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I have always found this moment in Aperitivo compelling.  Will is unusually and painfully vulnerable with Jack.  And, as expected, in order to achieve this level of honesty with Jack, Will must avert his eyes.

Intriguingly, the moment which should lead the audience to a full understanding of Will’s confession is cut: the landing of Will’s middle-distant stare.  Had we seen Will lower his eyes, we would have inferred shame – or something like.  Had we seen him immediately return his gaze to his work, we would have understood that the confession was merely a statement of fact.  And had we seen Will turn to look at Jack, we would have seen Will looking for acceptance or even forgiveness.

As the scene stands, the camera cuts from Will’s face immediately before we see his gaze land.  It is an unrequited moment for the audience.  Not being certain of Will’s intention has always made me uncomfortable and curious, and, ultimately, envious of Bryan’s mastery of storytelling.

[This article is peppered with misspellings and grammatical errors.  I got tired of adding “[sic]” to every one – if you see it and it’s wrong, it was “published” that way.]

CHESAPEAK RIPPER RIPS AGAIN

It appears that the Chesapeak Ripper has struck again.  His latest victim, Dr. Paul Carruthers, prominent Baltimore psychologist was found earlier today.  A gruesome slaying, that appeared to have caused the victim great physical distress, can only be the work of the so-called Chesapeak Ripper, recently escaped from prison.  The nature of the wounds seem to be sending a strong message to law enforcement, particularily Agent Jack Crawford of the FBI.  Local law enforcement and the FBI were not available for comment.  This reporter is continuing to investigate and will bring you updates as they become available.

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HOW THE RIPPER RIPS:
AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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Something terrible lurks within the walls of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.  Though many inmates at this Maximum Security “rehabilitation campus” boast some of the most horrific homicides on the Eastern Seaboard, one man has recently emerged as a different kind of killer.  His name is Dr. Abel Gideon.  And strong evidence has surfaced that he’s far more than a mild-mannered surgeon who cruelly murdered his wife.  maybe, just maybe, Gideon is the most sought after serial killer at large – a killer who’s eluded the FBI for years and has baffled their most “gifted” profilers.  That serial killer?  None other than the “Chesapeake Ripper.”  This would explain why the Ripper’s been silent for  more than two years.

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Florida Teacher Who Mocked Looks, Brains Of His Students Now On Firing Line.

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IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

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The FBI isn’t just hunting psychopaths, they’re head-hunting them, too, offering competitive pay and benefits in the hopes of using one demented mind to catch another.  Sure, we’re familiar with the stereotype of the FBI profiler, swaggering onto a crime scene, fitting the pieces together like a master puzzler with his 1000-piece jigsaw.  In reality, these profilers should be likened to harridans reading a cup of spent tealeaves – passing off their active imagination as incisive fact.

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[W]hen one … meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, … the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and one will not be out of the other’s sight, … even for a moment: these are the people who pass their whole lives together, and yet they could not explain what they desire of one another. For the intense yearning which each of them has towards the other does not appear to be the desire of lover’s intercourse, but of something else which the soul of either evidently desires and cannot tell, and of which she has only a dark and doubtful presentiment. … [H]uman nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love.”  – Aristophane’s Speech in Plato’s,  Symposium

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wheel

A quick and dirty history of the wheel of fortune:

(This is by no means a comprehensive look at the topic.)

Boethius

While the precursor to the Wheel of Fortune appears in Pre-Christian civilization, the concept that has been popularly perpetuated is that of 6th century Roman philosopher, Boethius in his The Consolation of Philosophy:

“I know how Fortune is ever most friendly and alluring to those whom she strives to deceive, until she overwhelms them with grief beyond bearing, by deserting them when least expected. … Are you trying to stay the force of her turning wheel? Ah! Dull-witted mortal, if Fortune begin to stay still, she is no longer fortune.”

The Carmina Burana

This illustration from the Carmina Burana (c. 1230) gives a visual illustration of the wheel, showing the goddess Fortuna at the center of the wheel and depicts at the outside of the wheel, as the wheel turns clockwise, the rise and fall of a sovereign.

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Several of the poems of the Carmina Burana address the wheel of fortune, most notably for our purposes here:

The wheel of fortune spins:
One man is abased by its descent,
The other is carried aloft;
All too exalted sits the king at the top –
Let him beware ruin!
(No. 16, Fortune plango vulnera)

Fate, as vicious as capricious,
You’re a wheel whirling around:
Evil doings, worthless wooings,
Crumble away to the ground:
Darkly stealing, unrevealing,
Working against me you go;
For your measure of foul pleasure
Bare-backed i bow to your blow
(No. 17, O Fortuna)

The Medieval Wheel of Fortune is typically labelled “I shall reign” (regnabo) at the left, “I reign” (regno) at the top, “I have reigned” (regnavi) at the right and “I am without a kingdom”(sum sine regno) at the bottom.  As the wheel turns clockwise – spun at the pleasure of Fortune – man cycles through the stages of fortune from good to bad to good once again.

Dante’s Inferno

In keeping with Season 3’s theme of Dante’s Inferno, Fortune and her wheel also put in an appearance in Dante’s fourth level of Hell (reserved for the punishment of avarice – both the hoarding and over-spending of wealth). While she authors men’s fate, she remains unaffected by the task, indeed, even “rejoicing in her bliss”:

“Your wisdom cannot withstand her: she foresees, judges, and pursues her reign, as theirs the other gods. her changes know no truce. Necessity compels her to be swift, so fast do men come to their turns. This is she who is much reviled even by those who ought to praise her, but do wrongfully blame her and defame her. But she is blest and does not hear it. Happy with the other primal creatures she turns her sphere and rejoices in her bliss.“
(Inferno, VII.85-96).

The Wheel of Fortune in Contorno

We are first introduced to the image of the wheel in Antipasto while Hannibal and Dimmond are appropriately discussing “what fate befell Dr. Fell.” (35:42)  If we transmute the literal breaking wheel at the Palazzo Capponi to the metaphoric Wheel of Fortune, Hannibal and Dimmond are indeed discussing not only the literal circumstance of Dr. Fell’s demise, but also his fall from the Wheel position “I reign” to the unenviable position “I am without a kingdom” that inevitably accompanies death.  (It must be noted that the breaking wheel itself is a sort of wheel of fortune of a different ilk.)

Bringing the Wheel of Fortune closer to home, the fight scene at the end of Contorno begins with Hannibal at the top of our metaphoric Wheel, the Palazzo Capponi, looking down at Jack who is positioned at the bottom of the Wheel.  There can be no argument that in this moment, Hannibal – having successfully wounded everyone he loves and secured a life of elegance, academia and murder in Florence – reigns and that Jack – having lost everything and everyone he loves – is without a kingdom.

Immediately prior to Jack’s final blow to Hannibal, he spins the Wheel clockwise, (41:11) both acts set into motion the fall that plummets Hannibal from “I reign” to “I am without a kingdom” and the retribution that sets Jack to rights by returning him to an emotional and moral reign.  This exchange of status is symbolized by Jack’s and Hannibal’s diametrically opposed physical location from the beginning of the scene to the end of the fight.

(It is important, I think, to note that Jack is not acting as Fortune in his spinning of the Wheel as he cannot be both the source and the subject of his change in status.  Rather, Jack is giving us a visual demonstration of the capriciousness of Fortune’s Wheel.)

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You are doubtless familiar with Carl Orff’s musical interpretation of the Carmina Burana.  for fun, here are links to O Fortuna and Fortune Plango Vulnera quoted above.

All y’all old-school Peakies must have had the exact same deja vu I did and squealed with delight.

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I’m not exaggerating… I had nightmares for weeks!  Anyway… there’s simply no way this could be an accident.  Check it out:

“Hannibal is one of the most unsettling, visually distinct shows to air on network television since Twin Peaks. If this wasn’t enough, series creator Bryan Fuller hasoutright said that he’s doing Thomas Harris by way of David Lynch: “When I sat down to the script, I was very consciously saying, ’What would David Lynch do with a Hannibal Lecter character? What sort of strange, unexpected places would he take this world?’ I’m a great admirer of his work and his aesthetic and his meticulous sound design. Those were all components that I felt very strongly needed to be part of our Hannibal Lecter story.”

Hannibal offers up messed up dreams that last longer (entire acts, even) than anything that ever plagued Special Agent Cooper. Will Graham’s mind palace feels like the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks more than it doesn’t, but in a more terrifying way; like it’s spilling out into the world around it, and the result is serial killers that operate in a hyper stylized Black Lodge logic where victims are turned into saber tooth tigers or totem poles. The nightmare stag visuals that constantly haunt Will are no different than the Killer Bob material of Peaks or diversions like following an owl or wormholing into something.

The opening of Twin Peaks that starts on the tiny holes of a ceiling panel is akin to Hannibal’s following a close up on a drip of wine and slowly pulling out. Or how the show’s haunted sound design is especially reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti’s for Peaks, and built to pull out tension. Hannibal is more preoccupied with the tone and style of Lynch’s series than the content. Fuller specifically has visionary directors on his staff (and even hides countless cinematic references throughout his episodes) like David Slade and Vincenzo Natali that assure that this is the closest looking series to Twin Peaks.

It will be interesting to see how future television shows will also heavily steep their programs in Twin Peaks’ ways, and how Bates Motel and Hannibal will continue to pay respect to their progenitor. And with the 25th anniversary here, and more episodes on the horizon, hopefully now the largest audience yet will understand what the humble, weird show that’s being referenced is.

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