Monday, April 12, 2021

What I’m Watching: Clarice

Clarice: Season 1, Episode 7 “Ugly Truth” (B-)

I stated last week that I might be giving up on this show but that the final scene had intrigued me enough to try another hour, and I’m not really sure what to make of this follow-up. It took remarkably little time for Clarice to see the man whose face she had finally recognized from her ordeal on a magazine cover on Krendler’s desk, truncating what I had expected would take at least several episodes to play out. Krendler confronted it but also denied what was likely happening, and now he’s in a very problematic spot, blackmailed into keeping the team off his new divorce lawyer’s tail while they’re all fully aware that Clarice has identified him and that he has connections that all but assure his criminality. It makes me wonder what the point is of this show exactly, and where it’s all supposed to end up. Ideally, Krendler would continue telling Hudlin what he wanted to hear while secretly working with his team to follow him and build a case, but I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen, especially as they’re busy investigating dark cases of those who aren’t as adept at covering their tracks and manipulating others into doing their bidding. Ardelia feels like a full part of the team now, though she’s also being pulled in multiple directions by a complicated relationship with her father and concerns about making herself too visible at work. History was certainly affecting Murray as he got very upset with everyone while investigating a case that hit way too close to home.

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