8 July 2015 | pablo2896
Hannibal: Contorno Review
Dr. Lec gets wrecked!
It yanked the rug off our feet again that Hannibal. If someone would have told me that Crawford and Lecter would have a rematch I would have guessed it to be a season finisher, really, not an episode 5 kind of thing. But thank you Hannibal producers, for this is how you keep an audience invested in a show.
It was an interesting turn for Jack, also. This episode provides us information about his mission in Florence earlier on and it looks pretty damn personal and harmless. I was strongly believing that he wouldn't get involved in the strange dance that Will and Hannibal have created until he gazed up on that window where his friend, the Commendatore, was hanging from and sprinted into the building immediately afterwards. What ensued was one of the best edited beat downs I have ever seen on TV. Jack Crawford became the hunter and finally got to land some pretty heavy spartan kicks on his opponent. The musical piece that accompanied this beat down added to the badass and calm ferocity which Jack used to finally show Hannibal what it is like to lay on a floor covered in your own blood (and also Inspector Pazzi's blood).
Speaking of Inspector Pazzi, we all knew he was doomed from the moment he decided to take on Hannibal all by himself for his singular benefit. The two scenes here Pazzi and Lecter shared where filed with tension, and the buildup to Pazzi's demise which used his ancestor as a direct reference was nothing short of smart. Only a very select group of people gets to play cat and mouse with Dr. Lecter and Pazzi just didn't qualify.
Mason Verger and Alana Bloom, however, benefited from Pazzi's desperate move, as they now officially know Hannibal's location. Their next move may even be joining the rest of the team on their little European vacation! But in the mean time, the weird dynamic duo is proving to be a very efficient team.
Will's story, in this episode, didn't progress as much as the others '. He got caught up in a weird situation with Chio that will have him singing "These Hoes Ain't Loyal" for the rest of the journey to Florence. But seriously man, leg it so that we can have some more sweet character confrontations! Aside from being tossed out of a moving train, Will confessed on his willingness to murder Hannibal Lecter. With Hannibal alive, Will fears that he will lose control of himself and become just as crazy as his nemesis (and best bud). That grip that Hannibal has over him is very tangible as long as he is alive. The feeling may be reciprocal to Hannibal as he is also willing to kill Will.
On a side note, the photography was awesome on those train scenes, night and day.
The fifth episode of the third season of Hannibal was packed with moments of meditation on the personalities of each character, moments of chilling tension and a rematch that I am sure none saw coming (at least this early on the season). My only worry is that Chiyo won't manage to become a part of the team, because I still don't see her as such an interesting character as the rest. Of course, that can change in the following episodes, who knows. That doesn't even matter, as compared to other TV shows which are currently airing, this is a true masterpiece. A true example of a piece of art. A piece of a delicious cake, liver cake, human liver cake. "Contorno" gets a 9.5 out of 10 because oh god yes. And what is up with the snails? So many scenes involving snails!