Due to some confusion on my part, I ended up missing Hannibal when it aired on Saturday. I just recently became aware that NBC moved the show to weekends. If you were hoping for an episode analysis on Friday like usual, many apologies.
It’s likely that many of you Hannibal fans have already seen this episode and have formed your own opinions about the events that took place. I still would like to express my thoughts on Digestivo, and the culmination of this season’s plot up until this point. if you’re reading this and have already seen the episode, thank you. I appreciate you caring an iota about my opinion. Now that we have that squared away, let us begin…
WARNING: This analysis will contain some spoilers. Scroll down to “final thoughts” for a brief summation, or check the episode out now on Hulu or NBC.
What a tense episode! Digestivo pulls us away from Italy and plunges us deep into the maw of danger. The Italian investigators that were bought by Mason Verger arrived on the scene just in time as Hannibal began to saw through Will Graham’s skull. Both Hannibal and Will are taken captive and sent back to the land of the free, while the inspector deviously plans to get rid of Jack Crawford.
Luckily for Jack, Chiyoh swoops in at the last minute to save the day. They never explain the confusion with her in Jack in the elevator in Dolce, but she apparently left to find a good sniping vantage point? Whatever. Chiyoh seems little more than a plot device that the writers decide to use whenever it may be convenient. How is ________ going to get out of this hopeless situation in the nick of time? Oh, just throw in Chiyoh to snipe him/her out of harm’s way. No big deal.
When we make it to Muskrat Farms, we discover just how messed up Mason Verger is. Not only does he intend to have Cordell prepare Hannibal as a daily meal, but he intends to take Will’s face and use it for his own facial transplant. DAYUM. Even more sinister (somehow), it is revealed that Mason has kept Margot’s still intact eggs inside the womb of one of his pigs (because…science?) and has been incubating a fetus for quite some time. Unfortunately for Margot, the child comes out stillborn, but this inspires her to come up with a master plan to exact her vengeance.
From the sound of things in prior episodes, it seemed as if Margot and Alana actually had a plan to bring Mason Verger to justice, when reality it seemed that they very much reacted on the fly. When your best hope for victory relies on freeing Hannibal Lecter and holding him to his word, you truly are in desperate times. Desperate times often call for desperate measure, though — and Hannibal seems grateful enough to be free of his captivity and willing to lend a hand.
Cordell ironically loses his own face and Hannibal casually flaps it on Verger’s as a gruesome jape. Verger wakes up to fins that he’s still very much deformed and things don’t seem to be going his way.
Enter Alana Bloom, who informs Verger that his plans have failed and Hannibal and Will have both escaped and everyone is dead. Margot adds the final insult to injury when she informs Mason that they snatched his little swimmers in the most invasive way possible while he was under anesthesia. In blind fury, he attempts to shoot the women, but they easily overpower him. Mason dies in his eel pool, as his pet swims right down his throat. It’s not as brutal as being eaten alive by your own pigs, but it was still an interesting send off.
Chiyoh helps out once more on the farm as she provides cover fire for Lecter and Will’s escape. She is annoyingly convenient, and I won’t be upset to see her gone. While she doesn’t die, I’m assuming this will be her episode. Good riddance in my book. She’s not a bad actress, but her presence adds little to the show, and it sort of cheapened this season a little bit so far.
Hannibal brings Will back to his home and waits for him to wake up. Will finally decides that he has no interest or care in pursuing Hannibal anymore, as he claims not to share his “hunger.” I don’t understand Will. He was ready and willing to let Hannibal go scott-free, even though he went all of the way to Italy to look for him. Now that he’s been through having his head sawn open, and almost had his face cut off, he’s just apparently giving up on bringing Hannibal to justice. I don’t get it.
Luckily for the entire universe, Hannibal ends up turning himself in (against all logic and reason) to Jack Crawford when he and the police arrive on Will’s front step. Maybe Hannibal felt lonely by nobody being interested in him anymore, so he willingly allowed himself to be placed into custody? Maybe he wasn’t aware that he was going to end up in Chilton’s hospital. In either event, Hannibal’s apprehension by the authorities felt hollow and meaningless. In the books, you get the impression that Will had been intelligent enough to actually outwit Dr. Lecter and catch him on his own. It isn’t exciting to have Hannibal just give up, just so he knows he can creep people out by them knowing where he is at all times. I understand why they did that, but I have to admit it was a little anti-climatic.
Digestivo brings this part of Hannibal’s story to a solid close. While parts of the story were a little too convenient, the episode ultimately provided a lot of entertainment and excitement. Starting next Saturday, we’ll finally get to see Hannibal in the realm we’re used to seeing him in. It will be interesting to see how Will and Lecter interact with each other once the doctor is locked up, and I hope the Red Dragon arc can provide us with a proper send-off to this mostly stellar show.
What’s Good: Intense scenes, no more drawn out Italy scenes, justice is served
What’s Not-so-good: Some unnecessary characters, and all-too-convenient cop-outs hold the story back a little bit when this episode could have excelled