Red Widow (2013)

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A widow learns that her husband was a mobster, and soon finds herself in the world of organized crime as she takes her revenge on those who murdered him.

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 Marta Walraven (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Gabriel Walraven (8 episodes, 2013)
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 James Ramos (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Luther (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Kat Petrova (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Boris Walraven (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Irwin Petrov (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Andrei Petrov (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Nicholae Schiller (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Newton (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Felicity (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Elena (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Jay Castillo (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Eva Ramos (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Old Laszlo / ... (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Alexandra (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Bob / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Bliss (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Logan (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Pablo (2 episodes, 2013)
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 J,J, Johns / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Cristos (2 episodes, 2013)
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A widow learns that her husband was a mobster, and soon finds herself in the world of organized crime as she takes her revenge on those who murdered him.

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No time to mourn.

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Intense, and gripping
7 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can Marta successfully transform herself from soccer-mom suburban housewife to big-league drug smuggler? She's quite delicious, and convincing, too, as she struggles with her new, and very much unwanted, role. She fumbles and stumbles, and we agonize over her struggle, rooting for this very nice young mother to succeed in the world of tough drug smuggling. Talk about being out of one's depth! But she is, after all, the daughter of a Russian mobster, so evidently she's got the genes for the job. "Marta, you've changed," her father says, impressed with her new toughness. Indeed! And we get to root for her to be successful in a serious criminal activity. I have to wonder how the writers will resolve the dilemma of allowing a criminal action to succeed, while not offering any approval of heroin smuggling.

Or will she succeed? If she does not, how will she keep her family safe? Who shot her husband dead? Who took the 75 kilos of heroin that had been stashed in her boat? Man, am I hooked on this show.

It helps that Radha Mitchell is intensely desirable. If there's a serious flaw in the plot, it's the way Bob shrugs off her advances, as she tries to befriend him, planning to bribe him to be a partner in the crime. It's hard enough to believe that Marta could enjoy a luxurious life in an expensive Marin County home while never noticing that her husband's rental-fishboat profession cannot possibly support such a rich lifestyle. It's much harder to believe that any man with normal hormones could blithely brush off the advances of such a woman, slender, sexy, and clearly interested in him. That just does not compute.

Marta is the heart of the show, and manages to be credible at both soccer-momhood, and wannabe-drug smuggler. One moment she's laughing with ice cream and her children – and then the phone rings, and she's back in the drug-smuggling world, and utterly terrified. That's what makes the show work. We love her, and we really want her to succeed in this awful Russian-mobster role. I can't wait until Sunday, and the next episode.


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