The serial killer mentors a criminal profilerA familiar face to movie fans, Hugh Dancy ("Ella Enchanted") plays Will Graham, one of the FBI's top criminal profilers. Like Dancy's character in "Adam," Graham may be suffering from Asperger's Syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum. His personality quirks are certainly in line with other people who have this condition.
Graham's methodology is fairly unusual. Visiting a crime scene, the young profiler turns time backward by playing the events back in his head. Will literally follows the footsteps of the killer and draws conclusions that are dead-on target.
A former beat cop, Will has trouble firing a gun properly, the result of a knife wound in the right shoulder. Dr. Jack Crawford (the amazing Laurence Fishburne), his superior in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, has Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) work with Graham to keep his unusual mind on track.
The Graham/Lecter relationship here is somewhat different than the one described in Thomas Harris's "Red Dragon" novel. The serial killer is, in his own way, mentoring the profiler, but he's not above manipulating events for his own benefit.
Always dressed for "dinner"
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen downplays his interpretation of Hannibal in the first two episodes. Mikkelsen's Lecter always dresses for dinner, even if he is dining alone in his home. He rarely raises his voice above normal speaking tones, but there are times when malice seeps through his carefully chosen words.
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Dr. Lecter also acknowledges and embraces his own twisted passions. At one point in the pilot, Hannibal makes a "courtesy call" to another serial killer to let him know that the FBI is on to him.
Things to look for in "Hannibal"As he demonstrated in the late, lamented "Pushing Daisies," Bryan Fuller -- executive producer of "Hannibal" -- creates stunning visual images, especially when dealing with corpses. Here are a few things to look for in Season 1:
· Though not written as a comedy, the characters deliver some extremely funny lines. When Dr. Crawford has a private word with Will in the men's room, he dismisses an officer wanting to use the facilities by shouting "Use the ladies room!"
· Based on the first two episodes, the story should play out like a 13-hour movie. Events that happen in the pilot spill over into the next episode and become critical plot points.
· The corpses in this series rival the ones in "The Walking Dead." NBC evidently is allowing Fuller to push the gore boundary to the absolute limit.
· Hannibal Lecter is the puppet master here. He consults with Will, but it feels like he is intentionally creating his own worst enemy. Season 2 could easily turn into Will's hunt for Hannibal.
· Fuller, Dancy, and Mikkelsen appeared in a recorded message for the WonderCon crowd. Mikkelsen mentioned they were working on the 13th and final episode of Season 1, an indication that NBC is putting a lot of faith in the late-season series.
"Hannibal" premieres Thursday, 4/4 at 10 PM on NBC.
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