Aired on: ABC
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
January is generally a time when new shows make a quick appearance before trotting off into the sunset, possibly never to return. There are a lot of new shows emerging this winter and I’ve been keeping my eye on the previews of each one. I was recently discussing the preview of one such new ABC television series entitled Killer Women. We all felt that the premise was kind of lame, the title horrible and the preview downright lousy. That being said, I am a firm believer in the idea that one should never judge a book by its cover. Thus, I found myself airing the network premiere of Killer Women on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10pm EST.
Killer Women stars Tricia Helfer (most notably of Battlestar Galactica fame) as Texas Ranger Molly Parker. On the surface, Molly is a badass cop who doesn’t worry about who she might anger while in search of the truth about a case. Slightly beneath the surface is a slightly damaged woman who is living temporarily with her brother (Michael Trucco, also of Battlestar Galactica) and his wife and daughter while trying to figure out her own personal life.
In the first episode of Killer Woman, a wedding ceremony is interrupted when Martina Alvarez (Nadine Velazquez) walks in and murders the bride. On the surface, the murder looks like the revenge of a wounded lover and Alvarez is not willing to dispute the idea with the San Antonio Police Department. However, Ranger Parker has a different take on the killing. She senses that Alvarez is not being exactly truthful, especially when she learns that the victim, an Assistant District Attorney, had just recently met with a member of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Is it possible that Alvarez was a pawn in a bigger game involving drug cartels? Parker enlists the aide of DEA agent and lover Dan Winston (Marc Blucas) to find out, but could the answers she uncovers force her to cross the line…literally?
Okay, so I have to be honest. The first time I tried to watch the show, I fell asleep after a half hour. I watched the rest and wasn’t exactly wowed. Do I think that Helfer is a decent actress? Yes, and although this role can be something really good for her, the writing and plot just aren’t there yet. I know it was just the premiere episode, but I just couldn’t find the story believable. From the moment Martina Alvarez walked into the church and blew away the bride to the crazy chase scene to her capture, there was something just too unrealistic about the show.
The only believable part about the show is Parker’s dirt bag soon-to-be ex-husband. This I found all to easy to stomach and I did enjoy the eye candy of Marc Blucas. But even then, the writing for these roles was often stilted and just off somehow. And Parker’s boss (Alex Fernandez) is just downright creepy, both in looks and in dialogue. And the action scenes - over the top. Fun, but not believable in the least and razzes to the individual who thought viewers wouldn’t notice if they used the same scene twice in the final action sequence. We’re not all mindless cattle, ya know. I can tell when the same person gets shot off of his feet twice in the same location two minutes apart.
Many say that premiere episodes are not enough to know what a show is really going to be like, but this segment of articles is called First Impressions and if first impressions mean everything, Killer Women is not worth wasting my time over.