Hannibal is actually a really good reminder to be kind to everyone you meet. You never know when you’ll meet a cannibalistic psychopath who holds a grudge against you because you were rude.
Hannibal is not a psychopath, he is a high-functioning sociopath, do your research.
I’m just gonna butt in with some ramblings. I believe psychopath is a term no longer used because of the stigma involved with the word, and ‘sociopath’ is used more even though it’s still a horrible label (both have been tarred by media). But both diagnoses are now actually properly referred to as anti-social personality disorder. So saying either psychopathy and sociopathy is actually wrong, as they both carry heavy stigma. Sherlock has many problems with its representation of mental illness, including the magical-curing-and-dismissal of John’s PTSD (which, ugh), but Hannibal isn’t winning all the stars either.
I mean I know in the show they tend to throw psychopathy around a lot and they go around diagnosing themselves as psychopaths, but it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. They’re a lot better with the mental illness treatment later on but the whole “we’re all psychopaths, do you think he’s a psychopath, I’m a psychopath” seemed pretty glib. And they seemed a bit heavy-handed in making mental illness sound more awful than say - a tumour or something. I get that Will would rather have something physically wrong than have his hallucinations be a result of his unraveling psyche, but the way he (and others) looks like it’s a death knell for him is kind of… I don’t know. Hurtful, in a way, to someone who does have a mental illness and has suffered the discrimination/stigmatisation associated with it. I get enough of that in real life, I don’t need this character to look like it’s the end of the world for him too.
You can say of course, that ‘psychopath’ is used so often now to describe a whole range of ‘selfish/uncaring’ people in such a flippant way that it’s actually lost some of its actual meaning/diagnosis, and the show is sort of playing off on that because they want the stigma associated with the term but it’s still a bit ableist.
And I can’t decide if it’s good or not when Georgia’s mother mentioned how mental illness treatment isn’t about treatment at all but more about managing expectations. On one hand, I liked that they called attention to the grey murky areas of psychiatric treatment and how much we don’t know, along with how doctors are often very dismissive/unhelpful, because the statement rung really true to me. But on the other hand it’s kind of making it sound like it’s untreatable and you’re going to have this unstable person forever (and the fact that the girl in question went around murdering people because of her mental illness isn’t exactly helping) and all you can do is ‘manage’ how you deal with them. It’s upsetting.
I’ve seen Elementary fans claiming their Sherlock is better than Sherlock’s because ours is an asshole and theirs is ‘sympathetic’ and ‘kind’.
I have nothing against Elementary, but may I just remind you - Sherlock is an asshole, because…
Holy shit let me love you.
A story told in hands awwww so lovely.