The season 2 premiere of NBC’s “Hannibal” was so strong it set a bar that seemed impossible to sustain for the rest of the season. No one would be surprised if the second episode was a let down. After all the premiere kicked off with a battle to the death between Hannibal and Jack Crawford. The second episode however was equal to the task, and now we have to consider if “Hannibal” is entering into a prime moment in its run.
The first season was uneven in parts, but most of that was due to the show’s look and feel. Now it’s all meshed together and humming. A good example was the entire scene from the second episode with Hannibal discovering the serial killer’s lair. First he was wearing an amazing rubber suit. It looked like Rubber by Armani. Just seeing Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal walking towards you in that outfit let’s you know he’s up to no good. He moved like a jackal in it.
Then the follow up was the pitch perfect line delivery by Mikkelsen as Hannibal regarded the display of bodies in the shape of an eye. As the serial killer came in to tend to his project Hannibal shouted down to him from the roof, “love your work”. It was that great mix of terror and word play that Anthony Hopkins had in “Silence of the Lambs”.
Mikkelsen has done the impossible in season two. He’s created a version of a beloved character that’s all his own, but still distinctly Hannibal Lector. The scene of him preparing “Leg” for dinner could turn anyone into a vegan.
Tonight’s all new episode, titled “Hassun”, focuses on Will Graham’s trial. However it seems that someone sent an ear to the FBI, and that indicates the real killer is still out there. Hannibal still wants the recognition for all of his handy work.
Also here’s the official definition of “Hassun” from Wikipedia.
Date: Friday, March 14th
Episode Title: Hassun
Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com