The shrieks of pain howled across the globe. No. No. Not the whining of detective Will Graham but the copious amount of Fannibals (that’s the nickname for the obsessive audience who dine greedily on Bryan Fuller’s show) all sobbing into their pocket squares this week. Including this intrepid critic, the devastating news that Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC. Despite a loss of ratings and many lamenting that the television series was too graphic or stylish for modern audiences to consume, a large fanbase has formed. Now a rally cry has been made as people practically beg for Netflix to option the show in all its gory wonder. And despite two shaky episodes, episode four Aperitivo finally staged its strength away from Hannibal’s murderous trek through Europe.
Thank god Bryan Fuller has relocated the action back to Baltimore, away from Will’s simpering trudge in Eastern Europe. Though he appears here, it’s only in moments for four characters on a course of repair after the Lecter Whirlwind struck their lives. With Jack Crawford dealing with double the tragedy and Will trying to distance himself from everyone, strength lies in the return of Raoul Esparza’s return of Chilton and Alana Blooms recovery.
Tinged with the deformed return of Mason Verger, a slightly noticeable actor change from the impeccable Michael Pitt to the great Joe Anderson, who is batting for blood - it’s clear he is a catalyst for many transformations here as he is honest and open about his inclinations. Whilst he’s prepared to woo them to the dark side, the horrific injuries each have sustained will set in motion a horrific and transformed season three. The opening scene where Chilton and Verger reveal their new faces is a disgusting yet riveting scene
Hopefully, the season can become good again. Actually, if it continues down dancing down the trickle of blood from these unearthed veins, it will excel from season one and make NBC wonder why it ever deserted the series in the first place.