Will’s brain works a little differently than most people, and because of this he is a fantastic profiler, but is a bit unstable. Hannibal is hired as Will’s psychiatrist to make sure he doesn’t become what he hunts. From here, I expected an episodic show like CSI, or Criminal minds, but instead (and way better in my opinion) the show is all linked together, as one episodes events directly effect the subsequent episodes.
First off, the serial killers become a little unbelievable. We start off with one that is killing girls that look like his daughter. OK, not too much of a stretch. Then we have one that carves his victims into angels, turning their flesh into angel wings. It’s starting to get a little far fetched here, but for this show, Ill still allow it.
However, in doing that they lose my suspension of disbelief. I would not want to live in this State, that’s for sure. There are so many serial killers that FBI agents coming across these scenes are not even phased by them,. It’s as if they are in fact weekly occurrences. If killings like the ones portrayed in this show happened in our world, they would be international news. They seem to make little impact in the world the show takes place.
Another thing that starts to lose the viewer is the dialogue. Everyone seems to speak philosophically, and in long-winded, deep metaphors.
Lastly, the lacklustre motivation, and omnipotence granted to Hannibal detracts from the show, and gives it almost a magical fantastical feel, rather than the realistic, gritty crime police procedural the the show is based off of.
As well, not only is he a brilliant surgeon and psychiatrist, but hr is also an expert in hand to hand combat. Oh, and did I mention he also has mass wealth at his disposal, so much so that money seems to be no object to him.
There are some great things about this show too. The acting and cinematography are very well done. Although there is an over obsession with door shots. So many of the scenes are opening, closing and walking through doors… curious.
If you’ve made your way through Criminal Minds, and are looking for something similar to binge, definitely check this out. It is currently on Netflix.