Part of The Blog Cabin’s 31 Days of Spooky Fun 2017 Series
Pre-Agent Starling, Hannibal focuses on the relationship between Dr. Lector and Will Graham.
Will Graham is a kind soul. He picks up every stray dog he sees and lost his job as an agent because he just couldn’t pull the trigger when he needed to. Now, he teaches profiling at Quantico. He is good at it. He is able to see through the minds of killers, but being in the field started taking a toll on his mental stability.
FBI Director Jack Crawford asks him to come back to look at a case. Against the advice of Psychiatrist Alana Bloom, he does so. Part of the team on the case is Dr. Hannibal Lector, as Will’s psychoanalyst of all things. They become friends. That is when the manipulation, cat and mouse chase and constant mental games begin. As a viewer, sometimes you don’t know which way is up or who to believe.
Symbolism runs deep and wide in Hannibal. It is everywhere. In the decor, on the table, the clothes they wear – everywhere.
Dr. Lector is often perceived as a Wendingo, a half man half beast associated with psychosis and cannibalism in Algonquin culture. In this state, he towers over everything and anyone representing his superiority. It is so intimidating.
My absolute favorite is The Ravenstag – a strong solid black stag with feathers. In my interpretation, Will sees him when he needs to learn something or see something different. Once in the hospital, Will awakes from sleep to hear something in the hallway. He gets out of the bed to see the Ravenstag in a perfectly white, sterile, and silent environment walking down the tiled hall. He stops to turn around to see if Will is following as there is something he needs to see. It was such a striking scene and it gives me chill bumps to think about it.
I cannot stress enough that this is the absolute most beautifully filmed television show I have ever seen. The content is brutal and disturbing and quite terrifying, but the presentation is that of an old world master sculptor. It leaves you with mixed emotions, kind of what Will Graham feels.
Hannibal is no longer a current series, but you can catch Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime.
Kudos to NBC for running this series. It was damn ballsy of them to air it on prime time TV with such serious content.
See the trailer for Season 1 below.
- Mads Mikkelsen
- Hugh Dancy
- Laurence Fishburne
- Caroline Dhavernas
- Gillian Anderson