Skipping to Conclusions: Hannibal

In geekdom, we see a lot of teasers. Sometimes it’s just an image or the name of a creator, other times it’s a trailer or a simple tag line. Whatever it is, it’s meant to get a reaction from you and start a discussion. Inspired by the anticipation and buzz caused by these teasers, we at Fantastic Fangirls present Skipping to Conclusions in which we speculate about the comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever we’re excited about but hasn’t come out yet.

by Anika

NBC’s new Hannibal Lecter television series has a premiere date (Tuesday, April 4) and a teaser:

I first met the good doctor at the 1991 Academy Award Ceremony when The Silence of the Lambs swept the top awards. I hadn’t seen the film or read the books because I don’t like horror films (and because I was 14), but after the Oscars I was intrigued. Plus I grew up idolizing Jodie Foster. So, I watched the movie… and it hit all sorts of buttons. I loved it. Flash forward to today and I’ve read all the books, I’ve seen all the films, and I’m super excited to watch the series.

a promotional photo of Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in Hannibal

Now, Clarice Starling is my spirit animal, not Will Graham (she’s maybe getting a series too but it’s on Lifetime, home of Army Wives and Dance Moms so, Idk). And the film Hannibal is my go to feel-good movie, not Red Dragon (I affectionately call Red Dragon “Ralph Fiennes’s audition for Voldemort”). But Hugh Dancy is great and Laurence Fishbourne, playing Jack Crawford, is greater. If there’s someone I’m worried about it’s Mads Mikkelsen, playing Dr. Lecter himself, but mostly because Anthony Hopkins has owned that part for so long. If Mikkelson and the direction is smart his Hannibal will be creepy-charming in new and different ways.

I do worry that while there are female characters and actresses listed in the cast, no women have appeared in any of the promotional materials (images or the teaser) released so far. I’d think guests Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson, and Anna Chlumsky (who could be playing Clarice lite?) have enough of a following to warrant some publicity. But they have a month and a half to promote the show so I’ll assume we will at least get to see who this is:

a silhouette labeled Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom

To be fair:

a picture of Hugh Dancy followed by more silhouettes

Basically, NBC: I am unimpressed with your website.

But I’m interested to see where this series goes, particularly how long Hannibal is a secret serial killer. It’d be pretty hilarious if the show runs for some six years with Hannibal eating people on the side all the while, though at that point the Hannibal/Will bromance break-up would be epic!

Anybody else going to watch?

  • Caroline Dhavernas was the star of Wonderfalls, a really charming show that only got to air 4 episodes – although there’s actually 13 on the DVD, I just never got around to picking it up. Then a couple of years ago she was in Off the Map, the Shonda Rhimes show about doctors working in a jungle clinic. I enjoyed the show, but she wasn’t especially compelling in it.