The second season of Hannibal started with something I usually hate but in this case it worked. And there's a great The Silence of the Lambs riff going on that also works a lot better than it should. Spoilers for the first two episodes of Season 2 ahead.
At first I thought the opening fight between Jack Crawford and Hannibal Lecter was a dream sequence. But I wasn't sure who was dreaming – Hannibal, Jack or Will Graham.
When "Twelve Weeks Earlier" flashed across the screen I almost groaned out loud. I normally hate that particular gimmick of starting an episode at an interesting point then jumping back in time. But in this case I take it as a sign that Hannibal's true nature will be revealed this season. And I'm willing to take that ride.
With Will locked up we get to see him in pretty much the same light as Hannibal in The Silence of the Lambs. Like Hannibal later on, Will is (or at least is assumed to be) the homicidal madman willing to help the FBI find a serial killer. Instead of Clarice Starling we get Beverly Katz as the woman seeking his help. It's not the least bit subtle but it's a neat twist on the movie scene. Assuming the show lasts long enough I'd like to see this version of Hannibal Lecter in the cell interacting with Will.
Of course the closest to The
Silence of the Lambs visually was when Bedelia Du Maurier visited Will. (He sure had a lot of visitors in that episode.) Poor Will. On one hand, at least one person believes he's innocent. On the other hand, she won't do anything to help him.