Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Killer Women - La Sicaria

Based on the Argentine drama Mujeres Asesinas and the series of books by Marisa Grinstein, Tricia Helfer stars as Texas Ranger Molly Parker, a recently divorced former beauty queen turned Ranger in the male-dominated law force. Brought in to apprehend a woman (Nadine Velazquez) who killed a bride in the church on her wedding day in front of hundreds of witnesses, Parker immediately suspects there's far more to the story than a love triangle gone wrong (which all the local police are interested in).

The opening episode introduces us not only to Molly Parker but the extended cast including her brother (Michael Trucco) and his family (Alexandra Pomales, Siena Agudong) with whom she's been living since separating from her abusive husband (Jeffrey Nordling). We're also introduced to Parker's boss Lt. Luis Zea (Alex Fernandez) and her on-again/off-again DEA agent lover (Marc Blucas).

After discovering the murderer was coerced into committing the murder by a Mexican drug carter (who desperately needed a case the Assistant District Attorney was working to fall apart) who kidnapped her mother and daughter, both of whom are now in danger because Parker was unwilling to let the case rest, the Texas Ranger convinces Winston (Blucas) to help her rescue the pair south of the border where neither have any back-up or jurisdiction.

I like the cast, and the Pilot episode sells me on Helfer's role as Parker. However, "La Sicaria" suffers from a ridiculous final act involving Parker and Winston's two-man rescue team defeating an entire cartel compound and making it safely back across the border with the two hostages and no questions asked. The plot is meant to show how far Parker will go to get justice, but everything about it (including her boss' warning but still letting the entire matter slide) rings false. I'm hoping the series sticks to the basic set-up allowing Molly to kick some ass, and further develop the characters going forward, but I do have serious doubts that it might continue to veer so far off course as it does here.

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