Is Clarice Starling in the Hannibal series

ProSieben & Sat.1 secure the "Silence of the Lambs" series - but that is probably quite a failure

“The Silence of the Lambs” is one of the undisputed masterpieces in film history. In 1991 the thriller about FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) and cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) shocked audiences. Ten years later, the film sequel "Hannibal" followed, but with "Clarice" German viewers will soon be facing a series that also ties in with the events of the thriller milestone.

Now ProSiebenSat.1 has secured the rights to the German broadcast of the series sequel to “Das Schweigen der Lämmer”. It is not yet known whether the series will ultimately end up on ProSieben, Sat.1 or directly on the streaming service Joyn. Nor when the media group wants to show "Clarice".

The crime thriller series has already started in the USA, which is why we are going to give you an initial assessment of whether it is worth it at all. First of all: The answer will not please "Silence of the Lambs" fans ...

This is what "Clarice" is about

As the title suggests, the series focuses on the protagonist of the original film, Clarice Starling. The plot of "Clarice" takes place about one year after "The Silence of the Lambs" and thus well before "Hannibal", which begins ten years later.

Clarice (played by Rebecca Breeds on the series) wants to advance her career and goes on the hunt for serial killers and rapists in Washington D.C. In doing so, she becomes more and more aware that the FBI didn't think much of women in the nineties and that she therefore had to work harder to survive in a world dominated by men.

Is the "Silence of the Lambs" series worth it?

"Clarice" did not start until February 11, 2021 in the USA and has only been shown one episode so far, but unfortunately the negative reviews are already mounting. From the over 20 reviews on the reviews collection pageRottenTomatoes are listed so far, only a meager 36 percent are positive. The general conclusion is that "Clarice" is an atmospheric, but narrative weak series that does not do justice to its original.

Too bad. So it seems like the series is quite a cucumber that can't hold a candle to the 1991 masterpiece. If there is no quality improvement in the following episodes, we might prefer to avoid the sequel, which will soon also be shown in Germany, and instead watch "The Silence of the Lambs" again:

The FILMSTARTS review of "The Silence of the Lambs"