ABC’s new drama, Red Widow started off its series premiere with solid ratings and in my book a solid review. Not only was I completely immersed in the show within a few minutes, the characters were relatable to me, especially as a European woman. I will say that always subjecting the Russian nationality to a life of crime and drug smuggling is a little overrated, but its a minor detail I can over look. Some blogs and reviewers have said that although the writer of Twilight (and the creator of Red Widow), Melissa Rosenberg, has steered from mystical, glittering vampires, she has failed to write a compelling storyline anyways, I must disagree.
Marta is the epitome of a woman that cares about her family and a woman that’s left with nothing, completely broken and a will to get to the bottom of what happened to her husband. Her relationship with her husband seems a bit strained at the beginning and who could really blame her? As a kid she grew up in a family with a father that was in the “business” and by this we mean the cocaine business. She than married and her husband got sucked into the business as well, despite the fact that he wasn’t Russian, which makes no sense to me but was mentioned in the episode I guess for emphasis. The biz allowed them to live a easy life, money wise, but it put a lot of strain on their relationship and made her constantly fear for everyones safety. Its no surprise that her one wish was for her husband to get out of the business. When they made a deal to drop everything and run away, she finally realized that he was on her side fully and they an opportunity to start a new life.
They always say when things are going too good, its bad. That was the case. As their relationship heated up displaying their affections on the frontline, Evan was brutally murdered in front of Boris and died holding Marta’s hand. So many shows on TV now show people getting shot and killed, yet this moment and scene tugged at my heart and made me weep like a baby. And any writing that can do that deserves an A+ in my book. The connection that was formed between the couple was short but deep. She loved him and he loved her. That’s all they knew. Now left alone with three children, how does one pick up the pieces? If only it were that easy though. Aside from her being widowed, she now has to make a decision to take over the business and finish her husbands job, or to cut herself off from it completely. Truthfully though, in order to get to the bottom of anything and keep everyone safe while paying back her husbands “debt”, she has no choice but to get completely into the nitty gritty of the business.
But lets rewind to the night of her sisters wedding, when her husband was still alive to find out some crucial details about the business and why it might have been hard Evan to walk away clean. There is a man named Schiller, whose pretty much the most feared drug lord. Not even Marta’s dad would mess with him and he is an established man in the business from what we can tell. Well Marta’s brother Mike, was not so smart and stole lot of cocaine from Schiller, while killing two of his men. This was basically asking to be sentenced to death. Mike stated that he had a buyer, for the product but Evan (Marta’s husband) wanted out. While Vincent, the other partner, didn’t trust Evan, he blamed him for ratting out Mike, when Mike was arrested going to meet the buyer. This fact was also confirmed by Officer Ramos, so its safe to say Evan did rat him out. Vincent than threatened to kill Evan, just a day before he actually was killed. Suspicious. Neither of the “partners” are trustworthy. Especially when Marta goes to visit her brother, whose clearly an idiot, in jail and he has the nerve to tell her that stealing Schiller’s products was all Evan’s idea. Easy to put the blame on someone when their dead. Than Vincent is found on the boat, with all the cocaine missing. Sketch.
Than of course, the storyline with the children comes into play. Boris, the youngest one is already having problems in school being bullied. When he brings a gun to school to scare the bully, that calls attention on the family. The principal tells Marta that he would rather not get Boris involved with the authorities because that would mean an investigation on the family and we know she wouldn’t want that. But how does the principal know? Is it a known fact that Boris belongs to a drug dealing family? I thought things like this were suppose to be secrets. Than Boris must deal with the fact that he see’s his father get shot multiple times and killed. A lot for a little tot to gripe with. The eldest son Gabriel must deal with finding out that his father wasn’t really the guy he thought he was when he cracks open the dads secret USB to find a lot of information on all of the family members. Gabriel believes that the father was trying to sell the family out, but thinking back to what Officer Ramos mentioned to Marta, the father talked about getting the family into witness protection. Although we are taught never to trust cops, in this case I think thats a more fair assumption. Evan didn’t want to be involved in any of the drug smuggling and when he found out what Mike did, he needed help.
When Marta watched the tape that Evan left in case he passed, he told her to trust no one. And that’s probably what he should have done. Now as she jumps into her husbands shoes, she takes on a life so distant from her but all to familiar at the same time. But how far will she go and what does Schiller exactly want from her? It would be too positive to say that he will stop after just one run of import. It will be exciting to see how the storyline evolves and hopefully gets picked up for more than just 8 episodes. All in all, a strong opening for Red Widow, despite all the hate its receiving. Sometimes I wonder if people actually watch the same show I do!
- Father: There is no away. Not for Schiller.
- Evan: Marta. I’m praying you’ll never see this cause if you’re watching, something went really wrong.
- Schiller: May I ask you a question? Why would I kill your husband?
- Schiller: I want my property back.
- Marta: I don’t know where it is.
- Schiller: But your husband did, so why would I kill him?
- Schiller: Once you loose trust you can’t get it back.
- Schiller: Remember what matters; money and trust.
Red Widow- The Hit (1×08)
“I’m About To Give You A Reason To Trust Me or Kill Me.”
The (and I will series finale although it was technically the season finale) was a battle between whose lying and betraying whom. All in all, the ending tied the storyline together really well with a legit conclusion while leaving Red Widow open for a possible second season. If it goes, it goes with dignity.
Martha ended up on top. She found out that her father killed her husband, which was probably the lowest of lows but something I saw coming. While she was planning to kill Schiller for her husbands murder, she didn’t realize she was being manipulated by her father and Luther, who purposely made her believe Schiller’s men murder Evan by cutting off the guys toes and sticking the shoes on his feet. (gross!) Truthfully, I hated dadushcko for his disgusting way of life, greed and ability to kill his daughters husband and take his grand children’s father away. Drugs really have a way of ruining a family. But what was even worse is that he had other men do his dirty work. Definition of coward.
I like that although the father was such an ass to the mother, she ultimately got the credit. Throughout the whole season she was always the quiet one pretending that she didn’t know about anything that was happening. Well in the end she was the only one that knew who actually killed Martha’s husband. Luther was also given justice as a decent guy when he vouched to protect Martha despite getting smacked in the face and ended up quitting the business when the guilt and the blood on his hands got to him.
All loose ends were tied up. Aleksandra lost to Schiller as she was so convinced he would never do anything to hurt her. Obviously, Schiller is dangerous but he has a weak spot for Martha, especially since she told him the whole truth and nothing but the truth, as dangerous as it could be. They brought the Duchenko family down, which leaves them at peace for now but opens up a new story line for a potential second season. Martha also succeeded in the gun shipment, getting Aleksndra’s money, putting the Petrov Bratva behind bars, saving her brother, and finally freeing herself from Schiller’s reign, something she’s been fighting for the whole season. In the end her family had some peace and quiet, finally.
The kids vengeance left open for next season. Although a weak cliffhanger, Red Widow isn’t promised a renewal. Despite that, Natalie and her brother are still convinced that Schiller killed their father and they are obviously looking for revenge. Its clearly a poor attempt, but yeah. The show really had so much potential, but it failed to deliver or even wow in the same way other ABC shows do. Farewell Red Widow.
Red Widow- The Recorder
I take back everything I said about trusting the cops. While they want to protect Marta, sending her in to Schiller’s office bugged is just dumb and way too risky. They want her to help them build a case against Schiller, but if he had found that out, he would have shot her right than and there. For now he needs her because the only reason’s he’s getting any shipments is through her. She’s persuasive, but she also has Petrova blood and that intimates people. I have to give this girl props, while she’s being a mom and taking care of her kids with mediocre life problems, she’s also living this double life. What is stupid though, is allowing the drug smuggling to happen on your marina and than taking your little son’s class on that same marina. Stupid. Just thoughtless. That place is crawling with dangerous people. But, that stupid move revealed the location of the stolen coke. If Marta can give all of that back to Schiller, maybe he will let her off. Yeah, I doubt it too, but it was worth a try. She’s too deeply involved and too knowledgable about Schiller to be able to make a run for it now.
Her father hates rats and he’s ruthless. He acts surprised that Evan was working with the police, but he is also trying to convince Marta that Schiller is responsible for her husbands murder. In reality, I don’t think thats the truth. I think that her father is responsible for her husbands murder, I just don’t know why. Was Evan a threat to him? Did he know he was working with the police? Both the father and his security guard act way too intimidated by the picture and the fact that Boris is remembering things from that night.
The relationship drama is actually what adds spice to the drama. Mike dug himself into a huge hole and his only way of getting out was working with Marta on those shipments. Without the money and the missing coke, he’s basically done for. Dina did a smart thing by leaving him because as much as it hurt her, she would eventually end up being ransom or something for her husbands mistakes. Young love in the air, fueled by hormones is always troublesome. Gabriel is experimenting with not only sex, but drugs, with his older girlfriend. Gabriel is an interesting character because he takes care of his family, but at the same time has to grow up and experience things for himself during this confusing time. I’m sure sex and drugs aren’t the answer, but it brings back Marta into the “real” world, with children being children. If I was a mother I would never allow that girl back into my house because of her horrible influence on my kids. She’s around so much, I feel like she knows too much and she’s actually woking for someone.
The most surprising relationship was that of Kat and Agent Ramos. While Kat’s wedding was just weeks ago she’s already feeling like it was a mistake. She seems like one of those free spirits that met someone an than just hopped on the wedding train. She regrets her marriage cause her husband isn’t understanding. He doesn’t accept when she’s helping her sister through a hard time. She can’t tell her husband about anything going on in her life and she finds a deeper connection with agent Ramos, who deals with drug lords and families all the time. She secretly has had a crush on him, but when he was sitting there feeling horrible about not being on watch when Evan got shot because his wife was overdosing, that was the part that got her. He really feels like its his fault Evan died. He puts his life on the line for the Petrova/ Walraven family despite all that he has to deal with at home, which is a wife that loves drugs more than him. He works to protect people from it, because he knows what happens because of it.
Next week looks to be quite interesting because Natalie gets kidnapped. Why someone is targeting Marta’s children is beyond me. Could it be Mike trying to get revenge on Marta for firing him? No one else really has it out for Marta and we can rule out that its Schiller because in the preview she calls him for help. I’m really rooting for this show and hoping it doesn’t get pulled off the air because the storyline seems promising. There are definitely faults and loopholes with the plot and characters that need more development, but I feel that once it picks up momentum, we will see the improvement.
- Schiller’s father: I want to look her in the eye and see is she’s trustworthy.
- Schiller: She isn’t.
- Schiller’s father: Slave labor never is.
- Alexandra De Costa: This is a celebration
- Schiller: What’s the occasion?
- De Costa: Its Tuesday.
- Alexandra: You were married to long to see how another man looks at you but be very careful. If he has feelings for you he will hate you for it.
Red Widow- The Escape
My problem with Schiller is the way he lives his life at ease. He’s genuinely happy having this control over people. People fear him and people risk their lives for him, granted he can kill them at any moment. He thrives off of his need to control and people suffer because of their lack of control in their own life. Marta lives in fear knowing she has no real power over her life and that she cannot protect her children. She never wants that for her kids. Obviously, the only option is running. Or sleeping with the enemy, which I think that’s where this is going. See, Schiller has the hots for Marta and in some twisted way, she’s going to be involved with him for more than just consignments. You have to do what you have to do to survive I guess.
That will and need to do anything to protect her children is something she clearly didn’t inherit from her father. When he came to Schiller to ask for his daughters freedom, I believed he was a good man. Schiller agreed as long as he would give up his land and retire. He than came home and told Marta that he tried to persuade Schiller and it didn’t work. Is money and drugs really that important that you would risk the well being and safety of your daughter? Well apparently. Although Marta doesn’t know about the deal yet, I’m sure when Schiller slips up about it, it will drive a huge wedge between her and her father, which is exactly what Schiller wants.
Luther seems like a genuinely good man. Its funny because when you see all these drug dealers, they all have this huge line of protection, They have their men and they have security. Marta walks into this blindly and alone, but with Petrova instincts and she comes out of it alive, everytime. Luck of the Russian? I doubt it. She’s got good intuition, which is what makes her very valuable to Schiller. Luther seems to truly want to protect Marta and I could see their relationship going to different places as well, but I’m also suspicious. Boris has been remembering things about his father’s death. Natalie is drawing out the shoe that Boris remembers the killer wearing. When Luther see’s this, he becomes very on edge and takes the drawing to “look into it.” Could it be possible that Andrei and Luther were behind the shooting of Evan? Maybe they thought he was bringing danger to the family or he was a potential threat to Andrei’s business? Schiller is definitely not behind it and there doesn’t seem to be anyone else that would want Evan dead, given they all said he played it safe and was on good terms with many of his “employees.”
Although, I think Irvin is probably the dumbest drug smuggler out thee, Mike is pretty pathetic in his coke addiction. Because of his gambling problems and his coke problems he’s putting Dina in danger. It was sad to see how blind Dina was to the whole situation, but its even worse that Marta, her only friend doesn’t just tell her the truth and keeps her in the dark. Mike is no good for Dina and he’s just putting her in danger. Marta has a point that he should leave Dina before he puts her in some real harm. Maybe witness protection would be good for Dina, since Marta doesn’t trust agent Ramos. I know as humans were always skeptical of the police. But is going in with the enemy really safer than just turning to the cops for help?? Why is she so not trusting of agent Ramos?? Could the fact that his wife is also addicted to heroin play a major role in why he’s trying to save Marta from destruction? His need to help someone cause he couldn’t help his wife?? Things are starting to pick up on Red Widow. Hopefully so are the ratings.
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