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Hannibal - S01E05

Drama . Crime . Horror

Will Graham and the BAU team track a serial killer whose bloody ritual includes cutting the victims' back flesh and stretching it to look like angel wings. Returning to the field weighs heavily on Will's psyche and Hannibal tries to drive a wedge between Will and Jack. Meanwhile, Jack Crawford's wife Bella pulls away from him and begins seeing Hannibal as her therapist, in an effort to come to terms with the fact she is dying. Beverly tries to connect with Will on a more personal level.

Episode Title: Coquilles
Airs: 2013-04-26 at 10:00 pm
  • Tom Gliatto

    NBC's best new drama since forever. [15 Apr 2013]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Fuller and company do an impressive job of balancing Lecter's machinations, Graham's emotional problems, and the other killers that Graham and Crawford have to stop, in a way that never descends into formula.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Hannibal takes our own fixation on psycho-pop and serves it back to us in a dish full of flavor. Bon appétit, horror freaks.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The show may be titled Hannibal, which for commercial branding purposes makes complete sense, but this is Will's story. And an absorbing, psychologically rich one it is, too--immeasurably smarter than The Following, more haunting than Bates Motel.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    The result is a challenging psychological thriller within a gripping crime procedural.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    A well constructed, masterfully written piece, Hannibal exceeds the "ick" factor of any crime procedural on the air.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Hannibal is richer and more ambiguous than prior Harris adaptations; it's an exploration of social decay that's rife with literal and figurative cancers eating everyone alive from the ground up.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If you stay, you just may find yourself captivated by a trio of strong performances from Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne--and entranced by the fevered-dream spell cast by creator Bryan Fuller, the brilliant TV auteur behind Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Deliciously disturbing, Hannibal is bound to leave viewers hungry for more.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Hannibal is a sturdy offering, one that keeps viewers guessing and tensions simmering. Most TV crime shows have a tendency to quickly fade from memory. This one just might haunt your dreams.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It’s a macabre dance that only promises to get more intense.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Long

    The show isn't perfect--the female characters are weak, Graham can get a bit wild-eyed and the killings get progressively more bizarre. But creator Bryan Fuller has a good grip on the material and Mikkelsen sets a tone that's both chilling and intriguing.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    By the end of the first hour, it has managed to make Dancy, Fishburne and Mikkelsen a formidable trio of characters, and each actor responds in kind with strong, engaging performances. Another sign of a good series is the fact that beyond the main three, the supporting cast is filled with solid actors and--more important--strong, vivid characters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Show creator Bryan Fuller, director David Slade, and their writers have created in Hannibal a satisfying, addictive, and truly disturbing work.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    If you watch Hannibal, it's likely to stay with you for days. Despite the darkness at the heart of it, that's a good thing this time around.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Hannibal is good. Terrifyingly good.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Hannibal moves at a snail's pace to build tension. At the same time, there's an obvious attempt to counter its inertia with a lot of very intrusive soundtrack music.... Fortunately, Dancy's performance is terrific and more than enough to maintain our interest, with or without elks.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    It's anchored by several great performances, and it's among the more distinctive and gorgeously filmed shows on the air right now.... What did turn me off a bit in the first couple episodes of Hannibal was the victims were all young women.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It’s hard to imagine Hannibal scaling new peaks of originality as drama--not with characters and situations that have, in more than one sense, been done to death. At least there’s life in the acting and in the show’s inventive visuals.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Stick with the series through a handful of episodes, though, and it’s clear that showrunner Bryan Fuller has brought a semi-hypnotic quality to this prequel adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter character--ungainly and messy, but at times visually arresting, and thanks in large part to the central trio of Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne, quite interesting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The thing that does give this show its grounding is the acting. Dancy is a perfect, tortured soul; Fishburne is everyman with a brain; and Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly named. What is lacking, though, is any respite from the darkness.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    No matter how beautifully the dead bodies are staged--and, like Dr. Lecter's dinners, the corpse presentations in Hannibal could be ripped from old issues of Gourmet magazine, if Gourmet had featured cannibalism--they're still meant to represent once-living people. So, if I'm less amused by this than whoever chose to title those episodes "Aperitif," "Amuse-Bouche," "Potage," "Coquilles" and "Entrée," call me a party pooper. Still, it's a gorgeous party, with hosts that include "Wonderfalls" star Caroline Dhavernas as a colleague of Will's and Laurence Fishburne as Will's boss.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Ultimately, Hannibal is a mixed bag. It’s a more complex show than many programs in prime-time but it’s still finding itself in early episodes, particularly with regards to plotting.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Hannibal isn't quite the sum of its admittedly evocative parts. The story is often strained, or like that poor synth operator, overextended; the shocks tend to be operatic--oversold as opposed to a deft sudden jolt to emotional solar plexus.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    In seriously exploring what drives people to kill, Hannibal serves up a meal too heavy to enjoy each week.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    For a while you can sense Hannibal’s noble urge to stick to a long story arc--why does there have to be a new case every episode?--but eventually it gives in to a proven formula.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The NBC series deteriorates from a graphic but promising first episode to a third hour that basically falls apart from any rational credibility standpoint.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It’s moody and slow and ponderous, elegant as Mikkelsen’s perfectly coiffed hair, except in the winky moments when, say, Hannibal serves Will an egg scramble that must contain body parts and Will unknowingly finds it delicious.

    Salon Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    For fans of "Silence of the Lambs" there is some pleasure in gathering the canonical Easter eggs planted throughout the series, but for the most part Hannibal suffers from the same fatal flaw as its main character: It takes itself so seriously that it's no fun at all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Those who don’t find Hannibal fatally slow and pretentious can stick around to enjoy the superior production values and the stylishness of the pilot, directed by David Slade with an ominous suggestiveness reminiscent of David Fincher.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    On just about every other, deeper level--plotting, acting, dialogue--Hannibal is lousy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Conceptually, this isn’t half-bad. The writing, unfortunately, is all-bad.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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