One of the many joys of NBC’s Hannibal is not getting caught up in the CSI like details of the crimes and the plot. Like most crime based shows on TV Hannibal relies on elaborate theatrical murder scenes. The crimes more often than not bring to mind works of art more rather than pure brutality. The show isn’t caught up with the minutia of how Hannibal Lector manages to fit so much work into one 24 hour period. Viewers are just asked to come along for the ride.
For instance last week’s episode of the show featured Hannibal killing and disemboweling two FBI agents. We could pick apart how that was possible, especially when the agents were on site to arrest Dr. Chilton. However the show isn’t about DNA evidence or explaining how Hannibal has super human abilities. The show is really about the twisted triangle between Jack Crawford, Will Graham, and Dr. Hannibal Lector.
Hannibal left evidence to influence Jack Crawford into thinking Chilton is the Chesapeake Ripper, and then the returned Miriam Lass shot Dr. Chilton in the head. We aren’t sure if Chilton is really dead (Silence of the Lambs fans will remember him as the “old friend” that Dr. Lector has dinner plans for at the end of the movie). What we do know is that Will Graham won’t be satisfied unless he exposes Hannibal for who he really is.
Will held a gun to Hannibal’s head, but couldn’t pull the trigger. Last week’s episode ended with Will returning to Hannibal’s office for another round of therapy. It seems Will is now ready to face Hannibal in the area of the Doctor’s choosing. Will wants to defeat Hannibal the person, even if it means more people will die by the hands of the Chesapeake Ripper in the process.
Tonight’s episode of Hannibal is titled Su-Zakana, and here is the show description from NBC.
Will helps investigate the case of a woman’s body found inside of a horse; Alana worries about Will’s intentions toward Hannibal; Will and Hannibal rush to protect a witness they believe to be in danger.
Here’s the definition of Su-Zakana from Wikipedia.
Su-zakana (酢肴?): a small dish used to clean the palate, such as vegetables in vinegar; vinegared appetizer.
Date: Friday, April 18th
Episode Title: Su-Zakana
Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com