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Hannibal: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
David Slade, Michael Rymer, Peter Medak, Guillermo Navarro, Tim Hunter, James Foley, John Dahl

Writer:
Thomas Harris (characters from the book ‘Red Dragon’), Bryan Fuller, Jim Danger Gray, David Fury, Chris Brancato, Jennifer Schuur, Scott Nimerfro, Kai Wu, Jesse Alexander, Jennifer Schuur, Steve Lightfoot, Andrew Black

Starring:
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas

Other notable appearances:
Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, Molly Shannon, Anna Chlumsky, Gina Torres, Dan Fogler, Ellen Muth, Lance Henriksen, Kacey Rohl, Vladimir Jon Cubrt, Lara Jean Chorostecki

Running time:
41-44 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
13

 

When Will Graham (Dancy) is asked to use his empathy disorder to help the FBI catch serial killers, he is appointed a psychiatrist to ensure he doesn’t fall into the abyss. Unfortunately for Will, his psychiatrist is Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) who may be working on the wrong end of the abyss.

The story featured in the first season of Hannibal is enjoyable but is convoluted at times. With a crime of the week style format mingled with one character’s cannibalism and serial killing, another character’s mental break, another with marital troubles and several more with troubles of their own, the story does get bogged down at times.

The first season of Hannibal introduces a huge range of complex and versatile characters to the viewers. Most of these character introductions are handled with symphonic precision, but as can be expected a few hit a bung note. I really hope that this was just optimistic foresight on the writers’ behalf and that these characters will be more finely tuned in the coming seasons.

The acting in Hannibal is intense, which fits well with the overall feel of the first season of the series. In addition to a talented main cast, there are delightful appearances from high profile stars like Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson and many more.

Despite a few glitches, I found Hannibal’s premiere season to be enjoyable, intelligent and a good foundation for a character about whom almost everyone knows something. If you enjoy crime shows and psychological thrillers, I recommend checking out the first few episodes. If you’re not hooked by then, move on to the next show in your queue. 

Rating:

“Don’t psychoanalyse me. You won’t like me when I’m psychoanalysed.”

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