Everyone starts closing in.
Hannibal: Season 3: Episode 5: Contorno: GRADE: A-
It now starts to feel like that main plot for the now more likely final season of the show is moving into motion with Jack, Alana, Mason, and Chilton being the final pieces that needed to be put onto the board, more so the first three, Chilton is no where to be seen this week.
What we do get this week is a rematch that turned more into a straight beat down with Hannibal and Jack. This comes moments after the greed of Inspector Pazzi had left him hanging from a balcony with his bowels spilled across the ground. Pazzi was a big focus this week as he and Jack bonded more in their ways of going after Hannibal which weren’t by any means within the bounds of traditional law, but it was getting them results and now Jack can work off of what Pazzi had worked too, but I don’t think that Jack will be so inclined to hand Hannibal over to Mason. What Pazzi did was out of love for his wife and being able to better provide and that’s another key difference when Jack throws Hannibal through glass displays among since Bella is now gone, a fact Hannibal brings up, both in genuine loss of a friend, but to also psychologically throw Jack off to get an advantage.
Jack is the winner this time, even thought Hannibal is able to skirt away by hanging on the Pazzi’s corpse to survive the fall. What a lucky cannibal, but for how much longer will luck be on his side?
Pazzi was in contact with Mason and Alana about collecting the bounty who are now closing in on Hannibal themselves this week with Alana studying purchases made by Hannibal in Florence thanks to her intimate nature, which Mason crudely remarks on in great hilarity. Once again, Joe Anderson is fitting in perfectly as Mason Verger. Bloom’s call to Pazzi before Hannibal answers it shows a glimpse of the old Alana from before the fall, but the look she has after Hannibal hangs up seems to show new Alana is here to stay and I am glad about that.
Companionship is expanded upon outside of Jack and Pazzi as Will and Chiyoh take the train to Florence. With the mind that Will has there is a need for companionship, a use as well for as evident by his respect for Hannibal and his attachment to Jack and certainly Abigail, Will Graham needs an anchor to make sure he doesn’t go too far off his own path. But why does Will need Hannibal when that friendship didn’t exactly smoothly? Is Hannibal really Will’s better half? Who knows, but Chiyoh does revel she knows of Hannibal’s location and before she throws Will from the train she says, “There are means of influence other than violence.” She is wrong in that regard because when it comes to dealing with Hannibal Lecter, you must answer his violence with violence. Will knows that and which is why I love the slow build of Will coming in a little slower now with him quite literally thrown from the train. Will has nothing to fear though, his most faithful companion, The Stag will show him the way to Hannibal.
Bedelia is ever right as Hannibal is drawing everyone to him, but its also the finality of it all that brings them all. Hannibal and everyone involved want to wrap things up, end the chapter, and maybe now that the show is possibly airing for the last time, that’s a great thing.
Now I will say, this episode needs to slow down. Sometimes people bring up how Hannibal over indulges itself sometimes with its more artful aspects and I can agree. The shot of Jack dropping Bella’s ashes could have been trimmed down a bit, but keep the bit of him throwing the ring away, but did we really need to see Pazzi’s coin at the payphone really go inside the payphone? Direction this week is done by Guillermo del Toro’s go to cinematographer, Guillermo Navarro. He does a great job here, but yes can learn where to really put to camera.
The plot is un full swing, the breath is coming down harder on Hannibal’s neck, and its time for the main course. Hannibal this week ups the stakes from last week and if it really is the last meal for the show, its going to enjoy devouring every bite.