Wednesday, May 7, 2014

040: Hannibal 2x10 "Naka-Choko" - Theremins, Harpsichords, Glass Harmonicai

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) HANNIBAL 2x10, as well as spoilers for the novels Red Dragon and Hannibal.

In this episode:

  • Discussion of Hannibal 2x10 "Naka-Choko," including the so sexy, so confusing 2-way-by-2-way-which-turned-into-a-3-or-4-way-and-then-somehow-became-a-5-way-except-not-since-the-wendigo-represents-Hannibal-but-kind-of? ...What the fuck, Bryan Fuller.
  • Mason and Margot: model siblings.
  • Here's the Hannibal meta from Tumblr user dignityisforotherpeople, concerning the parallels between Margot and Will's backstories and how they might factor into their relationship.
  • So what DID happen to Freddie? (Featured above is Ian's current headcanon.)
  • How long before we start to see the whole story, and not just the version of the truth we're seeing now?
  • No one is going to be happy at the end of this season. Not Will, not Alana, not Hannibal.
  • Here is the Wiki article on Franz Mesmer, the inspiration for the term mesmerize. Witness how bad I am at recalling history! EDIT: Also, listening back to the episode--in my excitement to bring in Dr. Mesmer, I didn't actually say "Dr. Mesmer would play the glass harmonica for his patients." Which was the whole point of bringing him up, and why the glass harmonica is often associated with being a "psychological" instrument, as evident from its use in...
  • The Mad Scene from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor, featuring glass harmonica. The improvisation and echo I mentioned on the podcast begins around 10:11.
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • 10:05 - Let’s just take a moment to reflect on how upsetting the use of the word “tore” is here. Like why. I get that we like cherrypicking lines from the books and all, but fucking why.
    • 38:10 - You say “we’ve had some awkward dinner conversations” and for a second I forgot you were going to say “on this show” and my brain immediately went to “yeah, we have had some awkward dinner conversations. Like remember that loud conversation about whether or not having sex on top of a dead body would count as a necrophiliac threesome? Or about how squid-people were the future of intelligent life on earth and somebody posted the whole thing on Facebook like ‘what is wrong with these people?’”
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts III-IV)" - Pink Floyd | YouTube | iTunes |
(Header image drawn by me, Ian. I imagine them holed up in a bunker somewhere getting sick of each other as they wait for word from Will or Crawford. It's much more pleasant to imagine than the alternative.)

1 comment:

  1. Catching up on this episode of the podcast only now, having fallen behind on various TV-related things last week.

    Fio: "I'm sure they won't get any more blatant with Mason Verger..."
    Me, having seen last night's episode: Ahahahaha...*muffled sobs*

    How did Mason Verger get SO MUCH WORSE?!