Wednesday, July 1, 2015

075: Hannibal 3x04 "Aperitivo" - Why Not Chilton?

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) HANNIBAL 3x04

In this episode:
  • Fio's triumphant return! W00T!
  • Discussion of Hannibal 3x04 "Aperitivo," including Alana's new direction, Chilton trying and failing to get in on the game, Will's creepiness, the new Mason, and Jack and Bella.
  • Iiiiiii'm snailiiiiiiiiiiing awaaaaaaaaaaaay....
  • The complicated rights inherent in the Hannibal cancellation debacle
  • Bryan Fuller thinks he can tighten the show up even further as the rest of us balk
  • The anthology style of this episode
  • The death in the S2 Finale resulting in the rebirth of S3, and the Wolf Man/Dracula/Frankenstein structure of these 3 seasons
  • Our conflicting opinions on the new Verger portrayal
  • You really can’t give Raul Esparza enough credit for his portrayal of Chilton
  • All of the batshit cinematorgraphy in S3
  • Highlights from Fio's notes:
    • Chris Columbus actually directed the first two Home Alone movies which were decent
    • Why did I not bring up Jodie Foster to Julianne Moore as the actor change reference? You’d think that would have been the first one that popped into mind, given what we’re discussing.


  1. Chris Columbus directed the third Home Alone movie. John Hughes did the original.

    If I didn't already know that Mason's plan would fail, I would say it does represent hope, even if not the ideal variety. Recall that Hannibal has killed many people and will continue to do so unless someone stops him, Mason's bodycount as far as we know is zero.

    Joe Anderson seems to mumble when speaking with an American accent (the only other thing I've seen him in is The Divide*), but given what happened to Mason I don't mind.
    *After typing that I heard you mention The Grey, but I have no memory of him in that.

    I thought Alana was simply imagining Hannibal's voice.

    1. -John Hughes wrote the first Home Alone, but Chris Columbus directed it.

      -Mason's plan represents a kind of hope, but it's not a pure hope simply because mason is the genesis of it. The fact that he's a disgusting, irredeemable, abusive, incestuous pedophile means that anything that comes out of his mouth is fundamentally flawed. As righteous as Alana's intentions are, her alliance with Mason is a fundamental strike against her previous "moral compass" status in the show. Again, that's not a "bad" thing, especially given her character's development, it simply is.

      -It's so monster-y that it needs to be a mix of some voices or it wouldn't make sense, and if it was just Hannibal's voice, the words spoken wouldn't really be as impactful as they would be if it was Will talking to Abigail (it only really makes sense for it to be Will to Abigail, I think)


    2. On the show they've dropped the incestuous pedophile stuff, presumably due to Fuller's desire not to have rape on the show and because he didn't want to suggest that was the cause of Margot's lesbianism.

      I stand corrected on Home Alone. I always hear it attributed to Hughes before the third.