragging its feet to prevent the characters from intersecting, before the second half throws this concern out the window and sprints forward, bringing first Pazzi and Hannibal, then Hannibal and Alana, and finally Jack and Hannibal together in memorable and electrifying exchanges. One can almost see showrunner Bryan Fuller reach his limit with angsty, mini-Hannibal Will and decide to chuck him off the train rather than write one more doom-laden conversation between him and Chiyoh. »

- Kate Kulzick

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Secondo': The first silence of the lambs?

18 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I don't require conventional reinforcement... "Our minds concoct all kinds of fantasies when we don't want to believe something." -Will As "Hannibal" has drifted deeper and deeper into dream logic over the course of the last couple of seasons, I've seen some understandable complaints from people who preferred the slightly more coherent form the show took in its first season-plus. The show is definitely much less interested in plot or clarity than it used to be, and there are times it plunges so deep into Will's head that it feels like we're never going to find our way out of it. I've gone willingly into this stranger phase of the series, in part because it's encouraged some of the show's most memorable scenes and images — like Hannibal's Broken Hart (aka Stagenstein) last week — in part because it feels »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Hannibal' presents its freakiest, most disturbing imagery yet

11 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I defy God, which is my idea of a good time... "God's not who I came here to find." -Will We need to talk about the deer man, okay? Two-plus seasons into "Hannibal," I thought I had mentally prepared myself for whatever crazy visions this show wanted to put in front of me. I thought I would be some combination impressed, amused, and horrified, but that I would ultimately take it in stride as just being part of this weird and beautiful show. I thought I was ready for anything. I was wrong.  The deer man(*) is the freakiest goddamn image that Bryan Fuller and company (here including co-writer Jeff Vlaming and, again, Vincenzo Natali) have given us to date. Worse than the mushroom people, or the tree man, or the human apiaries. That image is the one I »

- Alan Sepinwall

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