Hannibal Dined on the Skeptics With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

When fans got whiff of a proposed prequel series for the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter, they dismissed the idea as merely another cash grab at the horror train bonanza shuffling on cable tv. But with the bloody, brutal, and intensely satisfying season 2 finale of Hannibal, fans of the novel, tv critics, and skeptic viewers became a convert.

While we’re comforted by the fact that Bryan Fuller will serve us a season 3, we’re left wondering (and horribly excited) about the next level of artistic macabre this show will dive into. Season 1 introduced us to the machinations of brilliant psychopaths and the intelligent charisma and silent threat that is Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Season 2, however, turned things into a whole new level of twisted and disturbing thrills, a game of mind and wit played by the increasingly dangerous Hannibal and the almost mentally unhinged Will.


The last episode left us dizzy and salivating for more of this brilliant brilliant TV series.

It’s even hard to enumerate season 2’s strongest moments. Off the top of my head, it would have to be the Hannibal vs Jack showdown in the kitchen which was a prologue to the season, Beverly Katz’ unfortunate fate with the glass slides, Abel Gideon sampling his own leg, and Mason Verger feeding Will’s dogs with his own face. *shiver* The last one gave me nightmares.

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Even back in season 1, Hannibal became an official rival to shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

It’s almost forgettable that the mere concept of a Hannibal TV show was laughable. Yes, laughable. The franchise had fallen off the cliff after the golden age that was The Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon was easy to swallow, Hannibal not so much, but at least there was still the unnerving hisses of Anthony Hopkins. The subsequent films? Let’s just forget they EVER happened.

But one thing’s for sure, the ending of Hannibal, the novel, which was just too mind blowing in the extreme, made it hard for us to accept a TV universe where there was no last showdown between these formidable minds, one last denouement, so to speak, that will see Will Graham, Clarice Starling, and Hannibal Lecter at each other’s throats.

It’s enough to make any fan of the novel or the new TV show squirm in their seats — in a good way.

Bryan Fuller, creator of the Hannibal TV series, is working towards this concept and we’re happy that his cinematic style and vision truly sets Hannibal apart from the movie franchise. It is a work of art; from the smallest blob of steak sauce in Dr. Lecter’s intricate food plating to the last drop of blood and shard of glass at every crime scene, every angle of every scene hiding a secret that Bryan Fuller is smirking about.


Mads Mikkelsen plays the part of the genius psychopath doctor with aplomb. Fans and loyalists, such as I, were critical of the casting choice merely because Anthony Hopkins IS like Hannibal incarnate. But now, Mads rivals Anthony’s performance, not with the showy perfection that Sir Anthony did, but with the subtle threat and controlled manic that Mads displays.

Furthermore, he’s got a physically dangerous strength in him now, an agility and brutality that makes him even more formidable. It isn’t hard for us to believe him incapable of overpowering his victims both through mind and body, and we love to see him do it.

Being a fan of Hannibal is a weird situation to be in —you’re horrified by the macabre and twisted deaths but you can’t take your eyes off the screen and you sometimes find yourself open mouthed. At least, I do. 😀

This visceral TV show is taking us on a journey that no other producers and show creators have gone before. It’s a complete feat on their part; being able to provoke our thoughts on morality and the borders of sanity while also pushing us to a higher echelon of expectations for brilliant TV shows.

One order of season 3 please.


3 thoughts on “Hannibal Dined on the Skeptics With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

  1. I’m sure this is a great TV show, but I love silence of the lambs so much that I think it would dilute my fond memory of that movie, and as good an actor as Mads Mikkelsen is (particularly in Casino Royale and Valhalla Rising), I wouldn’t want to see anyone else other than Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter or anyone other than Jodie Foster as Clarice – just my personal opinion though, maybe if I gave it a chance I would change my mind.

    Is it really as good as Breaking Bad (the best TV show of all time)?

  2. I just commented then it asked me to login and think it got deleted? arg!

    Anyway what I said was that I’m such a big fan of the Silence of the Lambs that I don’t think I could bring myself to watch a TV series on Hannibal which had other actors than Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster (although I am a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale and Valhalla Rising).

    Is it really as good as Breaking Bad (the best TV show of all time)?

    1. I wouldn’t say it’s “as good” as Breaking Bad, but it’s amazing in terms of story, pacing, art direction, and casting. A lot of people are too skeptical about Hannibal because they’re big fans of SotL and Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter (I was one of those people, until I watched the first episode and got hooked 😀 ).

      But if anything else, Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is chillingly good. He’s formidable both physically and intellectually that t makes his “actions” that much more believable. Plus, Hugh Dancy, Lawrence Fishburne, and Gillian Anderson all give stunning performances.

      Lastly, it’s a show that makes you salivate and feel gross at the same time, so it’s definitely something. Watch it first, Jonny, then lemme know your verdict. 🙂

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