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"Your quarter doesn't buy you a handful of food for the billy goat. It buys the forgiveness of all the billy goats you are unable to feed" #HannibalAtTheZoo (SLT)
posted by FirstMateKate (49 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
If I were to comment on this, I would only be commenting on myself.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:38 AM on July 9


We take the sum of all our hidden fears and rage and call it a psyche. And according to this display, we call a group of owls a parliament.
Okay, I'm sold.
posted by Etrigan at 11:41 AM on July 9 [8 favorites]


Fantastic!
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:42 AM on July 9


Zoos aren't existential enough?
posted by Benny Andajetz at 11:42 AM on July 9


These geese mate for life, ensuring that even as they succumb to madness and sin, they bring with them a sympathetic confessor.

Oh, Hannibal, geese are born in madness and sin, there is no succumbing. There is only angry hissing and copious pooping.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:43 AM on July 9 [10 favorites]


Well there's that Swan painting in his dining room for one...
posted by The Whelk at 11:44 AM on July 9 [1 favorite]


Says you. Once NBC caught on to how filthy that painting is, they've blurred it out so badly you can barely tell it's a swan!

I will never stop laughing at how long it took them to figure that out.
posted by Stacey at 11:54 AM on July 9 [2 favorites]


Or how S&P was all " hmm, flayed open corpses? Could you put a little more blood to hide the ass crack? Super!"

I have no idea how that show keeps making it to air.
posted by The Whelk at 12:01 PM on July 9 [5 favorites]


Once NBC caught on to how filthy that painting is, they've blurred it out so badly you can barely tell it's a swan!

Thank you! We are finally bingewatching season 2 and I thought my eyes were going, because I knew/thought that the painting was quite clear in previous episodes.
posted by acanthous at 12:11 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


I have never seen Hannibal, or watched Silence of the Lambs, or seen any other Hannibal Lecter movies or read the books, but I think this is wonderful, and it makes me think there might be something I'm missing out on.
posted by JHarris at 12:12 PM on July 9 [2 favorites]


I'm so glad this account hasn't petered out. These are just pitch-perfect.
posted by figurant at 12:12 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


Well there's that Swan painting in his dining room for one...

Uh-oh. Is it another rendition of Leda And The Swan?

Once for a class an essay was due in time for a test that I spaced on the time for, and additionally ended up arriving just in time for the end of instead of the beginning. (Sorry, Dr. Sanders.) The professor was gracious enough to let me have a bit more time, so I ran to the library in a panic and spend a couple of hours of furious writing. What to write about? Well, what have we covered that had the most impact? Ah! I was freaked the hell out by Leda And The Swan! I wrote on that.

I ended up with an A, and he actually called it "quite a fine paper." I think I actually beamed.
posted by JHarris at 12:17 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


Not only is it Leda and the Swan it's a FAMOUSLY MISSING painting by Boucher of which we only have copies, so the idea that Lecter just has it on his freaking wall is wonderful.

If nothing else the show rewards obsessive fan attetenion cause it's made by obsessive fans.
posted by The Whelk at 12:19 PM on July 9 [11 favorites]


Metafilter: angry hissing and copious pooping
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 12:25 PM on July 9 [4 favorites]


I am in love with this twitter so hard.
posted by strixus at 12:30 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


The DVD special feature should be Mads reading a select few of these aloud in that Lithuanian by way of Mars accent he employs for Lecter.
posted by The Whelk at 12:36 PM on July 9 [6 favorites]


Every act of creation is also an act of negation. A murder. I am reminded of this as I watch the zebra urinate.

This is exactly the kind of account I miss the most after leaving Twitter. It also reminds me that I need to get around to actually watching the TV series. I'm missing out on those legendary Hannibal lectures. It sounds to me like the show will be worth it for those alone.
posted by quiet earth at 12:56 PM on July 9


It's kind of telling that in a show with magical realism flights of grand gigoul horror the creepiest things are usually just Lecter sitting in a chair and talking to someone.

"Hello and welcome to my paper on autophagic religious rituals. I am Dr. Hannibal Lecter and this is my cannibal lecture."
posted by The Whelk at 1:02 PM on July 9 [4 favorites]


(also not giving anything away but a plot point in season two is someone finally noticing WAIT WHO THE HELL TALKS LIKES THAT.)
posted by The Whelk at 1:03 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


The best part about this account, for me, is imagining Lecter at the zoo, surrounded by sticky screaming children.
posted by dogheart at 1:14 PM on July 9 [2 favorites]


IT RHYMES! WAKE UP SHEEPLE! IT RHYMES!
posted by Justinian at 1:15 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


These are really fantastic.

I am hoping that season three will be all about a globetrotting Hannibal Lecter providing therapy to a different celebrity-as-fictional-version-of-themself each episode, if only because the Werner Herzog episode would be the greatest meeting of laconic, existential fatalism in television history.
posted by cortex at 1:17 PM on July 9 [5 favorites]


Haha... this is the swan painting
posted by Flashman at 1:54 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


Hannibal Lecter is the Tony Stark of liberal arts.
posted by bfranklin at 2:49 PM on July 9 [6 favorites]


A new excuse for a Hannibal thread?! We're back, baby!!!

Seriously though, this is amazing. I found myself reading some of these in Werner Herzog's voice in my head, and now seeing Cortex comment, I think Hannibal & Herzog is just such a splendid idea.

The best part about this account, for me, is imagining Lecter at the zoo, surrounded by sticky screaming children

Maybe something shot in the style of Wes Anderson, Hannibal center frame in front of an animal enclosure Hannibal delivering lines into camera as kids running back and forth,
...or maybe Just get Werner Herzog to shoot it...
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 4:23 PM on July 9 [4 favorites]


The best part about this account, for me, is imagining Lecter at the zoo, surrounded by sticky screaming children

The word you're looking for is veal.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:28 PM on July 9 [3 favorites]


I imagine Hannibal saying these things to the perky teen tour guide whose smile just gets tighter and eyes wider and crazier as the zoo tour goes on.
posted by The Whelk at 4:28 PM on July 9 [6 favorites]


I imagine Bedelia there with him, eating popcorn with a smirk as he freaks out the squares.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:26 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]


She then, of course, sends a covert message to to the FBI cause she's a DOUBLE AGENT.

I have a lot emotionally riding on Bedelia being Seekrit Agent.
posted by The Whelk at 5:36 PM on July 9 [2 favorites]


Bedelia is a triple agent at this point, quadruple maybe.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:39 PM on July 9


She's gonna tear off that mask in season five and reveal, with a florish of bonnet, the truth she's been hiding in plain site all along: she's Amelia Bedilia.
posted by cortex at 6:20 PM on July 9 [3 favorites]




Still my favorite.

I can't believe that wasn't retweeted from the Herzog Goes to the Zoo blog.

The crossover is, as many have noted, uncanny. Or uncannibal....
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:38 AM on July 10


From the NY Mag article about the many Emmy snubs today

"I also need just to go on record here and say (1) the worst ten minutes of Hannibal display more tonal control and visual imagination than the best hour of almost any other drama you can name, even the great ones; and (2) it should have been nominated here; and (3) it doesn't matter that it wasn't nominated because 20 or 30 years down the road, young students of cinema and television will ask their elders if they watched Hannibal during its first run, and they'll all lie and claim they watched every second, like people do today when young viewers ask about Twin Peaks."
posted by The Whelk at 2:12 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]


I didn't like Twin Peaks. There I said it.
posted by Justinian at 2:46 PM on July 10


I didn't like Twin Peaks.

Now you listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchetman in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I'll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method... is love. I love you, Justinian.
posted by cortex at 2:53 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


Hannibal loves you too Justinian. We. ALL. Love. You.

Cortex, that's a fantastic quote, I really must go back and have another try at watching that show!
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 3:03 PM on July 10


...the worst ten minutes of Hannibal display more tonal control and visual imagination than the best hour of almost any other drama you can name, even the great ones...

I've certainly felt this to be true, but I hear myself say it, and I wonder if I'm just so seduced (and enchanted-and-terrified) by the show that I'm making way more of it than its due. Its nice to hear it said in such a venue.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 3:11 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


Let's all take a moment to reflect on how deeply betrayed Hannibal looked before he half-disemboweled Will. Such a sad cannibal.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:28 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


If I had hypothetically turned to making fanvids in the past week or so, for the first time in my life, as a way of coping with hiatus, I might have featured that look prominently.



oh god i'm so ashamed
posted by Stacey at 3:35 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


I demand evidence of these hypothetical fanvids. For science.

(You can memail me if you are truly that ashamed. You should not be ashamed. I promise my fan works are SO MUCH WORSE.)
posted by dogheart at 4:29 PM on July 10


I thought we figured out fanworks of Hannibal are redundant as the show itself is Fanfiction
posted by The Whelk at 4:35 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


(I may have burned a meal recently and pulled it out of the grill and said aloud "aw, sad cannibal noises" to nobody in particular.)
posted by The Whelk at 4:36 PM on July 10 [5 favorites]


Yes share the vids. Perhaps there's a Hannibal Award in it for you.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 5:17 PM on July 10


I believe somewhere in Harris' original books is the line, "When the fox hears the rabbit scream, he comes running; but not to help." I think that may have been a seed for this thing.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:43 PM on July 10


That line was mentioned in the season finale, yes?
posted by The Whelk at 6:23 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


Dunno; I am way behind.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:11 PM on July 10


That line was mentioned in the season finale, yes?

Without having rewatched it since... Yes. It is definitely in the finale.

still not recovered from finale. afraid of rewatch, but time heals all wounds, even when it's your cannibal serial killer bf gutting you in front of your surrogate daughter.
posted by sparkletone at 11:35 PM on July 12 [1 favorite]


Mentally projecting " WELL FINE I NEVER LOVED YOU ANYWAY." and stomping out.
posted by The Whelk at 6:52 AM on July 13


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