Sunday, March 7, 2021

What I’m Watching: Clarice

Clarice: Season 1, Episode 4 “You Can’t Rule Me” (B-)

It’s good to see that this show employs purposeful and moody cinematography choices and aerial shots in an effort to make it more than just a standard procedural. But, unfortunately, it hasn’t really felt elevated in any respect, especially over the course of this episode, which felt like unnecessary filler. There was no way that VICAP was going to get shut down even though things did not look good, and it all seemed like a dragged-out debacle that was just going to lead to the team feeling more united. They got to have fun with Murray covering for his absent colleagues while they went out and did actual investigating, while Krendler played mind games with Tony, who clearly had a personal vendetta to air with him. He was more than happy to put himself on the chopping block to protect his team, and was all about defending Clarice’s instincts even while acknowledging his own initial doubts about their veracity. Tomas made fun of Clarice’s crappy car but was a good partner for her in the field, and she could use some help right now given the very precarious situation in which she’s found herself. Ardelia getting assigned to investigate VICAP made things very uncomfortable for her and Clarice, and it’s going to be hard for them to continue as friends without what happened getting in the way of that. I do think that Ardelia could be a worthwhile character in her own right, and exploring her more outside of just her relationship with Clarice will likely be interesting.

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