Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DBH Review:Hannibal, Episode I-"Apéritif"

By Eric Polk-
For me, there is a dark void, spaced between the end of The Walking Dead and the beginning of my favorite summer show, Falling Skies when it comes to my t.v. viewing. I don't watch alot of shows but when I like a show, it's rather painful to wait until your replacement rolls its HD head around to your screen. This year, I have a potential bridge based on perhaps one of the most-beloved characters in horror history. With the disaster that was the Walking Dead season finale, Hannibal couldn't have dropped soon enough.

Drawing from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, Hannibal focuses its sinister energy on Will Graham, a criminal profiler on the hunt for a serial killer. Graham has a unique way of thinking which gives him the ability to understand and empathize with the psychopaths he hunts. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even him to understand, he enlists the help of one of the premier psychiatrists in the country, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Together they form a partnership to assist the FBI in hunting serial killers. But little does Graham know, Lecter's true nature has yet to be revealed.

In  Apéritif, we are introduced to the socially-isolated yet extremely lucid Will Graham who is recruited by FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford to investigate a series of missing college girls. As mentioned previously, the mind of the killer he's tracking becomes too much for him thus enter one Dr. Hannibal Lecter for whom he senses in Will a kindred spirit.

If the first episode is any indication, this looks to be a promising series. I really enjoy Will Graham's character, a man one step away from falling into insanity. Dr. Lecter is, of course, Dr. Lecter, a man who manipulates for his own gain. The episode itself is pretty good, setting things up for what we may see in the interim. There is surprisingly a good amount of graphic violence for a network t.v. show. Blood, girl impaled on deer antlers, and Dr. Lecter doing what he does best. Looking forward to the next episode.

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