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Aperitivo 

Dr. Fredrick Chilton is alive and well, if not somewhat reconstructed, urging those wronged by Hannibal Lecter to use Will Graham as bait to flush him out.

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Some of the open wounds from Season 2 are sutured while others continue to fester. As the major players converge, their curiosities regarding each other's singular nature bleed out. Ambiguity mounts concerning who is manipulating whom. Meanwhile, the subjects of Hannibal's ultimate 'tableau vivante' each fundamentally altered begin to imitate his twisted art. Jack Crawford receives a chilling condolence. Written by D Whitney Smith

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William Blake's painting "The Ancient of Days" hangs in Mason Verger's bedroom. See more »

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During the season 2 finale when Hannibal leaves his house, it does not appear that there is a wheelchair ramp; therefore, it is improbable that Dr. Bloom could have gotten into the house in her wheelchair. See more »

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Dr. Alana Bloom: I'm not sure if this is my entrance.
Margot Verger: This can be your entrance. It isn't easy to find the first time you come.
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Happy hunting everybody
29 June 2015 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Hannibal: "Aperitivo" Review

Finally folks, the board is set; and the pieces are moving.

After three episodes of introduction, deduction and anticipation on knowing who the hell was still alive, we can all agree that this fourth episode kicks off the main plot of the (final? :,( ) season. "Aperitivo" ends on a clear signal for take off into present day, after tying up all loose ends.

This fourth episode finishes the telling of the fallout of the "red wedding-esque" scenario in which the second season ended. That, obviously, means we now know who survived and, if they did, how much of a nasty mark Hannibal left on them. This leads us to my only complaint regarding the plot of the show. The impact of the finale lacked a tiny bit of a punch, in my opinion. The emotional and psychological change that the characters experience is quite noticeable but, aside from Chilton and Verger who both carry the meaning of disturbance on their scars, none of the main characters were left with a big physical impact. It is understandable that the wounds on Will and Jack got healed over time and became subtle marks but Alana was the one who really took a huge one for the team. I am no medic but that looked like a fractured spine which made seeing Dr. Bloom walking again hard to believe. And a part of me wishes the story had gone the extra mile of presenting a disabled Alana so that Hannibal's murder fest would carry a much heavier weight.

Speaking of the murder fest, the idea of using left over shots and angles from that episode to present the flashbacks has made me very happy. I can't explain why but it makes the flashback scenes very refreshing and gives their re-watchability a free pass in my taste. Except for that x-ray shot of Alana's fall. That looked like an episode of 1000 Ways to Die. OK, that was another thing I disliked about this episode but I swear I am done.

Continuing now with the superb. Will's guilt was a new aspect of his new persona shown very graphically within one of his lucid trips to imagination land. Jack's story arch with her wife came to a necessary and emotional close that also started a new era for Jack who is now free from the torment of her wife's suffering. Mason Verger is curiously one of the characters who I was happy to see again because of his insane personality. Joe Anderson does an extraordinary job by giving life to such a disturbing character with such disturbing prosthetics, yikes. An episode highlight was his conversation with Dr. Chilton who was another returning character who I was extremely happy to see, as his portrayal is full of life and personality, like any other character really; why is this show being canceled!? No God! No God please no! No! No! Nooooo! OK, yeah...,sorry for that moment there. Back to the episode... yeh. Chilton had some very interesting moments apart from his scar to scar conversation with Verger. Will and Alana also got their Chilton moments, as he strategically visited them and planted ideas in their traumatized brain. But, as I said, the pieces are moving. Alana is impersonating the queen after all. Becoming Verger's therapist is a bold move, but her desire for vengeance is stronger than her fear of this murdering psycho. It is surprising to see Dr. Bloom turn into a volatile manipulative person who, along with Mason Verger and Dr. Chilton, will begin the hunt for "Il Monstruo". Exciting stuff! Another facet of the hunt is that of Will and Jack. Well, Jack is sort of out of it but we know he will be involved in some way, judging by the fact that Hannibal remains "in contact" with his "old friend". This is also one of the clearest moments of their friendship.

Another scene I want to mention is the one in Hannibal's ex-home. Alana and Will both returning to it means that it remains a beacon of change for them, something special. And Will turning to face Abigail after Alana leaves was a heartbreaking touch. That final show of Will sailing to his new destination gives the whole ending a vibe of journeying into the unknown. The start of the hunt.

Not only did "Aperitivo" set off the rest of the season in an intriguing way, but it also introduced us to whole new facets of some of the main and side characters. All of this by, obviously, retaining that air of mystique and extraordinary cinematography and editing. Hannibal's fourth episode of it's third season gets a 9 out of 10.


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