As this is my THIRD post this week addressing him in some fashion, I am officially declaring this Mads Mikkelsen week on Silver Screen Serenade. I realize it’s a bit of a late declaration, but it’s not too late to celebrate! Go watch something with Mads in it. Bake cookies with Mads’ face on them. Attempt your best Mads accent and talk like that all day. Just party as you see fit. Anyway, Mads plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s Hannibal (which you can read my review of here), and last night the show had its season two premiere. Here are the particulars.
What I liked:
- The intense opening scene. You see a side of Hannibal that you haven’t really gotten to see that much, and it’s awesome. Plus, the scene sets up for a very interesting season finale. That’s right—the premiere ties in with the end of the season. Like, woah.
- Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, who plays poor, incarcerated FBI profiler Will Graham, continue to have great chemistry. The relationship between these two characters is both well-written and well-performed.
- The role reversal. In the film (and book) Red Dragon, Will is out in the field investigating murders while Hannibal is consulted behind bars. This episode completely swaps their roles. Here, Hannibal steps into Will’s shoes by investigating several murders while Will is brought case information by an FBI agent seeking his insight. It’s a pretty fascinating twist, and it sets up lots of juicy possibilities for the season. I mean, Hannibal working for the FBI? Dangerous stuff…
- The hypnotism scene. There’s a really cool (albeit pretty weird) sequence in which Will’s colleague, Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), tries to help him recover his lost memories by hypnotizing him. Very trippy, but mesmerizing.
- Two quotes struck me: 1) Will’s former FBI boss Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) comes to Hannibal’s house for dinner and tells him he feels guilty eating such beautifully prepared food. Hannibal says, “I never feel guilty eating anything.” HA. 2) Alana visits Will and comments on his memory. Will says, “Memories are all I have.” It vaguely reminded me of something Hannibal says in The Silence of the Lambs. I looked it up and, sure enough, he says this: “Memory, Agent Starling, is what I have instead of a view.” I don’t know if Will’s quote is an intentional nod, but I thought it was cool.
- Hannibal’s chats with his psychiatrist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Not only is it fun to see Hannibal as the patient, but he and Bedelia clearly have an interesting rapport. It’s a relationship that I think may play a more important role this season, and I can’t wait for that.
What I didn’t like:
- The grossness continues. Given the nature of the show, nasty stuff is inevitable, but I don’t recommend eating during this episode. If the bodies don’t get you, then this might: at one point, a tube is shoved down someone’s throat, and what goes inside that tube is…well, not appetizing. Ick.
- Your heart will break for Winston the doggie.
- The ending is pretty twisted. By that, I mean it’s done in a very effective, creepy way, but it’s also fairly disturbing, so keep that in mind before you let any young ‘uns check it out. Frankly, that’s something I’d say about the show in general…
- Here’s my only serious concern: I missed Will in this episode. He’s still a main character, of course, but the focus seems to shift more toward Hannibal. Given that Hannibal is the title character, it’s to be expected that we spend a fair share of time with him, and I’m okay with that because he’s a great character. However, I grew so attached to Will last season that I’m worried about how much—or, rather, how little—he’ll get to do while in prison. That said, I’m keeping my faith in the writers. I’m sure they have plenty planned for poor old Will.
The Potential: Once again, Hannibal is laying the groundwork for an awesome run. There’s already quite a bit going on, and we even have a teaser for the end of the season, which looks to be very exciting. Like last season, the characters are well-written and well-performed, the story is gripping, and the visuals are stunning (though often disturbing). This, my friends, is why Hannibal is one of my favorite shows on television. I highly recommend it…for grown-ups, anyway. 😉
My Grade: A
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