Hannibal Season 1 Episode 5 Review "Coquilles"

“Hannibal” Season 1, Episode 5 “Coquilles” Review

Please NBC, do not cancel “Hannibal”. Just give it another 13-episode season. That is all the fans want.

It amazes me that, after only 4 episodes, “Hannibal” feels as good as it does. Even for a show using an established group of characters, it is managing to feel wholly unique, while being accessible enough for large audiences.

I thought it was a bit of a mistake for NBC to pull episode 4 from their roster. In case you didn’t read about it, because of the Boston Marathon Bombing, NBC opted to not air the 4th episode of “Hannibal” and instead go right to the 5th. Even though this is a bit of an obnoxious move by NBC, I don’t blame the people behind “Hannibal” for this little side step.

At first I thought the episode would suffer a bit from skipping episode 4. Boy was I wrong. This could actually be the best episode of “Hannibal” so far. It offered up so many great moments, from a totally WTF murder scene in the beginning, too a heartfelt conversation between Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and his wife.

“Hannibal” is truly transcending the typical, killer-of-the-week story type and is striving to be something a lot more. Occasionally, I would forget about the twisted killer of the week and only focus in on the main characters’ stories and interactions. All the actors here really deserve a lot of credit for owning their respective roles so thoroughly.

Laurence Fishburne had a particularly strong performance in this episode as we got to see a bit more of his back story. Most of it concerns a secret that his wife is keeping from him. The imagery is also continuing to be top notch. I don’t fully understand the significance of the black buck haunting Graham’s dreams, but we got a small clue in this episode.

Lecter had another one of his dinner parties. Every time one of these happens, I can’t help but smile since we know what that meat really is. I also commend Lecter for being both creepy and charming at the same time. Getting caught sniffing a woman usually isn’t something your average man can turn into charm but Mikkelsen is such a strong actor that he pulls it off effortlessly.

NBC finally has a show that could potentially compete with the likes of shows offered by AMC, FX or even big dogs like HBO. “Hannibal” feels like it has been on for a long time and just maintains such a confidence week after week that it will be a shame to see it cancelled before its time. At the very least, if the show doesn’t get renewed, I hope we get at least some closure. Let’s all hope for the best!!!

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