"Hannibal is terrific. It’s not really a surprise, given the considerable talents of Hannibal's executive producer and showrunner, Bryan Fuller, whose highly creative mind has given us wonderfully eccentric shows like Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, and who solidified just how strong he could be working with more serious-minded genre stories via his episodes of Heroes in Season 1, especially the standout “Company Man.”"
"The casting is key in Hannibal, starting with Mads Mikkelsen in the title role. The Danish actor, best known for Casino Royale, captures the combination of brilliance, arrogance and creepiness we equate with Hannibal, while not feeling like he’s copying Hopkins."
"Also excellent is Hugh Dancy as Graham, who, despite the title, is the true lead character. Hannibal takes Harris’ ideas about Graham and expands them in really well thought out ways."
"The pilot was directed by David Slade, who also does a tremendous job of creating the world this series will exist in and making it feel distinct and evocative. There is a certain visual manner in which we see the way Will sees a crime scene – how he, mentally, takes himself back in time through the crime. This visual is very cool, involving stylistic wipes across the screen that sweep away what is currently happening and reveal what happened before."