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I just watched my first ep of Hannibal this week and I’m afraid to say it, but I don’t think I’ll watch it again.

[Hannibal spoilers]I’m not saying it’s a bad show, it’s well written and I genuinely appreciated the true horror of what Hannibal is doing to Wil. The scenes are set beautifully and the acting is all around of high quality.

But… and there’s always a but, isn’t there….

I don’t think I can watch a show where the main character is an unrepentant monster who’s manipulating the decent people around him and succeeding at it.

I can take a villain like that in a movie, or in a two or three part ep of a longer series. I can even handle occasional appearances of such a villain in a longer running show, along the lines of Crowley on spn.

But I can not handle such a person as the main character of a show. Someone who only sees the people around him as toys, for him/her to play with.

It’s the main difference between shows like this and Dexter. Dexter for all that he is a psychopath as well, still cares about some people. He protects children, cares enough to keep himself to the code and only kill those who have killed others. And sure, part of keeping to his code is about not getting caught, but not all of it.

He didn’t have to save Lumen, in fact it endangered him to do so, but he still did. Because he tries not to kill innocents.

And I’m sorry to say this, but as far as I’m concerned, being rude is not a capital crime.

Of course, I’m also one of the probably very few people who hope that the last season of Dexter will be all about the truth coming out and the police coming after him, with eventually Dexter getting arrested.

But it was easier to accept Dexter getting away with his murders for so long, because you still saw him protecting the people around him.

With Hannibal, I’m supposed to keep watching a monster like this get away with his crimes over and over, with no hope of redemption, ever. (keeping in mind that this is supposed to lead to the story of the movies.) And I can not bring myself to do that.

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liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: June 1st, 2013 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind Wil, but the thing is, unless they want to majorly change the premise, Hanibal still won't be found out for quite a while. And that just sits wrong with me.
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: June 1st, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think he's supposed to get caught sometime in season 2 from what Bryan Fuller was saying,and then they will have their version of Red Dragon
oneiriad From: oneiriad Date: June 1st, 2013 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm enjoying Hannibal well enough (despite Mads Mikkelsen's mumbling and atrocious accent) - especially the growing fascination and friendship between Hannibal and Will (and I am saddened that that will eventually lead to Red Dragon and all that entails.)

I'm a couple of seasons behind on my Dexter-watching, bur that is exactly how I want the show to end: a season dealing with his discovery and the fall-out for both him and everybody else. Anything else would feel - cheap, somehow?
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: June 1st, 2013 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really hoping for that as en ending, especially since they knew last season that this season would be the last, so it should have given them the time to set things up for it.

Not sure how you are with spoilers, so I won't say anything further, but really, I don't think it would feel right for me if the series ended any other way. Esp; after the last two season finales.
dreamsofspike From: dreamsofspike Date: June 3rd, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want Dexter to end the same way, but I'm afraid it's going to end with his death instead :(

And yeah, Will is the main character more than Hannibal I would say. It's the psychology of the show that appeals to me, exploring this darker side to the characters... the thing is, if he's supposed to get caught in season 2, most shows have villains that last that long before getting caught, on a regular basis, who do horrible things... and I do see Hannibal as the show's villain, even though we're getting a very up-close-and-personal view of him.

I don't know, to me it's just like any other Season "Big Bad" on any other show :/
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