Important: Watch This If You Want to Fill In the Storyline Gaps For Tonight's Episode of "Hannibal"
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Important: Watch This If You Want to Fill In the Storyline Gaps For Tonight's Episode of "Hannibal"

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 25, 2013 | Comments ()


This is annoying, but if you’re watching NBC’s “Hannibal” — and you really should be, it’s great — you should know that they have ditched episode four due to the Boston Marathon tragedies.

The problem with ditching an episode in a serialized show, however, is that it will leave gaps in the storyline. If you tune into tonight’s episode without having seen the fourth episode, you’re going to be confused. So, NBC and Bryan Fuller have attempted to work around it by providing a “cannibalized” version of tonight’s episode. That’s annoying. It’s even more annoying because it’s in six different videos, which provide a little more than half of the episode, but that leave out the case-of-the-week, so to speak.

The things we suffer for a decent television drama. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be the breaking point for some people on the fence about “Hannibal.” Too much effort.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • So I watch Hannibal on DVR, typically, instead of Hulu or bittorrent or what have you. And NBC has this thing they do where in all of their promos of all of their shows they implore you not only to watch, but to watch "Live." (As Fuller does in the first clip above).
    Anyone else find this especially desperate?

  • Eh, I'm just glad this isn't five or ten years ago and I'll be able to find the missing episode online just as soon as I go looking for it. Honestly, this doesn't bug me much. I care even less because GINA TORRES IS SUDDENLY ON THIS SHOW.

    God, I love this series so far. Did anyone else notice the nod to Wonderfalls with Gretchen Speck-Horowitz in the mushroom episode? I just started/caught up with the series this week so probably the answer is yes and there's an entire comment thread on this fact and I am late to the game, but whatever. That moment was absolutely awesome.

  • Nod noticed, and appreciated. One of the many reasons to enjoy the shows of Bryan Fuller.

    That, and the fact that the guy does spectacular visuals.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I appreciate what they are doing. We all know how fickle the country can be with issues like this. While I don't like it, I can understand it.

    I'll have to wait until after tonight's episode to see if this was necessary, but going off of these clips I can't imagine the add that much to my understanding of the story.

  • ceebee_eebee

    I've seen tonight's ep already (it aired last night in Canada for some reason) and you don't need to see any of these clips to understand everything going on. Nobody panic.

  • Ian Fay

    I do appreciate that he basically gave everyone permission to torrent it since it'll be airing in other countries.

  • Ian Fay

    And it's up on the torrent sites already. Happy hunting.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    if this had bombs in it, fair enough, but knowing that it doesn't...I..just...can't...fathom the reason.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    The clips are damn fabulous, but the whole thing reeks of a badly thought PR move.

  • annoyingmouse

    I would hope the episode remains intact when the DVD is released?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I hope the episode is intact since I bought the damn series on amazon. grrr

  • jen

    i don't understand how the episode had anything to do with the tragedy in boston. from what i've read, it's molly shannon playing a woman who brainwashes kids into becoming serial killers. and damn, i want to see that!

  • Cody McKee

    Yeah, I thought I read somewhere that Bryan Fuller himself said that the decision to pull the episode was made before the Boston Marathon, and that it was more related to the Newtown shootings and similar events in recent memory... although now I can't find where I read that...

  • toblerone

    +1 But...

    "We're sorry but the clip you selected is not available from your location..."

    Guess Canadians don't even get the cannibalized version.

    Memo to Fuller: Please release Ceuf so those of us with dead hearts can watch it as intended and not the cannibalized web version.

    Hopefully the complete episode will be posted online (cough torrent cough).

    **Spoiler on tonight's episode**

    Who knew people's backs had so much skin?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    You will be able to see it, sooner or later. They only "cannibalized" the episode in the US, because apparently we're scaredy cats who don't watch Joffrey Lannister do horrible shit.

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