Hannibal’s ‘Shiizakana’ was directed by Michael Rymer. Writers were Jeff Vlaming and Bryan Fuller.
People are warned to use extreme caution when out at night. Someone has trained a bear and wolf to attack humans. Nothing connects the victims. All were seemingly picked at random. Only common elements are they were alone and isolated. Bodies displayed like gory scenes from a horror movie.
Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson) and Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams) are baffled. Who would train wild animals to kill? Besides the forensics doesn’t add up. Bite mark imprints match the extinct cave bear.
Peter Bernardone (Jeremy Davies) is a resident of Baltimore State Hospital. Will goes to him for expert advice. His statement man is the only creature that kills to kill is a light bulb moment. Someone in a beast suit is hunting prey. Randall Tier (Mark O’Brien) has an identity disorder. He believes he’s an animal born in a man’s body.
Hannibal’s perfect setup of Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza) tied everything together with a blood soaked bow of intestines. The FBI believes they have the Chesapeake Ripper in custody. He is free to continue his cat and mouse game. He’s noticed his puppet has changed. The betrayal, frame up and involuntary incarceration have created Dark Will.
Dr. Lecter’s highly unorthodox therapy allowed darkness to seep in. Clarity after encephalitis and going over the evidence gave Will greater insight into Hannibal. He can’t accuse him of being the Ripper again. People still think he’s unstable. Short of witnesses filming Hannibal in the act, Will has nothing to convince authorities. Has he abandoned the reckoning or simply biding his time?
The good: Will insisting Hannibal omit items rather than outright lie to him. Hannibal loves talking about Will wanting to kill him. He’s proud for pushing him beyond his boundaries. Will is now unpredictable. That makes him a more interesting and exciting partner in their relationship.
Best lines: I’m the guy who didn’t kill all those people. What’s your private carnage? What do you think about when you think about killing? Adapt. Evolve. Become. What sort of painful but effective treatment did you prescribe him? You must allow yourself to become intimate with your instincts.
The bad: Alarm bells went off about Hannibal’s patient list. To the psychiatric world he’s renowned for his success rate with complicated cases. Many psychopaths have sat across him. Everyone believes he cured them. He didn’t. He taught them how to control their instincts and pass for normal.
This confirms long held belief Hannibal sent that patient after Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). He calls in a favor and they’re happy to oblige. He kills them to guarantee they won’t talk or blackmail him. Did he resent sharing Dr. Du Maurier? Forcing her to retire would clear her schedule. She’s one of the rare intelligent people he considers his equal.
The ugly: What is Jack’s light bulb moment?