Take a seat, turn off the lights and enjoy the dark stories and graphic imagery of murder, cannibalism and psychological torment in the fantastic new TV series featuring Hannibal "the cannibal" Lecter.
We once again get to see our favorite psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a TV series taking place prior to the events of Red dragon. The story revolves around exploring the relationship between Hannibal and Will Graham, an FBI profiler who suffers from his ability to empathize with serial killers.
Hannibal is the darkest TV series I have ever seen - in just about every sense of the word. It is violent, graphic, psychologically ominous, with both a visual and auditory presence that amplifies the content and general atmosphere of the show.
This is one of Hannibal's greatest aspects. Because while it's almost never downright scary, it has an unpleasant ambiance to it.
Another great aspect is one of the main focuses of the entire story - the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, and the characters themselves, played by Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy.
|Graham, Crawford, Hannibal|
Hugh Dancy's Will Graham is a more interesting character here than William Petersen's (Manhunter) and Edward Norton's (Red Dragon) rather generic versions. Here he's mentally crumbling as a side effect of his superior profiling abilities. This provides a character who keeps us invested episode after episode. He has believable 'give-and-take' traits, a good reason for a constant relationship with Hannibal, and offers a really interesting descent into mental instability.
Initially it was alarming that Hannibal would turn out to be a quite generic episodic series with a new killer in each episode with the main story taking the backseat - like most crime shows out there. And to a certain extent, that is how it plays out. A new killer appear in most episodes, but the main story certainly doesn't fall behind. In fact, its presence keeps on growing the further the series progress.
And what is the main story, you may ask? The relationship between Graham and Hannibal?
No. That's the show's main focus - not it's main story, there's a difference. The main story is the continuous ruination of Graham's psyche. And it's a good season-wide story, with twists and turns.
I am a tremendous fan of psychological horrors and thrillers, and Hannibal is among the best within this genre. I highly recommend it to other fans of this, as well as anyone who simply enjoys a great TV series.
The horror/thriller elements
Fitting visuals and auditory
Season-spanning stories & aspects
Is a bit too much of a 'killer per week' series.