Defeated by the new lifestyle that we, like so many others, seem to be living, we return to Netflix from time to time, and see what`s there.
As soon as I saw the title, `Hit and Run`, I wondered whether there was going to be a woman run over, leaving a grieving husband to fill 8 or 9 dynamic, passionate, moving, adventurous episodes. Of course I was right. Danielle, the slim and beautiful dancer wife of Segev Azulai, is killed. There are still plenty of shots with the actress Kaelen Ohm, who plays the dead dancer, part of a troupe of a dozen or more indescribably attractive and mobile female dancers. Flashbacks to sex with wife, and scenes of dancing. All gorgeous.
But basically, although the series gives us glimpses of the ubiquitous dead wife character, the space has been made for Segev, played by Lior Raz who wrote most of Hit and Run, to engage (I`m only on episode two, so some of this is guesswork,) in as many moody, under-lit, scenes of despair, violence, and probably sex, as he likes.
The dead Danielle had parents in the USA, and so far it seems as if her mother has suddenly been taken ill. (Another dead wife, and we are only in episode two? Is this possible??) I see a Martin Wexler in the list of dramatis personae, but no female Wexler. I am hoping that the poor dead Danielle`s mother will in fact be alive enough to appear in later episodes. But somehow I doubt it. The male predisposition to dispose of any female who might be over 45 in any film, hits me again and again. At the scene of the Shiva, the mourning after the funeral, I detected a grey-haired woman who I think was Segev Azuai`s mnother. but if I caught the dialogue correctly, she had to scuttle off into the kitchen to get some food. Call me a pessimist, but I feel that the father of the hero is going to get a far better part in the story. He`s already been round to support his grieving son.
Now I have known men whose wives had died, and I do not disrespect their loss and pain. But the way adventures of any kind are portrayed, and the way older women continue to be blanked out of all the best scenes – of virtually all the scenes, actually – really does annoy me. I might have mentioned this before.
Now back to Hit and Run, because I seem to be courageously overcoming my genuine and justified concerns, and managing to stay with the series – just for now. See how it goes.