The latest incarnation of Hannibal Lecter arrives in the form of a TV show. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is introduced about halfway through NBC’s premiere as the would-be psychologist to Hugh Dancy’s FBI profiler Will Graham.
Will struggles with his emotions because of his ability to empathize with anyone. It’s this trait that allows him to get inside the minds of the criminals to ultimately solve the case, but it comes at the price of his sanity. FBI director Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) reaches out to Dr. Lecter, hoping he can psychoanalyze Graham. Little does Crawford know what Hannibal will really bring to the table.
In the premiere, Lecter helps Graham catch the bad guy — a man who is murdering girls his daughter’s age by impaling them with deer antlers and then eating their organs — but not before the good doctor warns the perpetrator that the FBI is on to him.
There’s also the matter of a copycat killer — who may or may not be Lecter himself. (Of course, we know Hannibal’s true nature — still, the show leaves it up in the air.) Here are a few thoughts that I was left with after watching the episode.
The Dancy-Danes household must be really fun.
Dancy’s Graham says he falls somewhere on the Aspergers-Autism spectrum. His wife, Claire Danes, plays an obsessive bipolar CIA agent on Homeland. Wouldn’t you like to hear what they talk about at dinner?
Deers are the new lambs.
At least in the first episode.
Dr. Bloom is an idiot.
Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is a former psychology professor who now consults for the FBI. And yet, she’s the one who gets Lecter involved. Shouldn’t she recognize a cannibalistic serial killer when she sees one?
Will and Hannibal’s first exchange was pricelessly cheesy.
Hannibal: “Do you have trouble with taste?”
Will: “My thoughts are often not tasty.”
Hannibal: “Nor mine.”
I ate her lungs with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
It wasn’t a liver. There didn’t appear to be fava beans. (And it might have not actually been a human lung.) But one of Dr. Lecter’s meals consisted of a glass of red wine and “lung-shaped meat” that recalled Sir Anthony Hopkins’ famous line.
What did you think of Hannibal? Will you be returning for seconds?