Hannibal (2013) created by Bryan Fuller is an American psychological thriller television series. It stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas and Laurence Fishburne.
This is based on the novel Red Dragon written by Thomas Harris, and focuses on the relationship between FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Will has a special gift that allows him to be able to think like a serial killer, whereas Lecter is a serial killer and psychiatrist who provides therapy to Will. Lecter’s true identity is unknown.
Episode Synopsis: This episode is directed by Vincenzo Natali. After a dead woman is found inside a horse, Will assists in the investigation to find out what happened. Peter Bernardone (Jeremy Davies) is a psychologically damaged man who is brought into the frame as well as his social worker Clark Ingram (Chris Diamantopoulos). Meanwhile, Will and Lecter’s complex relationship progresses. As Will’s therapy continues, Lecter is eager to know if Will wants to kill him again.
This episode is of interest because there are clear parallels drawn between Will and Peter. We learn Peter has been taken advantage of because of his disability, and the same can be said about Will as well. Will genuinely feels for Peter, and as a result is willing to go one step further. There are also some graphic scenes in this episode; therefore if you are an animal lover then I would advise you to look away at points.
I have been a fan of the films based on these books for a number of years: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), and Hannibal Rising (2007). Therefore, I was initially keen to watch the television series to see how Lecter would be portrayed. I was so used to seeing Anthony Hopkins in his great portrayal of the serial killer which he also won an Oscar for, and wanted to see if Mikkelsen would be able to live up to the role. I was also keen to see Will Graham’s character again, as the last time I saw him onscreen was when Edward Norton portrayed him. However, the casting is perfect and they are definitely more than suitable replacements.
Mikkelsen provides a chilling calmness to the character, and air of mystery. Dancy on the other hand makes Will a very interesting character. The viewer can see that his unique ability to get into the mind of a serial killer is a great gift but also a burden as his sanity is brought into question throughout the show.
Just to note, every episode name is based on food dishes. The first season was French, whereas this season is Japanese cuisine.
Overall, this was an entertaining episode, and the show in general is something I hope will be renewed for a third season.
By Robert Spence