It was funny to me to see other reviews for last week’s premiere of HANNIBAL as they started popping up across the web. Every headline writer on the planet was going for the lowest possible denominator in humor to say that “HANNIBAL is a delicious treat” or “HANNIBAL devours the competition”, or “HANNIBAL leaves you hungry for more”. Har de freaking har. We all know that Hannibal is a cannibal and that cannibals have odd eating habits. We here at MWTVG like to set the bar higher for our readers and not insult their intelligence with such simplistic tripe. And just because of that, I will steer away from the food jokes on purpose. Take that, interwebz.
After taking a week to digest the greatness of the series premiere, the million dollar question becomes: can subsequent episodes of HANNIBAL live up to the precedent cooked up by the series premiere? Or will it merely be a generic regurgitation of all-too-familiar themes? Happy to report that the second episode has all the ingredients that made the first one great and adds a wonderful flavor to the series moving forward.
Fine, maybe I’ll stick to food jokes after all.
The second episode essentially picks up where the first left off with Will developing PTSD-like reactions to shooting and killing the murderer. He turns to Dr. Lecter as his psychiatrist to help him cope. Meanwhile, the FBI stumbles upon a separate case of somebody using diabetics to grow mushrooms by burying them alive.
Finding the mushroom garden was downright horrific, considering that one of the victims was still alive. Great scene overall. Jack Crawford (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) goes over to Hannibal Lecter’s house for dinner later in the episode and asks what he was cooking. “Loin” was the only response… hilarious!
We were also introduced to a new character who is an investigative journalist for a gossip website played by LARA JEAN CHOROSTECKI from CAMELOT. Hannibal called her “very rude” which I’m pretty sure will not pan out well for her in the long run.
As previously stated, this show is exactly what THE FOLLOWING should have been. I sincerely hope that this week shows a slight uptick in ratings from last week. If you are not watching it yet, you will probably not regret starting.