I’m not going to lie. Lately, I’ve felt like I’m running a bit thin on ways to say “watch Hannibal” or “this is one of the best shows on TV”. Normally, I don’t have much of a problem nitpicking shows. Even in my favorite shows, I’m normally able to pick out small issues or flaws, a missed line, or a small character inconsistency. When it comes to Hannibal, however, everything is just where it should be. Week after week the story continues upon this path that is unpredictable, yet you get that feeling of being led exactly where you should go.
“Yakimono” picks up basically right after last week’s episode. Miriam Lass has been found alive, and, with her being the only living link to the Ripper, Crawford takes extra care to protect her and get her help. Unfortunately for Jack Crawford, his true adversary is a right under his nose. Even with more and more people finally turning their attention to Dr. Lecter as a suspect, he just keeps on diverting those eyes and finding new ways to skew people’s suspicions.
The only person who remains intently aware of Dr. Lecter’s true nature is of course Will Graham, and now that he is finally cleared and back in the world of the living, it’s time to get some business done. Even though Lass was Crawford’s big hope of identifying the Chesapeake Ripper, she ended up being something of a downfall as well. I won’t spoil what happens precisely but let’s just say, due to Lass, Dr. Lecter is going to continue walking free.
I’m not sure exactly how Lass came to believe that Dr. Chilton was her captor, but I suppose being confined and malnourished for long periods of time would start to effect one’s memory and mental state. The way Dr. Lecter assists in bringing suspicion down on Chilton was downright brilliant and another testament to the shows unflinching brutality. The final scene of this episode was the highlight, however, and it contained no blood, merely words and minds competing. Hannibal continues to act like a well played game of chess, where all the players can manage to just keep up with one another. The idea of a stalemate isn’t too far off, either.
As Hannibal is swiftly streaming along to its second seasons finale, the question again is arising as to the future of the show. It seems to me that the writers would have planned ahead for the worst case scenario of this being the last season, but personally, like most fans, I want this show to continue be it on NBC or elsewhere. In fact, I am beginning to think that getting this show off of NBC may be exactly what it needs to find a larger audience. The show is too much of a genre piece, even for its late night slot. While I applaud the network for taking the chance on this show and not subjecting it to harsh rewrites, I can’t help but think of the full possibilities should this move to a cable channel. Of course, this is all speculation, but I hope we hear about the show’s future sooner rather than later. We all know what later was like last season and it was no bueno. I cannot wait for Friday’s new episode!