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The series is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris' novels Red Dragon and Hannibal, with focus on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. The episode revolves around BAU following the track of a killer, who disposed bodies on a river after deeming them useless. With Graham incarcerated, Lecter aids BAU in the case. Meanwhile, Graham goes through therapy with Bloom in order to find more about his lost memories.

KaisekiHannibal : Season 2 Episode 1

In June 2013, Bryan Fuller announced that the first episode of the season would be titled "Kaiseki".[1] NBC would confirm the title in February 2014, with Fuller and executive producer Steve Lightfoot writing the episode and Tim Hunter directing. This was Fuller's 11th writing credit, Lightfoot's fourth writing credit, and Hunter's second directing credit.[2]

According to Fuller, the episode serves as a two-parter with the following episode, "Sakizuke", deeming it a "pseudo pilot". He also teased, "Will knows something no one else knows, and it's a great place to put a character. One of the things I was most excited about in Season 2 was seeing Will Graham hit rock bottom."[3]

In September 2013, Cynthia Nixon joined the series in the recurring role of Kade Prurnell, "an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who is investigating the events of the first season and Jack Crawford's culpability."[4] According to Fuller, Prurnell was based on the character Paul Krendler, who debuted in the novel The Silence of the Lambs. As the series did not have access to characters originating from the novel, Fuller changed the name, with "Kade Prurnell" serving as an anagram for "Paul Krendler".[5]

The episode also introduced Jonathan Tucker as Matthew Brown, an orderly at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.[6] The original plan was having the character Barney Matthews, who appeared in The Silence of the Lambs. However, the series did not receive permission to use it, so the producers created a new character based on Barney, making him "younger and perhaps a little more opportunistic."[7] Fuller said that if they had access to Barney Matthews, he would have wanted Chi McBride, whom he worked with on Pushing Daisies, to play him.[8]

On the opening fight, Fuller commented, "I felt like we had so many moves during the season that were as exciting (if not more exciting), and it felt like the logical conclusion to the Jack Crawford/Hannibal Lecter relationship would be a knock-down, drag-out fight of some sort."[9] He also said, "we knew that there was going to be a conversation that you didn't hear, and also circumstances that you wouldn't have assumed going into it with Jack Crawford actually showing up, having gone rogue and taking matters into his own hands, and essentially coming to dinner as a vigilante."[10]

The episode was watched by 3.27 million viewers, earning a 1.1/4 in the 18-49 rating demographics on the Nielson ratings scale. This means that 1.1 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode, while 4 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it.[11] This was a massive 65% increase from the previous episode, which was watched by 1.98 million viewers with a 0.8/2 in the 18-49 demographics.[12] But it was a 25% decrease from the previous season premiere, which was watched by 4.36 million viewers with a 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demographics.[13] With these ratings, Hannibal ranked third on its timeslot and ninth for the night in the 18-49 demographics, behind Dateline NBC, Last Man Standing, Undercover Boss, Grimm, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, 20/20, and Shark Tank.

"Kaiseki" received critical acclaim. Eric Goldman of IGN gave the episode an "amazing" 9 out of 10 and wrote in his verdict, "Hannibal returned just as great as ever, with a busy premiere that showed us Will Graham's new scenario and how it's affecting those around him. And wow, that opening scene sure raises the excitement level about what's to come..."[15]

Molly Eichel of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "B+" and wrote, "Well, shit. If the opening scene of 'Kaiseki,' the first episode of Hannibal's second season doesn't get you excited for what's to come, then this probably isn't the show for you. That opening fight scene (smartly put online early by NBC to whet appetites) was fantastic, setting a clear path for how the rest of the season will go."[16]

Gerri Mahn of Den of Geek gave the episode a perfect 5 star rating out of 5 and wrote, "The Hannibal season 2 premiere is a flawless example of just how good network television can be."[19] Kevin Fitzpatrick of ScreenCrush wrote, "All in all, 'Kaiseki' doesn't exactly bring anything new to the table that we haven't come to expect from Fuller's disturbingly beautiful drama, but that isn't to find any fault in it. We've got plenty to chew on as Will recovers his memories, and Hannibal continues to put Bedelia on edge with his FBI transparency. We still question if the opening showdown might have been better served as a surprise later on, but for now, Hannibal remains as fascinating and visceral as ever, a delectable feast among an otherwise pedestrian spread of serial killer filler."[20]

TVLine named Laurence Fishburne the "Performer of the Week" for the week of March 1, 2014, for his performance in the episode. The site wrote, "As Hannibal and Jack battled for their lives in Lecter's tricked-out kitchen, Fishburne turned in a physical performance that was elegant in its brutality. He hurled his body (and co-star Mads Mikkelsen) around the set, throwing his all into a fight scene as beautiful as anything else the show has shot. Here's hoping that Fishburne's Jack makes it out of that closet alive."[21]

KaisekiSeason 2, Episode 1Air dateFebruary 28, 2014Written byBryan FullerSteve LightfootDirected byTim HunterEpisode GuidePreviousNextSavoureuxSakizukiNavigationKaiseki galleryCast"Kaiseki" is the premiere episode of Season 2, and overall the fourteenth produced hour of Hannibal. It originally aired on February 28, 2014.

"Kaiseki" is the first episode of season two of the psycho-thriller/crime-drama television series Hannibal and the fourteenth episode of the series overall. The episode was directed by Tim Hunter with a teleplay written by Steve Lightfoot and Bryan Fuller. It first aired on Friday, February 28th, 2014. 041b061a72


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