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"Hannibal" review by Suzanne 5/24/15
Season 3 Premiere Thursday, June 4 10/9c on NBC

I'd never seen this show before. Our former review Sundi reviewed the show in 2012 and liked it. It didn't sound like my kind of show, so I never got around to watching it. Apparently, I should have kept not watching it. For one thing, it's very violent and gory. I've had enough of shows like that, such as "The Following" and "American Horror Story."  For another, the characters seem to speak in riddles, like they're in a Calvin Klein "Obsession" commercial. The show is very pretentious. They seem to care more about how everything looks than whether the story makes sense or whether the viewer is entertained.

Last week I spoke with the show's creator/producer, Bryan Fuller, and he actually said that he likes that it's pretentious. Well, he succeeded, I guess. It's a niche show; not everyone's cup of tea. It has pretty photography if you can stomach it.

The acting is very good, I have to admit. Everyone does a first rate job. You can't help but like everyone, including Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Gillian Anderson does her usual great job as his therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier.  There may be spoilers if you read further.

Apparently at the end of last season, Hannibal stabbed the hero of the show, profiler Will (Hugh Dancy), and slit the throat of this other young women, Abigail. I think he also stabbed Will's boss, Jack (Laurence Fishburne).  However, the premiere episode doesn't tell us who lived and who died. It's all about Lecter and Du Maurier in Italy, and there are flashbacks to the past (I think). It was very hard for me to follow. The second episode shows what happened to Will and Abigail. Later we find out about Jack. It's a very odd but interesting way to have a season premiere.

If you like the show, check it out. I'm sure you will continue to enjoy it. For me, it's slow, weird and violent.



Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. on NBC

The dark and haunting series “Hannibal” returns for a third season, revealing the fates of characters hanging in the balance, and the continuing psychological cat and mouse games they face. 
After the shocking events of the season two finale, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe—accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson)—sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne), and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways.

In the second half of the season, Jack implores Will to help him catch a new threat, a serial killer preying on families, known in the press as the Tooth Fairy, but self-proclaimed as The Great Red Dragon. The hunt may force Will to turn to an unwelcome source of insight—his old adversary, Hannibal

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Bride of Hannibal

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Hannibal Season 3 Trailer

Sneak a peek at the upcoming season of Hannibal, returning this summer to NBC.


Interview with Bryan Fuller 5/21/15

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