Average User Score: 8.9Nov 3, 2013At first, I hated it. But then I understood its premise. It's a psychological horror thriller. It sets a mood. It's not logical. It's artAt first, I hated it. But then I understood its premise. It's a psychological horror thriller. It sets a mood. It's not logical. It's art made of gore.. and it's really well done.
I am not a horror person so I didn't understand the genre. Not that I totally 'get it' now but I feel like I am coming to appreciate what I think he is trying to do with this show. Which is to a) make horror-fun of a society that overvalues "fine-anything" to extremes and b) creep the bejesus out of us while he, the director/creator is doing it. He succeeds! You are watching people being FED to other people.... AGGHHH!! that is horrific and revolting and yet, there you are watching it and almost, ALMOST celebrating Hannibal's deeply disgusting "justice". Hannibal is a monster, no doubt about it, but the way the show is done, you find yourself forgetting that fact, often. And that is super creepy on it's own! This show is very well done and even though I am not one to ever recommend horror, this is worth watching.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Nov 3, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I admit to a huge Spader crush and that could be why I think he is the only thing worth watching on this show.. but the other characters are just plain boring. Pretty, yes but about as exciting and compelling as old ketchup. Not to mention, quite stupid, honestly. In this show, the FBI is barely functioning above a 6th grade logic skills class and while it's satisfying to get some of the answers before the main characters, we shouldn't be getting ALL of them.
(POSS. SPOILER AHEAD..) Agent Keen is most likely his abandoned daughter from 20 years ago when he went AWOL. It's super obvious right in the pilot. The only people who don't see this are... everyone else in the story! Which is to say, all the FBI agents. All of whom have been recruited during the same 20 year lag where walking while talking meant you had the right stuff to be in the FBI. I am serious, they are just not that bright. Nest to James Spader's main attraction, they just don't live up to his creepy mystery and everyone else comes across as plain and dull next to him. Agent Keen, his daughter, is very pretty and dull. Agent Keen's begrudging partner is also pretty and dull as block-of-wood Agent Ressler ('cause she 'wrestles' with him, get it.. they love the obvious on this show)
Since episode 1, it would seem that Keen's only acting directions must have been, "have no expression on your face, then at random moments, face the camera and cry...ok, go!" I don't know whether it's the writing or the directing but no one aside from Spader's character is even remotely interesting. Spader is the best part of the show, along with the always wonderful Parminder Nagra who makes the most out of terrible lines and almost no part. Which ultimately is a shame because I think the premise is quite good.… Expand