Hugh Dancy in Burberry

Posted on June 21, 2013

So… Hannibal. Everyone keeps saying we should watch it. Tell us why.


Hugh Dancy attends the Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 Collection in London.

We like Hugh as an actor. He’s both precise and intense, which is a fine combination, especially for film or television. But we have to admit, we don’t find him watchable for long stretches of time. He’s a perfect character actor but he has the looks of a lead.

Anyway, no major critiques here. His collapsed placket makes Baby Jesus cry but it’s all good. He’s not here to model the clothes. And besides, we love what he’s wearing. Great summer suit. Not quite the perfect fit.



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  • I watched the pilot – it was very good. Not so much for him as for Mads Mikkelsen. I haven’t continued to watch it though because I just don’t do well with gore.

    Don’t like the suit, do like the perfectly shiny shoes.

    • gabbilevy

      I was worried about that — I’m not a fan of the genre. But I *love* Hannibal. @foodycatalicia:disqus, I humbly suggest you give it another shot — it’s more beautifully disturbing than gross-out gory.

    • AudreysMom

      Definitely watch it for Mikkelsen more than Dancy. He’s pretty incredible and lends an even classier, extra euro epicurean feel to Anthony Hopkins’ delightful Hannibal. And he’s way hotter and the man fills out a suit very nicely thank you very much. More than that though, the styling and camera work on this show are something not for network TV. It’s dark, very dark. And Bryan Fuller gets away with creepy and graphic like I’ve never seen in a network show. Cable, definitely. Not NBC. Dexter has nothing on what they get away with on Hannibal (and the writing in Season 1 matches a reasonable season of Dexter). Other casting on this show is also v. good. Take Gilian Anderson as Hannibal’s own shrink, or Larry Fishburne at the head of the operation. Convincing, solid and very strong.

  • Yes, please. I will take this, as is. I can’t return it? Not a problem, I assure you.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    It’s shot beautifully, and it’s definitely better-than-your-average network TV.
    That said, the fact that he’s always cooking creeps me the f**k out.

    The blue is really nice, if not utterly boring, but these beards are not what’s hot in these streets. Not everybody is meant to rock a beard, as it actively detracts from your swexy.

    • Vanja

      The meals look stunning! Shame about the ingredients though.

      • Lucía Gavello

        I’m a bit hungry and ashamed at the same time after each episode.

      • gabbilevy

        Celeb chef Jose Andres doesn’t do the actual food prep, but he does advise on what to cook with what. Pretty great.

    • fursa_saida

      That’s one of the things I love about it most, though–the show knows that we know what Hannibal’s really doing, and they just fuck with us constantly. I mean, cannibalism puns. CANNIBALISM PUNS!!! That no one onscreen gets! All the ominous cooking scenes and the characters complimenting him on the food! Amazing.

  • ppyajunebug

    Oh man, Hannibal.

    I think it’s easily the best show on network TV. Bryan Fuller took thirteen episodes and told a beautiful, visually stunning story. It’s disturbing and gorgeous and Mads Mikkelsen is just INCREDIBLE. I never thought much of Hugh Dancy, but he completely inhabits the role. Definitely worth giving a shot.

    • Lucía Gavello

      I love how Mads Mikkelsen plays the character, I mean, he makes me have empathy towards this serial killer who (unlike Dexter Morgan) has NO redeeming “I only kill bad dudes” qualities. And his performance is very quiet too, as it should be, because you wouldn’t be able to deal with the intensity of Hopkins Hannibal in a weekly basis. Hugh is also excellent, without spoiling anything I’d say that the evolution of his character is even more difficult to watch than all the gorey stuff.

      • so, so true. And I will say it right here and now: I prefer Mads’ Hannibal to Hopkins’.

      • RebeccaKW

        Yes to all of the above. It’s like, Hannibal is a cold-blooded killer who then eats your organs and also feeds them to unsuspecting dinner guests. But you can’t help but like the guy.

      • Bridget Smith

        I spent half the season just desperately wanting to give Will Graham a hug and, like, a pile of puppies and a bowl of ice cream and a Parks & Rec marathon. This show lets him play the leading man while also completely deconstructing.

      • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

        lol i like how hannibal plays everyone in the show and also everyone watching the show. it’s true that you can’t help but feel empathy for him when he starts the friendship narrative with will; but let’s face it, 1001% of the audience was screaming at the television by last night’s episode. you don’t hate hannibal because he’s a dapper bastard whose cleverness demands respect; but no one comes away wanting to be friends with hannibal. certainly, no one wants to hear hannibal refer to them as friend. look, after all, where that got will!

      • AnnaleighBelle

        It makes me sad to imagine Mad’s Hannibal in that horrid little cell with that horrid little man, Chilton, harassing him. I want him to stay free to continue eating the rude, but of course he’s ended that with his treatment of Will.

    • Couldn’t agree more and could not recommend this show enough. Each episode is beautiful, heart-breaking, mysterious, haunting, intriguing and fascinating (yes, seriously, all these things TLo! watch it, you’ll see!). Mads Mikkelsen should be in any discussion about the supporting actor Emmy, and the beauty of how the episodes are shot sometimes actually takes my breath away with its imagery. I am a hopeless Fannibal.

  • ♕ Natalie ♕

    Watch Hannibal for Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, the three-piece suits that Mads Mikkelsen wears, the interiors including Hannibal’s gorgeous kitchen, dining room, office, the food decoration… everything is perfectly designed! The show is darkly, darkly funny— I laughed so hard during a sequence that featured Hannibal preparing food while flipping through his contact list just because you KNOW it’s those people that he’s turning into food. Everyone is amazing in their roles.

    • ppyajunebug

      Eat the Rude!

      • kimbalala


    • RebeccaKW

      I started watching probably halfway through the season. Not that I didn’t want to watch, I just kept forgetting it was on. (probably good for the show b/c almost everything I’ve watched from the beginning this season has been canceled) and it is so good. You can easily start watching later in the season and not be lost by what is going on. Mads Mikkelsen is the perfect Hannibal. He is so charming and so devious. You listen to him talk about being Will’s friend, but in the next scene he is lying to him about his medical condition. Oh, and my beloved Eddie Izzard had a guest spot. It is gory, but not overly so (in my opinion).

      • clevRcat

        Love Eddie, too and he was great in it. That’s why I watched and got hooked.

        • RebeccaKW

          I was pretty disappointed the Munsters reboot didn’t get picked up (I was skeptical about it, until I saw the pilot, and the only reason I watched that was because of Eddie).

      • gabbilevy

        Ooh, I disagree about being able to start at the middle. I mean you can, but you’re missing out — the season arc is so well crafted. Highly recommend going back to the beginning.

        • RebeccaKW

          Well, true, I don’t recommend starting in the middle, just that if you missed the beginning, don’t be afraid to start watching now. I do want to go back and watch the ones I missed and I’m hoping that now most of the shows are in summer hiatus, I can catch up.

          • gabbilevy

            True, true. Last night was the season finale anyway, so it’s pretty easy to watch the whole season pretty quickly.

      • twocee

        I agree to a point. I think Abigail is such an important piece of the season that to start with any episode other than the pilot will leave some pretty big thematic holes later on.

        (Trying to not spoil anything here).

        • RebeccaKW

          Yes, I know I’ve missed some things, and I want to go back and catch up. I’m just trying to let people know that if you missed the beginning, don’t be worried about jumping in later.

          • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

            actually, the season finale aired last night so most people won’t be jumping unless you start watching next year from the beginning of season 2! luckily, i think most episodes are online! i would recommend everyone start from the beginning because the first episode includes scenes that are fundamental to the meaning of scenes from final episode.

        • fursa_saida

          I love Abigail so, so, so much. What an incredibly ambiguous and complex character. Kacey Rohl doesn’t get enough praise for her work as Abigail.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          And get ahold of the episode that was pulled from the network – Oeuf. It’s so important for Abigail’s story, I think.

    • Emily Roach

      Yessss. Any time you could think “Is that a rolodex or a recipe book? OR MAYBE BOTH?” is a fantastic show.

      Also ditto everyone that it’s beautiful, and suspenseful, and really makes you ask questions (not even like “who were the skeletons in the cave?” but “which of this really happened?”). Mads is beautiful and so are all the interiors.

    • muzan-e

      Yes. The sets. The use of colour. The costuming. The sheer fucking style of the thing. Watch it for the cooking and watch it for the score. If nothing else, watch it because it was probably a show that should never have been made and should never have made it onto the television – who’d have put down money, a few years ago, in a wager that America would have an appetite for this?

      But American Horror Story happened, too, and now here this is, and this thing is sublime.

      • iheartnarwhals

        That’s the thing, isn’t it? The way it’s shot is just so hauntingly beautiful. The death/crime scenes especially. That totem pole. The angels. Wow.

        • fursa_saida


          • muzan-e

            Horror is my thing, right; I came here for Project Runway, but I stayed for the great writing and the amazing AMH recaps *g* But that said, the mushroom people was very nearly a bridge too far for me. I remember a reviewer weighing in on the show’s chances of renewal by pointing out that middle America might have loved Seven, but that it’s necessarily capable of watching a new Seven in their lounge-room every week, and the mushrooms, for me, were the bright, shining example of exactly that ‘problem’.

            But. But. As iheartnarwhals said: don’t they strive to make each week’s grand guignol so terribly, hauntingly beautiful? That episode was too much, and I watched it anyway, delighted.

  • Joanna Carver

    It’s a fantastic, beautiful show led by excellent performances by Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. You guys have hinted at your love for Wonderfalls. Bryan Fuller is the best.

    • They have?! Oh my goodness, then even more so I recommend this show to them!

    • Bridget Smith

      And Caroline Dhavernas is also in both! She’s not quite as charming in Hannibal as she was in Wonderfalls, but she was GREAT in last night’s episode.

  • Mismarker

    It is quite gory but I enjoy the Will/Hannibal dynamic. Mads Mikkelsen is really great in the Hannibal role and his costuming is amazing.

    • nancymae

      The Fall is incredible. And Gillian Anderson’s character is phenomenal. The scene with the investigator asking about her one night stand? Amazing!

  • ali meowmeow

    Bryan Fuller.

    That is all the reason I need to watch anything.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I love men with beards but this one is not working for me. He looks like an Ewok.

  • MilaXX

    I started watching Hannibal, but had other conflicting shows. I’ll probably binge watch over the summer. He looks okay here, but I prefer him clean shaven.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    the showrunner did dead like me and pushing daisies; his focus on rich, intense visuals serves the aesthetic of this show extremely well. the season has a fever dream quality that is rendered beautifully due to those visual proclivities. furthermore, the murders are extremely imaginative. i’ve seen a lot of death on tv, but there was some really original murdering that i’ve never seen before. hugh is wonderful, but mads mikkelsen steals the show. his inscrutability, his mask-like, sculpted face, his sang-froid make for a completely original, unexpected hannibal completely removed from that of anthony hopkins. in his stillness just the glint of an eye can hint at his underlying thoughts. brilliant. great show. and i’m a film school snob. so yeah. watch it.

    • RebeccaKW

      Oh, the man who made his victims into angels!

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Mads told Fuller he intended to play Lecter as Lucifer. It’s beautifully done. I wasn’t a fan of the franchise and Hopkins’ portrayal was only eh for me, but I love this show beyond all reason.

      The Fannibals are a pretty bizarre and funny group.

      Please, SAVE WILL GRAHAM!

      • fursa_saida

        Oh my god, the fandom is so absurd. I think it’s the only way we can deal with talking about the show because otherwise it would just be ;(((((( 24/7. Solution: flower crowns and comic sans!

    • AudreysMom

      I appreciated seeing Ellen Muth again on Hannibal. Great call back to Dead Like Me.

  • MsMajestyk

    Everything that’s been mentioned so far, and also the score, the awesome ME team with Scott Thompson, cool guest stars, Mads’ cheekbones, cute dogs. Any Bitter Kittens out there who know the name of collar style Hannibal wears? I know there’s a name for it.

    • Vanja

      A spread?

  • JasmineAM

    Hannibal is the best drama show in years. Every episode is shot beautifully. It’s like moving art. And Mads Mikkelson plays a better Hannibal than Hopkins, in my opinion. Everyone needs to watch it.

    • semirose

      Mads is amazing. As much as I love Hugh (and his Will is pretty great) Mads is really THE reason to watch (well, and the fact that it’s a gorgeous well written show with great characters but omg Mads)

  • crash1212

    Is it a requirement for all men to have beards?

    • turtleemily

      Maybe it’s a playoff beard – LOL.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Hormonally? Yes. You seem to be saying it should be a requirement for more of them to shave. My personal opinion? No, but YMMV.

  • TheRealAndra

    Why? Because Mils Mikkleson will make you forget Anthony Hopkins ever played Hannibal Lecter.

    • PastryGoddess

      YES! Mads is Ama-zing as Hannibal Lecter

    • this!

    • muzan-e

      I’ll freely confess that I was the purist in the room who didn’t believe that was possible. I deliberately avoided the thing for the first few weeks, absolutely convinced that it couldn’t not be a travesty. But the reviews were startling; I took a peek, I was hooked with instants, and the moment, episiodes later, that he lunged into that one real fight – I am trying not to drop spoilers here – and near the end of it suddenly erupted with this savage grin

      He owned it.

  • filmcricket

    I get why guys don’t want to shave – I get pretty lax about my legs in wintertime, so I feel you. But not everyone can rock the scruff. He looks like something out of Tolkien. Nice suit, though. Haven’t seen the show, I was pretty Hannibal’d out by the 2nd film.

  • Yeah, I like Hugh and I REALLY like Mads, but I just can’t watch it. Nightmares after the pilot.

  • conniemd

    He has really strange, interesting eyes, it looks like he has no eyelashes. I imagine he could do a lot of expressions from insane and scary to soft and tender.

    • RebeccaKW

      You would be correct re: expressions.

  • flamingoNW

    I do not care for Hannibal, won’t tell you to watch it. He looks okay here. No great shakes.

  • kimbalala

    Hannibal is the first network show since Lost that I’ve felt invested in the characters. I have a real problem with gore, and I am shocked by what they are able to get away with on a network tv show, but it’s so well written and the gore doesn’t become the total focus, that I became easily addicted after stumbling upon it one night.

    Mads is awesome…..I know it’s scandalous to say, but he’s a better Hannibal than Sir Anthony. And that real smile he FINALLY gave Will at the very end of season ender…..what a bastard!!! Love to hate. And Gillian Anderson is also great as his therapist (or maybe teacher?)

    • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

      i love gillian anderson in this! what i love most about this show is all the female characters are so radically different from each other, but they are all extremely intelligent–oftentimes more intelligent than their male peers (remember when jack crawford went: where’s bev?). what i love is that, though many of the female characters have been victims of crimes or illness, they still retain their wit and intelligence. you often see people just exist as soon as something awful happens, but so many characters stick around and prove they’re not just fragile teacups. they’re not the scared girl who’s passively getting creeped on by the serial killer. it’s very refreshing.

  • Vanja

    You two will love Hannibal’s suits. They are immaculate and so is his apartment.

    • Not applicable

      that’s really true- he has a taste for all the finer things…

      but I concur with all the reviews- it is very good- I usually have to watch 2x because I miss something (as in, it’s the opposite of the stupid, vapid The Following!)

  • Nimith

    Hannibal is very much worth your time. Yes it’s gory, but it’s also well written, populated with top notch actors, is beautifully shot and the art direction is second to none. I think you’d have fun ripping the costumes too.

  • Kimmu

    Yalls still watch the Walking Dead and Hannibal is approximately 100000000000% better.

    The acting is amazing, the story has this beautiful fever dream quality to it that is only served even better by how beautiful it is to look at, from the interiors, the blocking, the special effects, the gore – the gore is absolutely beautiful, and the costumes oh man what Hannibal wears, and it has one of the most unsettling soundtracks. It’s such a quiet, still, unnerving show. Also, all of the characters are really richly developed, including all of the amazing, kick ass women on the show. And Scott Thompson plays a snarky alcoholic CSI, what more could you want?

    • fursa_saida

      I just finished watching the finale and the sound design in that ep was seriously just beyond. It’s always been great, but this particular time out was extraordinary.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m not into the serial killer thing so I’ve never seen HANNIBAL, but I do find Hugh Dancy charming and lovely to look at. There’s this movie about the invention of the vibrator that he is quite adorable in. And in the otherwise kind of terrible adaptation of The Jane Austen Book Club.

  • acevedob

    Wow. That’s all I can say about Hugh: wow.

  • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

    because the clotheshorse of the show is a man who wears full windor knots and three piece suits. also, he mixes prints like a pro. it’s basically the only show i can think of in recent memory with such a flamboyant dandy villain who makes such regular appearances. i would say it’s 10x more symbolic than mad men, though not through costuming so much as imagery and theme. hannibal lecter himself is certainly better dressed than any man on mad men. beautiful food. cannibalism jokes. classical music. it’s pretty diverse as far as casting. they’ve turned the largely all-male cast of red dragon into something far more diverse (freddie lounds, alana bloom, and bev katz are all women instead of men; also, there are several people of color: jack crawford, bella crawford, bev katz, tobias budge). the plot is clever. also, cannibalism jokes.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      I do wish we could have seen more of Tobias Budge. That man was eerily beautiful. When he and Hannibal and Franklin were in the same room, it was like Franklin had found his way to Mount Olympus and had stumbled between two gods.

      • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

        I loved Tobias! I wish his relationship with Franklin was explored more fully. Like, what was up with that bad bromance? I definitely thought there was something deeper going between him and Franklin that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. He seemed oddly invested in Franklin in a way that he didn’t seem to have with his victims!

    • iheartnarwhals

      Oh my god, I would KILL for a Hannibal-Style TLo analysis every week.

      • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

        Yes! Especially since it’s all men’s style, which I have a hard time interpreting. I know a little about menswear from here and there (and with a heaping dosage of red carpet analysis from TLo), but not enough to decipher the significance of Hannibal’s specific suits.

        • fursa_saida

          Alana’s wrap dresses! I feel certain we’ve seen the one she was wearing in the finale before, and I feel like it means something, but I can’t remember when it was onscreen. Also: Freddie Lounds’ outfits are everything. What a fabulous diva bitch. I don’t think her clothes are particularly meaningful, but she looks like a supervillain and I love it.

          • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

            oh yeah! i like how all the female characters have such defined styles. alana’s definitely the softest and she always seems to be wearing floral prints and very soft (literally!) clothes. i think even her jackets tend to be those soft wrap jackets. it’s such a juxtaposition to hannibal’s stiff suits. but then, she is supposed to be hannibal’s psychiatrist foil.

            freddie has the trendiest style, but is it just me or are all her clothes really young compared to the other women in the show? between bella, bedelia, and alana’s very knee-length-only attire, freddie lounds is always the woman wearing the mid-thigh skirt. she tends to wear shorter hems than even abigail (did abigail even wear skirts??). for some reason that always stood out to me, because she looked so out of place in a show that features older style. i guess that fits because she is the unconventional maverick and she’s runs a crime blog for a living. she’s the character that got the biggest 21st century update (though hannibal lecter with an ipad? that was hilarious). i can imagine her buying her clothes from trendy stores like topshop (check out those red floral tights when hannibal sat her down!). looking at some pictures now it’s like whoa is she wearing a mesh shirt with a black bra and a fur trimmed boucle jacket at the fbi office?! also, a moto-styled cape? it’s almost like she walked in from another show style-wise and it’s really interesting because she’s actually the character most people dislike with a burning passion.

          • fursa_saida

            I feel like Freddie’s the character who comes closest to having any kind of sexuality on display. It seems clear from one of the early episodes that she slept with Zeller in order to get information, and she’s the only character we’ve seen even a little bit naked. It makes sense to me that since she’s a bit of a con artist and she’s someone who revels in whatever personal power she’s managed to create, she’d take advantage of the fact that she’s STUNNING (seriously, Lara Jean Chorostecki, how is your face) and use it to her advantage whenever possible. Showing a little leg doesn’t hurt. Her clothes basically scream “BAM I’m here, I’m fabulous, I keep my shit tight and I don’t care what you think about it,” which is…accurate.

            I think the only time we ever saw Abigail in a skirt was the very first time we saw her, when we didn’t even know who she was (she seemed to be visiting her father at his work). Since the fateful day she’s been all jeans, all the time, as far as I remember.

          • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

            I agree Freddie’s the only person who’s even vaguely sexualized (and it’s very vague–there’s really nothing sexual about this show at all). But I also find it interesting that Freddie’s outfits are so, so, so coordinated. Like that moto cape with the leopard print fur trim on the gloves. When she lifts up her arm, you can see she’s wearing a leopard print shirt/dress underneath. It’s almost an old-fashioned sort of attention to detail (which also describes Hannibal’s style–those full Windsors and three piece suits are not very common on television these days). Also, her outfit when she eavesdrops on Hannibal in his office is ALL red–shirt + jacket + skirt + stockings. That’s really unusual even among very stylish young women. It’s actually striking how removed her style is from the way women usually dress themselves in day-to-day life and also how women on the show dress themselves. There’s nothing that coordinated about Abigail, Alana, Bev, Bedelia, and Bella’s clothes so Freddie’s hyper-coordination is really unusual from a visual perspective.

            I would say Freddie is remarkably resilient as a person. She’s witnessed some really crazy stuff (Gideon’s dissection and the cop murder), but she’s never fallen apart like Abigail or Will or even Alana (in the finale). She’s got her stuff together and her matchy-matchy style seems to reinforce that. She’s conspicuously put together and I can’t help but register how much time Freddie must have spent on each one of her outfits. Just think how long it must have taken her to find GLOVES to match her shirt!

            The same can be said for Hannibal who legit paused to refold his POCKET SQUARE after things with south with Franklin. As much as I love Hannibal’s style, I would also stop and think, “That person put in a lot of effort and he made no attempt to hide that fact.” He flaunts all the thought that went into his appearance and his ‘person suit.’ I wonder if Freddie is also wearing a ‘person suit’?

          • fursa_saida

            I actually think Freddie’s the opposite of wearing a “person suit,” and that she’s very deliberately constructed as a foil/opposite to Hannibal in terms of her somewhat sociopathic way of going through life. (Sort of like how Alana is his perfect opposite in terms of what kind of psychiatrist she is, and Will is his perfect opposite in terms of pure empathy vs. total lack of it.) She doesn’t really seem to care about other people, or about what effect her actions may have on their lives; she’s prone to disguise and duplicity (but only temporarily, not as her whole mode of living); she lies about her motives; she can be spectacularly cruel. But the difference is that while he hides all of that behind his person suit and passes himself off as an incredibly refined, suave, kind, calm man, she practically flaunts how awful she can be. She was creepily unaffected by what happened to Chilton in her presence, as Hannibal might have been, but she stayed there and kept him breathing when she didn’t, technically, have to–which I doubt he’d bother to do, given his druthers. She gave Will up to the mushroom killer without much of a struggle with her conscience, it seems like, but she also immediately made sure Jack knew what was going on so disaster could be averted instead of standing back to see what would happen, as Hannibal would and has in other situations. He’s a consummate carnivore; she’s a vegetarian. She’s fascinated by death, but observes other peoples’ killings while he conducts his in secret–in short, he’s about concealment and deception, and she’s about exposure. They’re both armored, sartorially, in that they have hugely distinctive and peacocky styles, but she’s announcing herself as loud, garish, in-your-face, take no prisoners, while he’s hiding behind quiet elegance.

  • paintedfish

    Watch it for Mads Mikkelsen and the fabulous clothes and the fabulous sets and the beautiful color schemes. A bit gory, but it also has Scott Thompson.

  • formerlyAnon

    Critiques no doubt valid. Quite lovely nonetheless, IMO lovelier clean shaven. No reason to cover up that jaw.

    Odd life, successful actors. Photographed in his summer suit & handsome shoes attending an outdoor(?) fashion show, and no doubt glad of it.

  • Chase

    He might have a bigger career if James McAvoy didn’t exist. They’re too much the same type, and McAvoy has buckets more charisma.

    I checked out of Hannibal after episode 2. I like dark, but damn. There are limits.

    • Courtney

      I made it all the way to the mushroom people, and had to give up. I like dark as much as the next girl, but Hannibal seems to glory in going way past too much to “holy hell no” territory.

      • Chase

        Yep, it was those mushroom people that got me. I haven’t been able to eat a mushroom since.

  • Ash

    He’s so beautiful but his smiles are kind of creepy, which is probably why there’s a scene, abut Will’s smile, that’s simultaneously the saddest and funniest the show has done.
    This show is thematically and symbolically rich (the recurring motif of the elk/stag, the pendulum swings etc.), it is wonderfully acted by everyone, especially Dancy (who is so miserable and vulnerable, sometimes, that I felt like crying when someone finally hugged him) and Mikkelsen (so still and nuanced; a compelling monster).
    And it’s the most visually rewarding show, second only to Mad Men and maybe Game Of Thrones. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve thought, ‘I wish TLo were covering this show so they could confirm whether I’m on the right track or not about this’. The costumes, the set designs, the colour schemes, the lighting, the food design; everything is gorgeous to look at.

    Most important of all though, is the way the show treats the subject matter. Yes, the murders are gory and highly stylized (Brian Fuller explained why in an interview with Alan Sepinwall) but they are never just shrugged off, as in almost every other procedural. We see Will when he steps into the mindset of the murderers but we also see, again and again, how deeply he is affected by them and how, despite the toll they are taking on him, he keeps doing the job to save as many lives as possible.

    • twocee

      I was going to mention that interview with Sepinwall but forgot in my comment. It’s well worth the read for fans of the show.

      And I agree about Will’s smile. There have been times when it is utterly heartbreaking (especially around Alanna).

  • twocee

    Hannibal is the best show on network TV, hands down. I would actually put in the Top 10 of all of current TV. It’s easily the best first season I’ve seen in years and years.

    Acting — impeccable. Mads Mikkelson makes you forget Anthony Hopkins ever existed (and I was a huge fan of Silence of the Lambs). Dancy is perfect as Will Graham and is often more of a supporting character, so there is variety between him, Hannibal, and Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburn). Intense is an understatement for Dancy’s performance. Bonus — Gillian Anderson has a regular recurring role. Yes, Scully is back on American TV and damned good.

    Writing — brilliant. Subtle and smart and never insults the viewer’s intelligence. A whole new dynamic to Hannibal Lector.

    Cinematography — movie quality. You will seriously want to eat Hannibal’s dishes even though you know what they are. The art direction is phenomenal and the lighting, colors, everything sets the mood so well.

    Violence — there’s no avoiding the fact that this is a graphic and often disturbing show. But it is not “violence porn” with the only point to shock the viewer. Fuller has obviously put much thought into what he is showing and why, and it I find it had a very specific affect on me that other graphic shows do not (I’m thinking Criminal Minds, which I hate). To be honest, there have been weeks where the show gave me nightmares, which is unusual for me. And I typically could not watch more than one at a time (I ended up missing one week and tried to “catch up” and just couldn’t watch more than one in a sitting).

    In short — give it a chance. It is an epically good installment in the Hannibal Lector canon and I still can’t believe that NBC had the smarts and cojones to put it on network TV, much less renew it for a second season.

  • gabbilevy

    Ditto to what everyone else said! Truly one of the best new shows this year, easily the best show on network TV. Transcends the genre, transcends the source material, transcends the medium. Everything from the musical selections and the score, to the camerawork and lighting, to the smart way the writing weaves in the serial (har har!) story to some procedural crime-solving.

    Dancy does an impressive job with portraying a character in a really difficult place without overdoing it. Mikkelsen is chilling in his deliberate, but, as others have said, empathetic portrayal of a character we all know so well, while also taking the character in a completely new direction.

    Bryan Fuller’s winks to his other shows are also really fun.

  • twocee

    Oh, and to go back to Mr. Dancy himself, I honestly like him a little more broken and disheveled than here 🙂

    • fursa_saida

      Gimme a good Will Graham post-nightmare flop sweat any day. The tiny shorts are a bonus.

  • Maggie Smith

    You should watch Hannibal because it isn’t just a TV show. It is art. Dark, painful, disturbing, beautifully designed art. All of it from the set to the script to Mads Mikkelsen’s performance. Hugh Dancy acts in this show, Mads Mikkelsen IS Hannibal. And every nuance, every quiet, slight movement has wells of meaning. Once I finally get a chance to watch the season finale I plan on binge watching the whole season again. It’s the kind of show that needs re-watching to catch everything.

    • twocee

      I’ll be honest, there are certain images that I don’t think I could watch again. It was hard enough to get them out of my brain to sleep! But yeah, there’s a lot of subtlety that I doubt I caught viewing it a single time.

  • e jerry powell

    He’s fine in Burberry. He’d be even better in me.

    Sorry, it’s the first thing that popped into my mind.

  • Bridget Smith

    Hannibal is intense, surreal, BEAUTIFUL, creepy, fascinating, and often darkly funny. It’s Bryan Fuller’s obsession with death (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) rendered in darker cloth. It’s quite gruesome, but in making you feel the horror of the murders it’s actually less existentially disturbing than most other serial killer shows. The various themes that make up the season are woven throughout the episodes with a masterful hand, and the performances from the actors (including Hugh here, who is adorable and worrisome and heartbreaking, and Caroline Dhavernas of the late lamented Wonderfalls) are no less skilled. I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Last night was the season finale and I’m still all wound up and drained and not sure how I’m going to wait 10 months for it to return.

    • Elodie

      Wait…shit, TEN MONTHS? ugghhh why did I think this was coming back in the fall 🙁

      • Bridget Smith

        Well, it’s another 13-episode season “next year.” I suppose that could be as early as January! But it’s definitely not September.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          There’s a person associated with the show who posts on IMDb, and (s)he said that it could be as early as January – they’ll have the show complete – but the timing is up to NBC.

    • fursa_saida

      I just watched the finale and I am actually shaking. (Granted, I’m sick, so I’m more vulnerable, but jesus my heart was pounding for that entire hour.)

      • AnnaleighBelle

        It was heart wrenching and beautiful. I think Hugh Dancy has done an amazing job and I want to hug him.

        I always watch the episodes at least three times, once with closed captioning so I get every word. I’m going to try it without sound when the DVD comes out to watch Mads haunting face. I think I may be a bit obsessed.

  • HengRu

    I’d prefer him clean-shaven, but like the good BK that I am, I appreciate the fact that he has the decency to shave his neck. And that his pants hems are breaking perfectly over his shoes. I like the color of the suit for him, and I love his hair. It makes me want to muss it up.

  • marlie

    I really like the color of this suit. I wish he’d gone for a more contrasting color with the shirt, but otherwise, I have no complaints. And again, grooming the facial hair makes a world of difference.

  • capybara_cafe

    BAM. He looks amazing. And the show is smart and insidious. You should definitely watch it.

  • plzidgaf

    It’s a beautiful, disturbing yet fantastical show that makes a great antidote to exploitative crap like The Following. Great performances all around, especially from Mads Mikkelson and Gillian Anderson.

  • turtleemily

    Hannibal is gorgeous with the cinematography alone, and you guys could probably do entire posts just on the costuming like you do with Mad Men. The cast is amazing, and the show is all about the characters.

  • Sylvia

    Hugh Dancy is main reason you should watch Hannibal.He is amazing.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Love the suit.

  • Elodie

    One of the strongest ensembles on TV right now. Last night’s episode had an INTENSE scene that had been building up all season and it had me on the edge of my seat going “THIS IS IS, THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT!” Love it. Also Will Graham’s character arc this season reminds me a lot of Carrie’s arc from Season 1 of Homeland, and just like his wife, Darcy should be nominated for an Emmy for his work.

    Also, c’mon guys, Gillian Anderson looking impeccable and gorgeous in every one of her scenes. I’m surprised you have to be dragged into watching this show.

  • You should watch Hannibal so you can feast your eyes on Mads. He wears nice suits, too. 🙂

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Hannibal is my obsession, and I’m not a horror fan. It’s beautiful, dreamlike, mesmerizing, exquisite, sad, poignant, creative, sinuous. I wasn’t interested in it at all and saw the first episode accidentally after the Thursday comedies. I watched it entranced.

    Hugh Dancy’s Will would be my soulmate, the way he rescues stray dogs, but Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is so evil it’s erotic to watch him. They are both amazing together, a beautiful synergy.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Just a response to the people talking about starting the show mid-season.

    Don’t forget to find the episode that was pulled – Oeuf. It is integral to Abigail’s development. It’s also one of the best episodes – heart wrenching.

  • NoSleepInBklyn

    I don’t know about Hannibal. I’m pretty much *exactly* the target demo: loved Wonderfalls, loved the look of Pushing Daisies (though I didn’t like the show), watch crime and serial killer shows, read Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs and watched Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs. And yet….I couldn’t really get into Hannibal. I always ended up doing other things while watching it. It is S.L.O.W. Mads Mikkelsen is great, though.

  • GTrain

    Hannibal is amazing. Definitely watch but definitely not during a meal.

  • ailujailuj

    “Collapsed placket” – sounds like something one might hear from a gyno on a messy bender. It’s always a dead hetero giveaway.
    I do love him and he is very pretty in person. But delicate and twitchy. I was very nervous watching him in Blackhawk Down. HOWEVER… Could that juxto be the reason he’s so good in that role?

  • Karen Dickerson

    Looks like poor Hugh needs a nap.

  • quiltrx

    I think he’s much more handsome without a beard.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    He and his wife always look so pissed off, sour, and humorless. Would it kill them to smile? Hugh looks like he has a bad tooth in these pictures.

  • ankali

    The only other show I can think of that is as well art-directed is Mad Men. That alone would make Hannibal worth a gander, but the cast is also spectacular, and especially if you’re familiar with the novels & movies, it’s really fun to watch how the writers will fuck with and improve on canon every week.

    I will say that although there’s very little violence, there is a lot of gore. Heavily stylized and grotesquely beautiful gore, but still not for the squeamish. I can’t see fans of The Walking Dead having too much of an issue, though.

    • Cecilia Lin

      Also the use of Mads Mikkelsen’s great body to wear those very grest suits.

    • fursa_saida

      It’s incredible how with a shift of lighting he goes from beautiful, suave gentleman to practically a Death’s-head. His skull is so evident in the right lighting.

      • Supernumerary

        I feel for anyone who ever dare raise a hand to Mikkelsen. You could cut yourself on those cheekbones.

  • fursa_saida

    This is so strange–Dancy always looks like a completely different person out of character, to me.

    Anyway, I think he’s doing incredible work on Hannibal, but the fact is so is everyone, Mads Mikkelsen especially (it takes a lot for someone to scare the crap out of you just by closing his hand or a small smile). The two of them as a pair are riveting. It’s much less a crime show than it is a gothic psychological horror piece–the murder scenes are so elaborate and artistic, the cinematography so distinctive, that the whole thing has a profound sense of being unreal and dreamlike. (In a captivating way, not a “I can’t suspend my disbelief” way.) We’re frequently going in and out of hallucinations and dreams, also, and since it’s so visually stunning, the uncanny atmosphere gives the show the chance to really play visually. Additionally, the writers are having SO MUCH FUN with the fact that we all know who Hannibal is but the characters don’t; cannibalism puns everywhere! The show has an excellent wry sense of humor, without which it would probably be too much to handle. There are some brilliant female characters (Kacey Rohl is also amazing as Abigail Hobbs), and they genderswapped a couple of male characters from the books, so even though the focus is on two men the show feels refreshingly more balanced. (It’s very, very white, though, but Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres had a fantastic, really heartbreaking arc together.)

    I will say, for anyone who has issues or history with emotional abuse, gaslighting, manipulation: this show could be very, very bad for you, because the entire first-season arc is the story of Hannibal slowly isolating Will and turning his mind inside out. That’s the true horror of this show: watching someone coolly, sometimes happily take apart a man’s sense of self, sanity, and reality, and knowing he’s doing it out of a combination of curiosity and a strange, twisted respect and affection. These character scenes are usually ten times as difficult to watch as anything to do with the murders.

    Oh, yeah, and Mads Mikkelsen’s clothes are a delight.

  • redhead with tattoos

    You should watch it because: Great writing, stunning cinematography, GLORIOUS acting (from literally everyone; there’s not a single half-assing-it bit player in sight), twisted murder that really isn’t nearly as gory or violent as it could be (not to say there isn’t *extremely disturbing* imagery involved in just about every episode, but this is a show that tends to focus on the aftermath of violent, not the act in progress) , excellent suspense. and the opportunity to yell “IT’S PEOPLE” at your TV screen every time they show food and/or drink. Which they do, a lot.

    I’m with everyone else in telling you that Mads Mikkelson is the actorly reason to watch the show; Hugh Dancy is great, as is Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Hettianne Park, Scott Thompson, and the rest of them, but Mads Mikkelson puts in a turn as Dr. Lecter that at once rivals and perfectly compliments Anthony Hopkins’ performance in Silence of the Lambs. He is so effortlessly and intensely *creepy* and just beyond spectacular. And as someone who read the entire Hannibal series of books after watching Silence of the Lambs as a teenager and who is super into the canon of that universe, I think Hannibal (as a show) has been playing with being a prequel in a way that just ramps up the suspense and makes it all even better. You KNOW that somehow this is all going to end with Will Graham putting Hannibal Lecter in jail (and almost getting gutted while doing it) because that’s where Red Dragon starts. With every passing episode and, now, with every passing season, the knowledge that we’re eventually going to end there just makes the tension and the suspense that much sharper and more delicious.

    And did I mention you get to yell “IT’S PEOPLLLLLE!” at your TV screen a lot? That part is REALLY fun.

    • fursa_saida

      The food is people. The beer is people. The salad is probably people. The fishing lures are people. The fourth wall: also people.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        But Hannibal is just a person suit…

      • redhead with tattoos

        Everything is people. I’m SURE the salad is people. I’ve never been surer of anything in my whole ife.

  • Because Mads Mikkelsen, guys.

    And the magnificent suits he wears.

  • MsMajestyk

    For me, Brian Cox in Manhunter was the best Lecter in film. I liked Hopkins’ camping it up, but Brian Cox’s Lecter really scared the crap out of me. I love Mads’ portrayal and think he’s doing a remarkable job with his subtle creepitude. What a face! It’s like Picard vs. Kirk, you can’t compare them because they’re both awesome but totally different.

  • mila_8

    This seems like as good a time as any to vent what I have long felt, that his casting as Luke Brandon in Shopoholic was all wrong. Anytime I see him in anything, the rage begins. Was Lee Pace not available?

  • shuu_iam

    While it’s a great show for a lot of reasons, in your case I’d say to watch it because the costume choices on Hannibal are likely to start catching on in general society similar to how they have in Mad Men, and seeing at least a few episodes will help you know what you’re looking for. For instance, the super wide ties that Henry Cavill’s been wearing to his recent press appearances are such a signature part of Hannibal’s look that I can’t help but suspect an influence. Hannibal’s designed to make evil look good, and they’ve been opting for creating new trends instead of following current ones.

  • andreawey

    He’s the reason!! He’s so adorable and intense and sad……you just want to take him home tuck him in with his dogs…..sorry lost myself there for a moment…… everyone on the show is good……..surprising for network

  • Adella Thompson

    Beautifully shot, interesting story arc, and exquisitely acted. Sometimes a tad melodramatic in weaker moments, but it all came together brilliantly in the finale.