NBC's Hannibal is truly a risk for a network show. It stretches the boundaries between what can be seen as going too far when it comes to network programming. Even though the third season of the show (currently airing) will be the last, it does not take away from how captivating this series has been. Hugh Dancy plays Will Graham, an FBI criminal profiler who is able to go into the mind of a serial killer and become one with them. Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen, develops a strong relationship with Will and helps him control the emotions that illuminate from his mind to shape the person that he is becoming. The chemistry between both Dancy and Mikkelson is so strong and fascinating that it is hard not to want them to succeed in their friendship. Rounding out the rest of the ensemble are Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Gillian Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne.
I do give NBC a lot of credit for giving this superb show three seasons. It is not easy to do with this sort of subject matter and they have given this show the life that it deserves. Each episode looks and feels like a painting, that could be digested and discussed for hours on end. The cinematography is some of the best I have ever seen for a TV series and probably will be for quite sometime. From the incredible acting, to the fantastic writing, Hannibal is a series that has been overlooked for too long, which it should not be because this is, in my opinion, one of the defining series of all time. It is truly a masterpiece.
Fair warning: there is a lot of blood and gore so be prepared.