NBC | Release Date: April 4, 2013
Universal acclaim based on 118 Ratings
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BarbaMarcoAug 27, 2020
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the worst series ever seen, no joke.

Once the first episode starts you may wonder if this show will focus around the Hannibal Lecter character, when he will show up, if he will be evil etc...

Unfortunately the writers took a very stupid approach and it's evident for the audience that Annibal Lecter is exactly who they think he is (and he is an evil murderer) since the end of the very first episode. So the only thing left to show is how the "good ones" will figure it out and catch him. Prepare yourself for a very cringy experience where every character seems to lose his intellectual skill when it comes to speak with Lecter. Where Lecter will survive every time a gun armed policeman will try to stop him, where the main detective will run so painfully slow because the scene requires Lecter to escape despite his injured leg and so on and so forth. If this isn't enough for you there are also other very dumb and akward scenes: - A guy impregnating his sister and use a pig to deliver the baby - The only girl who suspects Lecter in the investigating team die, yet no one investigate Lecter until later on - Lecter fight with multiple other characters at once, and injured them severely (throat cut, 5 meters fall, and stabbed in the heart) but all the main characters somehow survive the fight for the sake of the show - A character is conceived by reading quantum mechanic equations written in a diary by Lecter (who is a physician not a physicist) and completely forgot every possible moral value
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HannibalBMay 25, 2022
I am an enthusiastic admirer of Hannibal Lecter. I enjoyed all Thomas Harris's Lecter books, despite the fact that I normally hate prequels. I also thought Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal wasI am an enthusiastic admirer of Hannibal Lecter. I enjoyed all Thomas Harris's Lecter books, despite the fact that I normally hate prequels. I also thought Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal was excellent and even added to Lecter's character. So I am mystified as to how the TV series Hannibal could garner such universal praise. It bears only the most superficial relation to Harris's iconic character. But first, let's start with the casting. Mikkelsen may be a good actor; he was an adequate Le Chiffre. But the man's physical appearance and speech are distracting, especially his mouth. It's weird. He has an overbite and duck lips. His accent is thick and his delivery lacks feeling. There's nothing compelling about the man's presence, though his face is interesting and rather handsome. But this is in no way Hannibal Lecter. This was a case of bad casting but I suppose it might be overlooked, though not by anyone who appreciates acting. Now lets discuss a more important flaw with this series: the writing. The situations are mostly preposterous. Hannibal's motives are so obsure, even he seems to have no idea what he's doing or why. But the worst thing is Will Graham. He walks into a crime scene and plays it backward in vivid and presumably hyper-accurate detail. Yes, we get to see this, but we have no idea how. With Sherlock Holmes, we get an explanation of his deductive process, of the clues and their meanings. But Will Graham's process is opaque. He sees what he sees as from some supernatural gift. He makes sudden pronouncements that are almost always right, but seem to emanate from some inner sibylline voice rather than from his reconstructive or even intuitive powers. They're passed off as intuitive, but real intuition is fueled by experience and observation. This insistence on giving Graham super powers leads to endless absurdities. He can imagine perfectly how a scene played out based on the placement of furniture and the spray of blood, yet he misses a hundred signs that Hannibal Lecter is a killer. So many, many signs missed. And everything has to be cloaked in layers of ponderous music and entire episodes that add up to nothing. Then there's the relationship between Jack Crawford and Graham. It's so inconsistent and turbulent that one is left with the feeling that Crawford is just messing with Graham's head because he enjoys it. I could go on about this show's flaws, but it would only depress you and me. The most depressing thing being that it was so well-received. I can only attribute this to the nostalgia we all feel for the character. He's a once-beloved uncle whose flaws we could now see if the imago were not so vital to our sense of the world. How easy it is to exploit our old affections and loyalties; how sad it is that so-called creators would desecrate our enthusiasm. They promise us the thing we love, and give us a deformed and diminished substitute. And so many are happy with it. It makes me wonder if those people ever really liked Hannibal Lecter for the right reasons. Expand
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