Witchblade - A mystical,
shape-shifting talisman of power that transforms into a
formidable sword on the sci-fi fantasy WITCHBLADE/TNT/2001-2002.
Sara Pezzini with the Witchblade
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
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 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
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 master her.
Sara's colleagues included:
- David Chokachi as Jake McCartey, a rookie cop and
current partner who is assigned to train under Sara
- Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo, Sara's slain partner who
appears as a ghost and serves as her guardian angel courtesy
of the gauntlet's power
- Gabriel Bowman (John Hensley) an antiques dealer and
historian who helps Sara find information about the Witchblade.
Ian, Gabriel, Danny, Sara,
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 Blade.
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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