Hannibal 1.01 and 1.02: Apéritif and Amuse-bouche
#You just can’t deny the importance of these little invasions within the facets of Lecter’s pervemes #These are invisible power plays #By unknowingly consuming his kills you are unconsciously facilitating his dominance #A passive participant in his pleasure #Your lack of awareness in this act of perversion is indispensable to the perveme #And the mother fucker just smirks #A beatific god in front of his creation #I MEAN JUST!
While I agree with the above fully, I have to point out that not every meal Doctor Lecter eats contains people. (When I talk about Doctor Lecter, you have to understand that I’m sourcing my ideas from the books more than the show because the show is new and gives us just enough to get by — at the moment at least.)
While Lecter is capable of being amused by people, being admiring is beneath him. Having appreciation is different. Having respect is a complicated issue because respecting people is tied to politeness.
They have not said this on the show but one of the things Doctor Lecter values is politeness, decorum, at least a display and air of respect. With himself as proof, you don’t actually have to respect anyone to extend them the respect of courtesy and politeness. (For example, he can respect Will Graham for his fascinating mind and punctuating insight and tolerate his passable manners, but it’s possible he’s still fed Will Graham human parts. Possible, I would argue, not probable. I do not think he’s fed Will Graham any people so far.)
Lecter despises nothing more than simple rudeness. It will color the kills that lead to his arrest. Incompetence is a deeper issue and more offensive. And every little proof that you’re a simpleton descends from there.
If you’re douchey but outwardly polite, or if you’re douchey with intent like Freddie Lounds, and you have a clear ulterior motive in your every move, you simply amuse him enough to stay alive so he can watch you ruin the lives of others. If you inflict pain on others — well, that’s what Hannibal Lecter has instead of television. You’re gold.
I think he has fed Jack Crawford some people parts already.
Jack Crawford, while we get to see him in pain and we have quickly seen him grow “human parts” of his own, if you will, is not outwardly offensive. But he is a subversive bastard. He has all the education to get into peoples’ minds that Will Graham carries naturally, without having had it taught to him.
Jack Crawford is highly educated, though, in more than the ways of the law, in more than the methods of the Bureau, and in more than psychology and criminology. If he didn’t have all those underlying issues with his wife (and we’ve already dug into those, believe me they run deep — eventually he will die after a second cardiac event, during which he will roll over to the pristine side of the bed, Bella’s side, where she slept until he watched the cancer kill her — he will keep a sweater she knitted for him hanging on a hook in his office; it will be there still, when he dies) he’d be one of those corporate socio/psychopaths. If it weren’t for the deeply humanizing element of his wife, he would be one of those vicious corporate climbers and that’s what the Bureau needs in this department. They need Jack Cutthroat Crawford, who can pull down wins and bring in star players.
Right now I think Doctor Lecter likes to inflict unseen pain on Jack Crawford. As I said in an earlier post, he also likes to sample the flavor of Jack Crawford’s pain because it runs so quiet and deep.
Hannibal Lecter also keeps Jack Crawford there to make Will Graham’s life harder. The more pain inflicted on Will Graham, the more he ~radiates crazy~ and, frankly, feels all of life’s pains doubled, tripled because of his empathetic nature.
Doctor Lecter would like to see what kind of creature Will Graham could become. He’s already pretty much got the shape of Jack Crawford. There’s nothing there other than what’s to amuse. He has fed Jack Crawford people before. I don’t think he’s fed any to Will Graham yet.
I don’t think he’s even had any reason to fed some to Bella.
If he hasn’t fed any to Chilton, he will. Chilton is a creature, a pathetic, disgusting creature. I hope they emphasize that more. Chilton will turn your fucking stomach if he hasn’t already. He is sleaze incarnate.
This commentary is perfect, and I definitely agree with it all if we’re just talking about the books. But I don’t think the show is following this angle at all. Bryan Fuller tweeted during the breakfast scene “Sausage is people”. Though it could be argued that this was their first real meeting to talk after Will had been kind of closed off with him before, and we haven’t seen him give Will anything else to eat since then, I don’t think. So we could say it’s a one off (so far).
And then this week, apparently, the jelly served after the meal would have been ‘human bones’ so even Alana’s been fed some form of it. And this does kind of bug me to some degree because I do get that it’s sort of a private joke with the audience, but as you said, it’s not all he eats and he certainly doesn’t go out killing people to fill his fridge instead of going grocery shopping.
Annnnd…I also really love your points about Lounds…so many people “can’t wait for Hannibal to eat her” but I think they’re failing to see that at this point, she’s kind of an asset to him.