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Old 04-02-2013, 03:41 AM   #1
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Hannibal TV series

The new tv series of HANNIBAL starts this Thursday on NBC. Being a fan of the novels and movies, I am excited to see this, but not too sold on it being a network TV series. I have not followed much on this, but it looks like it takes place before "Red Dragon" as it follows William Graham's hunt for Hannibal. Not sure how long they can stretch out that storyline, but I'll give it a shot.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:53 AM   #2
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Well, did anyone manage to give this a chance last night?
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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It's on my PVR. I should get around to watching it soon.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:57 AM   #4
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This was my review:

Great pilot, but is it moving too fast?

Graham is a wonderful character, brilliantly seen and read in Red Dragon. This pilot is interesting because it kind of fits more with what we have seen with Manhunter, and that is perfectly fine with me.

I won't get into the plot, because we all know it. I will just simply say, this is a great pilot with some great familiar themes. My problem is it feels more like an episode of a miniseries rather than a TV show. I really hope Hannibal himself is pulled more into the background to allow for a network series gain some balance, because there is a lot of room for this to become a unique procedural drama. But I get nervous when an alphabet network gets a hold of a series like this because they inevitably begin to go for the cliché. Graham's visions, for example, I see becoming old if overdone. And if there is too much going on with the Lector story, this will burn out too fast.

I give this a six now, it could become a ten, but I see some things to be cautious about. If the show is smart enough to keep Hannibal as the secondary character he is meant to be and focus on Graham and the FBI, it has a good chance. Hannibal is a great antagonist, but the puppet master should not be seen unless need be.

This is NBC, there is a lot to worry about. If they want a Lector-heavy storyline then I hope they have an endgame in mind ala Breaking Bad, otherwise this will just burn out.

Fingers crossed.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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I enjoyed this very much. I know how the story eventually ends, but I'm interested in seeing what happens up to that point. Probably the best new show NBC has produced for a long time.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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I've been watching this and it's really great. I'm glad it got picked up for a second season. Too bad it's on at an odd time (10:00pm on Thursday) or else I think more people would watch it. Eddie Izzard just guest stared!
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:23 AM   #7
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Yesterday the folks at Entertainment Weekly wrote up an article showing off a Hannibal gag reel clip which had screened that day at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. As part of their write-up, they revealed that Season 1 will be available on September 24th. The episodes, they say, will be more than just what was broadcast: "In addition to the 12 episodes that aired on NBC, the DVD includes the full version of an episode pulled from the schedule in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting."They didn't have the box art for Hannibal - Season 1, but they did have this list of bonus material they say will be on both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions: •Audio commentaries on select episodes with Cast and Crew including Bryan Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and more

•"Hannibal Reborn" featurette
•"A Taste for Killing" featurette
•"The FX of Murder" featurette
•"A Symphony for the Slaughter" featurette
•Full Gag Reel
•Deleted Scenes
•Pilot Episode Storyboards

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Han...#ixzz2ZY4Mlo7T
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So has anyone been watching this? Over the past couple of weeks I went through season 1 and am now catching up on Season 2.

I won't say that it's great television (I hold Deadwood as the high standard) as it often gets a bit unrealistic in the plot lines. But, I've been very surprised at how good it is overall. The tone is consistently surprisingly dark and the visuals creatively surreal.

I read that the plan is to have Seasons 1-3 be new material and then for 4-6 they are going to tackle Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. I am definitely curious to see how that plays out.

But, what I am most curious about is how fans of the books like the show. I've never really been a fan of the movies and really only liked Manhunter. But this show has really managed to impress me.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:21 PM   #9
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I'm a big fan of the books. The show, I like it, but not sure exactly what they are doing with the storyline right now. Kind of gets a bit out there at times. Better than most shows on TV though.
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:20 PM   #10
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I really like it but I'm afraid they'll fall into the Dexter trap of too many serial killers everywhere.
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