Hannibal 3×01 Antipasto Recap

Hannibal rolls out a meal to a legless Abel Gideon. I’m not sure how I feel about black-and-white representing dreams; last season everything was colour, even full on delusions. Gideon calls Hannibal the devil and Gideon gets points for accuracy. Hannibal is serving Gideon’s legs to Gideon himself, but I’m not as bothered as I was when I saw this last season. This time I didn’t have to see the leg pre-cooked.

Gideon and Hannibal discuss cannibalism (apparently it’s only cannibalism if the eater and the eaten are equals??? Hannibal’s really stretching) and again, I don’t know how I feel about this scene. Is it interesting to learn more about Hannibal’s motivations? Yes, but if this doesn’t eventually lead to Hannibal’s sister, it’ll all seem rather pointless. Gideon tells Hannibal that he doesn’t have to eat, but he shouldn’t’ spoil the fairy tale. Hannibal agrees and says “Once upon a time” in the creepiest fairly tale redub since Ultron sang “I’ve got no strings on me.”

We cut to a scene of Hannibal and Bedelia dancing. When the music stops, some guy (if you can make out his name, leave it in the comments) tries to start a fight with Hannibal about his new position as…medieval Italian expert, I think. Bedelia tries to break up the argument by asking the guy for a dance, but Hannibal wins the argument with words, and the guy doesn’t get eaten.

Back at Hannibal and Bedelia’s place, Hannibal and Bedelia discuss their situation. Bedelia’s concerned that Hannibal might blow their cover. Hannibal says, “I’ve killed hardly anyone since our residence.” I love the little moments when you realise just how insane this guy is. Bedelia gives some exposition regarding what we suspected, but didn’t know: Hannibal targeted the author for his position as medieval Italian expert (Seriously, what does Hannibal actually do? He’s a curator of some kind?) Hannibal needed an identity, but it all seems kind of sloppy.

Bedelia apparently agrees because she questions Hannibal’s choice to steal Roman’s identity. Hannibal tells Bedelia, “Once the path was cleared, I won the job fairly – on my merits.” That’s technically true. Maybe that’s why he picked Roman.

Bedelia wants to know if Hannibal will eat the guy he fought with at the party (his name is…professor something?), but Hannibal says killing Professor Something wouldn’t preserve the peace.



  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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