About a year and a half ago, I first heard that NBC was developing a TV series based on the character of Hannibal Lecter. While I enjoyed the novels and character as played by both Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins (I skipped Hannibal Rising. Sorry Gaspard Ulliel. I can’t comment on your portrayal.), trying to put Lecter on TV on a weekly basis (And on a broadcast network at that!) sounded like a terrible idea.
I am very happy to report that I was completely wrong.
Hannibal serves a prequel to the events of Red Dragon (Or Manhunter, if you’re a fan of the 1986 film adaptation) and covers how Will Graham first met Hannibal Lecter while working for the FBI. To say much more than that risks spoiler the show’s wonderful story arc, but it does take things in some surprising directions.
The show’s production design is also outstanding. That’s not an aspect of a series that I comment on very often, but Hannibal is truly one of the best looking shows on television. Just the scenes of Dr. Lecter cooking are mesmerizing. The food looks incredible, but then there’s that nagging fear about his choice of ingredients.
The series is now about halfway into its second season, but every episode is currently available on Comcast On Demand (Your cable system may vary). It’s well worth checking out (and some additional viewers wouldn’t hurt in the quest for a third season). Show creator Bryan Fuller (whose name will be mentioned again in a few weeks) has said that he has a seven year plan and will cover the events of Red Dragon in Season Four. I hope he gets the chance.
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