Friday, April 26, 2013

Things I Love Friday: Hannibal


Who's watching Hannibal? I absolutely had to check this show out. After watching the movies and reading the books, I was totally excited to hear about a new TV show featuring our most lovable cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Seriously. What else could a body be but a cannibal with a name like Hannibal? Amiright???

From the network:  One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes"), based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, "The Big C") is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch. If Will only knew...

Fuller is a writer and an executive producer. Martha De Laurentiis ("Red Dragon," "Hannibal"), Sara Colleton ("Dexter"), Jesse Alexander ("Lost," "Heroes") and Katie O'Connell also serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot. "Hannibal" is produced by Gaumont International Television.

I can't wait to see where they go with this series. So far, being four episodes in, the show has suspense, psychological thriller, gore, and procedural crime. I have to wonder what kind of minds come up with some of the things (no spoilers here) that have been featured in this show. It's crazy. It's fun and it's creepy. It's the kind of show that you need to watch in a darkened room with a glass of wine and someone to keep you company. I would not like to watch this show alone which is a good thing since the Mister likes it too. 

Mads Mikkelsen is absolutely brilliant as Dr. Lecter. He is enigmatic and freaking creepy. I love him. My only complaint is that I don't really care for the female characters/actors on the show. Casting seems a bit lackluster where the feminine side of things is concerned. At least in my opinion. But it doesn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the show.

If you're not watching, you should check it out. Especially if you grew up watching the movies and/or reading the books like I did.

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