Format: TV Series
Runtime (Per Episode) 43 min
Creator: Bryan Fuller
Cast Of Characters:
Hugh Dancy…Special Agent Will Graham (13 episodes, 2013)
Mads Mikkelsen…Dr. Hannibal Lecter (13 episodes, 2013)
Caroline Dhavernas…Dr. Alana Bloom (13 episodes, 2013)
Hettienne Park…Beverly Katz (13 episodes, 2013)
Laurence Fishburne…Agent Jack Crawford (13 episodes, 2013)
Scott Thompson…Jimmy Price (13 episodes, 2013)
Aaron Abrams…Brian Zeller (13 episodes, 2013)
Lara Jean Chorostecki…Freddie Lounds (12 episodes, 2013)
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
DVD Archive Review – (First Episode): Psychological Intrusion has always remained one of the fundamental traits of a Serial Killer, whether this has been the making of Directors through an entire century of film making or not. That which we see before our eyes, is not necessarily what is going on before our eyes, until such a time as when we conclude that it has indeed happened – or that another independent person of integrity has witnessed that same thing happen. With the new “Hannibal: The Beginning”, we see everything happen through the eyes of Special Agent Will Graham, who has anything but an amazing gift of ‘Seeing’ his assignments being murdered…in the goriest of detail, too.
His superior officer, however, knowing that Will has a condition, but still assigns him to the cases of twelve missing girls – presumed dead, of course – brings Will on board to help crack the case and bring the serial “Abductor” to justice. It is the personal side of Special Agent Graham, however, that becomes delicately complicated when he is paired up with Dr Hannibal Lecter, a man who shows very little sympathy, and yet, assists Will in the cases anyway. Will Special Agent Graham realise his weakest link?
Having watched the forty-five minute first episode through the “Sparkle Network”, we were literally riveted to our seats in the aftermath of the serial killers lame trail of carnage. It was actually realising that the Writer’s and the Director placed the killer in the forefront of the show, as well as introducing a Psychological Detective alongside the killer, that we saw exactly where the storyline was going.
Agent Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne) gives a very well strengthened cast as Special Agent Will Graham’s superior, while side by side, he has this attachment that keeps its distance when both Agent Graham and Doctor Hannibal Lecter do exactly the same thing – which is investigate the intricate parts of the case. Though not a spare tool in the series, the functions of being a Superior Officer well suits Fishburne, only not as a permanent sidekick to the Agent who can rewind and play through the entire crime that took place.
If you haven’t seen “Hannibal: The Beginning”, then it would be highly recommended by us that you do…as soon as possible. Although, we must stress that the series includes some really gory and bloody scenes of violence, but certainly not unlike that of “Dexter” – only better. Sorry Dexter fans, but that is the truth, and maybe one that we should address as thus:
The Dexter Producers attempted desperately to increase the blood loss into the show by making the episodes more ‘Gorified’ in content, while waiting in the wings was this new show of “Hannibal: The Beginning”, that has managed quite easily to pull the rug from under their feet. The bottom line is simple, that “Hannibal: The Beginning” is going to be one of those very successful shows that have people’s mind’s highly wired, charged and begging for more suspense, more gore, more of that Pzazz that can only come from a cop show with the intelligence and integrity that producers and writer’s on this level can create…This is a high rated television show that will blow the viewer’s mind, and this is only the very first episode into the 13 episode series.
Release Date: 2012 (USA)
Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Production Co: Dino De Laurentiis Company, Doheny Productions Inc., Gaumont International Television
Runtime: 43 min
Sound Mix: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Hannibal: The Beginning (TV Series Trailer) 2013.