Bryan Fuller

‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: “Naka-Choko”

Hannibal loves nothing more than a good visual metaphor, and this week’s brings two long-in-the-works developments together in a single soft-core sex scene. We have the tale of Margot and Mason Verger, in whose family drama Hannibal sees the opportunity for another protegé. And we have the moral deterioration of Will Graham, which now appears to be to season two what his psychological deterioration was to season one. Will reaches several points of no return in “Naka-Choko,” and his newfound kinship is underlined to us in bright red ink (literally) multiple times. Of course, none are more obvious than their intercut encounters with Alana and Margot. The “Will=Hannibal” imagery is there, but it also the relationship between Will and Hannibal supersedes any other on the show, no matter how intimate. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Su-zakana”

With four episodes to go until the Jack-Hannibal blowout this season’s opening scene promised, Hannibal has briefly opted to return to its status quo. “Su-zakana” hews the closest to the show’s first-season procedural format than any episode since Will was imprisoned. Our protagonist isn’t just out of prison: he’s back in the field, assisting Jack Crawford, and back in the patient’s chair, consulting with Hannibal. The case of the Chesapeake Ripper is temporarily solved, and Will’s entrapment of the real killer has moved from a high-speed chase to a slower-speed seduction. Conveniently, though, as soon as Will and Hannibal stop duking it out for real, they find a couple of foils—perfect for a proxy war. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: “Yakimono”

When it comes to the Chesapeake Ripper, apparently, the third time’s the charm. The FBI’s first investigation led them to Will Graham, freshly exonerated by the physical evidence from the latest Ripper crime scene. Its second gave us false hopes that Jack and company would finally land on Hannibal. But this week gave us a plot twist enough to make sure Hannibal and Jack won’t have that throwdown for at least another five episodes: Dr. Lecter still has a few tricks up his sleeve; now that he’s set Will free, he’s framed Dr. Chilton (and gone to considerable lengths to do so).  … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: “Mukozuke”

For a killer as shrewdly calculating as Hannibal Lecter, making a literal public display out of Beverly Katz seems…ill-advised. Hannibal hasn’t just stopped Bev from snooping around his basement house of horrors. He’s taken her kidneys, preserved her body, and mounted sections of it on slides like a nightmare version of a high school biology class. To top it all off, he even reuses an old crime scene and sends off an anonymous tip to the Hannibal-verse’s version of Rita Skeeter. Freddie Lounds is one of two recurring characters who shows back up on the scene in “Mukozuke.” The other, thank God, is Eddie Izzard. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: “Takiawase”

For a show that’s all about murder, Hannibal ponders the concept of a dignified, self-inflicted death exceptionally well. As is the nature of procedural crime shows, the M.O. of this week’s killer dovetails a little too nicely with the personal struggles of Jack Crawford. But the case of the beehive killer sheds light on more than Jack’s internal debate over whether he should accept his wife’s desire to die with dignity. It also gives us, by way of contrast, more insight into Hannibal, for whom the idea of killing for mercy is so alien he decides whether to let a cancer patient die via coin toss. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: “Hassun”

It’s do-or-die time for Will Graham, literally: our hero’s haunting dream of flipping the switch on his own electric chair shows he understands the stakes of his trial full well. So does Hannibal, leading to the conflict of interests I’m hoping will continue to define this season. Dr. Lecter doesn’t want to get caught; it’s why he set Will up in the first place. But in his own way, he seriously considers Will a friend, and that concern might well be what lands this series’ namesake cannibal behind bars. Hannibal can’t tear himself away from Will, even when it endangers his own freedom. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: “Sakizuke”

Have we seen the last of Bedelia du Maurier? “Sakizuke” gave us the most insight we’ve gotten yet (which is to say, not much) into just how much Gillian Anderson’s character knows about her patient. It’s still not clear just what happened during her attack or what Hannibal had to do with it. But just as Hannibal breaks into her home sporting a full-on murder suit, she wises up and skips town—or, as she would put it, “withdraws from social ties.” Which robs Will Graham of a potentially formidable ally. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Despite the fact that Haruki Murakami was favored to win with 2/1 odds, the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Apparently Lena Dunham’s literary agency is shopping around a proposal for her first book, and they’re hoping to land her a $1 million dollar deal — at the very least. Tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham, it will include “candid accounts of losing her virginity, trying to eat well… Read More

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