Review: Hannibal (S3 E12/13), Wednesday 26th August, Sky Living

Though Will Graham’s family have escaped death at the hands of the Red Dragon, the deranged killer is still a threat, all the more because he has become the pawn of an even greater force, Hannibal; Francis Dolarhyde has become Hannibal’s ‘agency in the world’. With Hannibal unwilling to reveal what he knows of Dolarhyde –…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E11/13), Wednesday 19th August, Sky Living

So, Will Graham has met (rather unexpectedly) The Tooth Fairy, Francis Dolarhyde; of course, he still doesn’t know who he is, how he selects his victims, or the fact that Hannibal is in contact with him and may be manipulating him. Will, Crawford and Alana discuss this development, and the significance of Dolarhyde having eaten the…

Review: Hannibal (S1 E9/13), Wednesday 12th August, Sky Living

With Francis Dolarhyde established as the villain of the piece, and Hannibal Lecter almost having taken over Jack Crawford’s role as the investigator of the Tooth Fairy’s family murders, all the roles in Hannibal have been reversed; all save that of Will Graham, who still finds himself stricken with the ability to put himself in the mind…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E8/13), Wednesday 29th July, Sky Living

If you only know Hannibal from the movies, not the books or this TV series, everything up to now has been a prequel; for you, the real story probably begins here. Because as scary as Hannibal is in the outside world, he’s almost scarier where he’s more familiarly seen, in a cage. Last week we saw…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E7/13), Wednesday 22nd July, Sky Living

In some ways, Hannibal could finish here; plot-lines are resolved, old scores are settled, balance is restored, closure is achieved. But it can’t finish here; in fact, it’s hardly begun. Though this episode, Digestivo, ends with Will Graham alive and free, and Hannibal caged, that’s not the end of the relationship. It’s merely the beginning.

Review: Hannibal (S3 E6/13), Wednesday 15th July , Sky Living

Hannibal, battered and bloodied after Crawford’s attack, has made his way home to Bedelia, who stitches him up; Will, battered and bloodied after being attacked by Chiyoh, has made his way to Florence, meeting Crawford as the eviscerated Pazzi is cut down. Why did neither attacker follow through and make the kill? – because only…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E5/13), Wednesday 8th July, Sky Living

Things go from bad to worse for Hannibal fans, as it now seems that both Amazon and Netflix have passed on the opportunity to pick up the cancelled show; and as if to put the final nail in its coffin, the contracts of lead players Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy have apparently expired. Let’s hope…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E4/13), Wednesday 1st July, Sky Living

Hannibal’s victims – if they survive the experience – seem to like to form cosy little clubs, in which the main topic of conversation is, well, Hannibal. Will Graham, Crawford and Pazzi form one little club; and this week, Bloom and Verger get to set up their own local chapter.

Review: Hannibal (S3 E3/13), Wednesday 24th June, Sky Living

We’re reeling from the news that Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC – apparently the last episode will air in the US on September 3rd, which at least implies that season three will reach the end of its 13-episode run. Speculation is that the axe has been wielded due to falling ratings, along with licensing difficulties…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E2/13), Wednesday 17th June, Sky Living

With the season opener making only passing reference to putative hero Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), we were left to wonder at the character’s fate after the massacre concluding season two. Hannibal may find his relationship with Graham no substitute for the sort of therapy he gets from Bedelia Du Maurier, but there’s no doubt that…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E1/13), Wednesday 10th June, Sky Living

Like Dexter, Hannibal requires us to accept a totally unacceptable character as a sort of hero, and to revel in a level of gore that’s almost too much to stomach (pun intended). That the cannibalistic mass-murderer played with such sang-froid by Mads Mikkelsen is almost sympathetic says something about the monsters he encounters on his…