Tuesday, April 6, 2021

What I’m Watching: Clarice

Clarice: Season 1, Episode 6 “How Does It Feel to Be So Beautiful” (C+)

I was completely ready to give up on this show, which I hadn’t even realized was coming back so soon after two weeks off the air so early in its run, and then that final scene went and happened, which makes him ever so slightly intrigued to stick around and find out what’s going to play out next. Much of this hour felt like an overdramatic dinner party, which it was, one that was wholly inappropriate to start with and which Ruth never should have organized. The nature of her relationship with Clarice is deeply problematic since she is backing her professionally for personal reasons, and inviting her to come help Catherine cope with the aftermath of her trauma didn’t go well for anyone. Clarice is not in a particularly good place right now either, and she’s pushing herself to the limit to recall information that is going to be critical to the investigation but also put her more at risk. Her colleagues are coming up against major roadblocks that show them how connected the people they’re going up against are, even to the point of a warrant not being issued for fear of repercussions on staff members, and the biggest reveal was the one that was unexpectedly tied to Krendler and his disintegrating marriage. I suspect that the man chewing potato chips like they were scenery is indeed a divorce lawyer, but he’s obviously many other things too that are going to put the entire team is jeopardy as he learns more about Krendler’s personal life.

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