There’s a growing trend in television revolving around cool villains. With shows like Dexter, Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad the main focus is not on the police tracking the criminals but the people causing the crime and what that toll takes on a person. However, in Hannibal a new show on NBC the focus is balanced between the two.
Hannibal is a 13 episode television series produced Living Dead Guy Productions and Gaumont International Television The show was created by Bryan Fuller (creator of Pushing Up Daisies, Dead Like Me) and is based upon a series of novels written by Thomas Harris.
The plot of the show is based around two different people at different ends of the spectrum. One being Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) a criminal profiler and a forensic psychiatrist working with the FBI and secret cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) who is brought in to help Graham keep his mental balance.
The series works as a prequel to the book series and explains how the two came to know and work together.
Over the course of the pilot we’re introduced to a number of other characters such as Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) the head of Behavioral Sciences for the FBI, Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) a psychology professor at the FBI training centre and a team of forensic scientists one of which played by former Kids in the Hall star Scott Thompson.
While this characters will have their purpose the main focus is put on the growing relationship between Lecter and Graham.
Graham doesn’t trust people as he seems to suffer from several social disorders but Lecter seems to understand him and seems to find a way to work with him.
Early in the episode they show off Grahams detective and profiling skills through a series of interesting scenes. These scenes feature Graham reenacting the crimes in his head as if he was the criminal. This skill seems to scare people almost as much as it scares himself.
It’s clear to see the dynamic that is going to be built during this show will be the clear headed Hannibal will poking and prodding Graham until he and the and the people around him start to question his mental stability.
The show features a great deal of blood as one might expect. There are a number of scenes in the first episode that feature blood spilling out of bodies and onto faces, so if you’re looking for heart-warming drama about friendship look somewhere else.
It’s hard to say that Hannibal is a good show after just one episode. While the David Slade directed pilot is good enough to make most forget his last film was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse it’ll be the later episodes that really prove the longevity of the series.
But for a pilot, this one is pretty good and fans of the films should enjoy the episode despite there not being a whole lot of Hannibal in the first half.