Hannibal : Kaiseki

The new series of Hannibal started this week. You didn’t know? I’m sure I wrote about it a few days ago!  I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to write a review of it, though I’m sure you all watched it didn’t you? If not then obviously I’m going to have to up my Hannibal love ins to make you all interested!

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The Musketeers : The Exiles

With episodes so far dealing with a range of back stories and character pieces this weeks episode took a different turn. Instead of focusing on back stories for the Musketeers we got a rip roaring adventure with a little more story for the King!

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A Day Away…

So life is exciting at the moment. And the biggest most exciting thing we have going right now?

That’s right! The premier of Hannibal Season 2 is only a day away.

The NBCHannibal twitter and tumblr pages have made fans get very excited, as well as all the juicy cast interviews and all that. Now we are hours away from a brand new series of one of the most imaginative, beautifully crafted and intelligent shows on TV.

Looking at it two ways, one as a fan of such a wonderfully put together program and the other as a “fan girl”.

On one hand I have been looking forward to this series because it is truly a wonderful piece of TV. It is probably the only show I have ever watched where it made me physically question myself because instead of finding the deaths gorey and disturbing, in some horrible way I found them quite imaginative, unique, beautiful and symbolic. 

For some it was too much and they let that little part of the show mar their opinions on what could be quite a witty show. In a way the murders are just a frame work to keep the stories flowing, the main enjoyment you’ll get out of the show is the relationships and dynamics between characters. So forget the mushroom gardens, angels and mess and lets look at the depth of human drama there is.

You’ve got a damaged hero in Will Graham who see’s the world in such a unique way, his relationships to every member of the cast is looked through the eyes of someone who is mentally drained, and as he slowly gets used and prodded and mishandled by both Jack Crawford and Hannibal Lecter we see his world slowly crashing around him. He has his love interest who isn’t just the normal kind of love interest. She is one of the strongest characters I’ve seen in a long time. She’s emotionally stronger then any of the rest of the cast, she isn’t scared to tell anyone how she feels or put them back in line. She doesn’t shy away from anything, she’s opinionated and knows she’s just as smart as any of the men. She doesn’t have to be sassy, throw out one liners or be over the top butchy, she’s just a normal lady who is probably the most grounded character in the whole Hannibal world.

We then have the darker side. In a way both Jack and Hannibal are bad guys. One of them isn’t a mass murderer but if Will had ever done anything it would have came back at Jack for pushing him. This is the thing, Jack was the one that sent Will on this path and as much as you grow to like Jack and feel for him by the end of the season you wanted to scream at him for everything he did to Will.

Hannibal himself is a masterpiece on screen. Mikkelsen doesn’t overplay him, he really is just a normal guy. Looking at him I don’t think you’d really believe that he was a cannibal let alone a murderer, his relationship with characters round him more then, for example, Hopkins Hannibal. Because we get to see him before people knew who he was and what he was we get a fuller picture, he isn’t playing to a stereotype or anything like it he’s just a normal person. And at times you can be forgiven for thinking that he’s totally innocent of anything, his charm isn’t sickly its human and he just looks like a man that cares about people.

And… I’ve said this all before so what is the point? I just love telling you how great the characters are!

None of the elements of the show ever outshine the others. The gruesome ways the victims meet their intended ends isn’t in your face all the time but neither is the human drama and relationships.

There are many different stories to be told, whether it will be within one episode or a ribbon run through many stories. It doesn’t speak down to the audience but it also doesn’t dumb it down. The characters bounce off each other, and even the “bad guys” get sufficient time and have wonderful dynamics with the characters they meet. There is no real good or bad, there is human nature and all its wonderful shades of grey, from the light (Alana), to the mid-shades (Jack) to the dark (Hannibal.)

From a fan girl perspective I just love everyone and can’t wait to see Hannibal being cheeky and cooking. Never has a man made cooking look so sexy.

I was only going to write a blog saying its coming back and started gushing already! The shame of it all really. But it is how much I have a passion for the show, it is a wonderfully balanced story with great characters and it didn’t get half the love it deserved. If the second series is only half as good as the first we’ll be in for such a treat, but we know it’ll be just as good and probably even more amazing so what we’re really in for is the best thing that is probably going to grace our screens all year!

I can not wait!

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