The first thing fans might notice about Hannibal, NBC’s recent foray into the world of psychotic serial killers and the (sometimes) unstable minds who are determined to track them down is that, even in this early outing, this series is several things Fox’s serial killer drama The Following is not – i.e., emotionally engaging, legitimately cringe inducing and, most importantly, interested in its topic as something more than a way to push the television envelope.
Certainly, a lot of that has to do with the fact that Hannibal is working with some fairly well known and established characters, so, to a certain degree, the audience is aware what they’re getting into. After all, does anyone ever hear the words “fava beans” or “Chianti” without then imagining Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, his piercing gaze burning itself ...
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