Television Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 5 “Contorno” written by Robert Reineke July 7, 2015 “There are means of influence other than violence. But violence is what you understand.” HANNIBAL has traded some of the dreamlike digressions of the first three episodes of the season for narrative clarity. Hannibal is drawing the players about him towards Florence and Mason Verger’s bounty is complicating things as Inspector Pazzi gives in to temptation. This episode hews to the book HANNIBAL very closely. One might even argue too closely as the stuff between Pazzi and Hannibal plays out without a surprise or twist. If you’ve seen Ridley Scott’s movie, there’s not a whole lot new here. Pazzi isn’t that much more fleshed out although his family history is. Still, the Pazzi that was obsessed with bringing Il Monstro to justice seems to be making a leap here to satisfy dovetailing with the book when the show has deviating widely when it suits them. The payoff is impressive for television, but this seems to be more like a cover band playing a familiar hit. Mason Verger and Alana Bloom also seem to be little more that cameos this week. After the juicy change in Alana’s character hinted at last week, she seems reduced to merely exposition this week. Those are the weak parts. The stronger part finds Will Graham having a conversation with someone that doesn’t want to turn him into a monster as he and Chiyoh take a train trip to Florence. The dialogue isn’t very naturalistic, but it reminds me of the sessions between Will and Hannibal. Chiyoh makes the very good point that there are ways other than violence to influence a person. Both characters are shot half in darkness and half in light as they struggle with their own natures, but for the first time in a while someone makes an argument for the light that seems to impact Will Graham. It may be followed by violence, and Will may still be trudging along after his stag, but the argument clearly registers. One person who’s clearly not conflicted is Jack Crawford. Not from the opening shots as he deposits Bella’s ashes in the seas of Florence or when he confronts Hannibal at the end. Tellingly, Crawford doesn’t listen to Hannibal’s words at all. In contrast to the Season 2 finale, this fight is as one-sided as it can get and for the first time we really see Hannibal not in control. Hannibal didn’t plan to confront Jack Crawford, that wasn’t part of his design for sure, and the beating he takes is brutal. Fishburne’s size and determination really sell the scene and gives us a real surprise where Pazzi’s death merely played to expectations. Next week looks to wrap up Hannibal’s adventures in Florence with Will, Chiyoh, Jack, and Mason Verger all closing in on a wounded Hannibal. Will and Hannibal haven’t had an actual conversation yet this season, so you have to imagine that’s part of the plan, and we’ll have to see how Verger complicates things. The latter half of the season is focusing on Red Dragon so you have to imagine that things will be wrapping up soon, although perhaps not next episode. Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 5 “Contorno” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post ANT-MAN: Marvel Goes Viral With WHIH NEWS FRONT next post Christopher Miller & Phil Lord Tapped To Direct Han Solo STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY Film! You may also like Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 10 “…... August 12, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 25 to October... October 2, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 1 to 7,... May 8, 2016 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 12 “And... August 26, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 6 to 12,... 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Very well choreographed fight. Robert Reineke Yeah that was about as satisfying a beat down as I’ve seen in a long while. Something that has been earned over two seasons. stock Yeah! He’s kind of like the Joker in that regard. Love the guy, but it’s a joy to have him get what’s coming to him. Sure looked like Jack enjoyed it! Re: a previous post. Went to Spy with the wife. Had some very funny moments. Statham was hilarious. Few too many fbombs maybe, but I can deal.