Clarice is promising to continue the story we know from The Silence of the Lambs in a brand new way. The CBS series has had fans eager and anxious about what the show will actually look like. What can fans expect from this newest iteration of the characters and worlds from Thomas Harris’s groundbreaking novel? Well, the wait for an in-depth look is finally over as CBS has released the first full-length trailer for the show.
Check out the trailer for Clarice right here:
As you can see from the trailer, Clarice is planning to lean very heavily on imagery and familiar plot elements from The Silence of the Lambs. However, the big thing missing from this seems to be Hannibal Lecter. And you won’t be seeing or hearing about him at all in this show. Because of rights issues, the character of Hannibal Lecter or anything that directly connects to him will not be allowed to be used in this new series. Are audiences going to be as engaged with this new take on the property if its most notable villain is a complete non-entity?
Instead, Clarice looks like it will be leaning much more on the character of Jame Gumb, the serial killer that Agent Starling was chasing in The Silence of the Lambs. From what we can tell, it looks like the series will be acknowledging those events as canon, but is there something else at play here? It looks like some new crimes could be happening that eerily mirror the same murders that Jame Gumb perpetrated in The Silence of the Lambs. It seems very obvious that this show is going to exploit as much of that movie as it can since it does not have Hannibal Lecter to rely on.
Frankly, Clarice seems like the worst kind of approach to the legacy sequel/reboot approach. It looks to be relying far too heavily on direct imagery and ideas from The Silence of the Lambs to the point that some people might confuse this for a straight-up remake. There is very little in this trailer that helps establish this new show with its own sense of identity. Outside of the lead performance from actress Rebecca Breeds, this has a really palpable air of “been there, done that.” Even though it’s got production polish and a notable intellectual property as its foundation, this looks like every other dark police procedural show from the last decade.
But maybe Clarice could be a surprise hit for CBS when it premieres next month. The show will debut its first episode on February 11. There will likely be some initial level of curiosity – will fans of the canceled series Hannibal be unable to resist seeing what this new show has to offer? – but whether or not Clarice can find an audience and hold onto them remains to be seen. We will simply have to wait and see how this newest approach to The Silence of the Lambs is received by mainstream audiences and diehard fans.