Meta: Hannibal 2.06, “Futamono”


WILL: If the Ripper is killing, you can bet Hannibal Lecter is planning a dinner party.

[N.B: major spoilers for all episodes to 2.06, minor spoilers for 2.07; blood / gore, auto-cannibalism, bestiality, ambiguous consent, body horror, nsfw.]

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Amazing post. As good, if not better, than the actual episode.

Racism, Sexism, and Hannibal: Eat The Rude

Great post by Hettienne Park who played Beverly Katz on Hannibal. She is a good actress and a great professional who addresses important issues in television as well as the creative process behind the show.

Eat This

I’m an American actress and I play Beverly Katz on NBC’s HANNIBAL created by Bryan Fuller. (Spoiler Alert coming right now!!!) And she dies in episode 4 of Season 2. That episode got a lot of positive reviews, but it also incited an on-line storm of vitriol directed to Fuller himself for killing off Katz, or more specifically, for being racist and sexist. I caught wind of this myself via Twitter from our beloved Fannibals. And I thought maybe it’d be productive to talk about rather than ignore it.

Fuller cast me in a role that I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of getting. I rarely if ever see minorities, women, minority women, let alone Asian women, get to play characters like Beverly Katz. I rarely if ever see characters like Beverly Katz period. And her last name is Katz for Christ’s sake. Pretty open-minded, non-racist, pro-feminine…

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Hannibal ClapsNBC’s Hannibal continues to impress me with its thoughtful and artistic exploration of the character Hannibal Lector as well as human nature in general.

The show’s emphasis on art, music, manners, and murder, also make it an unlikely renewal for NBC, a channel desperately racing to the creative bottom in a desperate attempt to regain its former glory.

Like the people who die in accidents by losing their cool and panicking, NBC is flailing and will no doubt turn to the usual raft of shows (reality TV, boring comedies, and dull remakes) that litter the American TV-scape.

So enjoy Hannibal as the fine meal that it is. Just don’t expect an encore.

UPDATE: Hannibal has been renewed which makes my assertion wrong. Something that I willingly accept if it means that this show will continue. Apparently its popularity among Hollywood insiders and with a vocal viewership was a contributing factor. I gratefully accept my “wrongness.”





I went to see Amaluna, the Cirque du Soleil show which just ended its run in Marymoor Park.  Amaluna is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and has themes of light vs dark, good vs evil, and innocence turning to knowledge.

Prospera - Cirque du SoleilLike all Cirque du Soleil shows, Amaluna was a fantastic experience with great dancing, acrobatics, music, and art. However, one of the most powerful parts of the show was a very quiet but powerful scene in which a performer created a rotating fan with a 6-10 foot radius, picking up each of the long objects with her feet.

It was an amazing experience from a kendo or martial arts perspective because of the sheer concentration and physical balance that was required by the performer in order to pick up each part, balance it, and then continue until it was completed. Additionally, there was a performer sitting in the formal position, known as seiza in Japanese, off to seiza1the side. She was a gymnastic dancer and her poise when sitting was as compelling as the performer she was watching, with perfect form and radiating strength and stillness.

This impacted me and has become a useful benchmark for me as I train and judge my progression in all aspects of my kendo training.