New Shows: Scarlet

by Irma Arkus

Natassia Malthe has been part of Hollywood North’s (read = Vancouver’s) acting roster for quite a while, and while her rolls either failed to impress, or have failed due to that faithful combination of bad writing, bad directing and bad acting, she is getting that first shot which should technically catapult her to stardom.

Malthe takes title roles of Scarlet, a newly minted TV series directed by David Nutter, and written by Raymond Khoury. Scarlet is apparently both mysterious, and a publicly exposed celebutant. Mysterious because she fights kung-fu style, a la Jackie Chan, kicking down doors and exiting explosions, and is obviously into some kind of Alias-style undercover ops.

But wait! That is not all. No, no…we’re not getting off that easily. She is also some sort of movie star / daytime TV host. Kind of like Kelly Rippa, I guess. Did not see any babies lurking from corners, but you never know.

Either way, this show is bound to be wrapped in confusion. I know I am confused.

With Scarlet premiering on Apr 30th, the show’s reveal is only days away, and we know very little. This is sort of exciting, because the world of trailers and announcements has been too revealing. A little mystery at this point is a nice change, but a little too much of it may result in me actually forgetting to watch it.

Personally, I always found Malthe a half-hearted actress, befitting supporting roles. She has been in everything, from rocker’s girlfriend…to girls who look like rocker’s girlfriend. Her latest project was, hmmm how do I say this, the title role in Uwe Boll’s Bloodrayne II!!! There. It has been said.