'The Red Road' review: Mystery runs deep in Sundance Channel drama

red-road-Jean-Jensen-Harold-Jensen.jpgSundance Channel's second scripted original series, "The Red Road," makes its premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT Thursday (Feb. 27), and mystery runs deep in the new drama. Starring Martin Henderson and Jason Momoa, "The Red Road" drops viewers into a complicated situation that only gets more complicated by the end of its first episode.

It's unclear what quite is at stake in episode 1, "Arise My Love, Shake Off This Dream." The most interesting character is the wife of Officer Harold Jenson (Henderson), played by Julianne Nicholson. Yes, her brother died, and yes, she is a recovering alcoholic, and yes, she had a past relationship with Phillip Kopus (Momoa). But it still feels like something more is at play here.

After watching the second episode, some pieces of the mystery fall into place. But "The Red Road" doesn't play much catch-up for viewers, and one gets the sense that it won't be until the final episode of the series airs that everything makes sense. That's the type of storytelling people want in their TV series now; something that makes them go back and watch from the beginning with brand new eyes.

red-road-Marie-Junior-Van-Der-Deen-Phillip-Kopus.jpg"The Red Road" takes fans into a different world, though the show is set not far from New York City. The drama between the Native American tribe and the community that lives alongside them is at the core of this series, but it seems like there are some secrets lying below the surface just waiting to be uncovered.

It's also unclear who exactly is the hero and who is the villain in this story. Is it just one or another? When Henderson spoke about the show at the TCA winter press tour, he said this isn't a show with clearly delineated sides.

"You look at them and you can't readily judge them for being good or bad," he explained. "In a typical cop thriller, which this certainly is not, it's pretty easy to identify the good guys and the bad guys, whereas [here] that line is continually being blurred. ... I've personally loved this role and getting to explore some darker stuff too, these themes that come up in the show about guilt and shame but all encapsulated in love."

Are you intrigued by this new series?
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