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Witchblade: The Complete Series DVD set

Witchblade is a cult classic television series, which debuted on TNT in 2001 and ended in 2002, and was based upon the Top Cow comic book series

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Fails On Almost Every Level

  • Mar 29, 2010
Rating:
-4
For context, I was not familiar with the comic, so came to the show with fresh eyes as someone who is a huge fan of SF and fantasy. (Some of my all time favorite TV shows are Babylon 5, Buffy, and Xena.) The majority of the negative comments in Amazon reviews deal with the music being changed for the DVD eps, not being true to the comic, and not making good use of the witchblade, along with issues over the season two redo. But only a small number of the negative comments deal with the things I thought were wrong with the show.

Before I go into why I think the show was a disaster I will say that I very much enjoyed Yancy Butler as Sara and I think it's a shame that the show was not up to her talents because she had what it takes to carry a TV series. Some of the other casting was pretty good too. I especially liked the characters of Gabriel and the medical examiner (can't remember her name) who was funny. Since I didn't see the show on TV I wasn't disappointed by the music on the DVD set and I actually thought that the songs part of the soundtrack was a strongpoint. I looked up info on the web about several of the songs used.

But a strong lead and good music doesn't a successful TV show make. It depends on so many elements that all have to come together in just the right way and this didn't happen with Witchblade. It's a bit difficult for me to put my finger on *exactly* what was wrong in the big picture sense. It seemed to have all the right elements, but the elements were not crafted into a finished, polished piece. A major drawback was just plain crummy writing and poor choices made about story arcs and plot development. The plots never managed to be compelling. And the time reset for season two didn't come across as anything other than a cheap, tired, overdone gimmick.

One of my major specific complaints about Witchblade is the incredibly awful job they did of making it a cop show. I love the idea of blending cop show with urban fantasy. But wow, you need to at least attempt to make the cop part realistic in order to carry off making the fantasy part believable. I don't mean it needs to be an NYPD Blue, but come on. Episodes had Sara shooting people and leaving the bodies without it ever coming back to haunt her, contaminating crime scenes, and basically ignoring every basic procedure and protocol for a homicide detective. This was all compounded by the medical examiner (as much as I enjoyed the character) doing the same ignoring of all procedures and protocols. Anyone who has ever watched one decent cop/crime/mystery/thriller show could have done a better job.

Another major drawback was the character of Nottingham. Half of the problem can be laid at the actor's feet and the other half at the writers'. Some of the worst, overwrought, attempting-to-be-profound-but-sounding-stupid-instead lines were given to him.

In the end, the lack of compelling story arcs and good writing, along with stupefyingly abysmal cop show elements made me bored (and frequently disgusted) with it all. At the best it was bland television, at the worst it was annoying television. Normally when I'm watching a TV series on DVD I have marathon episode watching sessions. With Witchblade I actually went several weeks before finally watching the last few episodes just to say I had finished the whole thing.

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Quick Tip by . April 27, 2010
Probably the most intelligent and most addictive series during its two year run. Too bad TNT let it slip through their fingers. It rocked!!!
Quick Tip by . September 07, 2009
Actress Yancy Butler from WITCHBLADE....also starred in South Beach...daughter of drummer Joe Butler from Lovin' Spoonful rock group...
review by . December 17, 2008
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In this adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, Witchblade is the story of a New York detective, Sara "Pez" Pezzini, whose search for justice brings her into contact with the Witchblade, an ancient, intelligent, living weapon so powerful it can battle Earth's darkest evil forces. Week in and week out, "Pez" employs her skills as a police detective to fight crime. She finds she must employ the Witchblade to combat a much greater and frighteningly organized conspiracy of evil that threatens the very soul of humanity. As Sara tries to keep the secret of the Witchblade, do her job and have a personal life, she finds that her most formidable adversary may be the Witchblade itself.

Witchblade: The Complete Series stars Yancy Butler (As the World Turns), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck), and David Chokachi (Baywatch) and features guest star Roger Daltrey (The Who). This seven-disc collector's set includes all 23 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, the original made-for-TV movie and never-before-seen bonus features.

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Premiere Date: 2000 (film); 2001 (series)
Genre: Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros., TNT
Original Air Date: 2000-2002
Starring: Yancy Butler
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