So I did get to watch Hannibal tonight after all, and it was the most cringe worthy episode to date in every single way.
It’s still well crafted beyond all belief - and I will not deny any of the quality - but, as a Lecterphile, the show I wanted is dead. I understand fully now that this is Bryan Fuller’s fan fiction to himself and I will no longer dare to hope for any of the canon to be realized on screen. There will be no Clarice Starlng. The integrity of her character has been disgraced. That final moment was confirmation that her future in this show is not secure and never will be as there could be absolutely no justice that could be done for her at this point. That moment was a microcausm of the overall desecration of the canon in order to accommodate Fuller’s fanboy fantasy of a pseudo-Hannigram relationship that never existed in the literature. I tolerated it for the sake of the drama of the show - and found it to be very compelling at many points, despite not being partial to the focus on it - but when you essentially hijack the spirit of the admiration and connection Hannibal Lecter felt towards Clarice Starling and Clarice Starling alone, you have crossed a line. You have literally killed that line - along with the many other lines that came before it in the recent episodes. Talk about beating a dead horse. Pun very much intended.
I am severely disappointed.
Also, physically misrepresenting Margot Verger was incredibly annoying, and it wasn’t necessarily forgivable, but I am a patient woman and I will endure many a thing to experience the overall quality of the show. Edit: However, I would like to add that I did enjoy the actresses’ portrayal, to be fair. I am looking forward to see more that. It still did upset me and added to the list of uncomfortable changes from the canon.
But I’m passed being pissed at the disloyalty to the source material in this show. It is what it is. As much as my immediate reaction to this episode was to stop watching completely, I know I won’t do that. I just also know not to expect anything I know from the books to be accurately portrayed. I know Clarice Starling will not be in the show, and that she should not be in the show. This is Bryan Fuller’s AU fic that is incredibly well written and produced and put together, but it is by no means what Thomas Harris meant the series to be. It is what Thomas Harris inspired and I will not deny its creative brilliance. Just don’t call this the definitive Hannibal series, don’t say it’s following canon, don’t tease us with possibilities of a character we hold dear to heart when it does not seem at all to be in the cards, especially when you’re playing from a completely different deck.
This has been my rant. Good day.