Today is a very special day. If it happens to be your birthday, never mind. It's so not that. It's the return of HANNIBAL, bitches! Only the greatest television show to ever tele..vision. Or something. Our lives have been on hold since the first season ended last year and tonight it's like our lives start again. Hello Mads, hello Hugh. We've missed you so much.
Anyway, whether you watch the show (we like you) or don't (boo, you whore), we've put together a little list of all the things we love about Hannibal and why those of you who don't really should be watching it. (Quick, leave work, binge watch the thirteen episodes of the first season and then catch the Season 2 premiere only a few hours behind. We can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night.) Here's our first five:
Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is a god damn genius and creates beautiful, lush, sometimes terrifying worlds for us to romp around in. Need we say more? Fine: Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls. Yeah, yeah, his other shows were canceled early. And not because they aren't good, but because life isn't fair. Bands like Nickelback exist and shows like Pushing Daisies get canceled. We've got high hopes for Hannibal, though. MAY IT GO ON FOREVER.
Seriously, this show is pure visual porn. If it's not the cinematography, it's the amazing production design. Just look at that. LOOK AT THAT. We don't understand how something on NBC can be so pretty, but we don't want to think about it too hard, lest the NBC gods here us.
It's Shot in Toronto
We actually got a few episodes in before we realized it was shot in the GTA. Hannibal should win some kind of award for making a No Frills look beautiful and striking—AKA everything a No Frills is not. We get such a kick out of seeing Toronto spots. Maybe Siân mutters Hannibal quotes every time she walks by the building that serves at the exterior shot of Hannibal's office. Maybe.
The Food Styling
So we all know Hannibal likes to eat people. And no fucking spoilers because everybody knows that. Hannibal makes sure that every shot of food is pure perfection. We don't even care that it's made out of people. We want to eat it all. Janice Poon, food artist for the show started a delightful blog about her time during season one and Buzzfeed also interviewed her where she discussed the intricacies of making a human lung out of not actual human lung. (Coz that's super gross, guys.)
Mads Fucking Mikkelsen
He makes people-eater seem dreamy. Ugh. Seriously. We all want in his cannibal pants. Mostly James. Without Mikkelsen, there would be no show. He is absolutely mesmerizing in this role. We can't wait to see what he has in store for us this season.