TV REVIEW: Hannibal – Season 1, Episode 1

Hannibal-Cast-Promotional-Photos-hannibal-tv-series-33869744-600-449Is this going to be another TV adaptation what doesn’t work, or will it make you hide behind a cushion with a glass of Chianti?

The first episode starts off with a man in the middle of a rather grisly crime scene. He de-constructs the scene in his head, playing it back and then re-starting it to work out how the murder was committed.

This young man is Special Agent Will Graham, a young FBI criminal profiler – he has some personal issues, the main one being that he can empathise with a killer and see things from their point for view.

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham

This means he is perfect to help the FBI catch serial killers when they have run out of leads, and the man there to help him is Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Crawford.

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Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford

During the investigation that is the focus of this episode, Jack becomes concerned that Will might be too fragile and goes to visit a Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hmm! I’m sure I have heard that name somewhere!!) an experienced forensic psychiatrist to give a physiological profile on Will.

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mads mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter

Both Will and Dr. Lecter meet and whilst initially there is some animosity between them it soon becomes clear that they are almost kindred spirits with Dr Lecter understanding exactly what Will is going through. Anyway the killer is finally caught and the episode ends – not completely happily though.

There is some ambiguity at one point, I won’t say due to spoilers, except to say – was the girl in the field killed by who we think, as it’s never made totally clear.

In fact the relationships between Dr. Lecter, Will and Jack are all well formed and believable. However I can see that the relationship between Will and Dr. Lecter could end up leading to trouble!

A great first episode, and I can’t wait to see next weeks episode. Be warned though as this is a series about Hannibal Lecter there is a lot of gore – but then I think you would expect that anyway.

Stay tuned to what looks set to be a thrilling and engaging new series.

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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