I’ve now watched the first four episodes of Hannibal.
I’ve come to the (tentative) conclusion that I don’t need to watch the fifth. (Glyph, take it away in comments.)
So far the basic story seems to be that the main character of Red Dragon worked a series of cases with Hannibal Lecter before Hannibal got caught. We see the first one that gets a lot of play in the book (and, I presume, movie) but a handful of subsequent (minor) ones that were not only messed up enough to be an episode of Millennium but they also had Hannibal there to stir the pot and make them even more messed up. Oh, and there’s also a reporter who does a good job of making things even more messed up.
There isn’t a moral center to the show, really. There doesn’t seem to be a good or an evil, just order and chaos. Hannibal seems to be doing what he’s doing because he wants to see what happens next. He’s detatched, like a guy looking at slides of swamp water through a microscope.
It’s expertly crafted but unless “oh, jeez, Jaybird you need to watch episode Five! Seriously! It’s Hannibal’s ‘White Tulip'”, I don’t understand why I shouldn’t watch, say, Batman instead. Glyph, the floor is yours.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?