I too have grown tired of the Hannigram and have been pretty snarky about it. I even got salty (I still can’t believe I started using that term but here we are, I’m a cool kid) about all the cutting and pasting of stuff about Clarice from “Hannibal.”
I’ve finally come to the conclusion with the show that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I came to the show a big fan of the movies. I enjoyed season one and saw it as a slight reinventing back story set up to Red Dragon. I say slight because I knew Hannibal and Will didn’t have that back story in Red Dragon, but I thought it could be cool. Plus the show was beautiful to look at.
Season two came and while everyone else was bitching about how it wasn’t as good as season one I personally loved it more. Season one had a slow build for me and if I’m being honest, I didn’t care for Abigail that much, especially when she was with Will. At first I was like, okay more back story but whatever, this shit is awesome! Plus there was Mason and Margot so I was like yeah, we’re getting that set up for later. Yeah there was some Hannigram leveling up but, I was too busy enjoying myself to care too much and I just joked it off. And I was big fan of the Hannibloom and I knew that ship was going to sink the moment it set sail but I stepped on regardless.
Despite this I was itching to get to canon. I love Fuller’s visuals and wanted to see his spin on it. At this point I still wanted him to get the rights to Clarice.
In the meantime I held onto my love of movie canon and started expanding my knowledge of book canon. I knew how different the book ending of “Hannibal” was because that shit was a big deal (the book and movie both came out while I was in high school and nobody cared about spoilers in 1999 and 2001). I was a huge on Clannibal from the movies when I finally dived into the books. Enjoyed Red Dragon, loved SOTL and you can pry Hannibal from my dead, cold hands. If I had to make goodie bags of my favorite books everybody would get a copy of Villette by Charlotte Bronte and Hannibal by Thomas Harris.
I also got deeper into show, book and movie fandom here on tumblr and elsewhere. I started reading things Fuller said about Hannigram and most importantly for me about the end of the novel “Hannibal” and how he thought Clarice was brainwashed and he didn’t like the ending. It was about that time I didn’t want him getting the rights for Clarice anymore. I was really hoping to see him do the end of the Hannibal novel since the movie didn’t do it. I however grew hopeful for season three we were going to get “Red Dragon” even though I thought it was odd we were doing “Hannibal” plot points now. Whatever I’ll roll with. This was my fandom dammit.
Then as the season started I realized I was disappointed with what we were getting. And it’s only now I am admitting it. Yes there is stuff I still love and enjoy but overall there’s a large part of me glad the show got canceled. It annoyed me to see Clarice’s Greatest Hits get handed out to different characters without context. I was excited about bisexual Alana only for there to be no lead up. The first three episodes were so far up their own ass we could have used that time for other stuff, like develop Margot and Alana’s relationship. Did we really need the whole Chiyo subplot (yes I just said it)? The story could have gone on without her. We could have used that time for; I don’t know characters we already had like Margot and Alana. If I wanted to watch Riley Scott’s Hannibal I’d watch Riley Scott’s Hannibal; at least then I’d get actual Clarice.
I was looking forward to Fuller’s visuals on canon but it ended up being a sad check list of how much source material can we fit in? It’s was so uninspired. Some of the greatest amusement I’ve got out of it was watching people’s reaction who had no clue what was coming. Like I went around for couple days going “Will’s going to get the Krendler treatment” and some people had no fucking clue what I meant. I was like “This is what people who read the A Song of Fire and Ice books must have felt like watching the Red Wedding with their unsuspecting friends. No wonder they sat up cameras and posted the reactions on the internet.”
I was also a little disappointed in the first episode of the Red Dragon plot. I hate how quickly Will turns to Hannibal. I was like “Really? Couldn’t we just get at least a half more episode without the Hannigram? Will in the book figures out most of this shit without Hannibal. Hannibal in the book is of little help. I know the show is Hannibal but come on!”
As far as your hope of a Hannibal/Clarice reboot, I don’t know if I see that happening any time soon. MGM still holds the rights to Clarice. Dino De Laurentiis has the rights to Hannibal as of right now and if they keep holding out for that movie or fourth season or whatever, I don’t see these two playing nice anytime soon. Though there was that talk of Lifetime doing a Clarice Starling show (without Hannibal) about her life in the FBI that got lost in development. I’d still watch the shit out of that no matter how bad.