In the opening scene to ‘Kaiseki’ there’s a completely wicked, enduring rumble between Jack Crawford and Hannibal Lecter. The aesthetics are gorgeous, the fight simultaneously unruly and nimble. I was transfixed. If this any indication of the intensity, consideration and attention to detail paid to Season 2 of Hannibal by le creative team, I'm being serious when I say this, we are going to need each other to get through it.
This episode was the missing puzzle piece you find on the floor just when you’re done with the puzzle and have persuaded yourself to accept the small hole in the sky. I must have said “Ohh!” three or four times when watching this episode. It answered so many questions I didn’t even know were questions and, of course, the actual question I had totally forgotten about: “How did the laptop get to Ordos?”
It’s important to remember that a lot of ‘The Fox and the Wolf’ requires a certain amount of oversight. It’s the sort of episode that doesn’t pay attention to historical detail, and throws the repercussions of certain actions to the wind. It’s all fine though, when you remember the nature of this show, and see how well a creative licence serves it at a time when exposition is the name of the game.
by Mark Greig
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back from its month long hiatus almost as strong as when we last saw it. ‘T.A.H.I.T.I.’ wasn’t as much fun as 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' was, with Skye’s life hanging by a thread there wasn’t much room for levity, but it compensated for that with a serious amount of Bill Paxton. Who doesn’t love a bit of Bill Paxton? Game over, man! Game over!
We were treated to another slow but thoroughly enjoyable episode. This week it was the Beth and Daryl show in our ongoing who is where series.
by Mark Greig
As you can no doubt gather from the unimaginative title, this was Lost Girl’s take on the Billy Murray classic. Not only that, it was also the show’s first full blown Christmas episode (it originally aired in Canada over the festive period).