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Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

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 Will Graham (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Hannibal Lecter (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Alana Bloom (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jack Crawford (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jimmy Price (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Brian Zeller (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Beverly Katz (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
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Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

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Hannibal and Will sometimes discuss Hannibal's use of a method for mentally storing information called a "memory palace." This is not an invention of either the show's writers or of Thomas Harris, who mentions Lecter using a memory palace in his books about the killer; rather, it is a method of aiding memory that dates back to ancient Rome. One of history's most famous real-life practitioners was the sixteenth-century Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who introduced the method to China. See also the trivia section for Sherlock (2010). See more »

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Despite being head of the behavioral sciences unit within the FBI, Jack Crawford displays gaps in expertise that should be a given. For instance, when Will Graham fails the clock test, he asks whether this is something that Will could fake. See more »

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Will Graham: I don't find you that interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.
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Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
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As sophisticated as Hannibal's favorite demi-glaze.
12 April 2013 | by (The Big Snapple, NY) – See all my reviews

Two episodes in and I'm admiring this curiously crafted, visually stunning (and very risky) program. I entered into this show as a fan of the novels and films (with the exception of 'Hannibal' 2001). Last week's pilot was considerably rushed (I felt an extra 30 mins to flesh out the crime would have evened the pacing) however this 2nd episode really nailed me with the tone, and development of the characters. Hannibal and Will Graham, predator and prey (one character unwittingly). Sure there are some cheap moves for shock value and and certainly the investigations are rushed to make room for the greater psychological thriller, yet the time and craft spent on creating haunting atmosphere and imagery really help to dispel the smaller annoyances. This show is as sophisticated as the sauce being served with Hannibal's loin of pork.

Even though this show seems intent on the trappings of a police procedural I am very seduced by the bonding (and manipulation) between Hannibal and Graham. Intellectual peers although one is weak and the other exuding strength. I thought this week was terrific in terms of setting up the trust between patient and doctor. Moreover, Mikkelson, who I found wooded and sterile in the pilot really begins to flex his characters charisma and control. Hannibal is a monster and Mads is perfectly cast. The show expertly sets the tension that he is already 5 plays ahead of everyone. Dancy impressed me as well. Two episodes in and your already experiencing the brilliantly frail and dark mind of Will Graham. The labels of 'finest china', 'broken pony' are perfect labels for his embodied genius who is also a tortured soul. Someone who suppresses the impulse to kill like a recovering alcoholic avoids mouthwash. I know many will knock the casting but after watching a decade of stale, wooden acting of 'Criminal Minds, CSI:Everywhere, NCIS's casting... and so on it's gratifying to see actors with depth and a script that allows them to emote pain and fear. And Larry Fishburne even elevates himself from CSI land (not a bad show, however this is a step up).

I'm admittedly a pretty picky viewer. Since HBO's The Sopranos graced the screen there have been very little network TV that I've been inclined to tune into. Aside from LOST, The Good Wife and a few other programs that have been here and gone (cancellation) I've had a steady diet of serial based cable dramas to fill my TV time. BREAKING BAD, THE WIRE, JUSTIFIED, SOA, THE WALKING DEAD, THE KILLING, MAD MEN, DEADWOOD, THE SHIELD, HOMELAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE... I could go on but the message here is that the networks offer me little to invest in. Kudos NBC and Bryan Fuller here. I could see myself watching this for 13 episodes (the series run). I don't shake my head at the screen and feel my intelligence is being cheated here.


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