Wednesday, June 10, 2015

073: Hannibal 3x01 "Antipasto" - Implied Applause (in a Can!)

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) HANNIBAL 3x01, as well as minor spoilers for the novel Hannibal.

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Hannibal 3x01 "Antipasto," including the cinematography, the soundtrack, Hannibal and Bedelia's relationship, the elements lovingly preserved from the novel Hannibal, and how this premiere compares to previous seasons. Also, OYSTERS AAAAAHHHHH.
  • Seriously, the color composition, the 80s synth, everything about this episode was just damn gorgeous.
  • No redeeming figures present in the episode. Bedelia is close, but even then she’s morally compromised by her collusion with Hannibal, even if it is in the best interests of her own health.
  • Bedelia is linked to water thematically, or at least she will be over the course of the first part of the season.
  • Food is part of Hannibal’s DNA, for better or worse. Mostly better. Like 90% better.
  • The unrestrained theatricality of Hannibal and the unrestrained theatricality of Hannibal
  • The Wolfman > Dracula > Frankenstein cycle of the seasons thus far
  • The feeling of community that comes with live tweeting a show as emotionally upsetting as Hannibal
  • We didn't really spend any time discussing the flashbacks this episode. Our apologies.
  • Notes from Fio:
    • Kafkaesque is the word I was looking for when trying to describe [Cube]. Of all the times I’ve seen that descriptor used in the entirely wrong way, this is the one time it applies and I fucking didn’t say it.
    • We should really have done a closer examination of the two scenes where Bedelia is in the wine shop. By the structure of using those two scenes alone it was obviously supposed to draw more attention to her mental state and her perspective on her situation by contrasting the endings of the two scenes.
    • Regarding film terms: “That was a cinematic trick adapted for print. Death wasn’t talking to the princess. He was actually in his study, talking to Mort. But it was quite effective, wasn’t it? It’s probably called a fast dissolve, or a crosscut/zoom. Or something. An industry where the senior technician is called a Best Boy might call it anything.” I don’t know if we’ve discussed that Sir Pterry quote on the podcast before, but it’s one of my favs
    • God even I hate myself for using the word zeitgeist there.
    • Campy or cartoonish? From the show that brought us the Bee people and Perhorseling? Pshaw.
    • Take a shot every time Ian says “This friggin show.” It’s usually once or twice an episode, so this should actually be alright. (Note from Ian: Unless you include whenever I tag a post on our Tumblr with it. Then you'll be dead before the turn of the next scroll.)
    • Deepcut Demonnames is going to be the title of my first EP
    • One of the things that I forgot to mention but I think could be really cool. I read an interview that implied that we wouldn’t really see Hannibal in his memory palace too much this season, but rather we’d see Will trying to build Hannibal’s memory palace as he chases him down.

1 comment:

  1. While I do think the scenes in the fancy food shop are supposed to provide some insight into Bedelia's mental state, I think they also show how she's trying to protect herself. By going to the same store and ALWAYS placing the same order, she's establishing herself as a regular. She also wears eye catching clothes. She wants to make sure this guy remembers her! That way if she suddenly stops coming there, someone will report her missing. She knows that if Hannibal decides to kill her she's toast. She just wants to make sure if he kills her, he gets caught.