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4. Hannibal

What’s more surprising? The fact that someone made a fantastic prequel series to a horror icon, or the fact that it’s on network television?

Hannibal is often a grotesque show. Gruesome visuals this past season have included: a human totem pole, a Columbian necktie and a human cello. However, thanks to the best cinematography and art direction on the air, Hannibal’s grotesqueness is astoundingly beautiful.

As I mentioned in my list of Best Television Episodes of 2013, Hannibal is more interested in using violence and death as a way to explore the themes of psychiatry and the state of the human mind. The series follows Will Graham, a criminal profiler who has the remarkable, and disturbing, ability to place himself into the mindset of a killer. Despite the fact that Graham uses this gift (or curse) to capture the bad guys, the crimes eventually take a toll on him, and that’s where the brilliance of the show comes in.

Hannibal utilizes the psychological deterioration of our lead character to show how emotionally corrosive the effects of these crimes are on the people who have made it their mission in life to stop these killers.

Hugh Dancy is absolutely mesmerizing in this role, but the show’s biggest scene-stealer is Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, Hannibal Lecter. In a delicious performance, Mikkelsen reinvents the classic villain with equal amounts suave charm and subtle menace that manages to top Sir Anthony Hopkins’ legendary performance.

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In other news, thanks to Bryan Fuller I have added a new behind the scenes photo of Hannibal.
You can also vote once an hour for Hannibal for Best TV Drama Serie of 2013 (end on February 11) and for Mads Mikkelsen for Sexiest Actor (1 vote per person, end on January 11).

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