At risk of sounding like a broken record, this week’s episode of HANNIBAL was simply outstanding. I know that I have bragged about this show in the past, but tonight’s episode far exceeded anything I would have ever expected.
We were treated to a much more Hannibal-centric episode of HANNIBAL this time around. The show, much like the movies, has Dr. Lecter existing as almost an incidental character with the major action revolving around Will and Jack’s manhunt for the Chesapeake Ripper. This time around, we see much more of Hannibal’s day-to-day and get to understand a bit more of what makes him tick.
GILLIAN ANDERSON guest stars as Dr. Lecter’s psychiatrist because for some reason psychiatrists also need psychiatrists much like Barbara Streisand champions the notion that people need people. The addition of Gillian Anderson was great, and we finally got to see some of the murderous side of Hannibal, but the real ‘meat’ of the episode (so to speak) was all of the scenes of ‘culinary delight’ as he prepares a feast for his crowd of artsier friends. MADS MIKKELSEN’S performance was nothing short of mesmerizing and everything being set to symphony and opera was a great touch. The concluding thirty seconds of the episode were brilliant.
I would like to lodge a passionate and heartfelt plea to the higher powers within NBC making renewal/cancellation choices over the next several days: Please do not cancel this show. I would argue that the singular reason ratings have been less than stellar is your doofus-quality decision to stick it in a Thursday night timeslot. Renew and rework the overall schedule, and this can easily be one of your top drama shows for the duration of BRYAN SINGER’S seven-season vision.
A+++ and easily the best episode of network television I have seen so far this year.