Season 1 and 2 were fantastic and I'm still a fan of this show. The most recent episode #4 was quite dull. The first 3 in Europe were better than some people have been saying but it's not up to the levels previous seasons were. I hope it picks up and if so gets picked up on Netflix. If not, I hope it dies a noble death with Hannibal on the serving tray.
In these times of mediocre tv making, that only true detective s02 has a slim chance of breaking, hannibal as a whole looks pretty good. Visually it presents itself as a piece of art and it does good job at it but outside of season 1 the story lacks quality. Season 3 only continues this trend of storytelling decay and transforms this show even more into a dark fantasy with vivid visuals. Even those probes into human selfish/sadist behaviour are far less frequent and less intelligent than it was the case of previous seasons.
One more thing that irritates me is the big difference in sound level between dialogue and fx sounds/music. In this area hannibal reached the level of new movies, however thats really not so great.
In comparison to today's airing shows hannibal has nothing to be ashamed of but the story could be much more interesting and complex if writers put their mind to it.
Seems like this show has got caught up in it's own grandiose sense of self-importance. I remember when the show had actual people that I could relate to. Now the conversations are meaningless drivel, trying to be art, when you should be story. It's great to be art, don't get me wrong, but you've lost your way without telling story.
So sad. I was looking forward to the new season of Hannibal, but the first 3 episodes are quickly turning me off. If this is all you have, if you've shot your load, then good on you for being cancelled. But still, Hannibal himself, would not approve of this meek death.
Can someone please tell me what this show is about?
Perhaps I don't get it, but this show is boring. Uselessly cruel, graphic, and certainly not scary. It tries to be smart with beautifully filmed shots in sophisticated locations. However what I see is "The Saw" in slow motion, with 70% saturation. This should never have been made into a TV show. The first season at least had some tension. Now the only redeeming quality is the beauty of Gillian Anderson.
What can i say about show may have scared people in the beginning,but this ahow isnt about violence and is a psychological mental thrill is a ultimate thought will make you so stresed one min and it wont let photoography is the best i have ever ahow haa got to be the most brillant ,witty,and mentally challenging show i have wver cant and wont tell you anythimg .because i dont want to spoil a wonderful surprise you have waiting for know that it will grasp on to ypu and will not let you go until the season ate in for the ride of your up you will need to be able to stay groundrd.
I read the Hannibal books about 6 years ago. However, I never got around to watching any of the movies. When I first heard about this show, I was pretty curious. Even more so when I learned that it starts off as an origin story to Red Dragon.
When I first started watching, the first season was already out in its entirety. I heard a lot of positive things about it, however I went in with low expectations. And I must say Bryan Fuller has given us one of the best adaptations out there. It starts off as a police procedural, but it quickly falls into its own little universe. So if you're curious about this show and think it's just another one of those police procedural dramas, you're very wrong. It's unlike anything you've seen on television.
The story focuses on the relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham and Cannibalistic Serial Killer/Psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter before the events of Red Dragon. Will has this uncanny way of empathizing with serial killers, he completely immerses himself into their world and starts to see how they see and starts to think how they think. However, this strange "gift" takes its toll on Will's mind. Creating hallucinations and nightmares that Will cannot seem to overcome. As a result of this, the FBI decides to remove him from the field as they believe if he got too "close" to certain cases he would start to lose himself. However that changes after a serial killer who abducts women terrorizes the state of Minnesota. Jack Crawford (the head of the Behavioural Science Unit) asks Will for his help. Aware of Will's dilemma, Crawford convinces the board to let him hire a psychiatrist who can help Will cope with the situation. This is where Hannibal Lecter comes in and things begin to get interesting.
After I finished watching Season 2, I decided to check out the movies as well. The movies don't even come close to the quality this show has provided its fans. Yes, even Silence of the Lambs is inferior to this show. As terrific as Anthony Hopkins was as Hannibal, I believe Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal is more accurate and truer to the character. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Lecter was more "out there". And what I mean by that is that his performance emphasized the darker side of Hannibal. However, what makes Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal so much more accurate and chilling is that you don't understand what's going on in Lecter's head.
Mads Mikkelsen's portryal is more "mysterious" while at the same time he gives off an aura of "evilness". And because of this, Mads in my mind is the REAL Hannibal Lecter.
Hugh Dancy's Will Graham is spectacular. And I don't know what it is between him and Mads, but the chemistry the two have just really carries this show to new heights.
The writing is stellar and really compliments the main cast. I don't think I've seen any show with as many memorable dialogues as Hannibal.
Another thing I like about this drama is that it's not predictable. You think you know how it ends, but you don't. And there are always surprises in every corner.
I'd also like to add that I've seen a lot of Serial Killer dramas over the years. Including the new drama True Detective. As good as some of these dramas are, I don't think I've seen one as visually stunning, wonderfully written, and structured as Hannibal. I think it'll be a long time before I see a serial killer drama of this quality.
If you enjoy serial killer related dramas and can stomach just about anything these kinds of shows throw at you, I would definitely recommend Hannibal to you. There is nothing quite like it out there.
So I have had one week vacation and I desided to rewatch season 2 before season 3 starts. I have to say season 2 was even better the second time around. Knowing what would happen made me notice suttle details I didn't see the first time.
The casting of everyone on this show is so great. I was a huge fan of "Silence of the Lambs" so I really didn't get why Mads Mikkelsen was cast. I didn't even get the need to make this show. But the casting was brilliant! He plays Hannibal Lecter perfectly. I regognice a lot from Anthony Hopkins but Mads is so suttle in comparesance. Just by raising an eybrow he says a lot. Hugh Dancy is equal great in his hs role and they have such great chemestry between them. Guest stars like Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, Michael Pitt and Raul Esperaza(unsure of the spelling) really elevate this show.
This show is also beatiful to watch considering the graphic scenes. It is filmed like artwork, not gore. The use of music is great too, especially when they use the classical music. It is so chilling.
Hannibal premiered about the same time as The Following with Kevin Bacon. I thought The Following would we the better show between the two but I was wrong. Hannibal s by far one of the best shows I have ever seen. I am so looking forward to season 3.
Need I say, pun very much intended. ;) Kudos to whoever made that brilliant casting call. The rest of the cast is pretty solid as well. The direction and production values are through the roof. It can get pretty dark and almost too deep(?) sometimes. I feel like I'm holding my breath the whole time I'm watching it. It's a great show, probably one of the best shows around right now, but it's definitely not for everyone.
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.
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. .
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!
I was hooked from the first episode and couldn't wait for season two after season one finished. But what seems to happen to the shows I follow here in Australia, free to air shows are now on pay TV.
Thank you downloads. I was able to download the complete season in one go and watch it over two days.
It's amazing and at the same time scary that one writer, Bryan Fuller can come up with a corpse being frozen, sawed in six ? vertical slices and displayed standing in a row, in one episode. To a corpse being hidden in a dead horse in the next episode. To Mason Verger cutting off pieces of his face to feed to Will's dogs. Boy would Hannibal like to get you in therapy Bryan.
So now it's between seasons and I'll have to sit tight, to find out who survives out of the four critically injured characters.
i'm a kind of person who enjoys crime shows always wanted to see a perfect crime show about serial killers without the stupid romance and censoring of the bodies and hide clues that the detective see and other elements that makes ANY tv show rubbish for me, however! i was hesitating to watch hannibal i was afraid it would made me lose my interest in the character of doctor Lecter as Anthony Hopkins but as soon as i started watching it it turns out to be the most amazing tv show i've seen the casting is perfect, the amount of crimes and ideas in it is remarkable, the direction, story line, psychological thriller... dare i saw it was perfect for me i sure hope it continue to many seasons probably even when hannibal gets caught? what i know is i highly recommend it and it's my favorite show
You are clearly not a very intelligent person as the reasons you give for this show being bad are actually what make's it great. No, Hannibal is not a paint-by-numbers drama like your used to. It's difficult to understand sometimes and it can be slow, but so was breaking bad. Your brain is full of pop culture and jizz, go watch glee or some other sugar coated, *** bait. This program has layers, subtext, they speak in prose, the characters are constantly surprising us and revealing new characteristics. Your problem is that you've watched so much shit that now when you see actual genius and artistic merit you don't recognise it. I'm glad you don't like it because if you did it probably wouldnt be worth watching. Oh and if you think im wrong about this then why dont you check out the other reviews and then you'll see that you are one of a few morons who dont understand what Hannibal is about, you are one of a few idiots who watch crap all day and have the balls to talk smack about a truly awesome show. for shame. My favourite part of your review was the bit where you said "It's too dark," hahahahahaha. you really are a fukin idiot. A programme about serial killers and psychopaths that's too dark? whatever next?
I did not like the first episode because it was so slow and boring (and trite and clichd for that matter). Later in the first season, it got sort of interesting so I changed my mind about it, but then in season two, it is back to being slow and boring.
The show is currently slower than molasses in winter and duller than Bieber and Kartrashian combined.
I really hate shows and movies where the characters speak so slow that you can go to the bathroom between words, especially the kind where they don't even make eye contact while speaking to each other and stare off into space as though they are "deep in thought".
This show could not only be watchable at all, but actually interesting if they picked up the pace (by about 100x) and sped it the hell up. Currently it is an intolerable, tedious, and excruciating chore to sit through episodes, watching the slow, meaningless blather, waiting to get to the actual stories.
If I wanted to watch a show with nothing but a bunch of people sitting around and emoting, I would watch a soap-opera.
As to whatever little content there is in the show, the idea of someone consult on cases about psychopaths while secretly being one is certainly not new, but this could certainly work (if it had a much faster pace). Anyone who is familiar with the books and/or movies can potentially appreciate and enjoy the show.
I had originally disliked Mads as Hannibal because he was fairly off-putting. Something about him just looked and felt odd and out of place. He has grown on me and I have accepted him as being quite fitting for the role. I still do not like Will and would be perfectly happy if he was cut from the show altogether. He has little use in the show and the whole crazy-cop-insight-to-catch-crazy-killers gimmick is already played out and hackneyed (Dexter did it much better).
They should drop Will and focus on Hannibal and Crawford matching wits; that would be much more interesting.
Also, the show is far too dark. Not thematically, but chromatically. The jarring visuals are lost and wasted if you CANNOT EVEN SEE them. For example, I could barely tell that Mason was cutting his face because the screen was so damn dark. The special effects and stuff that they spent time and money on were completely wasted; they could just as easily have shown him from behind and indicated what's happening with words since that's how I had to find out what's going on anyway (thank goodness that at least had the consideration to at least say what's happening in words, otherwise I would have no clue and would have to try to find out if there is a version of the show with descriptive video or something).
Viewers should not have to mess with their display settings to see what the hell is on screen, assuming they can at all.
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