I mean, quite honestly, I hope you never do. Not in real life atleast. But yes, if you have a Netflix account and you like suspense and crime, and you believe that psychological thrillers kick action thrillers’ ass, you really should meet him.
Thrillers are my favorite genre. The suspense, the twists, the devious ways in which a mind functions (or has the ability to), they enable me to savor the stories long after I have finished reading or watching them. I am hoping that this in no way reflects my own state of mind, and my lame defense is that when it comes to fiction, the books and shows you will read or watch most of oscillate between
1) Stories that you relate so much to, they might be yours altogether- where you are almost identifying with one or some of the characters at some level
2) Stories about aspects and people you are clueless about altogether – so far from the things you see, that curiosity makes you reach out for them.
Well, atleast those have been guiding forces for all that I watch and read I think. Anyway, back to Hannibal, a show that takes the whole concept of crime and suspense and gore and violence – and most importantly, the devious functioning of the human brain to the next level.
I say next level, because Hannibal isn’t your regular bad guy. I mean, yes, he is a cannibal (tell me you knew this and this wasn’t a spoiler?), but even that doesn’t make him as inhuman (inhuman being the wrong word here, because it would just be unfair to stereotype human beings and our perception of humanity). or any different from the psychopathic killers that you might have read or heard of in reality or fiction. So some people kill for the killing, Hannibal does it too and then proceeds to eats parts of his victims – which I know is ugh-worthy if thought of, but the way it’s shown in the series, you might be watching another episode of Masterchef Australia. But that’s not it.
Hannibal is no knife wielding maniac, who kills for fun. He is suave, well-read, extremely respected, a perfectionist in a lot of aspects. He is calm and composed, and doesn’t react, always acts with precision, and with a motive. He is a psychiatrist, with a penchant for understanding the nuances of the human brain. And he would go to any lengths to satisfy his curiosity. But of course, the steps he follows to do it, are not exactly your regular therapy sessions. And every step Hannibal does takes is to study and analyse how a person, any person would react to a given situation. If the situation doesn’t arise, he goes out of his way to make it appear.
Needless to say, I absolutely love the show. The actors are brilliant, and the premise is unheard of, and every character is a different shade of grey, which makes it impossible to perceive what could happen next. The glorious cameraman-ship only adds to the magic.
So, if defaced human bodies do not make you queasy (yep, this doesn’t get easier with time), and you are not put off by sudden bouts of violence and gore, you should give this show a chance. And the fact that the antagonist to our titular protagonist is easy on the eye, is just an added advantage.
In the mean time, I will do the very tough task of looking out for something that is as disturbingly awesome.