Hannibal

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Friday 10:00 PM on NBC Premiered Apr 04, 2013 Between Seasons

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AIRED ON 5/23/2014

Season 2 : Episode 13

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In this new drama from Bryan Fuller, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) comes to life. The characters are based on those from Thomas Harris' novels. Gifted criminal profile Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has a unique way of thinking and can empathize with anyone, making it easy for him to figure out how a killer thinks. Needing the help of an expert when a twisted killer becomes too complicated for Will, he joins up with Dr. Lecter, one of the top psychiatrists in the country. Will and Hannibal (only the audience knows he's a serial killer) develop a talented partnership and seem unstoppable when it comes to catching criminals.

Other characters include Dr. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. His job is to catch the most heinous serial killers and Will is his most valuable tool. Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), a former psychology professor, is an FBI consultant and Will's co-worker. Dr. Lecter was her mentor and she disagrees with him when it comes to his unconventional treatments. Members of the Behavioral Science Unit include Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) who specializes in fibers. She always treats Will like everyone else and not someone special, something he appreciates. Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson) is a master of forensics and technology. Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams) works with Katz and uses his medical degree to determine cause of death. He is arrogant and competitive which makes him at odd with Will. Outside the group is tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) who is out to use Will and the FBI for her next sensational expose.

Bryan Fuller is a writer and executive producer along with Martha De Laurentiis, Sara Colleton, Jesse Alexander and Katie O'Connell. David Slade is the director and executive producer for the series pilot.

For the first season of Hannibal , the episodes were titled after French meal courses. In season two, the episode titles refer to Japanese cuisine. According to Bryan Fuller, these have a particular significance to Hannibal's own history.

In season one, NBC pulled Oeuf (at the request of Bryan Fuller) and renumbered its episodes, airing only 12 of the 13 episodes produced. The episode became available for viewing on Amazon and iTunes.

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  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    10
    For many fans of the Hannibal Lechter films, the jury is still out on the new TV show, Hannibal. While the ratings have been passable, when you ask people what they think of the show, most will tell you they haven't seen it yet. If NBC would put more money into advertising and let it stream on Netflix, I have little doubt that this will be a top ten show.



    People are hesitant to watch a Lechter story without the legendary Anthony Hopkins, however once you get into the story, you will see that this isn't a problem. The series takes place in between the events of Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon, featuring Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in his prime, as the FBI's top profiler. As seen in the opening scene of Red Dragon, Graham got help solving his cases from the world renowned psychologist, Dr. Hannibal Lechter (Mads Mikkelsen). The series focuses on this relationship, with Graham, who of course is in the dark over who Lechter really is. Lechter serves as a calming element in the vary chaotic and troubled life of Graham, and also plays the intermediary between Graham and his boss, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). This dynamic allows the FBI to solve some of the most heinous serial crimes they've been faced with.



    For those of you still hesitant about watching this series, a few things to keep in mind. The same writers, producers, and directors who worked on the four films are behind this series. There are frequent references to all the films, and points where they actually clear up plot holes from the films. That alone should be enough to get people interested, but what really brings the story to the same level as the film series is Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.



    Will Graham is a much deeper character than we came to know in Red Dragon. He is extremely complicated and as it turns out, not all that different from Lechter. Hugh Dancy, a veteran of a lot of bad movies, stars and is tremendous. Award shows are notorious for ignoring performances in series that feature gore and violence, but if anyone deserves an Emmy for best actor it his him. Dancy regularly gives a performance that is the best I've seen in a TV show since Breaking Bad. He really is that good.



    Mads Mikkelsen is also terrific as Dr. Lechter. I wasn't sure how a French guy known for B-movies would do taking on the epic character of Hannibal Lechter, but he has shown all the class, humor, and madness of the legendary character. Finally, Laurence Fishburne rounds out the cast as the only big name involved in the project. He plays the boss, Jack Crawford, and is very important as the man who brought Graham and Lechter together. In my opinion, Fishburne is the perfect choice as he's cold, emotionless, and deeply focused on on thing, getting the job done.



    You don't know most of the actors, but you know the characters. The cast of Hannibal is outstanding and will give you the chance to see your favorite characters in a whole other light. I love the Lechter films and was hesitant about watching this show myself. I didn't want to tarnish my view of the characters or the films, but this series is the missing companion piece that fills in the holes and gives you an all new appreciation for Lechter.moreless
  • Synetech is not a moron but a forum participant who is entilted to an opinion,willieno2

    1.0
    willieno2 your little rant in which you pick on Synetech for daring to hold an opinion that is contrary to yours is pathetic.



    You are not superior, although probably imagine you are as you feebly and with little skill try to position yourself as someone with superior intellect. You are a bully and are trying to belittle the poster and most probably force people off a thread if they dare voice a view you don't approve of.



    Welcome to the world of grown ups. You need to learn how to consider the views and feelings of others. I am sick of reading rude and aggressive little posts from people like you.moreless
  • Good watch, but don't forget to turn off your brain first.

    6.0
    Hannibal has great set designs, good sound, great actors, a story worth telling, and some good ol' fashioned blood and gore to top it off. A recipe for success right? Well unfortunately.. No.



    Pack up your flamethrowers, fanboys (you know who you are (pointing at you, green score guys below me)), and hear me out. Hannibal is a great example of how you can do almost everything right on a show, yet make it mediocre if you mess up one of its major compononents. I'm talking ofcourse about the writing of the show. (Beware: There's going to be a few minor spoilers ahead)

    Let's start with Graham, the protagonist. He works as a consultant for the fbi. The show doesn't waste any time establishing him as Sherlock's second coming. Whereas Sherlock had heightened observational skills, Graham uses his.. Wait for it.. Empathy! Okay, okay.. Maybe that's not so strange afterall, it's a great tool for profilers. It gets strange however, when his emphatic empathy allows him to visualize crimes, upon seeing the crimescene. Knowing the why of things (and doing so upon seeing a gut painting is a little presumptuous, even if your empathy scored: Jesus +10), doesn't make you know the how of things, but the show disagrees on that. It relies so heavily on this "because of empathy" thing, that it doesn't even bother to show the viewers a lot of the supposed clues on which Graham's vivid visions are based, pretty much making him a psychic. Customary to these kind of things, the fbi (or rather: The consultant's sidekicks) are there just to make Graham look super special. The show throws them a bone every now and then, having them highlight a clue, which Graham then connects to something no one else saw, because he's smarter.



    That brings me to Hannibal, the criminal mastermind which the show interpreted as: "The obvious killer who has this uncanny ability to make everyone stupid about everything that concerns him " Really.. it doesn't get any dumber than this. In the show, a fellow, random psycho spots him in a crowd, and knows Hannibal exactly for what he is (takes one to know one I guess), but empathetic wonderboy's mind is drawing a blank. The fbi should've hired that psycho, his psychic abilities exceed even Graham's. While watching the show you'll notice that Hannibal is either really lucky (Cops not telling anyone they're going to Hannibal's office when they happen upon clues, making it easy for him to kill them) or just bluntly saved by the writers themselves, where impossible things happen offscreen and the writers don't even feel like they owe us an explanation for what happened.



    The show is not very subtle in establishing characters. It mainly comes down to: "Care for Graham, because he takes in stray dogs" and " oh look, the tough as coffin nails police chief has a heart afterall, because he's sweet to his wife who has cancer (and she pretty much has cancer for that purpose the first season)" The show constantly yells at us how smart Hannibal is (by having him quote textbook psychology), not to mention how sophisticated he is, because he cooks, listens to classical music, sips wine and has more books than anyone could ever read. The usual smoke and mirrors to make characters appear deep, without requiring any effort of the writers.



    The show having an episodic nature really doesn't help it, because it becomes extra cheesy (I have nothing against episodic shows, they just make bad writing extra apparent). Every episode you get to see a killer who is very artsy fartsy about how to arrange the crimescene. Every episode there's a killer with some sort of rare dissorder. There's a couple of decent fillerplots there, but most of them are just dire.



    And yes, all this ranting was about the writing of the show, because honestly.. The rest of the show is really good. .



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  • The last episode.

    1.0
    I really liked the show from the beginnig and i have watched it non-stop- but the last episode... WTF?! It sucked BIG time and made me furious. Makes me not want to watch this crap anymore. You better make Will survive and take out his revenge - or else you've lost a viewer for sure!
  • Artistically Dark

    10
    I dont think there are words to even describe how good this show is. You have to watch it for yourself to really understand what everyone means by "Its the greatest show around"
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