A Taste of Hannibal: Ep. 209 Shiizakana (4/25/14)

The title of this episode, "Shiizakana," refers to one of the main dishes in a traditional Japanese feast. Typically a substantial dish served in a hotpot, this main course is known to be brimming with blended flavors and textures. The episode of Hannibal airing Friday, April 25th, will certainly satisfy any cravings you might have for a substantial meal, especially if you've a taste for wild game.

There's an animalistic killer on the loose, an inventive murderer to rank with the worst of them. It'll take the combined psyche of Jack (Laurence Fishburne), Will (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal himself (Mads Mikkelsen) to even imagine who might be eviscerating those incautious enough to get caught outside. There are plenty of claw marks and forensic trace evidence to feast on and of course it's always good to see the boys back on the case together.

But let's remember that helping the FBI catch killers is a sideline business for Dr. Lecter. All those imported exotic spices, sheets of harpsichord music and Hermes ties don't come cheap, so of course well-heeled, maladjusted new patients are always welcome. Hannibal's penchant for manipulating people is one of the reasons he put out his shingle in the first place - and his newest patient is just too much of a temptation not to let him exercise his blood lust. Let's just say doctor-patient privilege is a perilous proposition when all parties involved have psychopathic tendencies.

Our hero, Will, continues to strengthen his grip on life outside the asylum. Even Jack seems to be granting him more and more credibility. Perhaps Hannibal's psychotherapy is working. Could it be time for Will to try to beat the cannibal at his own game? Naturally, the odds would favor the veteran serial killer, but a longshot bet on Will Graham just might pay off.

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