#1: the two officers Starling was helping in the initial police raid were called Burke and Hare. Oh pulleeeease!
#2: The quadraplegic baddie was far too batman-esque. I mean, what's with the twenty four-hour tie him up and leave him there to escape method of killing him? MASON, YOU IDIOT, LECTER'S THE GOOD GUY. EVERY VILLAIN KNOWS YOU DON'T TIE UP THE GOOD GUY AND LEAVE HIM TO DIE WHILE YOU'RE NOT LOOKING.
#3. the orange motif, which recurred over and over again was just silly. Moths are creepy. Lambs screaming are creepy. ORANGES AREN'T CREEPY.
There. That's my bit said.
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Pazzi is on the take from a character as scary as Hannibal: Mason Verger. When Verger was a young man busted for raping children, his vast wealth saved him from jail. All he needed was psychotherapy--with Dr. Lecter. Thanks to the treatment, Verger is now on a respirator, paralyzed except for one crablike hand, watching his enormous, brutal moray eel swim figure eights and devour fish. His obsession is to feed Lecter to some other brutal pets.