Aaron Abrams, Billy Crystal, Bryan Fuller, Caroline Dhavernas, Cynthia Nixon, David Bowie, Gillian Anderson, Hannibal, Hannibal Lector, Hettienne Park, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen, Martin Donovan, Patrick Garrow, Raul Esparza, Ryan Field, Scott Thompson, Thomas Dolby, Thomas Harris, ZZ Top
Hannibal’s ‘Sakizuki’ was directed by Tim Hunter. Writers were Jeff Vlaming and Bryan Fuller.
The human mural had a flaw. A victim was still alive. People have been kidnapped, given a heroin overdose then arranged in a particular pattern. To make them timeless and perfect, the serial killer injected silicone into their bodies.
A man tears himself free. He makes it outside then must run for his life. The unnamed serial killer (Patrick Garrow) has returned.
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) gives an Oscar winning performance for Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas). Both are convinced he’s a broken man who desperately needs their help. He doesn’t know who he is anymore. With their assistance he can remember what really happened.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) makes a fateful decision regarding Hannibal. He has his hands full deceiving the FBI to respond initially. But he does take action. The before mentioned victim has been identified as Roland Umber (Ryan Field).
As the team examined his body, Dr. Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) tried passing along Will’s insight as her own and got busted. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) loudly voices his displeasure. But Katz is quickly let off the hook. She’s correct in that Jack would value anything Will said about this new case.
An unnamed psychiatrist (Martin Donovan) performs Crawford’s psych eval. Jack is surprisingly honest about how he feels. Nothing makes sense anymore. His gut is confused on the subject of Will Graham.
Kade Prurnell (Cynthia Nixon), a member of the FBI Oversight committee, tries to talk Will into taking a plea deal. She wants him to plead guilty to spare them embarrassment. One statement said might be of her opinion. She’s convinced he’s a killer that somehow infiltrated the bureau.
The good: Dr. Du Maurier visits Hannibal’s office. Dr. Lecter is part bloodhound. He figured out where a victim was kept by smelling them. Hannibal continues Will’s therapy. Banquet of disturbing images. Love the conversation in the silo. Hannibal was talking about himself and Jack. Will we be given a tour of Baltimore State Hospital? Mind games between Will and Hannibal.
Best lines: Hello. I love your work. If you’re missing a plastic couch slip cover, Hannibal used it to create a murder suit. And yes he looks marvelous! What is it about a sharp dressed man? Music on the brain. The first minute of the episode conjured the line ‘Ripping me apart’ from Thomas Dolby’s song Hyperactive.
The bad: Will knows Chilton is recording him. All those visits to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and no Raúl Esparza. Hannibal knows Katz is visiting Will.
The ugly: Preoccupied by S2 casting news. David Bowie, please say yes. You’d be perfect as Count Robert Lector. Hoping for two Hannibal twists. The character never died and he made Hannibal the man he is today. Family bonding over their first shared rude. Phone calls would tie the Bowie cult over until an onscreen appearance.