Beth and I recently finished watching the first two seasons of NBC’s Hannibal, and I thought I should write something about it. There are a few spoilers here, so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen it yet.
I’ve heard they were able to get away with a lot of blood and gore for a network show, and I’m sure that’s true, but most of the episodes on the DVDs were the producer’s cuts anyway. It’s interesting because, due to the popularity of The Silence of the Lambs, we all know that Hannibal Lecter is a serial killer who eats human flesh and is eventually going to be caught. Well, unless they really want to go in a different direction, but I find that doubtful. As such, it seems like the first season and much of the second had a lot of the characters not suspecting Hannibal at all, and turning against Will Graham when he begins to have suspicions about Dr. Lecter. I have to wonder if, were he not such a part of popular culture, I wouldn’t think the characters were quite as clueless as they come across. It’s always a bit tricky when we know things for sure that they don’t at all. Even if nobody knows Hannibal is evil, he’s still pretentious as all get-out, and you’d think someone would be annoyed by that. Is that just what the entertainment industry thinks all psychiatrists are like? Well, I guess Caroline Dhavernas’ character is different, but I’m still disturbed that she had sex with Hannibal. Whatever happened to that guy she was seeing whose wife cheated on him during the honeymoon? (I really need to watch the rest of Wonderfalls at some point.) Lecter is really skilled at manipulating other people’s dark sides, but I still sometimes wonder why certain people don’t come forward. Like, Gillian Anderson’s character tells Will that she believes him (why couldn’t she ever say that to Mulder?), and apparently the reason she never told anything to the authorities was that she’d also murdered someone at Hannibal’s urging. Never mind that they might go a little easier on her if she helped them catch a serial killer. It looks like she’s fleeing the country with Hannibal at the end of the season, though, so maybe there’s more about her we don’t know. Also interesting about the series is how comedians Scott Thompson and Eddie Izzard play pretty straight roles.