Clarice returns to the field about a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs.
CBS has just dumped the trailer for their forthcoming The Silence of the Lambs crime/mystery spinoff TV series CLARICE, and it’s creepy AF!
Set in 1993 one year after a career-making case where the rookie FBI agent (Jodie Foster) enlisted the help of cannibal connoisseur Dr. Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) to capture a sadistic killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), Clarice M. Starling (now played by Rebecca Breeds) finds herself weather-worn, doubting her abilities, and being patronized by her egoistic male superiors who cast her innate skills as supernatural bunk. Worse yet, an anomalous one-off.
From CBS’ series announcement: “Clarice” is a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.
Surely a centering redemption and transformation is in order (butterfly metaphors anyone?)—another obvious touch-tone we get to mine from the teaser—where a return to her Appalachia roots to face her childhood demons is the only path forward. And as things appear bleak for her, we’re left to wonder/ponder: can we ever truly go back home again?
Although based on the 1991 film The Silence of The Lambs (adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris), ET reported last year that the producers of “Clarice” cannot show or even mention Hannibal Lecter by name — so the series will trek on sans our favorite suave serial savant. So our faith is also going to be tested as the series will lack the central figure we have come to rally around. On the bright side, however (yes, even serial murder has a silver lining on episodic TV), that narrative dilemma opens other doors and cases with a multitude of madmen and monsters to explore à la carte, as the Hannibal assignment was but one challenge in a budding career we’ll hopefully see grow before our eyes (cancellation not withstanding, of course). We have to admit that the prospect of the mythology and origin story the writers will have ample room to harvest is promising and exciting to us!