Anyone who considers him/herself a Fannibal has been waiting for this with bated breath ever since last season’s crazy, crazy finale of Hannibal. Not to put too fine a point on it, but stuff got real, and it left us all absolutely dying to know what would come next. Now, we finally have answers. Well…kind of, anyway. All that said, let’s get down to discussing the season three premiere of NBC’s Hannibal.
What I liked:
- Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Like, duh. I know a lot of people had doubts that anyone could ever match Anthony Hopkins’ interpretation of Hannibal the Cannibal, but Mikkelsen does a damn fine job. He’s suave, sophisticated, eerily calm, and ruthlessly clever. He’s everything you’d expect from the infamous villain and more. I can’t wait to see what he gets up to this season.
- More of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). So far, she’s been something of a mystery on Hannibal—popping up for a few scenes here and there to serve as Hannibal’s therapist. They’re always intense scenes oozing with chemistry between the two actors. It’s nice to see that Hannibal and Bedelia are probably going to be spending quite a bit of time together this season. Plus, there’s a delightful flashback showing Zachary Quinto playing Bedelia’s forming patient. If Quinto is involved, I’m game.
- The gorgeous food visuals, per usual. Every meal looks decadent and delicious—which makes you feel all kinds of weird and grossed out when you think about what is actually in that food Hannibal is preparing…But, still, it all looks very cool.
- The new, European setting. While Hannibal never felt out of place in his ritzy home in the States going to operas and formal parties and such, Europe is clearly where he’s meant to be. It’s fun to see him rubbing elbows with all of these well-to-do European doctors and historians and fancy folk. So far he’s hit France and Italy. Who knows where he’ll end up next?
- The flashbacks to Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard). Poor, crazy Dr. Gideon meets a pretty terrible fate at Hannibal’s hands—but not death. Oh, no. That would be too easy. Season two explored some of his punishment, but this premiere goes into greater detail. It’s pretty twisted, but it’s also kind of funny. Like, the deepest, darkest humor ever, but still funny.
What I didn’t like:
- This premiere is…well, kind of boring. Really, not a whole heck of a lot happens in this episode. Compared to the exciting season two premiere (which you can read about here), this one was kind of a letdown. It seems to be setting up for some things, which is good, but I’d just hoped for…more.
- There’s no Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Or Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas). Or Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). After the extremely intense season two finale, we’re left wondering what’s happened to these characters, but not a one of them pops up. It’s kind of devastating to have to wait another week (at least) to find out about their fates—especially Will’s. The title of the show may be “Hannibal,” but Will is the one we really root for in the end. I just want to know he’s okay. 😦
- I’m a little confused as to why Bedelia is even with Hannibal. Clearly, he’s playing some serious mind games with her, so there’s that, but here’s my problem: Bedelia, too, is a very clever therapist. I know she’s been through some traumatic stuff, but wouldn’t she be able to see through his tricks? What is this weird hold he has over her? I’m sure this will be explained in greater detail, but right now I’m just like, “Girl, what is wrong with you?! Get away from that man!!”
- The flashbacks made the story a little disjointed sometimes. While I liked discovering more about Bedelia’s past and the flashes to Dr. Gideon, I had a hard time following the present-day events with all of the other stuff happening. I feel like something more could’ve been done to make these jumps between time more clear.
The Potential: Though this was probably my least favorite Hannibal premiere so far, it has plenty of promise. Hannibal’s European adventures (I realize “adventures” is far from the best word, but just go with it) ought to prove interesting and visually spectacular, and I look forward to seeing what happens between him and Bedelia. Right now, the show just needs to be infused with a little more action and a lot more Will Graham.
My Grade: B