Hannibal: “Digestivo” Review

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Not content to simply cancel our precious show, this week NBC did us dirty by quietly moving Hannibal’s U.S. airdate to Saturdays and not, like, announcing anywhere—even on their usually on-point Tumblr—that they were doing that. However, it stayed on Thursdays in Canada, so spoilers and gifsets were floating around Tumblr willy-nilly in the meantime. So now that I’ve finally actually watched “Digestivo”, what did I think? Hit the jump to find out. Trigger warning for Hannibal-standard content, as well as some pretty gruesome medical malpractice, gore, and dead babies (yes, I’m serious) ahead.

Last episode Will and Hannibal were interrupted mid-craniotomy by Italian cops, who, this episode, deliver them tied like cuts of meat to Mason Verger. Meanwhile, Chiyoh saves Jack from a similar fate in order to find out where Hannibal was taken. The whole crew jaunts off to Maryland, where Mason delightfully regales Will and Hannibal with the menu of their punishment. mason cordell digestivoFirst, Mason’s chef/surgeon Cordell will surgically remove Will’s face and implant it on Mason, after which he will consume Hannibal piece by piece, starting from the extremities outward. Meanwhile, in a conversation with Margot about an heir, he reveals that he harvested her eggs when he had her uterus removed, so there’s still a possibility of a 100% Verger baby. In fact, he says, he’s already got one cooking up inside a surrogate.

Alana is distressed to discover that Will has fallen prey to Mason’s revenge plot, and decides it’s time to unravel it completely. She goes to where Hannibal is being held captive and releases him after he promises to save Will. Then she and Margot go to find Mason’s mysterious surrogate—who was, as I suspected as soon as he brought it up—a sow. In… fairness…? Pig and human physiology are actually quite similar? hannibal alana digestivoThat’s why the Mythbusters always use dead pigs for human analog tests. Anyway, the fetus inside the pig has no heartbeat, and Alanna cuts the dead baby out for Margot to hold. This gruesome skin-peeling-back scene is timed to coincide with Cordell beginning to remove Will’s face, and in combo they were so unpleasant that I actually had to cover my eyes. Thankfully, when the scene is over, Mason wakes up to discover that the face stuck on his own is not Will’s but Cordell’s, and that Will and Hannibal are long gone from the manor.

Margot and Alana enter to gloat, and he tries to tell Margot again that in the absence of a male heir, the family’s money will go to the Southern Baptist Church. In response, Alana holds up a test tube—while Mason was out, Hannibal showed them how to harvest Mason’s sperm, and now Mason being alive is irrelevant to the conception of an heir. He tries to shoot at them, but the bullet goes through the glass of his floor aquarium instead, and the women knock him into the water and hold him under. In a runner-up for most uncomfortable scene of the episode, the eel who lives there burrows into Mason’s face and, well, that’s the end of Mr. Verger.

Does she just wander past customs?

Does she just wander past customs?

Hannibal carries Will back to his house, guarded by Chiyoh, who perches in various trees and snipes anyone who threatens them. How she gets that rifle across so many international borders is anyone’s guess.

When Will wakes up back in his own house, he basically breaks up with Hannibal: he tells him that he never wants to see him again and that he doesn’t want to know anything about his whereabouts. Hannibal appears to accept this, but when the FBI arrives at Chez Graham, Hannibal emerges from the shadows to surrender. Even in doing so, he still has the upper hand—if Hannibal is in custody, Will will always know where he is and what he’s up to. It’s a big sacrifice in lifestyle to make just to piss off your not-quite-boyfriend, but it’s also a total Hannibal Lecter move.

Although I have been somewhat dreading the conclusion of this half of the season, I actually found this episode very satisfying. We saw Mason get what-for in a conclusive and relatively ironic way. In fact, no one whom I wanted to live ended up dying, and no one died whom I wanted to live. The story continued to validate Margot and Alana’s romantic relationship as well, showing them together both in and out of bed. Hopefully now that she has what she needs to procreate, Margot won’t completely fall off the face of the show.

Next week sees the return of Team Science, according to the previews, as Will returns to work at the FBI, and possibly the return of a slightly more light-hearted, case of the week episode format. Also, the probable debut of my dwarf husband Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage as the Tooth Fairy, about which I am still hyped as hell.

Episode Tally:
Canonical queer people: Two (!)
Unnecessarily gory facelifts: One
Dogs: A tragic zero


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