I rather wonder about whether or not Hannibal Lecter is/was such the hot deal genius that he was made out to be. Let’s be real: he already knew Buffalo Bill, so there was no big mystery there. He tips off Clarice that victim 1 knew the guy, but I think that’s a sine qua non in any criminal investigation. Clarice tricks him with her offer to have him moved. In Hannibal, he is surrounded by kidnappers that stink of pigs, and the one guy that is tracking him with a vengeance is a millionaire pig farmer, more or less. In Red Dragon, he does alright with the video thing, but that isn’t extraordinary, even though it is good, and we never see anything related to the killer’s being naked under the moon, as he tips of Jack Graham.
So, he’s not the genius he’s made out to be.
That’s what I say.