Witchblade (Pilot Movie)

WitchbladeNYPD detectives Sara Pezzini and Danny Woo are on the trail of a criminal named Gallo who, among other things, is suspected by Pezzini of murdering her father, and, more recently, a childhood friend of hers. In the ensuing chase, Pezzini and Danny are separated, and Pez finds herself in an art gallery at the mercy of a trained killer. The only thing that saves her life is the Witchblade – an armored gauntlet in one of the display cases which seems to somehow make its own way onto her arm in the melee, deflecting bullets and effectively ending the fight by sparking a huge explosion which kills the gunman. Pezzini is understandably confused by what has happened, especially when there is no evidencee of the gauntlet later (though she can’t explain the origin of the ancient-looking bracelet which now graces her wrist) – nor is there any evidence of a dark-clothed man who she spotted gazing at the Witchblade in the gallery.

As she recovers from the fierce fight, Pezzini’s dreams are infiltrated by the bracelet, filling them with images of death, battle, and even Joan of Arc. And the man in black from the gallery is watching her and reporting back to an unseen master – a master who owns the Rialto Theatre, a property in which Gallo is interested. Pezzini and Danny act on a tip about Gallo’s interest in the Rialto from rookie cop Jake McCarty – whose somewhat hazy background doesn’t inspire Danny’s trust. Unknown to the two veteran cops, two others tag along when they stake out the Rialto – the man who has been trailing Pez, and McCarty, who seems determined to get a piece of the action. But the stakeout goes horribly wrong when Danny is captured by Gallo’s thugs and killed in cold blood by Gallo himself. Before McCarty can come to the rescue, the mysterious man in black knocks him out cold. Pezzini is alone against her arch nemesis, and suddenly the bracelet’s true nature makes itself known – it unfolds across her arm, becoming the Witchblade, enabling her to take on and defeat Gallo’s mob literally single-handedly.

As if her life isn’t already complicated enough, Pezzini files a report about the Rialto incident, but leaves out any mention of her secret weapon, which arouses the police department’s suspicion. Danny appears to her at his own funeral, seemingly as a ghost that only she can see. Gallo is still on the loose, and even tries to claim the Danny’s death is Pezzini’s fault. And perhaps most shockingly of all, her mentor (and the captain of the NYPD homicide division) admits that Pezzini was adopted at birth – and the man whose death she seeks to avenge wasn’t even her real father. McCarty tries to shoehorn himself into the position of being Sara’s partner, even coming up with an unusual link between the museum where she found the Witchblade, the Rialto, and the man in black. The common denominator is eccentric billionaire Kenneth Irons, owner of the gigantic Vorschlaag Industries, and collector of art and artifacts related to the Witchblade. Irons tells her the nature of her newfound savior, and even offers to help her hone her skill at using it. But as soon as she leaves, Irons and his minion begin laying out plans to manipulate Sara, to see if she is truly destined to wear the Witchblade. Even though she doesn’t know how to summon its powers in battle, Sara Pezzini will have to use the Witchblade as best she can in one last showdown with Gallo.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by J.D. Zeik
directed by Ralph Hemecker
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Cast: Yancy Butler (Detective Sara Pezzini), Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons), Conrad Dunn (Gallo), David Chokachi (Detective Jake McCarty), Kenneth Welsh (Captain Joe Siri), Will Yun Lee (Detective Danny Woo), Eric Etebari (Ian Nottingham), Jody Racicot (Maria), Hal Eisen (Lorenzo Vespucci), Jim Codrington (Drexler), Tony Munch (?), Katherine Trowell (?), Whitney Westwood (?), Phil Hay (?), Tyson McAuley (?), Noah Danby (?), Sven Wan De Ven (?), Tig Fong (?), Sean Baek (?), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Parallax

WitchbladeThe inquiry into the ambush at the Rialto Theater is not looking good for Pezzini – and her prospects of keeping her badge look even worse when the antagonistic Captain Dante is appointed as the head of the homicide department. Evidence involving a bladed weapon at the site of the massacre has turned up, and there are questions about a man who knocked Jake out cold just before the fight – a man who is at this very moment being hunted down by three heavily-armed combatants on motorcycles. After the inquiry session is over, Jake and Pez respond to this duel, only to find that two of the three combatants didn’t make it out of the fight. Pez gives chase to one of them, but loses him after narrowly missing one of his bullets. The trail of evidence eventually leads her to the door of Kenneth Irons, who is also being hunted by the sole surviving assailant of his bodyguard – but will protecting Irons neceessarily be the lesser of two evils for the wielder of the Witchblade?

Season 1 Regular Cast: Yancy Butler (Detective Sara Pezzini), David Chokachi (Detective Jake McCarty), Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons), Will Yun Lee (Danny Woo), Eric Etebari (Ian Nottingham)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ralph Hemecker
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Ralph Hemecker
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), Peter Mensah (Moebius), Kenneth Welsh (Captain Siri), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Sandrine Holt (?), Wade Eastwood (Black Dragon #2), Fragna Dusai (Black Dragon #3), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Conundrum

WitchbladePezzini receives an anonymous tip – suspicious in itself – about a murder. When she and McCartey arrive on the scene, all they find are bleached bones. Clues lead Pez to a modeling agency run by Dominique Boucher. In the course of questioning the victim’s roommate, Pez stumbles upon a stunning discovery – a photograph of a woman, circa World War II, who looks exactly like her, and she appears to be wearing the Witchblade on her wrist. The evidence begins to point toward Ms. Boucher, who Pezzini discovers has had a torrid past with Kenneth Irons – and she also finds out, too late, that Boucher has also worn the Witchblade…and knows how to control it, even if someone else is now wearing it.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Edithe Swensen
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Laila Robins (Dominique Boucher), Malin Ackerman (Karen Bronte), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Will Corno (Photographer), Quancita Hamilton (Gina Maris), Malcolm Xerxes (?), Martin Samuel (?), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Diplopia

WitchbladePezzini’s sixth sense tells her something is wrong during an investigation into the murder of a New York art dealer – and she’s irritated with McCartey’s reluctance to touch the case with a ten-foot pole because the victim was homosexual and the trail of clues leads back to Badlands, a well known gay bar. Artist Issac Sullivan seems to be a promising lead until Pezzini discovers that his whereabouts can be vouched for at the time of the murder. Another murder is committed, and Pezzini realizes she has a serial killer on her hands. Her search for clues about the Witchblade is also proving fruitless, with Dominique Boucher rapidly aging toward her death in a holding cell, but she does find a potential ally in a young internet entrepreneur, Gabriel Bowman. Little does Pez know that the key to both mysteries is Kenneth Irons.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by David Michaelson
stoey by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Vern Gillum
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Laila Robbins (Dominique Boucher), Anthony Lemke (Isaac Sullivan), Rory Feore (Dr. Dandwell), Peter Cockerey (Foster), Jeff Courington (Foster’s lover), Andrea Pinock (Waitress), Johnie Chase (?), Shaun Austin-Olsen (?), Milka Schiro (?), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Sacrifice

WitchbladePezzini investigates what appears to be a ritualistic murder, and is intrigued by a symbol painted on the walls near the murder scene. She takes a photo of the symbol to Gabriel, hoping that his penchant for the occult might provide her with a clue – and it does, pointing her to a nightclub were an Irish rock musician named Conchobar is playing. But at the same time, it’s revealed that the body found earlier was a cadaver – the “victim” was already dead. Pezzini still visits the club, which seems pointless until Conchobar’s lyrics mention “the witch’s glove” – and proceed from there to describe, in detail, a murder that isn’t reported until the next day. Conchobar himself has an alibi, but someone seems to be following his lyrics to the letter – and the words aren’t new. The same story is already spelled out in an ancient Celtic text owned by Kenneth Irons.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by David S. Jackson
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Kim De Lury (Conchobar), Paulino Nunes (Brian Reilly), Jean Youn (Iona), Maini Thorston (Debra Mason), Sandra Jackson (?), Robert Lee (?), Junior Williams (Vaughn) and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Legion

WitchbladeAn elderly Catholic priest is murdered in his own church, and a suspect is immediately captured – a mentally ill man named Edward Nolan who had frequently sought absolution by confession to the deceased priest. Two other priests admit that Nolan may, in fact, be possessed by Satan – but Pezzini doesn’t buy it. When Danny appears to her to offer advice, Pez asks him to put her in touch with the murdered priest – but this deposition from beyond the grave leads her to answers more terrifying than she could have imagined. There is a strong possibility that the Catholic Church may have its own agenda where the Witchblade is concerned – and so too may the devil himself.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Roger Daltrey (Father Del Toro), Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), Kim De Lury (Conchobar), Paul Robbins (Father Petrozzi), David Hemblen (Monsignor Bellamy), Sandrine Holt (Newscaster), Martin Samuel (?), Jessica Booker (Old woman), Jamie Robinson (?), Noah Dianev (?), Neill Fearnley (Desk officer) and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Maelstrom

WitchbladePezzini finds it tempting to call in sick and stay in bed all day – with Conchobar – but decides to go to work anyway. Not long after she leaves, however, a band of masked thugs burst into her apartment and kidnap Conchobar. Like him, they’re Irish nationals, but they have no personal interest in him. To his captors, Conchobar is valuable only as a bargaining chip they hope to use to lure his brother, an IRA terrorist, out into the open. Pezzini goes above and beyond the call of duty to find who has taken her lover and where he’s been taken – and she even begins to use powers beyond those granted by her badge to this end. The terrorists want not only money, but the Witchblade itself – and when Kenneth Irons refuses to help her retrieve it, Sara Pezzini finds herself up against the invincible might of her own weapon…and an infinite well of rage and hatred tapped by the death of someone very close to her.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by James Whitmore Jr.
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Kim De Lury (Conchobar), Trent McMullen (Sean), Deborah Pollitt (Terrorist), Dree MacDonald (Terrorist), Brendan Wall (Terrorist), Tracy Shreve (?), Johnie Chase (?), Kevin Rushton (?), Nenna Abuwa (?)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Periculum

WitchbladeStricken by grief, Pezzini has locked herself in her apartment for four days. But while she isn’t inclined to get up from her bed, she’s terrified when the Witchblade roots her to that spot, expanding itself into metal tendrils that wrap around her body. Danny appears to comfort her and warn her that the Witchblade is testing her resolve and her character – a test which, if failed, will prove to be fatal. Kenneth Irons is also watching the proceedings closely, and feeling them as well through some kind of link to Sara. Through the test, Sara discovers that she is not related to Joan of Arc, Elizabeth Bronte, or an ancient Celtic goddess of retribution…she is Joan of Arc, Elizabeth Bronte, and an ancient Celtic goddess of retribution. Meanwhile, Jake McCartey is undergoing a test of his own as Captain Dante tries to recruit him into a shady elite police brotherhood known as the White Bulls – an association that would require Jake to sell Pezzini out.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Roderick Taylor & Bruce A. Taylor
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman) and Lazar

Notes: The choice of the Lovin’ Spoonful song “Do You Believe In Magic” may be a bit of an in-joke – series star Yancy Butler is the daughter of Lovin’ Spoonful band member John Butler.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Thanatopsis

WitchbladeDante assigns as many of his officers as possible to keep an eye on a shady arms dealer who may be peddling his wares in New York. Pezzini protests the assignment, citing her already overflowing homicide workload, but Dante insists. Gabriel comes to Pezzini with word that one of his best friends has been killed, but she can find no evidence that the deceased – a comic book artist with a drug habit and more than a few enemies – did anything more than commit suicide. The arms dealer surveillance assignment quickly blows up as the man in question is gunned down by a sniper with a powerful weapon. Not long afterward, Ian Nottingham – Kenneth Irons’ hired hand (and hired gun) – turns himself in to Sara, claiming to have been the shooter.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by James Whitmore Jr.
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Bill McDonald (Orlinsky)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Apprehension

WitchbladePezzini and McCartey are in the midst of a roundup of prostitutes as they try to crack the case of a murdered pimp, but Pezzini is startled to find a package addressed to her. Contained within are various newspaper clippings about the suspicious deaths of NYPD officers, and a videotape recorded by her father, who suspected the existence of a corrupt elite police organization known as the White Bulls. The tape then goes on to implicate a young ambitious cop named Bruno Dante as a particularly vicious member of that order. Sara corners her former captain – also her father’s ex-partner – to ask him to verify the White Bulls’ existence. And while he is able to give her that information, and tell her that Dante killed James Pezzini, that information will cost him his life – and will mark Sara for death too.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by Robert Lee
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Bill McDonald (Orlinsky), Kenneth Welsh (Captain Siri), Eden Roundtree (Charlene), Christopher Cordell (Transvestite)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Convergence

WitchbladeSara Pezzini has gone rogue from the NYPD, and Dante makes finding her – and killing her – the top priority of the White Bulls. But also on their slate is finding the missing daughter of a congressman whose influence could be of help to Dante’s elite officers in the future. McCartey, who is still in touch with Pez, asks for her help on this case, and she refuses until Danny convinces her that it could win McCartey’s cooperation in her quest for justice. Pez does indeed find both the missing girl – who was raped and murdered – and the perpetrator…but what can she do to bring down a serial killer without alerting the police to her presence? If she succeeds, she may yet find out who Jake McCartey really is.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard C. Okie
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by James Whitmore Jr.
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Keir Dullea (Irons’ doctor), Eden Roundtree (Charlene), Kelly Ivey (Kate Havilland), Stefan Brogren (Leeman Bostwick), Noah Danby (Burgess), Ken Kramer (Lars)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Transcendence

WitchbladeSara Pezzini’s quest for justice is growing closer to a resolution – and growing more dangerous. Ian tracks her down, ostensibly to say goodbye to her, and she and Gabriel narrowly escape as Dante and the White Bulls follow Ian to their hideout and shoot him down in cold blood without even the slightest hint that their target was armed. McCartey balks at Pezzini’s suggestion of using herself as bait to catch Dante, but realizes there may be no better way to take the corrupt police captain down. McCartey arranges a meeting at an FBI safe house, while Gabriel – suspecting that McCartey’s still working for the White Bulls – receives a visit from someone who only Sara herself could see until now. At the meeting, Dante says too much and winds up in the middle of an FBI raid – but he also tries to take a last shot at McCartey, which Pezzini sees coming. She fires first, inflicting a mortal wound, and learns from Dante that Kenneth Irons gave the order to kill her father. McCartey is stunned when Pez leaves the takedown to confront her benefactor/antagonist, and with Gabriel in tow goes to try to get her out of trouble. Irons needs more of Pezzini’s blood to extend his life…and he’s willing to kill all of her remaining friends to ensure her cooperation.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ralph Hemecker
story by Ralph Hemecker & Richard C. Okie
directed by David S. Jackson
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Keir Dullea (Irons’ doctor)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Emergence

WitchbladeNYPD detectives Sara Pezzini and Danny Woo are on the trail of a criminal named Gallo who, among other things, is suspected by Pezzini of murdering her father, and, more recently, a childhood friend of hers. In the ensuing chase, Pezzini and Danny are separated, and Pez finds herself in an art gallery at the mercy of a trained killer. The only thing that saves her life is the Witchblade – an armored gauntlet in one of the display cases which seems to somehow make its own way onto her arm in the melee, deflecting bullets and effectively ending the fight by sparking a huge explosion which kills the gunman. Pezzini is understandably confused by what has happened, especially when there is no evidence of the gauntlet later (though she can’t explain the origin of the ancient-looking bracelet which now graces her wrist) – nor is there any evidence of a dark-clothed man who she spotted gazing at the Witchblade in the gallery.

As she recovers from the fierce fight, Pezzini’s dreams are infiltrated by the bracelet, filling them with images of death, battle, and even Joan of Arc. And the man in black from the gallery is watching her and reporting back to an unseen master – a master who owns the Rialto Theatre, a property in which Gallo is interested. Pezzini and Danny act on a tip about Gallo’s interest in the Rialto from rookie cop Jake McCartey – whose somewhat hazy background doesn’t inspire Danny’s trust. Unknown to the two veteran cops, two others tag along when they stake out the Rialto – the man who has been trailing Pez, and McCartey, who seems determined to get a piece of the action. But at the last minute, Pez decides not to make the move – though what she doesn’t tell Danny is that somehow, the Witchblade told her that Danny would die if she tried to take Gallo down now.

Eccentric billionaire Kenneth Irons, owner of the gigantic Vorschlaag Industries and collector of art and artifacts related to the Witchblade, has been watching Sara Pezzini closely. His henchman, Ian Nottingham, has been following her. But Irons wants to control whoever wields the blade, and Sara’s introduction to the weapon didn’t take place under violent enough circumstances to make her impressionable enough to bend to Irons’ will. The billionaire orders Nottingham to kill her and retrieve the Witchblade; he already has someone in mind to wear it, someone who is already in his thrall. But despite Nottingham’s proficiency in close combat, Sara defeats him and, in the process, kills Irons’ candidate for the Witchblade. This only convinces Irons that he will have to resort to other means to achieve ultimate power…and to kill Sara Pezzini.

Season Two Regular Cast: Yancy Butler (Detective Sara Pezzini), David Chokachi (Detective Jake McCartey), Will Yun Lee (Danny Woo), Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons), John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Eric Etebari (Ian Nottingham)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ralph Hemecker & Jorge Zamacona
directed by Joe Chappelle
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Marika Dominczyk (Christina Wales), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Conrad Dunn (Gallo), Joe Butler (Arnold Buck), Leah Coldrige (Debbie Buck), Dov Tiejenbach (Turnville) and Lazar

Note: Guest star Joe Butler is the real-life father of series star Yancy Butler, and a former member of the rock group The Lovin’ Spoonful.

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Destiny

WitchbladePez and Danny are called to the scene of a homicide in the dock district – a security guard was impaled through the chest with some sort of bladed instrument, but not a very sharp one. Pez questions Kenneth Irons, but their brief meeting ends in his barely-veiled threat, and shortly afterward, she’s on the case of two more grisly murders – both committed with the same weapon as the dock guard. Even more amazingly, analysis of the bodies reveals that the weapon may date back to the time of Christ. Pez and Danny visit Irons’ home, where she discovers a business card for an online relic search service. She visits that site’s home base and finds a potential ally in a young internet entrepreneur, Gabriel Bowman, who was unable to find something for Irons: a spear that may have been used to inflict Christ’s mortal wound on the cross. That spear, like the Witchblade, can be wielded only by those destined to carry it – and it contains the masculine equivalent of the immense power of the Witchblade, which can only be worn by a woman. Iron intends to use the Spear of Destiny to kill Pez, and in the inevitable confrontation, one of them will end up dead.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Jorge Zamacona & William J. MacDonald and Ralph Hemecker
story by Jorge Zamacona & William J. MacDonald
directed by David Carson
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Bill McDonald (Orlinsky), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Dov Tiejenbach (Turnville), Johnie Chase (Paul), Jean Moon (Sidney) and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Agape

WitchbladeJake McCarty is assigned to work with Dean, an undercover narcotics cop with a reputation for being a dangerously loose cannon, when two teenagers turn up dead with an unidentified drug in their systems. Pez does some digging of her own and discovers that a new drug – which relieves its users of any fear or sense of self-preservation but vastly increases their strength and adrenaline – is making the rounds. She also encounters Ian again, who pledged that he would take vengeance upon her for killing Kenneth Irons, but now Irons’ henchman has changed his tune, promising to protect Pezzini whether she likes it or not. Dean uses Jake to set up a sting operation, but when the drug dealers take Jake’s gun from him, Dean comes in shooting. The sting turns into a massacre – and most of the shots fired by the dealers will be traced back to Jake’s gun. Dean turns on the wounded Jake and tries to kill him, but Jake gets away. When the police arrive, Dean pins the blame on Jake. The rookie cop is now on the run from enemies and friends alike, and only Pezzini believes he’s innocent. But even she might have a hard time believing who’s been helping Jake stay alive.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Larry Barber & Paul Barber
directed by Paul Holahan
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Robert John Burke (Dean), Robert Procelli (?), Louis De Franco (?), Ted Kerva (?), Luciana Lada (?), Philip Eccles (?), Daniel Petrovjvic (?), Angelo Tualt (?), Sasha Ormond (?), Jordan Barker (?), Wayne Ward (?), Robert Racij (?), James Binriew (?), and Lazar

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Consectatio

WitchbladeBrooding over the death of Irons, Ian Nottingham mysteriously begins to take on some of his former master’s personality traits. He contacts the Black Dragons, a small elite force of ex-military troops of which he was once a member, to kill Sara Pezzini. It just so happens that Pez is on the Dragons’ trail already, with surveillance video of a recent murder/robbery pointing toward them. Moebius, the leader of the Black Dragons, warns Ian that Pezzini’s death is a mission to which the Dragons will commit themselves until it is completed, or they are all killed. Sara evades the Black Dragons’ traps, and finally Ian realizes that to stop them from killing the woman he loves, he will have to eliminate his brethren himself.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard C. Okie
directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Peter Mensah (Moebius), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Wade Eastwood (Andy), Fragna Dusai (Black Dragon #2), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Static

WitchbladeAn unusual murder – a small-time local rock star who seems to have been ejected from an 11th story hotel window aboard a luggage cart – gets Pezzini’s attention, especially when the autopsy reveals that he was knocked out with a taser first. A young woman who found the man’s body later commits suicide, and Pez decides to ask her therapist if she had noticed any unusual behavior before. The therapist, Dr. Anna Granger, notes her patient’s tendency to hear voices – something with which Pez can easily identify. McCarty checks and discovers that several recent suicides were also among Dr. Granger’s clientele. They go to question the doctor, and find clues linking her to the hotel murder.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Larry Barber & Paul Barber
directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Tamara Gorski (Anna Granger), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Dov Tiejenbach (Turnville), Cormac (Mac), Gabrielle Ashby (Lorelei)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Nailed

WitchbladeConvicted killer Karl Dalack is released early, much to dismay of Detective Danny Woo. Years ago, before he was Pezzini’s partner, Woo burst in on Dalack’s apartment after hearing a girl’s terrified cries from behind his door – but with no warrant, could do nothing but give in to Dalack’s demand that he leave. The girl’s body was found later, molested, her fingernails painted and then ripped off of her fingers. Woo broke into Dalack’s apartment with no warrant and found enough evidence to convict him of a string of similar murders – but with no search warrant, the evidence was inadmissible, and Dalack was charged with only a single count. Now, years later, Woo and Pezzini are charged with protecting Dalack upon his release from prison – and with keeping an eye on him to make sure he won’t fall back into deadly old habits. What Woo doesn’t expect is that his own niece has been hand-picked by Dalack as his next victim.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard C. Okie
directed by Rick Rosenthal
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Currie Graham (Dalack), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), Pizuo Peck (Meija), Sharlene Glen (Jennifer Rose), Michael Rhodes (Cop), and Lazar

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Lagrimas

WitchbladeIrons appears to Ian Nottingham, foretelling the arrival of a great evil. Pezzini begins to sense it too, as she’s working the bizarre ritual murder of a Catholic priest. Another ritual is on Pezzini’s mind, as she notices that nearly everyone around her seems to have someone in their lives – Danny and his wife are even expecting a baby. Pezzini is about to give up on both when new clues reignite her interest. Skin samples from under the fingernails of the dead priest reveal that whatever killed him cannot itself be killed. And Pezzini meets someone who could be the man of her dreams, but that once-in-a-lifetime love could be reduced to nightmares when Ian intervenes…but is Ian doing it to save Sara’s life, or out of jealousy?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Jorge Zamacona
directed by James Whitmore Jr. and Neill Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Donovan (Daniel Germaine), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Kenneth Wickes (Priest), Shabene Alen (Delivery boy), Dov Tiejenbach (Turnville), and Lazar

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Hierophant

WitchbladeA high-ranking figure in the Russian mafia turns up dead, and Pezzini suspects that her old adversary, mob boss Gallo, is at work again. Rather than boasting about being untouchable, as he usually does, Gallo catches Pezzini off-guard by claiming the murder is the work of a new crime boss known only as “V” – someone who really is untouchable, even by Gallo’s thugs. It’s not long before Pez, Danny and McCarty get someone else to talk about “V,” but it begins to look as though it’ll be a cold day in hell before they find someone willing to help them go up against him. And that’s appropriate enough, as Pez discovers that they’re up against pure evil, powerful enough to take any form that will stop her in her tracks before she can use the Witchblade to put an end to it.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Roderick Taylor & Bruce A. Taylor
directed by Paul Holahan
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: James Acheson (James Pezzini), Conrad Dunn (Gallo), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Roger Daltrey (Madame Sesostris), Arnold Finnear (Boris), Sergei Nirolich (Russian Mafia boss), and Lazar

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Veritas

WitchbladeTwo armed men ruthlessly hunt down a middle-aged man, catching up with him just after he reads a series of numbers over a cell phone and killing him. But this killing is out of the ordinary in many ways – the victim, William Ticknor, is a former intelligence expert for the U.S. government, and the last person he called, the person to whom he read the numbers, turns out to be Gabriel Bowman, Pezzini’s internet entrepreneur friend who specializes in objects of mystical significance. Pezzini, having recently had a cryptic conversation with the spirit of President Kennedy, is already aware that this case may be deeper and darker than even her partners suspect. Gabriel knew Ticknor, and had a business arrangement with him, but didn’t know exactly what Ticknor would be bringing him. He deciphers the numbers – exact latitude and longitude – and meets Pezzini there, only to find that it’s the exact spot where Ticknor was gunned down. Pezzini finds something taped to the bottom of a park bench, but soon she and Gabriel are being pursued by the same killers who murdered Ticknor. She kills one of them and then goes into hiding with Gabriel. Ticknor’s mystery package is a roll of undeveloped 8mm film of a kind that hasn’t been made for over 20 years, but Pezzini can’t show her face long enough to get it developed – she and Gabriel are wanted by the FBI for the murder of a federal agent. In the meantime, Danny Woo is trying to help Sara stay underground, but he’s growing increasingly suspicious of Jake McCarty’s cozy relationship with the FBI agents working the case.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Jorge Zamacona
directed by Paul Abascal
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Victor Slezak (William Ticknor), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Jeff Seymour (Agent Arness), John Bourgeois (President John F. Kennedy), Dean Hagopian (Agent Terrell), Sam Moses (Agent Spector), Patrick Garrow (Vic), and Lazar

Notes: Elements of this episode are based upon former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s theory on motives that the U.S. intelligence community might have had for killing President Kennedy in 1963; these theories were later turned into a movie, Oliver Stone’s JFK, but are best summed up in Garrison’s own book, On The Trail Of The Assassins (1988). Garrison’s theory, however, overlooks the role of Vorschlaag Industries in the Kennedy assassination…

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Parabola

WitchbladeA spree of hate crimes is followed by another spree – the bloody deaths of the perpetrators of those crimes. The sole survivor of a gay bashing tells Pezzini of a woman who saved his live, but she’s skeptical. She’s also skeptical of the tales of a crime lord named Lupo – specializing in hate crimes. Danny learns about a hate rally, and Pez decides to infiltrate it, but her attempt to bluff her way past Lupo’s guards ends in disaster – and the only thing that saves her life is the same vigilante who brought the gay bashing incident to a bloody end. The girl shows up at Pezzini’s door later, asking for use of the Witchblade, but curiously declining Pez’s offer of help in bringing Lupo to justice. The girl’s grudge with Lupo is personal, fatal…and far older than Pezzini can imagine.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Jennifer Beck & Ralph W. Hemecker
directed by Anghel Decca
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Eric Roberts (Lupo), Alexis Dziena (Bola), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Chuck Sansansv (Mr. Chen), Jake Simmons (Board Member #1), Edward Rov (Board Member #2), Shane Daly (Gay bashing victim), and Lazar

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Palindrome

WitchbladeA man turns up dead, beaten to death by blunt force, and Pezzini, Danny and McCarty uncover evidence of a secret fight club whose fighters are recruited mainly from one of the dockyards. Danny and McCarty manage to get jobs at the docks and stage a fight between themselves to attract the attention of one of the club’s recruiters. They’re inducted into the club, with Pezzini following to keep an eye on them, but she also sees someone else she feels an inexplicable affinity for – another fighter who goes by the name of Conchobar. Pezzini can’t explain why she’s drawn to the circumspect Irishman, nor can she explain her visions of being romanced by him – or witnessing his death. Nor can she explain why Conchobar seems equally attracted to her – or why he claims to know who she is, and has seen the same visions she has.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Roderick Taylor & Bruce A. Taylor
directed by Paul Holahan
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Kim de Lury (Conchobar), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Joel Marsh Garland (Eddie Pan), Gabriel Richards (Carlos Ramone), Irene Lopez Ruchelan (Mrs. Ramone), Robbie Rox (Foreman), Etheridge Hyndman (SWAT officer), Tracy Waterhouse (Nurse), and Lazar

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Ubique

WitchbladePezzini awakens from a nightmare about dying at the hands of a younger woman wielding the Witchblade, but when she awakens, she discovers that the bracelet truly is gone from her wrist. At the same time, it seems that a blood-dimmed tide is loosed upon the world as a relentless global wave of unusual murders begins. Without the Witchblade to help her see past the barrier of death, Pezzini is helpless to get to the heart of these crimes. She still manages to find one amazing coincidence, however – every one of the murderers recently visited a web site called “CyberFaust” just before the killing spree began. But when Pezzini, Danny and McCarty view the site at the precinct, it delivers the message that Pezzini is responsible for the murder of Kenneth Irons. Pezzini and Gabriel look at the site, and discover that Irons is very much alive – and he is responsible for both the wave of deaths and the woman who now wields the Witchblade in the name of vengeance.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard C. Okie & Ralph Hemecker
directed by Bradford May
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Kate Levering (Lucrezia), Kim de Lury (Conchobar), Kathryn Winslow (Vicki), Megan Fahbinock (Wife), John Chesburn (Captain), Jason Jazakov (John #1), ? (John #2), ? (John #3), ? (Old Man), ? (Husband), Grace Slick (voice of the Witchlade), and Lazar

Notes: Continuing the series’ long-running fascination with classic rock music, the Witchblade finally gains her own voice here, and fittingly enough it speaks in the voice of Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick. Ironically, Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit is heard playing in the background of Gabriel’s office in one scene.

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