Right on, I second that! This is the best one on TV right now. Although I disagree about rooting for Hannibal. Everything these characters do and say falls perfectly in line with the characters from Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter films. I often imagine Anthony Hopkins reciting the lines Mikkelsen says and it all fits.
And my fears about this show falling into the Dexter trap have been assuaged but the reason is sort of a spoiler but it's also pretty awesome so..
(Most of the killers are former patients of Hannibal and cultivated by his design.)