Contrary to what my fanboy husband likes to think, I did have an interest in some things in the sci-fi/comic/fantasy realm before I met him. I was big into Voltron as a kid. V was one of my all-time favorite alien series. And despite the campy film, I liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer series as well. In 2001 — not long before we met — I also got into a new show on TNT — Witchblade.
Though I started watching the series regularly, life intruded and I was not able to watch it on a regular basis. So, when the entire series was released on DVD, I was very excited to finally be able to catch up on all that I’d missed. Not only that, the disc extras helped put the story and characters into new perspective that I didn’t expect.
Witchblade follows New York City detective Sarah Pezzini (Yancy Butler) as she faces some bizarre and tragic personal and professional circumstances. Her father is recently murdered by the local mob kingpin (who is also out for her blood) and she has sworn revenge within the parameters of the law. As Pez goes after the mob boss and his henchmen, she becomes briefly fascinated with an armored glove in a museum. Moments later, she’s nearly gunned down by an assassin and the whole place is blown sky high. How did she survive? The glove, later revealed to be the Witchblade, chose her as its wielder and protected her from harm.
Pez spends the whole series trying to unravel the mystery of the Witchblade, how it came to be in her possession, and why she is now the chosen warrior. This all mixes in with characters who walk the line between being shady enemies and allies who will save her in a firefight. And of course you have both traditional criminal baddies and those who are looking to gain the Witchblade for themselves.
The cast of regular characters includes: Gabriel Bowman (John Hensley), an antiquities dealer who tries to help Pez; Danny Woo (Will Yun Lee), Pez’s first partner who is gunned down early on but keeps making appearances as a ghost; Jake McCartey (David Chokachi), Pez’s new partner who very obviously has a little thing going on for her; Kenneth Irons (Anthony Cistaro), cryptic billionaire who tries (albeit not very hard) to school Pez about her destiny; and Ian Nottingham (Eric Etebari), Irons’ lackey who shadows Pez and whose sanity is as much in question as which side he and his boss are really playing for.