The Widow, an 8 part Amazon original suspense thriller, wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. The best thing going for the series was the star Kate Beckinsale. There are a couple of spoilers ahead, so beware.
The story boils down to this: Georgia Wells (Beckinsale) is languishing in Wales three years after her husband died in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Georgia sees a photo of a chaotic riot scene in Congo on the news. She’s sure the man in the orange baseball cap is her supposedly dead husband Will (Matthew Le Never). So she takes off for DRC to find him.
As you do.
Georgia did have some personal resources for this type of thing. She’d been an army officer for years.
There are many entangled plotlines in her quest to find out the truth about her husband. There’s Judith Gray (Alex Kingston), Will’s boss. She runs charities in the DRC.
One survivor of the plane crash Ariel (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) tells a very different story of what happened from the official version.
Maybe the plane crash has something to do with General Azikiwe (Babs Olusanmokun). General Azikiwe was a haunted and hunted man in this series. Maybe the other man in the news photo with the missing husband, Pieter Bello (Bart Fouche) was involved. Maybe it was all a matter of money from the coltan mines. Maybe the good guys are really the bad guys and the bad guys are really the good guys.
It’s plot twisty like that.
Georgia’s friend Martin (Charles Dance) is familiar with the charities in the DRC. He knows Judith and he knew Will. He goes to Africa to help Georgia with the search.
During her ventures into the jungles, Georgia picks up a child soldier named Adidja (Shalom Nyandiko) and takes her back to the city with her. We learn through flashbacks that Georgia and Will lost their 3 month old daughter a few months before he disappeared. Georgia has motherly feelings for Adidja.
Many flashbacks were used. Several characters lives were explained in this way. The most interesting one to me was the (spoiler alert!) lesbian relationship between Judith and Sally (Siobhan Finneran). That one was a surprise. (I liked that women in the age range of Alex Kingston and Siobhan Finneran had a romance.)
Most the the flashbacks were used to give us a quick look into character motivation. Ariel and (spoiler alert!) ultimately Will turned out to be sniveling cowards. We learned this through flashbacks. Some of the women were thieves and liars.
Georgia, our heroine, never gave up on anything! She could rescue African girls, find killers governments chose to ignore, escape all kinds of dangerous threats, and inspire the most cowardly man to stand up and act like a hero. Did I mention the best part of this series was Kate Beckinsale?
The series was shot in numerous locations. The scenes filmed in Wales and and South Africa were exceptionally striking. The action scenes were well done whether they were set in jungles or on busy city streets.
Even though I was disappointed with several things about this series, it was still engaging and I watched it all the way to the end. I especially liked some of the plot twists – they added interest.