I’ve been looking forward to the release of Red Widow: The Complete First Season which was released on DVD May 28, 2013. Listed as a compelling family drama, Red Widow proved to be just that. The seasons begins with the murder of Evan Walraven (actor, Anson Mount). His wife Marta Walraven (portrayed by Radha Mitchell) is the daughter of Andrei Petrov a crime boss and member of the Petrov crime family. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Evan has become entangled in the family’s criminal activities. The opening scene of the series shows Marta’s brother Irwin stealing a large amount of cocaine from criminal Nicholae Schiller. After this, Evan is murdered in front his house and his young son Boris in what appears to be a direct result of the theft.
Marta determined to find out who killed her husband, becomes embroiled in not only a criminal web but also that of the FBI, as agent James Ramos tries to get her to give him all information about Evan’s criminal activities as well as that of the entire Petrov family. Meanwhile, believing that Evan is the one who stole Schiller’s cocaine (Irwin lied to her while in prison on a gun possession charge), Marta feels a sense of debt owed to the crime boss. All the while her family is encouraging her to get further involved in their criminal world.