RED WIDOW: A Different Kind of Desperate Housewife

RED WIDOW: A Different Kind of Desperate Housewife

I don’t like to give bad reviews. I can generally find something I like about a show and ignore the things I don’t particularly like. So let’s see – Red Widow has a great cast; Radha Mitchell, Jaime Ray Newman and Goran Visnjic to name a few. Unfortunately that is all I’ve got.

I think I was expecting a female version of The Sopranos set in San Francisco and what I got was more of a Mob Doctor mess.
In case you haven’t seen the previews running on TV, the show is about a woman whose family is Russian Mob and whose husband (Anson Mount) is a pot smuggler. For someone who grew up in a mob family, Marta (Radha Mitchell) is remarkably naïve. Your husband runs an import/export business at the marina – if that isn’t a TV cliché for illegal activity I don’t know what is. When her brother – who works with her husband – steals from the wrong guy, things start to spiral. Marta’s brother is arrested and Marta’s husband is gunned down. Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler, the show is called Red Widow and you can’t be widow with a living spouse.
Unfortunately Anson Mounts character Evan was the best part of the show and he doesn’t make it though the pilot.LEE TERGESEN, SULEKA MATHEW, CLIFTON COLLINS JR., LUKE GOSS, WIL TRAVAL, GORAN VISNJIC, RADHA MITCHELL, RADE SERBEDZIJA, JAIME RAY NEWMAN, STERLING BEAUMON, JAKOB SALVATI, ERIN MORIARTY

This is where things get a little too messy for me. Schiller (Goran Visnjic) insists that Marta work for him. There is a debt to be paid from the stolen property after all, and if she doesn’t pay it off, then unspeakable things will happen to her, her children, and her family. Why a kingpin that is so scary he is feared by everyone on the show would want a naïve housewife mucking about in his business is beyond me. To make matters worse, as far as I’m concerned, Marta transforms from housewife to short skirt, sky high heel wearing floozy in a matter of moments.

To round out the show you have the FBI agent with his own issues, who of course wants Marta to help him take down Schiller, and a bevy of other supporting friends and family that don’t seem to offer the right kind of support.

If you end up tuning in I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments below.

Red Widow’s two hour premiere is Sunday March 3rd at 9/8c on ABC

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2 comments

  1. I was bored. I watched the next episode as well and it didn’t get any better. Marta is basically being bullied , and although you could argue that she’s doing the best she can to protect her family, I have to wonder why she doesn’t help the FBI instead. I mean, they could relocate her family, keep them under protection, whatever. Isn’t that a lot safer than working for someone as dangerous as Shiller?

    Also, I don’t see where they’re going with this show. It seems to me there are only two roads open to Marta and she has chosen one that has a very short life expectancy.

    The show was slow moving and leaves you with a sense of hopelessness that I can’t deal with on a week-to-week.

    • Exactly. For someone who wants nothing more than to protect her family she is not going about it the right way. Having never been in with the mob I suppose I might not be getting the whole picture but come on!

      I must have looked at the counter at the bottom of the pilot episode 15 times thinking, “Really? There is that much more to go?” and not in an excited sort of way.

      I’m disappointed.