Sunday, March 14, 2021

What I’m Watching: Clarice

Clarice: Season 1, Episode 5 “Get Right with God” (C+)

There wasn’t any chance that Clarice was going to end up getting killed in the fifth episode of a brand-new show with her name as the title, and as a result the suspense factor here was virtually nonexistent. It wasn’t exactly believable that she would be able to concentrate fully enough to perform psychiatric analysis on the woman holding her captive and drugging her so that she couldn’t fight back, withstanding torture designed to weaken her defenses yet somehow maintaining both the intellectual and physical upper hand throughout it all. The hallucinations she was experiencing were undeniably dark, and I think this show tends to drown in that bleak misery, something that I did see to some degree in the films I liked a lot – “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Red Dragon” – but not to this extent. I’m more intrigued by the fact that Krendler has a complicated personal situation, one in which he and his former partner are both dealing with addiction and he isn’t able to get custody of his children since she’d never allow it to happen. Ardelia working closely with Shaan and the rest of the team to find Clarice will hopefully bring her in to Clarice’s life in a work capacity that isn’t simply adversarial, and I’m interested to see what that looks like as they take on cases that are grander than just this one large-scale conspiracy where people involved are more willing to die than to have to answer for what they’ve done or give up who hired them to do it.

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