Oh, What a Tangled Web we Weave!

by Ed Blackadder

From the first episode of Hannibal, this series has been outstanding, and being a big fan of horror, this show spoke to me. Not only the horror aspect but the acting, casting, writing, basically everything I enjoy in a TV show. I have to admit to not liking Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham at first, but now I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing that part. Laurence Fishburn was another reason to watch this, as his acting is impeccable. Fishburn is an actor I have enjoyed in many movies like The Matrix, for example, but for me, his best came as the wife beating Ike Turner, Sr. in What’s Love Got to Do with It, for which he received a well deserved Oscar nod. The cinematography by James Hawkinson has been something quite brilliant for a tv show, but we expect no less from a show boasting such immense talent.

The real star of Hannibal is Hannibal himself, played by the master of nuance Mads Mikkelsen, and I always knew it would take a special kind of actor to to pull it off, and pull it off to perfection, he most certainly has. I have actually tried to think of a better (or different) style of actor to play Hannibal Lecter but for the life of me I can think of no one. I realise that Anthony Hopkins left some rather large shoes to fill, but instead of building on that foundation Madds made his own and has earned the right to the name. I also watch Game of Thrones where I feel similarly about Charles Dances’ Tywin Lannister which is another example of casting brilliance.

And so, Will Graham is being slowly led to the slaughter (metaphorically, but perhaps in actuality) by Lecter’s lies, as witnessed last episode, but just how far will the person eater take it this time? That’s an obvious one I suppose, but still a valid question. We start off with another horrific death but is this one murder or something else entirely? We also focus on Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) as Jack Crawford becomes even more suspicious. Jack has given Lecter the beady eye a few times in the past, and I’m sure we see that spark again. Gillian Anderson has been great as Lecters psychiatrist and is another example of solid casting.

The big finale is the one I’m most keen on seeing because I know what to expect with the actual story (thanks to Red Dragon) but do I “really” know? I know what is supposed to happen but I suspect we’ll have a whole lot of fun getting to find out.

Grade: A+