Hannibal: Review

Having seen enough episodes of the new TV show Hannibal, I can confidently diagnose it with bipolar disorder. Half of this show is riveting and the other half is boilerplate crime procedural. The scenes between Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) are absolutely electric and fraught with psychological tension and discovery. Unfortunately, the show grinds to a halt when the scenery-chewing Laurence Fishburne and his CSI Snark Crew examine gory bodies while trading snide one-liners. What was creator Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me) thinking? My guess is that the network pushed for the crime procedural element, since it's so out-of-sync with the macabre tone of the show. I'm hoping the show will get better as Dr. Lecter's storyline unfolds, and the emphasis on the freak-of-the-week subsides. There's just enough here to recommend a viewing but keep a finger poised on that forward button.