Hannibal “Tome-Wan” Review (2×12)

17 May

Hannibal - Season 2

“I am enchanted…and terrified.”

No other sentence sums up how I feel about this show as much as this one does. In quite possibly the most disturbing, graphic–even with the well-placed shadows–and darkly hilarious episode of the season, Hannibal takes us on a ride as it sets up what should be an explosive season finale.

Now, Will and Hannibal’s relationship is summed up by Hannibal’s discussion of Achilles and Patroclus, a story that involves the latter fighting for the former in the Trojan War, eventually getting himself killed out of his willingness to do the anything for the former; this eventually leads to Achilles’ death by, as the saying goes, the “Achilles Heel”, or essentially an arrow to the heel. It’s clear that Hannibal sees Will as Patroclus and himself as a a leader, a mentor, but it’s also clear that it isn’t as simple as that. For, Will’s trying to exploit Hannibal’s Achilles Heel, his “whimsy”, the very thing that, according to du Maurier, is “how he will be caught”.

Of course, she also touches on something else in her short, but excellent, return to the show (goodbye, Crisis! I hope that means more of her next season). She reveals that Hannibal persuaded her to kill her patient under the guise of self-defense, that she’s yet another person’s he’s tried to mold into a killer, another person like Randall Tier and Will Graham. du Maurier warns Will and Jack about this whole situation, stating that Hannibal might be more in control than they believe. Each side certainly has an element of confidence and carefulness, but each side also has an element of carelessness and underestimation. Who’s really calling the shots here? Are the fishermen really in control, or is it the doctor and cannibal?

That’ll be answered next week, but before we get there, the Verger storyline does have to come to a conclusion (for now). The relationship between Mason “I’m full of myself” Verger and Margot has always been paralleled with Will’s relationship with Hannibal, as made clear in “Tome-Wan”: Hannibal and Mason both want dependency, the former from Will and the latter from Margot. However, we also see Mason’s desires evaporate in one gruesome, horrifying, and hilarious scene in which he feeds his face to Will’s dogs and eats his own nose. It seems as if Will, who wanted to use Mason to catch Hannibal, is now starting to realize that this maniac needs to be eliminated, and so, what better way to do it then to completely flip some roles on their heads. Mason’s now completely dependent on Margot–for now–and it’s a small moment of satisfaction for someone who’s been through a hell of a lot.

As we move into the finale, we’re reminded of everything Will’s lost, everything that Hannibal’s taken away from him. “You don’t want me to have anything in my life that isn’t you.” It’s a sad, lyrical scene that emphasizes the driving force behind him, the desire to outthink and eventually kill Hannibal Lecter. He’s using his own persuasion now, and there’s only one way this can turn out:

In a sexy showdown In blood.



– “Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.”

-NBC, you are really pushing the envelope here. I’m fine with it, but once again, I shake my head at the disparity between gore and sex in terms of what you’re allowed to show to obtain a TV-14 rating.

-Bryan Fuller refers to this episode as the funniest they’ve done, and boy, are they right.

-Predictions for next week? Here are mine: Hannibal and Jack fight. Jack dies. Hannibal and Will get locked in a sexy embrace. Alana walks in on them. She joins the party. Jack comes back to life. Beverly returns and goes “I’m getting too old for this shit” before taking Vincent and flying away as explosions occur down below.

-Seriously, please don’t kill Alana off.

-One more left! I’m excited.

Photo credit: NBC, Hannibal

One Response to “Hannibal “Tome-Wan” Review (2×12)”

  1. Pop Eye May 17, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Great review, as always! And what a fantastic episode. As for my ‘Mizumono’ prediction: Hannibal will get away, Jack will live and Alana will die… by Will’s hands. Or maybe not. Well, whatever happens, I’m sure the episode will blow our minds.

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