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Needs More Elephants: NBC's "Hannibal" Gets a Teaser

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 18, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 18, 2013 |

NBC, in the latest of about a decade’s worth of fantastic programming decisions, is pushing forward with “Hannibal”, the television show that no one is looking forward to. In fact, the teaser trailer feels so much like “The Following” that other than the actors, I wonder if they’re the same show. Ooh! Maybe Mads Mikkelsen can help Kevin Bacon catch Mark Antony!

Here’s the teaser trailer:

I know it makes me sound very old, but all I could think of when young Will starts angst ranting about mercy was that he should get a haircut and put a tie on if he wants to be taken seriously as a grown up government agent. Damned hippie.

The instant Laurence Fishbourne hit the screen, it snapped into focus. The reason that this is suspenseful and terror-stricken is because it is actually a crossover between “CSI” and “Criminal Minds.” Can you taste the horror? Of completely made up physical pseudo-science, and completely made up mental pseudo-science? It’s the perfect storm of pretend science that scorches the mind of anyone who knows anything about the actual reality of such things.

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