Title: Hannibal 2nd Season Premiere
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter), Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Laurence Fishburne (Jack Crawford)
Why Watch It?: For those who never bothered to watch Hannibal’s first season: fear not, this review has been carefully designed without spoilers. For those who did: fear not, the second season is off to a fantastic start! As I watched the Friday night premiere I was reminded again exactly what this show brings to the table. Carefully prepared human body parts are certainly on the menu but Hannibal’s grotesquery is served with a side of art. David Fincher-esque lighting, an eerie minimalist soundtrack and some truly surreal imagery all lend themselves to one of the most carefully crafted and effective moods I’ve ever seen on network television. Combine that with some top-notch acting and you have a show that is subtle and visceral, beautiful and terrifying. Although the whole cast does an outstanding job, the real standouts are Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy who play off each other in a way that is compulsively watchable. People expecting a clone of Hopkin’s Lecter will find themselves sorely disappointed, but anyone approaching the show with an open mind should appreciate Mikkelsen’s performance for the brilliance that it is. He plays Hannibal with both composure and an undercurrent of the predatory. My only warning is for the faint at heart. It really is astounding that Hannibal is aired on the network as the portion sizes of gore and horror are both pretty large. Anyone still interested should check out season one first. The premiere was wonderfully intense but made for a confusing and unsatisfying point to newly invest in the story.