Billed as the midseason finale, Digestivo is certainly one of the best episodes of the series. It’s no Mizumono, but it comes close. This episode begins with a POV of what Jack Crawford might look like while your cranium is being sawed open and it just keeps getting crazier from there. Welcome to Muskrat Farms, kids, it’s going to be a twisted and gory ride.
If it wasn’t for Chiyo doing her best impression of Willem Dafoe in John Wick, Jack would not still be alive, but he is and now Chiyo is on her way to Muskrat Farms to join the party. As Alana and Margot plot their revenge, Mason and Cordell are looking forward to their good and funny times with Hannibal and Will. Amusingly, Hannibal appears to be as excited about it as they are. Only Dr. Lecter would be visibly delighted by someone detailing how they are going to cook and eat him.
Always the clever writers, the fans’ desire to see Mads Mikkleson naked and chained up is indulged without it feeling as though they were pandering to us. (I’m looking at you True Blood and American Horror Story.) To cover all bases, we also get to see the gorgeous new power couple of Alana and Margot. Again, the events that occurred in the novel were so unbelievably crass that I was blown away by the show’s ability to present them without it seeming so disgusting. Of course Hannibal milked Mason’s prostate with a cattle prod when he was on the operating table. Uh, duh. Congratulations Margot, you can now have an incestuous Mercer baby. I sure do hope they aren’t anything like their father.
Alana finally coming face to face with Hannibal was very conflicting. She has wanted nothing more than to get revenge, but instead, she asks for Hannibal’s help. Hannibal promises to save Will and as a man who always keeps his promises, Alana has just put herself on Hannibal’s future dinner menu.
I, honestly, have no idea if it is intentional or not, but the red surgery clothing they have been using always hearkens back to Dead Ringers for me. Put the red Dead Ringers imagery next to an Eyes Without a Face homage and this transplant scene just went from ridiculously unbelievable to insanely gorgeous. Very Almodovar.
“Did you eat her?”
“Yes, but I did not kill her.”
Talk about splitting hairs. Hannibal, you have had a lot of fun, but the teacup is broken and it is now time for you to step aside and let another monster take center stage, however, before that, you must be subjected to one of the most brutal breakup speeches in the history of ever.
“I miss my dogs. I’m not going to miss you. I’m not going to find you. I’m not going to look for you. I don’t want to know where you are or what you do. I don’t want to think about you anymore.”
“You delight in wickedness and then berate yourself for the delight.”
“You delight. I tolerate. I don’t have your appetite. Goodbye Hannibal.”
Not to worry Fannibals, Hannibal waited outside Will’s house into the cold and dark hours of the night just so Jack Crawford could apprehend him and take him in. Despite Chiyo claiming that not all monsters should be caged, she lets Hannibal indulge his sick desire to continue to torment his one true love: Will Graham.
“I want you to know exactly where I am and where you can always find me.”
Folks, we have officially reached a psycho level of love between Hannibal and Will. I mean, this is 50 Shades of Grey territory of B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
As I originally stated, this episode was meant to be a midseason finale and what a fine one it would have been. Many things were tied up, yet we were still left with some delicious tastes of what is to come in the final six episodes of the season. Well, good news/bad news situation with this. NBC pulled the plug on Hannibal and sent it to their own personal form of corporal punishment :airing on Saturday nights. This may be the last season of Hannibal, but we don’t have to wait between the midseason finale and the final six episodes. No, TV Babies, next week we will be introduced to Frances Dolarhyde. Hannibal the Cannibal, please step aside and let the spotlight focus on the Red Dragon.
Never overcook a penis. Also, loved the reference to Armin Meiwes, or The Rottenburg Cannibal, if you’re nasty.
I love that Hannibal requests Alana pull hair from his scalp, but away from the hairline. We can’t be mucking up that gorgeous hairline.
Yet another clever reference to The Silence of the Lambs with Mason waking up with Cordell’s face.
Is that actually a thing eels do?
#Fannibals! The west coast airing of Hannibal was the number one trend on Twitter Saturday night! Keep up the love!