Witchblade - A mystical,
shape-shifting talisman of power that transforms into a formidable
sword on the sci-fi fantasy WITCHBLADE/TNT/2001-2002.
Created eons ago, the Witchblade bonds to its wearers arm and
gives them special powers to battle Earth's darkest evil forces. And
only one woman in a generation may wield the Witchblade.
The Witchblade carries a consciousness that urges the wielder
into battle and warns her of impending danger. It also controls the
element of fire.
The Witchblade instinctively protects it's wielder and rewards
them with great victories. But to wear the Witchblade is to be both
its master and its servant.
The most recent wielder of the gauntlet is New York police
detective Sara 'Pez' Pezzini (Yancy Butler) who came in contact with the
ancient gauntlet while investigating the murder of her childhood
friend. As the gauntlet affixed itself to her arm, it heightened her
powers of perception and gave her an arsenal of amazing powers.
"The Witchblade enables Sara to look into the darkest recesses
and sharpest schisms of the human heart. Into the labyrinth of
pain, passion, fear and confusion with all of us. Into the
savagery which can't be caged, tamed or denied."
Now, the newly chosen wielder of the blade, Sara tries to balance
her police duties with her personal life while learning more about
the ancient gauntlet so as to master its secrets before it can
Sara's colleagues included:
- David Chokachi as Jake McCartey, a rookie cop who is assigned
to train under Sara.
- Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo, Pezzini's slain partner who appears
as a ghost and serves as her guardian angel courtesy of the
- John Hensley as Gabriel Bowman, an antiques dealer and
historian who helps Sara find information about the Witchblade.
Besides the regular criminals on the street, Sara has to beware
of Vorschlag Industries billionaire Kenneth Irons (Anthony Cistaro)
and his ex-special forces henchman Ian Nottingham (Eric Etebari) who
are obsessed with possessing the Witchblade. Irons still bears the
scares of a failed attempt to control the Witchblade.
Although the Witchblade has seen fit to take on the form of a
gauntlet for Sara, in earlier times and other wielders it has
morphed into such shapes as axes, and spears. Reportedly, Joan De
Arc and other great warrior women throughout the ages wielded the
Blade during times of crisis.
The reason the Witchblade chooses women? Ancient Celtic writings
tell of an army of Witchblade Wielders, consisting of both men and
women. The legend goes on to say that a Wielder Banrighinn, known
only as Mistress of the Blade, who taught the ancient ways of battle
to this chosen army, grew angry with her lover, one of the Wielder
Knights, and henceforth, men were prohibited from handling the
The Witchblade is a synthesis of certain metals (some reportedly
of unearthly composition) that dates back to ancient Persia. Early
visual records of the Witchblade bracelet can be traced to a female
statuette found in the palace of Gilgamesh from 2700 B.C. The
statuette depicts Saran a woodland goddess, she became Artemis to
the Greeks, Diana to the Romans...Huntress, the goddess of the moon.
The one-hour drama WITCHBLADE is based on the best-selling
Top-Cow comic book Witchblade drawn by Michael Turner and produced
by Top Cow Productions, Inc. and Halsted Pictures in association
with Warner Bros. Television.
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