Just as The Hitchhiker had Page Fletcher, the title character whose intros and outros bookended each episode, Femme Fatales has Tanit Phoenix as Lilith. She’s a sexy dame who opens each half-hour episode with a hint of what’s to come, usually not seen again until the wrap-up. Otherwise, the cast varies from episode to episode, each a self-contained, noirish tale. “16 Minutes of Fame” spoofs reality TV competitions such as Big Brother and the like. Housemates are dropping like flies, and no one knows who’s behind it. For the most part the acting is perfunctory. It’s all cheap thrills and lots of exposed flesh. “Trophy Wife” involves a wife plotting to kill her cheating hubby, but his mistress simultaneously suggests getting rid of the wife.
None of the episodes end quite the way you’d expect, at least that’s what Femme Fatales’ writers have in mind. Some twist endings work better than others, but really this is just vapid, late-night, “Skinemax” viewing. The episodes feature mostly unknowns, though occasionally guest stars (including Vivica A. Fox, Eric Roberts, Casper Van Dien, and Steve Railsback) drop in.
The dozen second season episodes are spread over the first two discs in the set. Each episode has audio commentary by various participants. The third disc is exclusively bonus features, including the “international version” of the episode “Libra.” There are a number of featurettes as well, some focused on the making of specific episodes (“Family Business,” “Libra”). There’s also footage from Comic-Con 2012, the season two red carpet premiere, and deleted scenes. If you’re a fan, Femme Fatales: The Complete Second Season on DVD packs in quite a bit of extras.