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A weapon of the gods - wielded by a New York cop.

A new force of justice has arrived on the streets of New York.

For thousands of years it has existed. An intelligent symbiotic weapon of incredible power. A living gauntlet that becomes one with its wearer. The Witchblade. Only women of unmatched strength of mind, body and will have ever successfully worn the Witchblade. Joan of Arc was one. Others have been both its master and its servant. But in all cases, the Witchblade has been used to cut a swath of blood and viscera through the ranks of previously insurmountable evil. And now, in the latter days of the 20th century, the Witchblade has allowed destiny and fate to seek out a new bearer of its power and its curse.

Sara Pezzini (Yancy Butler) is a NYPD homicide cop. She's young, tough, smart and possesses a razor-sharp beauty that she wields like a sword. She's earned her gold shield but every day she must prove herself on the street, to her bosses and, ultimately, to herself. With a legendary cop father to live up to, Sara attacks her job with a vengeance. She battles a system that favours guilty over the innocent, sometimes, in her all-or-nothing quest to bring down the bad guys, almost going too far. While investigating her best friend's death, Sara's life, and what she has believed about her world and the forces at work within it, is radically changed forever. That night, fate brings Sara in contact with the Witchblade.

Unable to free herself from the Witchblade, Sara must learn to govern its power while simultaneously balancing her life and career as a police detective. But now that Sara possesses the Witchblade, her eyes are opened to a world of evil that goes far beyond just crime on the street. The darkness is countless layers deep and Sara has no choice but to peel back each one and confront what awaits her.

Week in and week out, Sara Pezzini employs her skills as a police detective to fight crime, using the Witchblade to combat a much greater and frighteningly organised conspiracy of evil that threatens the very soul of humanity. As Sara tries to keep her secret, do her job and have some semblance of a life, she finds that her most formidable adversary may be the Witchblade itself.

Also starring Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons, George Jenesky as Gallo, David Chokachi as Jake Mccartey, Kenneth Welsh as Joe Siri, Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo and Eric "Kaos" Etebari as Ian Nottingham. Written by JD Zeik, directed by Ralph Hemecker. Based on the comic books created by Top Cow.

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Theatrical report


A further appreciation of all things supernatural, a trend which marks the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. Along with Buffy the vampire slayer, Angel, Charmed and the like, TV series inspired more by the world of computer gaming (think: Lara Croft: tomb raider) are also on the rise. Dark angel is currently half way through its first season, while Witchblade, of which this is the pilot, has been picked up for production.

Witchblade features a power woman who sees no man as her master. She is also a guilt-ridden, angstful, motherly Madonna. She is sex on legs. She is the soft-core dominatrix which so many men find attractive (think: Seven of nine). Like all New York cops she has a history with some high ranking criminals and a difficulty submitting to authority. She drinks coffee like it is her life blood. Is this a cliché or just reality? I will have to go to the Big Apple and find out.

Yancy bears a striking resemblance to Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun, fallen peacekeeper with attitude from Farscape) not only in her appearance but in the strength and vulnerability of the character she portrays. Which is to say, here is someone who never got into pink, frilly dresses when she was a girl. Not that there's anything wrong with pink, frilly dresses.... of course, that's the character, not the actor, but the actor brings all that across.

So, hot, sexy chick, big-time crime, painful past, what's next? Oh yes, the dark side of the force. In this case, the devil cannot be avoided because he knows more about the Witchblade than its owner. Possession may be nine tenths of the law but an instruction manual is damned important, too. So as much as Sara might want to be in control, she cannot be until she has vanquished her arch enemy who is also her teacher. There's nothing like a good turn of the century blurring of the lines.

Witchblade is a good TV pilot and the series will have many fans. Watch and enjoy.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, supernatural themes)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

18 April 2001

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