Hannibal 3×01 Antipasto Recap

**This is a recap of the Hannibal season 3 premiere. There be spoilers! The link to the next page of the recap is below the sharing buttons. I’m not sure why.**

“Previously on Hannibal”: Jack and Will tried to trick Hannibal into confessing. Alana realised she’d been sleeping with a serial killer and Abigail pushed her out a window. Bedelia quit as Hannibal’s therapist but accepted the job as Hannibal’s hostage/accomplice. Hannibal is “dangerous”, but Bedelia will still fly to Italy with him.

We open on an inside view of a motorcycle and an amazing shot of the motorcycle’s tail light becoming the moon, which then becomes the headlight. We get a closeup shot of the motorcycle, Hannibal’s helmet, and the Hannibal’s leg. Hannibal might weaving in and out of traffic recklessly (at one point he drives in between two cars), but at least he’s wearing tight leather pants.

Hannibal stops in front of a building and walks into a party. He scans the room for rude people and, oh look! There’s one! A drunk guy is downing two glasses of wine. He ambles up to Hannibal and says his name is Anthony. Anthony wants to know if Hannibal knows a man named Roman because apparently Hannibal was staring. Anthony, word of advice, don’t tell Hannibal that you noticed him doing something. Roman is standing a few feet away, chatting with a group of people. Chat while you can, Roman.

Anthony says he was Roman’s TA, and that Roman’s books are terrible because he just dissects the words of others. Hannibal says, “Sometimes dissection is the only thing that will do.” Foreshadowing! A champagne bottle is cut with a sword, and champagne hits the ground in a scene reminiscent of the shattered tea-cup from season 2.

The scene transitions and Hannibal is on his bike, waiting for Roman. Roman passes, Hannibal says, “Bonsoir” and Roman says “Bonsoir” back. Hannibal tails Roman on his bike, but manages to beat Roman to his house. Is Hannibal magic? Roman says, “Bonsoir”, Hannibal says, “Bonsoir” and I google “Bonsoir” to make sure it means “Good evening” in French and not “I’m a cannibal and I’ve picked you to be dinner.” Hannibal cooks Roman’s liver (with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti?), and Roman’s wife comes home to Hannibal eating her husband’s live at their dining table. Hannibal says, “Bonsoir.” Roll credits, and Gillian Anderson is now a series regular!



  1. I’m not familiar at all with the show you describe. It made me chuckle when you said you looked up the “Bonsoir,” to make sure it meant “Good evening and not…” I laughed. Then I read your next line and realized this theme is built into the show. What else with the name Hannibal? Not the show for me! LOL.


  2. Came here via community pool. Very funny, though I think less play-by-play and more thoughts/analysis is the way to go. I watched this ep with my mother and she was very confused by the whole thing–she doesn’t do well with non-linear stories, but the way I understood it was this: The black-and-white scenes were straight-up flashbacks, maybe not to what actually happened, but to how Hannibal sees what happened–for all his genius at manipulating the perception of others, his own perceptions aren’t always true to reality–given that his version of ‘reality’ is questionable. Personally, I don’t think Bedelia is under his ‘control’ so much as under his ‘spell’; like she said, she (like him) is curious to see what will happen. Hannibal may encourage that curiosity, but at this point she is well enough aware of his nature to know not to trust any suggestions he gives her; she chooses to follow them, follow him, of her own accord, no matter how much she knows it’s a bad, dangerous idea. At the same time, I think one of the interesting questions of the show is how far someone truly can control or manipulate another person. 🙂


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