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A New TV Series to Watch – “Hannibal”

Hannibal TV Series - Mads Mikkelsen

After watching the premiere episode in Hannibal‘s 13-episode first season, I knew I had found a great new television series to become immersed in. Hannibal is set as a prequel of sorts to the Hannibal Lector series of films/books. Though I am, admittedly, not a big fan of Silence of the Lambs (sure, it’s a good film, but not an amazing one), I was completely enthralled by this first episode. The show is visually striking and is very well designed. Bryan Fuller has written an incredible script that brings a Hitchcock-level of tension to the show, along with some extremely well-written dialogue. To further enhance the show, the casting department did a wonderful job in hand-picking its central characters. Hugh Dancy (who I was unfamiliar with before this show) really surprised me with his acting ability, giving an excellent performance as Special Agent Will Graham. In addition to Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen (most recognizable for me as One-Eye in the visually-stunning Valhalla Rising) is a superb fit as the title character, Dr. Hannibal Lector. Though I haven’t yet seen the second episode which aired last night, I am looking forward to watching my DVR recording and following the whole series. If you wish to watch Hannibal, the show airs Thursdays on NBC at 10/9c. To anyone who has seen the first or second episodes, what do you think of the series’ initial showing?

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