Television Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 4 “Aperitivo” written by Robert Reineke July 1, 2015 “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” HANNIBAL has been an exercise in patience this season. Both for the show itself and for the viewer. Judging by ratings, apparently it’s required too much patience from the viewers. But, for those who stuck around, episode 4 of the season got around to answering a bunch of questions from last season’s finale and more. HANNIBAL primarily focuses on Will and Hannibal, but this episode gave plenty of focus to the supporting cast, Jack and Bella, a surprisingly alive Dr. Chilton, Mason Verger, Margot Verger, and Alana Bloom. All of them are wounded in some way because of Hannibal’s actions and all react differently. The show loves one on one pairings of its characters, and it’s part of the fun of the episode to see pairings that we never expected. The only one really missing from the party was Freddie Lounds. Chilton’s return surprised me, although it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Especially the idea that he’d already trademarked “Hannibal the Cannibal”. He sees Hannibal as a way to fame and fortune, and a fascinating case study. Out of all the people, he’s surprisingly taken his maiming the best. Considering how darn serious the show often is, it’s something of a welcome breath of fresh air. Alana, on the other hand, seems to have become harder and seems to have her own agenda. It’s tough to say whether it involves capturing Hannibal or killing Hannibal, but she’s a much more interesting character now that she’s not pining over Will or being manipulated by Hannibal. The shade of red lipstick she’s wearing and the new cane, also add a bit of style that she’s lacked previously. Mason Verger, now played by Joe Anderson channeling Gary Oldman, is perhaps someone we’ve seen before. We’ll have to see if they have any tricks to separate him from the movie version, but Mason Verger’s version of Jack Nicholson calling out for a mirror put a smile on my face. That was the fun part of the episode. Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres pulled it all out to break our hearts though as Bella finally succumbed to the cancer that’s been killing her. Every scene between the real life couple crackled with emotion and chemistry between the two and if it’s to be our last look at the two, besides dream sequences and flashbacks, it was a great note to go out on. In particular, for Jack to remember Bella on their wedding day at the funeral is the type of inspired visual that tells us about the character without being a pretentious flourish, which the show sometimes can be accused of. Overall, I thought it was a nice change of pace for the season. A nice break from the sometimes overly dreamlike detours the show has been taking. There were still memorable visuals, the inside view of Will getting knifed by Hannibal and the skeleton view of Alana falling in particular, but I don’t think people will have had too much trouble following this one as it filled in a lot of gaps. And it leaves us with the promise that things are going to hit the fan soon. Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 4 “Aperitivo” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Open Forum: TERMINATOR: GENISYS next post BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DC’s Trinity Grace The Cover Of EW You may also like Robert Kirkman Guides You Through The Sets... August 31, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 15 to March... March 19, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 17 to 23,... January 24, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 1 to 7,... May 8, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 9 to 15,... November 15, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 22 to May... 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I thought Chilton was dead too, but maybe they re-thought his usefulness as a psychiatric hack/victim/antagonist. That opening scene was, frankly, awesome. Loved it. His attempts to get all of Hannibal’s victims on board was quite unique. Sort of another version of the Suicide Squad. Very touching death scene with Crawford and his wife. Not many could pull that off, IMO, but it felt very real with them. So, things are picking up, and I see Thorin Oakenshield will be playing Dolarhyde. Nobody beats Noonan for me, but it should be interesting. My problem other than those I’ve ranted about re: Will, is the Bedelia character. Is it me, or is she just there to express Hannibal’s internal monologue? Have a safe and Happy 4th, Robert!