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I’ve seen a lot of Mob style drama’s in my life, but never one that centered around a stay-at-home Mom who has to take over the ‘business’ in order to keep her children safe. Red Widow centers around Marta Walraven played by the amazing Radha Mitchell, and her 3 children Gabriel, Natalie and Boris. After her husband is murdered, in front of her youngest child, Marta is forced to continue the life she barely recognized in order to protect her family.
Red Widow features an incredible cast alongside Radha Mitchell!
- Goran Visnjic as Nicholae Schiller, San Francisco’s crime boss as Marta’s employer.
- Clifton Collins Jr. as James Ramos, the FBI agent trying to help Marta.
- Rade Šerbedžija as Andrei Petrov, Marta’s crime boss Father and rival to Schiller.
- Luke Gross as Luther, Andrei’s trusted man and bodyguard.
- Jamie Ray Newman as Katrina Petrov – Marta’s sister.
- Wil Traval as Irwin, Marta and Katrina’s brother.
- Lee Tergesen is Mike Tomlin, Marta and Irwin’s business partner.
- Suleka Mathew plays Dina Tomlin, Mike’s wife.
- And the children are played by Sterling Beaumon (Gabriel), Jakob Salvati (Boris) and Erin Moriarty (Natalie).
The concept of Red Widow really captured my imagination as a stay-at-home Mom of two boys. Marta Walraven grew up in the Russian Mob with a crime boss as a Father and a husband having been absorbed into that life to keep up with his family. You see as the series goes on, through the life of Dina Tomlin (Marta’s business partner and best friend) how easy it is for the spouses and families of those that are in the ‘life’ can turn their heads to the ugliness of it or be completely naive of the reality being married into the Mob really means. I felt it summed it up nicely in a scene with Marta’s Mom and Natalie’s new husband who is completely oblivious of the world he married into and who was concerned for his new wife, asks his Mother-in-Law what was going on. Casually as she drinks her wine, sitting back in a chair she says: “I don’t need to know and neither do you.”
The character that really pulls at my heart is Boris, the youngest son of Marta who witnessed his father’s murder. Throughout the beginning of the Season you see how traumatized he really is and how Marta wants to be there for him and yet is forced away to a life she doesn’t want to be in in order to make sure her family survives. Jakob Salvati does an amazing job as this young boy and as a Mom all I want to do is crawl through the screen and hold him!
Although there was some criticism of the show based around Marta and her conscious, that is what makes it interesting in the first place. Marta does feel guilt, she has a conscious, is weaving her way out of naivety towards the reality of her life and is trying to keep hold of some normalcy with her family. Had she become a hard hitting mobster, the vision of the show would have been lost because although every Mom out there would do anything for their children – they wouldn’t unnecessarily harm people and guilt just comes naturally.
There are some parts where I think the script didn’t live up to the actors potential, but outside of that I really enjoyed the show and was sad to see that it won’t be moving on towards a Season 2, but that is all the more reason why you should take the opportunity to pick up Season One! Plus, the DVD also has some great Bonus Features:
- Red Widow The Journey – An exciting chance for fans to join show creator Melissa Rosenberg to learn about the creative process behind the development of making the exciting series!
- Deleted Scenes – The chance for fans to check out additional pulse-racing experiences through material that didn’t make into the aired episodes.
- Bloopers – A look at some of the hilarious behind-the-scenes moments from the set of “Red Widow.”
Red Widow the Journey is pretty fascinating. The series is based on a Dutch drama series called Penoza that follows a similar story and how Melissa Rosenberg formed the Americanized vision from it. I think it’s interesting to see how a series is developed and the mind behind its creation, especially since it is the woman who penned the adaptation of the Twilight series.
A great network television series that you don’t want to miss out watching! You can pick up Red Widow for $19.96 on Amazon.
I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.