Hannibal 3×7 Review: Digestivo

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Ouch, my heart.  Despite this being a mid season episode, it felt like the end of an arc.  In a way it was.  Hannibal and Will have officially broken up are no  longer playing a global game of cat and mouse, Jack has finally ‘caught’ the Chesapeake Ripper, and Chiyoh, despite her very short time on the series, has now wandered off to do her own thing.  She just can’t watch Hannibal rot in a cage, I suppose.  But really, the most painful thing of all was that horribly intense look between Will and Hannibal as Hannibal was giving himself up to Jack.  It was so intense, I’m going to just let actor Aaron Abrams’ tweet summarize my feelings in the perfectly snarky way that is so Aaron Abrams…

That summarizes it quite nicely, Mr Abrams.  Well done.

Hannibal1Outside the dramatic break up between our beloved cannibalistic serial killer and the poor damaged FBI agent who is in love with him has been hunting him, there was plenty of WTF moments this episode that left my head spinning.  I hate to shout ‘I called it’ for shows, because really that’s just rude, and in this fandom being rude puts you on a dinner plate, but the moment Mason said Margot’s surrogate was ‘on the farm’ I knew exactly where it was heading.  I was hoping I was wrong, though.  It was horrible and disgusting and crosses over into elements of body horror that disturbs someone with an unusually high tolerance towards the grotesque.  Yes, dear Margot, I hate to break it to you, but your baby is inside that pig.

The conclusion of the Mason Verger story was perfect, though.  Margot got her revenge and Hannibal agreed to take the fall.  What a sweet guy.  On top of that, she’s got her brother’s sperm and can now carry on the family line.  I hope Alana acts as a surrogate and their happy relationship continues for a long long time.  I’m going to need copious amounts of fanfiction about Margot, Alana, and their Verger baby on the estate together.  It’s the gender swapped murder family counterpart to Will, Hannibal, and Abigail.  I’m going to live in a happy universe where all six of them live happy murder family lives together.  Thanks for warping my brain, Bryan Fuller.  I blame you for this entirely.

HannibalI do feel quite punched in the gut over the original murder family, though.  Both Hannibal and Will seem conflicted about their feelings about each other.  One minute Hannibal is slicing Will’s head open with a saw.  The next minute he’s saving Will from death and giving himself up to the FBI just so that he can stay near him.  Will, on the other hand, is chasing Hannibal all over the globe and then, well, let’s use a tweet Mr Abram’s again to get to the heart of the matter…

Outside of the show itself, I think I’m going to miss Aaron Abram’s tweets the most.  Dude knows how to get to the point.

So here we are, at the end of an era.  The end of Hannibal?  Oh my no.  I refuse to think that way.  The show isn’t over yet.  But it is the end of Will and Hannibal’s origin stories.  We’re now plunging head first into Red Dragon and nothing can stop us.

Author: Angel Wilson

Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.


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Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She's contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She's written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.

Comments

  1. It’s like this article was written by a “pansexual” 15yo who likes puppies and kittens, but who probably also wouldn’t mind seeing them eviserated. Very strange review.

    1. That… that’s a very accurate description of me as a person. Thank you. I will take this as a compliment.

    2. Hmm, I’m pretty monosexual, haven’t been fifteen in a looong time, don’t want to eviserate any puppies (and definitely not kittens) – and I’m not sure what’s so “strange” about this review. Not “professionally detached” enough? Well, it’s a fannish site. Their entire mission statement is “we’re fans, we have Feelings, this is where we talk about them”. Being a fan is not all serious meta and cinematography analysis and stuff (much as I like those).

      (And why is “pansexual” in quotes, if you don’t mind me asking?)

      1. For that last part: those are fear quotes, plain and simple. But it’s funny because I have identified as pansexual. I’m more demisexual nowadays, but I still find it funny they picked up on that somehow through my review.

        As far as eviscerating puppies and kitties, if “puppies” and “kitties” means “Will” and “Hannibal” and “cuddling” and “eviscerating” them means “wanting them to be happy” but “enjoying all the drama that comes with one of them being a cannibal” then that’s also semi accurate. Ok… I’m stretching a bit on that one.

        As far as my age, yesterday was my 29th birthday. So I’m double the age she projected and I frankly didn’t want to deal with a dig at my maturity on my birthday. I’m choosing to take it as a compliment and just enjoy the bizarreness. I may be almost 30, but I’m a 15 year old fangirl at heart oh yeah!

        Thank you for defending me and my review. I really appreciate it. I actually have a degree in Film and do tend to get analytical, but this website is, as you pointed out, about our FEELINGS first and foremost. Each writer has their own voice and mine is an odd blend of academia and fangirling and I’m happy with that. If that makes me and my reviews “strange,” so be it.

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