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Watch: The Full Pilot Episode Of NBC's 'Hannibal' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 5, 2013 10:40 AM
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You may have forgotten, but last night was the premiere of the somewhat highly anticipated "Hannibal" on NBC, a network that can't seem to sell a show to save their life. But this one is/was certainly promising. The excellent Mads Mikkelsen leads the show as the titular cannibal, but in his early days as a doctor, before he became much more well known for his peculiar appetites. He's enlisted by the FBI to help Hugh Dancy capture a serial killer, but of course the twist that Hannibal Lecter is a killer himself adding a layer of intrigue to the show. Does it all work?

Well, if you missed it last night you can decide right now. NBC has dropped the pilot episode online in case your forgot to set your DVR or didn't realize the show was now on the air. We haven't had the chance to catch up with it either just yet, but the first season is planned to run a concise and compact 13 episodes and Hannibal's true nature said to be revealed by the end of season two, perhaps they got it right? Watch and let us know your thoughts below.

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  • nightgoat72 | April 5, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    The first episode was complete and total garbage, no better in any way than any of the other boilerplate crime dramas on TV these days. The only thing it has going for it is the always-amazing Mads Mikkelsen, who may or (most likely) may not be enough to keep me watching. I don't know if I can handle Hugh Dancy's infuriatingly obnoxious acting and character much longer.

  • Alan B | April 6, 2013 7:42 AM

    In regards to your question about why an actor of Mikkelsen's caliber is appearing in the show, Laurence Olivier said it best: "The answer is simple: Money, dear boy." If this series is successful, he will make a shitload in terms of royalties as well as his annual fee. Whilst he will never make Hugh Laurie-style money because he isn't the outright lead of the show, he is still the title character and will be likely be kept around for every episode. I don't know about you, but if someone told me that I could make $20 million and all I would need to do is sneer at the camera for the next five years, I'd take that deal.

  • nightgoat72 | April 6, 2013 12:15 AM

    Yeah, disliking it makes me an "obvious troll." Just write off everyone who disagrees. The show is crap. The writing is idiotic, the acting by everyone besides Mikkelsen is painful, all the story set-ups just look to pave the way for it to get stupider and stupider down the road. You know what's a great adaptation of this story? Manhunter. Michael Mann knew how to approach this subject matter. Will Graham wasn't some lame, pussy-ass savant who's constantly on the verge of stressing out and breaking down - he was a gifted, intelligent, tough investigator, and William Petersen makes you realistically feel his mental strain without sensationally shoving your face in it over and over like this braindead show did. Everyone acted like such a little bitch in this show. Why are all the cops and criminals so whiny and pathetic? It was just annoying. It's just a glorified CSI-level crime thriller with a brand name attached. I don't know why Mikkelsen is wasting his time with it.

  • James | April 5, 2013 9:17 PM

    Obvious troll. Did you even watch the episode. It may have faults, but saying it is "no better" than the other shows on the air is laughable.

  • N_Coffield26 | April 5, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    I really enjoyed it. Mads Mickkelsen plays Hannibal classy and I really like the character of Hugh Dancy, he's not this law asshole that is a tough bad ass(that on basic you pretty much get in crime shows) he's got faults and problems. This pilot was beautiful. I cannot wait to see more and hopefully NBC will keep it. If not Fuller can kick start it along with pushing daises, wonderfalls and dead like me.

  • Kimber Myers | April 5, 2013 11:10 AMReply

    I'm three episodes in, and I'm very impressed. Between Bryan Fuller as showrunner and David Slade as the director of the pilot, this is certainly the best-looking network premiere in recent memory, and the second and third episodes ably continue that look. Blood is not supposed to look this good. You've also got an incredibly talented cast in Dancy, Mikkelsen, and Fishburne. It should appeal to the same audience as The Following and Dexter, but it's about 50 times smarter than the latter and treats its audience as such.

  • Zack | April 5, 2013 11:28 AM

    I think more specifically, its advantage over The Following and Dexter is that it doesn't rely on every law enforcement character being a stone-cold dumbass to sustain its plot.

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