Unfortunately, I can't see the show just yet but can't wait for it. I've seen After the Wedding, Prague, Exit and just a few days ago Jagten (The Hunt) which is phenomenal-a must see. Mads is one hell of an actor and I just know he makes a good Hannibal.
Mad's is one of my favourite actors so i liked the two episodes and I am intrigued by the next episode. I don't really watch television, so I was surprised I actually watched it and I have not seen "The Following", I have only seen "Silence of the Lambs" so I cant really judge much in comparison. But overall I did like Mad's portrayal.
I started watching The Following and Hannibal and out of the two Hannibal is the only one I'm drawn to continue watching. I think it's beautiful to watch (including Hugh Dancy's rumpled Will Graham) and although parts of it are obviously gimmicky, as a whole I think it has potential. I love the story of Hannibal Lecter (does that make me weird?) so I'll be tuning in from week to week to see where they take things.
I think the last episode (the 7th) will allow the sceptical viewers to decide once and for all if they approve of Mads's portrayal.
He was much criticized for being too "robotic" playing Lecter. His accent didn't help as it was hard to fully understand him. As we discover the character of Lecter more and more though I think it's a pleasure to watch how the actor is choosing to play him. His acting is subtle and the dark humor he sometimes bring is very enjoyable. I genuinely believe Mads is succeeding in creating his own Lecter and doesn't have to be compared to Hopkins.
As for the show in general I like that the writers don't assume the viewers are idiots who need to have everything explained to them. One of my favorite thing is how some scenes are left open to interpretation. It makes the spectator think (obsess?) about the show even when the episode is over.