Tricia Helfer suits up for 'Killer Women'

Tricia Helfer in Killer Woman (Handout)

Tricia Helfer in Killer Woman (Handout)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Killer Women is kind of half Scandal, without the president, and half Nashville, without the singing.

Then again, even though there isn't a president, a politician plays an important part. And lead character Molly Parker, played by Canadian Tricia Helfer, doesn't sing, but she does play the trumpet, for no reason that is immediately apparent from a story perspective.

The Texas-set Killer Women, which debuts Tuesday, Jan. 7 on ABC and City, focuses on Molly's life as one of the first female Texas Rangers (the law-enforcement Rangers, not the baseball team). The show is all over the place, but I have to be honest, the first time I saw Scandal I thought it was all over the place, too.

I'm not 100% sure who the target audience is for Killer Women. Yes, the lead character is female, which suggests a female focus. But in the first episode at least, there's a lot of gun violence and car chases and hot chicks in high heels (on top of the hotness of Helfer herself, who has been a fan-boy fantasy since her days on Battlestar Galactica). So all of that would indicate Killer Women wouldn't mind attracting guys, too.

Might Killer Women, which is produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, be too guy-like for girls and too girl-like for guys, stereotypically speaking?

Helfer's Molly is a bad-ass babe, which is in evidence right from the opening scene, when she rather would be riding horses than choosing pretty dresses. But when she does choose a dress, she cleans up mighty fine. Am I getting the lingo right?

Molly has been selected as one of the Texas Rangers' first females, and of course her former male counterparts resent it, thinking that her sex got her the gig, not her qualifications. Molly's mere presence causes local cops to get their backs up.

On the personal side, Molly is trying to get a divorce from her creepy politician husband, who refuses to sign the papers. By the end of the first episode more light has been shed on their stormy situation.

Meanwhile, Molly is having a “friends with sexual benefits as they pump each other (no pun intended) for information” relationship with a DEA agent named Dan Winston, played by Marc Blucas. I did a double-take when I saw Blucas and then realized, “Hey, it's Riley from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Nothing against the actor, but while I was a huge fan of Buffy, I hated the Riley character. A total plot anvil.

Anyway, the case-of-the-week element in the first episode of Killer Women has a huge plot hole in it, as far as I'm concerned, in addition to what I'd call a couple of plot absurdities. Yes, I know, we all need a suspension of disbelief when we watch TV. But let's just say I laughed a few times, and Killer Women is not supposed to be a comedy.

Killer Women does move briskly, though, you can't kill it for that. Maybe the idea is the faster it moves, the less likely we'll be to notice flaws. Either way, if Killer Women survives, Helfer's Molly really will be able to sound her trumpet.

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