I wrote in my first take on this episode that red balls and the color red in general seemed to be everywhere. I cited the red plums Francis asked Reba for, the new dog, Randy’s balls, the red lighting in the Reba’s darkroom, making Francis Dolarhyde appear red, part of his becoming. So I was mindful of the ball/circle motif when I re-watched the episode on a large screen tonight.
Balls, orbs, circles of all kinds, mostly red, but not always, where everywhere – maybe I’m reading too much into it but nothing visual in this series seems incidental. The lights in the darkroom, were not just red, reflecting Dolarhyde and the plums, but it pooled in red circles behind him and around him; the cherries I mentioned in Reba’s pie were red, but tonight, I saw they were also whole – red balls of cherries; drops of blood on the snow were rounds and red, When Dolarhyde stops to pick Reba up, there were circles of lights reflected, four in a row – this time in yellow against the night. At the victims’ home, flashbacks of a birthday party for the young daughter were shown, complete with pink and white round balloons, and finally, there was the full moon that Will imagines Dolarhyde howling at.
Red lighting was prominent, aside from the cherry pie, in Reba’s home. Though the stage lighting was the same, a lamp cast avery low yellow light, when the shot was of Francis, his placemat, his face, was bathed in red – when the shot was on Reba, there were orange tones on her placemat and the lamp behind her gave a dark yellow/orangey glow she was golden he was red. The lighting set a mood, to be sure. Most of the episode was very dark, as foretold by Richard Armitage in an earlier tweet. ( Lights out, he suggested), but Chiaroscuro implies contrast of light and dark, and while there were exceptions when there was a contrast, I found most of this, mostly dark.
Speaking of red, I have questions about the dragon tail that slithers out, at least in Dolarhyde’s imagination or hallucination. This is not the tail of the Great Red Dragon, which is nothing, if not remarkable for it’s girth. The end of the tail we saw looked much narrower, and longer, and I wonder if this is supposed to represent some sort of younger not, fully formed, Red Dragon. Not Great yet.
In my previous post, I mentioned that Richard Armitage’s American accent was good, but that I detected a word here or there that wasn’t right to me. The example I gave was believe. I listened even more carefully tonight, and was amused when I detected a false American note in his pronunciation of the word fan. I amused myself by wondering how that line would have sounded if he said, about digital photography, I’m not a well-wisher.
Is it my imagination, or is Hannibal getting paunchy behind bars? ( well, glass)
What is the mural in his cell that mimics a window and a night scene? Anybody know?
Is my memory faulty, or wasn’t there some preview in which Reba says to Francis that she heard he was very handsome? This didn’t show up in the episode.
Mads Mikkelsen’s physical acting in this episode was, I thought beautiful, especially his facial expressions and the use of his eyes, which are impressively expressive. If he could only speak as well. There are still two lines I haven’t caught yet.
The more I see of Alana, the more her plot line confuses or annoys me. Not to mention her new high powered, professional wardrobe. Lady, your legs are too short for the cut of those pants ( sorry costume person). It was an odd outfit to be wearing in the winter, for one – the white pants were definitely not wool. There was no sense of a winter white outfit there. And the cut of the pants made her look stumpy. Disliking the jacket is just a matter of my personal taste, ( at least it was cut short to help out her legs) but it brought to mind a carnival. Overall, she seems too small, not of the right build, for such a large patterned jacket and what looked like short pants.
As I said before, I thought Richard Armitage hit it out of the park, especially with Reba. When not in his attic working on becoming, when out in the world, his walking and most physical movements – maybe it’s just his awkwardness, the shy boy, whatever, I’m getting a John Standring vibe from some of the physical acting – another sort pathetic outcast.
So, as I said, MORE RICHARD ARMTAGE, Please…
and what do you think of the poll?