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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 (?)

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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