Hannibal should have been cancelled after Season 1, but not because of its quality. It got extremely low ratings in the US (and Season 2 was just as bad), which normally means a swift demise. However thanks to the fact it’s co-production between several countries, and therefore costs NBC comparatively little to make, it’s lived on.
And that’s a damn good thing, as while it’s found it tough to find its audience on American network TV, it’s also one of the most critically lauded shows around. It’s often said that a TV show has a ‘cinematic style’, but normally it’s just hyperbole. In Hannibal’s case it’s really true. It’s visually meticulous – something you can really appreciate on Blu-ray – has a great cast and a storytelling style that doesn’t assume the audience is made up of morons. [Read more…]