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Hannibal: “Apéritif” Review

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm by Jess Hicks

Last night NBC brought us a new look at infamous serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Read on to find out what I thought but beware of spoilers!


With the success of Bates Motel it’s a no brainer to continue making shows based on movies, especially successful ones. When I found out that Hannibal was getting added to NBCs line up I was pretty excited. I checked it out last night and well, I don’t really know how I feel about it.

Hugh Dancy- HannibalHugh Dancy plays, Will Graham, an extremely intelligent profiler who suffers from a social disorder that is much like Aspergers or Autism. Essentially, he is the rain man of profilers but because he can empathize almost completely with the killer he runs the risk of losing himself to it. This is one thing that kind of lost me in the episode. I found it to be a little silly that he can’t become to invested in a case or he might become the killer. Also, everyone around him kept repeating “you can’t let him get…too close” or some variation of that. It was ridiculous and extremely cheesy. I felt like I was watching a bad 80s melodrama (are there good ones?).

Aside from Graham’s confounding social quirks, which will take some getting used to, the rest of the episode was just okay. We start out with Laurence Fishburne seeking Dancy out to help him find a killer who is murdering his victims in a very clean and precise way. Once they begin investigating they soon realize that the killer is taking pieces of his victims and eating them.

Enter Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and this, my geeks, is the best part of the show. If you don’t know the name you might remember him as the villain from Casino Mads-CasinoRoyale who mashed Daniel Craig’s man bits for an hour. Now he is back as the villain but in a much more subtle way and to me this is a perfect role for him. Not saying Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t do a great job in the films, obviously he did, but if they can’t have him then Mads is a great choice. At one point they show him cutting up some part of the body in preparation for his meal it just turns your stomach in a perfect way.

He wasn’t in the episode a whole lot but I assume that will be changing which will make the show far more interesting. I don’t think I could stand much of Hugh Dancy’s character for long without some sort of distraction.

What I Liked:

  • Obviously Mads is on my top for this list and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • They don’t seem too afraid to delve into the creepiness that is Lecter. I hope to see more as the show progresses. Lecter is collected most of the time but he does have a crazy side after all.
  • Violence. Yep, I like me some violent TV and Bryan Fuller seems to understand that in a story about a serial killer you need some real violence (I’m looking at you, The Following)


What I Didn’t Like:

  • Gillian Anderson was not in this episode! Okay, she will be in the next and she isn’t a central character but…I WANT TO SEE SCULLY!
  • CGI blood, though I did like the violence the CGI blood was infuriating. I doubt this will change but CGI blood is one of my all time pet peeves about the digital age of entertainment.
  • The pace was kind of slow but I’ll chalk that up to it being the first episode and having to introduce everyone.


Weird Side Bar:

  • There is a scene between Dancy and Fishburne where they are talking in a bathroom and I swear it is the same bathroom from The Shining where Jack talks to Grady. Did anyone else notice this or am I crazy?


Stay tuned for next week’s review of the, hopefully, awesome series Hannibal! Leave a comment below on your feelings for the new look at everyone’s favorite cannibal!

Hannibal Season 1 Episode 1, “Apéritif” aired April 4th, 2013 on NBC

    • Kstoltz

      I thought it was really disappointing. The writers evidently decided that Will Graham's character needed to be drastically changed, so they opted for some mentally unstable, Asperger's-like investigator who also has the powers of Professor X. If you ever read Red Dragon, or watched Manhunter, Will Graham is definitely damaged goods, but he's not a total freak. His ability to empathize with the killers is pretty rationally explained in the book and movie…there was a logic to the way he pieced together what the killer was doing and thinking. The TV show's depiction was just straight out of sci-fi for the purpose of having over the top, bizarro dream sequences that didn't add much to the story, IMO. Dancy's portrayal was unlikable, and made the show unwatchable, which is kinda sad since I was digging Mads version of Lecter.

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