The psychology horror series ‘Clarice’ is basically the continued version of the 1991 classic ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. When watch I cannot help thinking: is it fairer to compare it to Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs or to Ridley Scott’s infuriating big-screen sequel Hannibal? To Bryan Fuller’s operatic NBC drama Hannibal or to middling cinematic efforts like Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon? Bits and pieces of this brand have been pulled apart and stitched back together over the years with a persistence that serial killer Buffalo Bill might appreciate. The bar of expectations from the show is immensely big considering it is a film adaptation of a classic. The series seemed to give just an average thrill to the viewers. The standard for success is super high, and ‘Clarice’ lands somewhere in the middle.
What keeps Clarice only slightly disappointing instead of infuriating is that Kurtzman, Lumet and Breed really do have a solid grasp on Clarice Starling as a character and even some thoughtful ideas about how the events of Silence of the Lambs impacted her.
There is a lot of psychological drama involved in the show. And the show basically shows how Clarice’s life changed after she captured and killed the famous serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’. How her life turned into a nightmare from which she is enabled to get over and how her mental and emotional state is disturbed. It also shows the cop-criminal drama, this show is for you. Clarice tries to prove her worth to her workmates by solving new crimes cases.
Perhaps three episodes is insufficient time for Clarice to assert its own voice and find its own rhythm.