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Hannibal: Season 1 Digital
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FBI Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn't know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist - a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham's mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others...and himself.
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I was not able to watch when I saw it aired on friday nights & hulu over charges even when you want commercials.
I am glad to see it here on Amazon as this first season I find very dark & intriguing. I really want to see more.
Mr. Fishburne plays a government official almost as well as Mr. James Earl Jones.
I recommend this show to anyone who likes smart, sophisticated television and who has a somewhat twisted sensibility. There is certainly bloody murder, madness, and of course cannibalism, but if these elements are not at least somewhat appealing to you, I can't imagine what you're be doing looking into a show about Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the first place.
The plot centers on Will Graham, who is able to put himself into the mind and motivations of a serial killer. Graham is hired to work for the FBI to help them catch serial killers. Graham uses the clues at the crime scene to dissect what happened during each murder. He replays the murder in his mind, putting himself into the serial killer's position. He is able to use the circumstances of the murder to profile the killer. Graham is unofficially assigned to psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter to help him maintain mental clarity because his mental state is considered somewhat fragile. When we first meet Hannibal, he is utterly convincing as a "normal" human being. As the show goes on, Hannibal's true motives and interests slowly become clearer.
A person unfamiliar with Hannibal Lecter would easily find themselves captivated by him, confused at first by the strange actions he takes, slowly beginning to suspect his true nature. I am very familiar with Hannibal Lecter, so my main interest in his presentation was how Hannibal would fit into the role of psychiatrist and deceive all those around him and whether the actor would live up to the expectations. I have found myself to be an immediate fan of Mads Mikkelson's presentation of Hannibal. Mikkelson does an excellent job of portraying Hannibal simultaneously as a charming man who has nothing to hide and a cunning, deceptive man who surrounds himself with people only so he can use them for his own gain.
First thing to know -- you can still love Harris' books and Hopkins' Hannibal and love this rendition too. You don't have to choose! Give this show at least two episodes before you make up your mind.
This show has an amazing caliber of actors. It is impossibly not to fall in love with Hugh Dancy's Will after the first 30 minutes of the show. He's prickly and uncomfortable in his own skin and has a tender heart that makes you want to reach through the screen and comfort him. And the emotional investment just gets stringer and stronger as you go along.
Mad's Mikkelsen's Hannibal is kind of a head trip. He is both off-puttingly strange and yet compelling. He is horrifying alien and yet invitingly humorous. He makes your stomach turn and your mouth water. You hate his manipulations of Will and yet you look forward to their interactions.
Also, if you're a woman, you will likely go from early episodes thinking, "his face is just weird looking" to later episodes revising your opinion to "okay, he's hot." *cough*
Bryan Fuller has a history of fantastic and underwatched shows. I hope Hannibal gets some traction with wider audiences so that it can go on long enough to have a satisfying full story arc.
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