Sunday, June 6, 2021

What I’m Watching: Why Women Kill (Season Premiere)

Why Women Kill: Season 2, Episode 1 “Secret Beyond the Door” (B+)

It’s been almost a year and a half since this show’s first season ended, and I’m glad to see that it’s returning with something that seems very different but which should be equally interesting. I didn’t know anything about the format for this effort, which I expected would involve three different time periods in the same house again. I’m glad to see that it’s not the case, and instead we have something altogether new and intriguing. I was curious why Bertram was so supportive of his wife’s desire to be her own person and wondering whether the inevitable affair he was going to have would ultimately hurt her, but I didn’t guess that he was going to turn out to be a serial killer intent on helping those he thought were supposed to die end their lives in a quick but clearly untimely way. I’m a big fan of Allison Tolman from her breakout role on “Fargo,” and I haven’t been terribly impressed with the quality of her follow-up roles, like “Downward Dog,” “Good Girls,” and “Emergence.” It’s great to see her here as someone who is clearly smarter and more talented than people think she is. Lana Parrilla showed she could milk villainous characters for all they’re worth on “Once Upon a Time,” and Rita seems to be much more complicated than she initially seemed, which is great. Nick Frost is a fantastic choice to portray Bertram, and I also immediately recognized Rachel Bay Jones from “Dear Evan Hansen” and “God Friended Me” as the doomed Maisie. I’m very curious to see more of the connected threads that Alma and Rita have no idea they share, particularly involving Dee, and it’s fun that Alexandra Daddario’s real-life brother, Matthew, is keeping the family on the show as Scooter. I’m officially on board for all the soapy drama to come this season.

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