The first episode of this series was so disturbing that I wasn’t sure I could keep watching it. I’m glad I stuck with it. It is outrageously scary and horrifying but extremely well acted and produced. The series follows famous fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter years before The Silence of the Lambs. The real hero of the story is Will Graham, a criminal profiler working for the FBI. Will works on the most heinous murder cases and his boss Jack Crawford (a character also featured in The Silence of the Lambs) finds a talented psychiatrist to consult on cases and help Will process the violence he encounters. Bad luck that the psychiatrist is Hannibal Lecter.
If you are sensitive to violence, don’t try to watch this. It is very graphic for network television. If you can get past that aspect, it’s a great show. The lead actors Laurence Fisburne, Hugh Dancy, and Mads Mikkelsen play off of each other wonderfully. Like Anthony Hopkins, Mads Mikkelsen makes Hannibal Lecter someone you find yourself weirdly rooting for. He makes it hard to believe someone so refined could murder and cook people for fancy dinners, or pull off wearing plaid suits. His dining room is amazing, the set designer deserves an award. So if you’re up for it, get yourself a shock blanket and lock your doors. You’re going to have some scary dreams.