TV Club: Hannibal: Dolce

What a great episode of television.

I’ve enjoyed the third season of Hannibal, don’t get me wrong, but it had started to languish in its own propensity for artiness. It wasn’t something that had greatly bothered me until the giant jolt that was the balletic fight scene at the end of “Contorno.” That’s when it really hit: Those first four episodes were largely place-setting (this fact wasn’t hidden, it was just veiled in pretty imagery and mysterious dialogue) and the Hannibal-Jack fight was a necessary mechanism that kick-started the real action setpieces of the season. Things are happening, movement is being made. Now we’re getting somewhere. Bedelia had warned that threats Hannibal’s freedom were converging, and this episode certainly made good on that promise.

But now that’s Bedelia has been brought up, we need to talk about Bedelia, because what a performance …

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