It’s my favorite new show this season and had been on NBC’s chopping block until last week when it was officially renewed for another season. Hannibal has been my favorite out of all the serial killer dramas that have been the trend this season; so much so that it’s one of the very few American shows that I have to watch live.
There are several reasons why NBC delayed renewing it. It premiered pretty late in the season, one of NBC’s Utah station pulled the show entirely due to the viewer complaints over violent content, the 4th episode entitled Oeuf was pulled entirely from American broadcast (although you can find the episode online) and the ratings haven’t exactly been high.
This show isn’t gonna be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s pretty violent and even with the viewer discretion the show can be pretty grotesque. I’m surprised by how much the show can get away with for a network show but what has me coming back week after week are the stories, the characters and Bryan Fuller’s vision of these elements.
We’re approaching the first season finale and so far Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is going further and further down the proverbial rabbit hole. He’s losing time and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is taking advantage of that in order to control Will for his benefit. To what means, I’m still not sure.
Will tries to insist that perhaps there might be a medical reason for his condition so Dr. Lecter takes him to see a neurologist. They find something which they don’t reveal to Will. Dr. Lecter would rather have him believe that he’s losing his mind.
So the episode where it appears that Will’s romance with Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) starts to… well, bloom, it’s hard to tell if that really happened.
On top of that, Will’s latest case has him connecting with a killer who is suffering from a rare condition called Cotard’s Syndrome. It’s a delusional disorder which has her believing that she is actually dead and takes away her ability to see faces. Will can identify with the killer who appears to have lost all grasp on sanity because he is at the edge himself.
In a great twist at the end of the episode, we see Hannibal killing the neurologist who has been testing Will. The killer sees this but cannot make out the killer’s face. If they do heal her and she regains her senses, Hannibal may be exposed but for now he lets her go.
Also during this season, we’ve got to see some really great guests on the show. Lance Henriksen appeared briefly for one episode and I wished that we got to see more of him. However, I have been loving Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s friend and psychotherapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. I’m a complete X-Phile so this news totally made me giddy. As far as her appearance, it’s been interesting. She has a great deal of insight into Hannibal and he also has the urge to control her the way he controls Will but these two have an entirely different dynamic as she’s the one trying to treat him.
I was also leaning towards the notion that perhaps she might be a figment of his imagination as well but that could just be the show pulling a fast one on me. The show can be so trippy. Trippy in a sense that while Dr. Lecter is “treating” Will, he’s also “treating” the viewers. So sometimes I can’t be sure of what’s up or down, left or right. It’s a bit disconcerting but that’s what I love about the show.