Haven’t read my analysis of last week’s episode yet? Check it out here.
Sorry about delay. I try to get these Hannibal reviews up the day after each episode airs. I’ve just had a lot going on, and I’ve been sick on top of it. Hopefully, you’ve had an opportunity to view Contorno by now, but you can check it out on NBC or Hulu if you haven’t. Also, you can scroll down to the “final thoughts” section for a brief summation.
WARNING: Spoilers for the episode will follow.
Well, this was a very exciting episode. A lot of action went down. Alliances were tested, people were hurled off of things, bowels were spilled. Episode five has been the most action-heavy episode to date. Which is good timing, since things were kind of chugging on for a little while.
Will and Chiyoh’s plot is a little confusing. They go on a train ride back to Florence as they share equally poetic philosophical quoting in regards to their pasts with Hannibal. It was almost ethereal and dream-like. Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to follow what everyone is talking about, because everyone is excessively wordy, but we did learn more about Will’s motives for hunting Hannibal Lecter. He intends to kill Hannibal to prevent himself from turning into yet another monster.
I don’t know why Will bothered to leave Hannibal Lecter alive in the crypt, if he was just going to try and kill him later. All he achieved by going to Lecter’s childhood home was finding Chiyoh, who kisses Will, and promptly throws him off a train after revealing she already knew Hannibal’s location. I’m not sure of Chiyoh’s later importance, but this all just felt like unnecessary filler looking back on it. In spite of the interesting development of the darkness Will is letting himself slip into, the Chiyoh stuff has been the weakest part of this season so far.
Things were much more interesting with Rinaldo Pazzi. The plot played out very similar to 2001’s Hannibal, with Pazzi’s fate centering around that of one of his ancestor’s. Seemingly out of the blue, Pazzi bumps into Lecter who is still pretending to be Dr. Fell. Pazzi recognizes Lecter and decides to take matters into his own hands. Foolishly, Pazzi tries to take matters into his own hands and joins forces with Mason Verger and Alana Bloom. Verger promises the investigator a cool 3 million for the apprehension of the doctor alive, but first requires proof in the form of a finger print. Which definitely complicates.
Pazzi clearly underestimates Hannibal, as he’s easily overpowered and drugged out from behind. He awakens already bound to the dolly that would be his downfall. Hannibal asks some brief questions, to which he already seems to know all of the answers. Mid-interrogation, Alana Bloom tries to phone Pazzi as to warn him about his certain doom. We get to see a fun brief conversation between Alana and Hannibal before he hangs up and promptly disembowels the investigator and hurls him out the window and hangs him with an extension cord.
This is when things really heat up. Hannibal looks out the window to survey his masterpiece he made. It turns out that Jack Crawford witnessed the whole thing. This is when round two of their showdown takes place. Hannibal held his own as best as he could, but Crawford clearly wanted it more. He beats Hannibal down — breaking his arm in a big wooden wheel, lodges a giant hook in his calf, throws him through several glass panes, and finally bashes his face in and launches Hannibal right out the few story window. Lecter hangs on to the now dead Pazzi, trying to maintain a hold. He eventually lets go and wanders off after appearing to break his leg as well. From the looks of things, Crawford follows in pursuit.
It was definitely cool seeing Crawford finally getting some just vengeance on Hannibal. He was prepared this time around, and severely weakened Lecter in the process. I don’t know where Hannibal hopes to go at this point. He seemed fairly willing to resign to death, but it’s unclear yet if Jack is going to completely follow through or just let Hannibal go.
Action-heavy episodes are always thrilling. Seeing two major characters going toe-to-toe with each other is intense, and can be a great change of pace for a season that is light on the action. Some of the character plots seemed rushed or cut short too soon, and I’m uncertain with some of the plot choices the writers have taken with going further into this season. In spite of the action, I couldn’t shake the feeling that not a whole lot actually happened this week. Maybe next time, we will finally see Hannibal and Will confront each other and bring this Italy plot to a close.
What’s Good: A brawlin’ good time, keeping the bowels in/bowels out line
What’s Not-so-good: Pazzi’s story seemed to end too abruptly, Chiyoh makes no sense