Killer Women – La Sicaria

by Alan Rapp on January 8, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Killer Women – La Sicaria
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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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darci January 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I can’t believe ABC has already killed this show – another victim of the instant gratification culture we live in. The show really never had the time to develop, but I thought the first episode was a great start and there was a lot of potential here and I was really happy to see Tricia Helfer in another lead role. I hope she gets another chance soon with a show that gets a fairer shake from the network execs. This show had a great flair for style, and did a wonderful job of creating a setting that was consistent.

One other thing I really liked was the song they used in the opening scene,
it really set a great mood for a new Texas Ranger show, so I looked it up right away and found out it was called “Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ‘Em High” by The Wind and The Wave – that would’ve made a great theme song for the show come to think of it

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Alan Rapp January 31, 2014 at 8:06 am

Although they’ve cancelled the show, ABC has decide to continue airing the first half-dozen or so episodes (perhaps because they aren’t quite ready to pull it for something else). With some tweaking, and reworking the supporting cast of characters, I think Killer Women might be the kind of show USA Network could make into a success. Of course I also thought Human Target would have been the perfect show for the network to pick-up and that didn’t happen.

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michael April 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

I really wanted to like this show. I’m not surprised it was cancelled.

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