".and what of Alana? Hannibal practically told her she was a dead woman walking.........so why wouldn't he have done that instead of going to Bedelia and cutting her leg off?" Alana, Margo, and their son are not accessible. They were shown being taken into protective custody.
"I was scared when Hannibal told her he will keep his promise to protect Will and that he always keep his promises. Because someone reminded Alana (can't remember if it was Mason or Will), that Hannibal had promised to kill her." Defenestrating her IMO qualifies as killing her. The fact that she survived is a separate issue - ie: That his attempt failed.
Yes Margo was gay in the Hannibal novel (which this sequence is based on). Alana is subbing for Margo's lover from the book. The womb removal was added but not the forced sperm sample. She was going to use it on herself since her lover was not a good choice due to steroid use.
"Then the disembowelment of Inspector Pazzi. Who saw that coming." I did. But then I had read the 3rd book in the series (Hannibal) which is the basis of most of the plot so far this season (aside from the Will, Jack, and Bedelia plot-lines). He was just as dumb/greedy in the book and also tried to go for the reward. And the set-up with Hannibal telling him about the death of his ancestor was right out of the novel.
Right now they are doing the first part of Hannibal (the 3rd book in the series) along with the Hannibal back story from book 4 (Hannibal Rising). IMO: Bedelia has assumed the Starling role from the end of the novel Hannibal (something that was not used in the movie version).
I forget how much it was but I have the impression that when he had to do the "Buy In" to become a Partner he had no problem with coming up with the funds. As for Donna and subsidizing her salary, he needed her and the firm/Jessica was unable/unwilling to pay her what she was worth so he made up the shortfall.
We do not yet know the REAL intent of the program. f I had to take a wild guess, I would say they are aiming at a way to stitch someone who is still alive (ie: something like mind reading/telepathy). It would make an interrogation technique,
As noted in the review so far Season 3 is based on the first part of Book 3 ("Hannibal"). It also has the back story of Misha and Chiyo from Book 4 ("Hannibal Rising"). In Book 4 Misha was eaten by some solders and Hannibal had revenge on them for that act. Chiyo helped him.
The comment came just after Detective Fisher was brought to Sticker Central and saw the High Tech configuration. It was to the effect of "Welcome to 20 Minutes into the Future". As I noted this show has a number of throw-away in-gag references for the viewers who can spot/understand them. Some are more subtile than others. The pilot had one which I think few viewers could miss (in fact I think it was identified in the dialog). This was when they did the first stitch and the directions were right out of Star Trek.
I like how they have throwaway in-gag references for sci-fi viewers. In this episode, for example, there was a reference to the Max Headroom tagline "20 Minutes into the Future".
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