Television Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 7 “Digestivo” written by Robert Reineke July 23, 2015 “Play with your food, Mason, and you give it the opportunity to bite back.” Remember back to the first three episodes of the season with their dreamy diversions where nothing much was happening? That seems so long ago as crazily full of incident as the wrapup to Hannibal’s fugitive status and Mason Verger’s dreams of revenge. This was packed like a season climax and it certainly functions as one as the show reinvents itself next week. I suppose that in the grand scheme of the show, nothing too surprising happens, but it was a wild and fun ride seeing the inevitable play out. Mason Verger had used up his usefulness as a character as there were no depths to plumb with him. There were still grotesque plots of his to unveil, the “surrogate” is a particularly demented idea, but more than anyone else on the show he was a cartoon. A very entertaining cartoon, but one that didn’t need to overstay his welcome. Particularly, as it allowed Alana and Margot to step up. Yeah, it’s hard to countenance the murder of someone, but Alana made the case against torture of Hannibal earlier in the episode and if unleashing Hannibal is the only way to save Will, it’s hard to fault her choice. Margot’s choice to take matters into her own hands with Mason is again, morally wrong in an absolute sense, but hard not to look past in this particular circumstance. Given the phallic discussion of sausages and overcooked genitalia to open the show, and Mason’s sexual violence in general, Mason gets to meet an extremely fitting end with another phallic symbol being the agent behind his demise. And, again, on network television. Hannibal was hired to help Margot get over Mason’s abuse of her, and there’s a sense that Hannibal allowed her to do just that. With, ironically, Mason Verger footing the bills for her therapy. Will Graham also gets his turn to shine as he’s brought face to face with the violence of Hannibal and the consequences of it. You can see the look of pride on Hannibal’s face as Will takes a bite out of Dr. Cordell, but you also see Will Graham’s eventual disgust and rejection of Hannibal’s ways. As Will says, he tolerates the violence and doesn’t revel in it. It’s been a long time coming for Will Graham, but he seems to be back on the right path. His rejection of running away with Hannibal and telling him that he’s not going to hunt for him anymore, is probably the one thing that would hurt Hannibal. So, of course, Hannibal decides that he’ll be where Will can always find him. In the only real weak part of the episode, Chiyoh also walks away from Hannibal. I appreciated the sentiment, but she’s the one character that I feel we really didn’t get to know in order to appreciate the choice she was making. Maybe she’ll be back, but she functioned more as a plot device than a character in the last two episodes, even if it was fun to see her ride to the rescue of Jack Crawford and their interactions. Next episode, The Great Red Dragon spreads his wings and I’m excited to see what Bryan Fuller and company have in store. MANHUNTER is great, but there’s room for a more faithful adaptation, told with more panache and understanding of the source material than Bret Ratner was capable of. Given that the season is split the way it is, I think there’s evidence to suggest that everyone knew that the end was coming before the season started and that they were prepared to wrap things up. I’ll take three seasons of a show this stylish and wrapped up over an incomplete story that went on longer. Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 7 “Digestivo” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post JURASSIC WORLD Sequel Set For June 22, 2018 next post Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Coming To Blu-Ray October 2nd! You may also like Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 5 “Contorno” July 7, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 24 to 30,... May 1, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 31 to February... February 8, 2016 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 11 “…and... August 22, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 9 to 15,... November 15, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 11 to 17,... October 19, 2015 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 9 “And... August 5, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 1 to February... February 10, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 15 to 21,... November 20, 2015 Oswald Cobblepot Waddles To GOTHAM March 25, 2014 stock Totally agree, Robert. I’m ready to just go along for the ride. I’m so glad they allowed Will his humanity back. I would never really sympathize with Hannibal, but Mads almost got me there when he’s rejected by Will. As for Red Dragon, I’m not sure the show will be any more faithful to it, but the changes they’ve made have usually been interesting. After all, they’ve already used a lot of the good lines and shock scenes like the burning man from Manhunter. I only hope they allow for the passage of time. In Manhunter, Hannibal is really pissed off. He wouldn’t feel that way overnight. But the rivalry there between he and Will is more of an intellectual one, and less a battle for Will’s soul as it is here. And, of course, Hannibal never surrendered. I’ve always thought this was the reason for his tears in SOTL after his quid pro quo with Clarice. He’s allowed for a brief moment to be a doctor again. I’m really sad we won’t see Mads do his version of Hannibal in SOTL.