A treat of an episode filled with guest stars Katherine Isabelle, Jeremy Davies, and Chris Diamantopoulos. We spend the first ten minutes discussing the character of Margot Verger and the differences between the books, movies, and this series, and Bryan Fuller's versions of a character that was a bit of a stereotype in Thomas Harris' work. Beyond that we get the strangest killer of the week scenario involving a horse and womb.
All on this episode of Eat The Rudecast, an unauthorized podcast about NBC's Hannibal, and the works of Thomas Harris.
Just FYI, Hannibal/Alana is most often called Hannibloom in fandom 🙂
Heheh, thanks for letting us know! 🙂
I wouldn’t say I regularly agree with Slate’s media criticism, but my anecdotal observation agrees with theirs: TV lesbians tend to be feminine rather than butch. I can take some gratification in them pandering to my tastes* and I can understand that Fuller wanted to avoid the notion that abuse had transformed Margot, but I’m not going to congratulate the show for taking what appears to be a relatively conventional approach.
*Likewise, I can enjoy the fantasy sequence from “American Mary” out of context as pandering to my puerile side, but in context I don’t think it has any reason to exist.
My impression had been that Margot’s arm was broken after she attempted to kill Mason. I could have sworn that was made explicit, but maybe I just assumed that it would be difficult to make a murder attempt with one arm incapacitated.
I liked the way the first season blended together killer-of-the-week episodes with serialized storylines. They are law enforcement, they’re going to deal with that (The Shield did a particularly good job of cold cases popping back up at unpredictable times). But after spending so many episodes focused on a serialized story, the transition in this episode felt awkward.
I was irritated that Hannibal was showing up at an investigation shortly after he told Jack he was done with it. Particularly since it never made sense to invite Hannibal, who has no FBI affiliation or any known background/screening for this, at the beginning of the season. I might have mentioned before that I had been hoping before this season that we’d see Alana fulfill more of that role, since Will himself claims that Bloom and “Heimlich at Harvard” do basically the same thing as him. Here we got a small bit of her helping in an investigation, but it was still too little for my taste.
What? No mention of Jeremy Davies’ role in Justified?