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Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Hit”

If it turns out that last night’s episode of Red Widow was the series finale, at least there was some measure of resolution. The biggest bombshell, though not really a surprising one, was that Marta’s father had ordered the hit on her husband, Evan. Marta had thought Schiller was responsible and had even gone so far as to plan Schiller’s murder. She discovered her error before it was too late and in the end we saw dedushka Petrov hauled away in handcuffs. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Coke”

It’s such a shame that things have gone down the way they have with Red Widow. It’s been three weeks since our last new episode, and as I worried, the inopportune timing of the break has decimated its viewership. This is disappointing because the relationship between Schiller and Marta is captivating. With a little bit more time, the show could blossom, but it will probably not get that chance. This week, Marta took care of some serious business. While I was initially bummed to see Mike return, he played a useful role in revealing to Marta that Irwin was responsible for Evan’s death. Finally, Irwin got what was coming to him. Not only did Marta put a bullet through his hand, she disowned him. Mike also let Marta in on her son’s escalating criminal behavior. Gabriel has been a self-centered fool ever since his father died. Marta has largely left him unsupervised – or worse, supervised by Irwin or their father. When she confronted Gabriel about his role in Mike’s beating, I wanted to stand up and cheer. She didn’t yell or get angry. With a voice heavy with heartbreak, she told him that his behavior had made her feel ashamed in front of one of the last people in the world she should feel shame in front of – the man who kidnapped and tried to ransom her daughter. That clearly hit Gabriel like a roundhouse to the gut. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Captive”

Things are not looking good for ABC’s Red Widow. Though the show continues to improve, it’s unclear if ABC is going to give it a chance to build a fan base. The first couple of episodes dragged because too much time went into building up the believability of Marta committing to her new gangster lifestyle. However, last week’s episode marked a turning point that was remarked upon by viewers and reflected in a significant ratings increase. The show finally gave viewers what we were craving – more Schiller/Marta interaction and more insight into Marta’s childhood. This week, Marta’s relationship with Schiller developed an interesting nuance as a result of the kidnapping of Marta’s daughter, Natalie. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Recorder”

I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Red Widow has had a bumpy start. The first few episodes tackled a lot of different plot points – the death of Marta’s husband, the pervasive presence of the FBI, her brother going to prison, falling into the grips of Schiller, learning to become a gangster, etc. It was a lot and perhaps too much. In a hopeful sign of things to come, this week’s episode solidified the primary conflict between Schiller and Marta and moved away from the "will she" or "won’t she" be a gangster dilemma. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Escape”

In this week’s Red Widow, Marta sunk deeper into her new life of crime, thanks to her obnoxious, ne’er do well brother Irwin. Prior to Irwin being let out of prison, Marta was formulating her plan to flee the country with her children. She quickly realizes that if she continues with her plan before Irwin expunges his debt to Schiller, he will likely be murdered. Of course, she would not want her brother to die, but is he worth more than keeping her kids safe? Right now Marta is still in helpless mode. She shows herself capable of taking care of business, like when she goes to visit the drug dealer Orson, but hasn’t realized her full potential. Her choices are still being made by other people – directly or indirectly. For example, she works for Schiller at his direction, and she stays working for him because of her brother’s lack of impulse control. What she doesn’t yet realize, but Schiller will no doubt inform her in the future, is that she is also stuck working for Schiller because of her father. When her father goes to Schiller to protect Marta, Schiller offers to release her from his service if her father relinquishes some of his gangster territory. Her father is unwilling to sacrifice his business for the well-being of his daughter. When Marta learns about this later, she is going to be pissed. READ MORE...

RED WIDOW: "PILOT" REVIEW

Developed by writer and first-time showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (whose varied resume includes writing for Dexter for that show's first four seasons and writing all five Twilight films), ABC's midseason thriller Red Widow, about a woman who ends up working in organized crime, attempts to reel the viewer in with a sexy premise, an attractive cast and a gritty San Francisco backdrop. Unfortunately, beyond that, it fails to come up with anything wholly original or particularly compelling. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “The Consignment”

On this week’s Red Widow, Marta receives her first assignment from Schiller. She must retrieve a shipment being sent to him in a large container at the docks. This sounds easy enough, except that everything goes wrong. While she’s trying to fix the glitches in the plan, Marta also has to deal with the cracks that are starting to appear with her children. It’s a difficult balancing act to be a criminal and single mom. On the home front, Marta’s daughter, Natalie, is becoming increasingly interested in why her mother is acting strangely. Unlike her brother, she seems significantly more concerned about her family’s possible connection with organized crime. Natalie is also worried that her mother is in danger. Erin Moriarty is doing a great job as Natalie. She conveys her concern without being overly dramatic or whiny. READ MORE...

Red Widow Season 1 Review “Pilot; The Contact”

In ABC’s new drama Red Widow, Marta Walraven has a seemingly idyllic life that involves bike rides around San Francisco Bay, a luxurious home, and three darling children. Things swiftly turn ugly when Marta’s brother Irwin ropes her husband, Evan, into an unsavory transaction. Irwin made a big mistake and stole a shipment of cocaine intended for Schiller, a ruthless gangster. Before being murdered, one of Schiller’s henchmen ominously warns him, "No one steals from Schiller." Marta’s husband makes an even bigger mistake by going along with Evan’s plan to sell the drugs. He changes his mind, though, after Marta begs him to stop his criminal activities. Marta is willing to sacrifice everything, including her family, friends, and life as she knows it in order to escape the dangers of this criminal lifestyle. Before that can happen, Evan is gunned down in their driveway in front of their young son. READ MORE...

Red Widow Review: The Mob Wife

Red Widow was added to the ABC lineup tonight after a lot of fanfare and a rather extensive advertising campaign. The two hour premiere consisted of " Pilot " and " The Contact " but, despite all of the hoopla, I'm not sure a lot of people will be returning to learn the fate of Marta and her family. Anson Mount as Evan Walraven was the best, most compelling character on Red Widow . Unfortunately, given the show's title and the numerous trailers playing for the last several weeks, we've all known he wouldn't last. What we didn't know was that he would take the best opportunity for success Red Widow had with him when he left. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2013/03/red-widow-review-the-mob-wife/

Red Widow: TV Review

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