Hannibal – Season 2 Episode 10 – Naka-Choko – Review

This episode was directed by Vincenzo Natali

Synopsis: The episode begins with Will killing Randall (the main killer from last episode) and thinking about Hannibal whilst doing so. In the last episode, Hannibal sent Randall to kill Will but was unsuccessful. This is followed by Will telling Hannibal that they are now even; Will has sent someone to kill Hannibal in the past and vice versa. Will says he has never felt so alive than when killing Randall.

We also gain insight into the life of Margo and her brother Mason (Michael Pitt) in this episode. They lead a very affluent lifestyle, and Mason has a rather unhealthy interest in pigs – more importantly using the pigs for inflicting harm. He is also introduced to Hannibal for the first time.

Journalist Freddie states that Will was right about Hannibal, and makes her views known to Alana. Meanwhile, Will and Margo have gotten closer this episode as a result of their common ground – Hannibal Lecter.

This episode seems to ramp up the action from last week, with the clear goal of concluding this season on the horizon. This is the first time I have seen some familiar territory regarding storylines – Mason and his pigs are reminiscent of the film Hannibal (2001). Gary Oldman portrayed Mason Verger in this movie originally. However, I won’t spoil what happened in the movie.

Will is going to some very dark places yet again, and his interesting relationship with Hannibal continues to develop like never before.

By Robert Spence

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