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Sucks!!!!Herc's Seen Spike's BLADE!!

Published at: Feb. 7, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

If you liked the kickboxing in TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but could do without all the witty plotting, rich characterization and comic acumen, “Blade: The Series” might be the series for you.

On the day the cinemas welcome the superb “Superman Returns”, the little screen brings us another returning comic-book superhero. “Blade: The Series,” based on the Marvel comic about a half-vampire vampire slayer, was created by David Goyer, the fellow who wrote the first two “Blade” movies, then wrote and directed the even shittier third. Goyer also created CBS' monstrously inept (and quickly cancelled) extraterrestrial saga "Threshold."

Those who thought a Marvel superhero series could never produce characters as listless and uninspired as those populating “Mutant X” could find themselves unpleasantly surprised.

A TV-size budget - and a grunty rap artist named Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones pinch-staking for Wesley Snipes - do this wobbly franchise no favors. It’s pretty dull going, and shockingly so for a show about fight-happy Detroit-dwellers with superpowers.

One key flaw is the pilot insists on treating its audience as if “Lost Boys,” “Near Dark,” “Salem’s Lot,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Buffy” and “Angel” were never televised in the United States. The mystery plot is pokey and cliché-happy. (The hour’s biggest surprise arrives not with a story or character reveal, but when the heroine greets a bit of low-rent mayhem with an unbleeped exclamation of “Holy shit!”) The jokes – if you dare call them that – are uniformly terrible. Some of the leads are pretty - but challenged when called upon to emote. Randy Quaid – playing an obligatory vampire expert considerably less expertly than did Anthony Stewart Head - isn’t as hideously miscast here as he was in “Pluto Nash,” but he’s improbably close.

You’d think a channel that calls itself “Spike” might know better.

But what matters Herc’s opinion?

The Hollywood Reporter says:

… In its two-hour launch, "Blade" shows itself to be less driven by plot than a series of violent, revenge-driven, oft-graphic confrontations. We can expect 11 more weeks of the same, no doubt, which is just dandy for comic book vampire fans and must-flee TV for the rest of us.…

TV Guide says:

… Normally I'm a sucker for a good bloodsucker, but I've seen paper cuts go deeper than Blade, the toothless new TV version of the comic-book-turned-film franchise … Where Buffy the Vampire Slayer took a mediocre film and elevated it to TV art, Blade doesn't even try to improve on the loud, flashily hollow movies. It's just more of the same martial artlessness. I kept expecting to see Batman-style OOF! BAM! graphics on screen. …

The New York Times says:

… surprisingly inoffensive … Blade, whose mission is to prevent a vampire takeover of the world, is an expressionless, no-nonsense hero with body-builder arms and a big, bad Harley Davidson. He enjoys blunt, terse communication, as in "Know what happens next?" and "Tell me what I want to know," often followed by extreme violence.

The Los Angeles Times says:

… pretty good, really, as these things go. … It's not as pop-culturally knowing as "Buffy," which some might account a good thing, but the action is active and the suspense fairly suspenseful. (There's a little too much slo-mo for my taste, but that is just the price of watching an action show in 2006.) …

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says:

… For a series named "Blade" on a channel called Spike, basic cable's latest drama is surprisingly lacking in edge. … the pilot has little suspense and not a hint of the humor and humanity that made hits of "Buffy" and "Angel." Only Nelson Lee ("Oz," "Traffic"), as Blade's tech-wizard buddy, Shen, and Randy Quaid, as a professorial type, display much life. And Quaid's just a guest star. Visually, the pilot is so dark it's sometimes hard to figure out what's happening. Repellent as Marcus is, his silver-blond hair at least provides a relief from the gloom. Of minor hometown interest is the product placement of Harley-Davidson's sleek, midnight-black VRSCD Night Rod motorcycle, Blade's wheels of choice. It has more personality than some of the characters.

The Detroit Free Press says:

… For those keeping score on the gore at home, "Blade: The Series" is a tediously bloody bore. … Those feature films may have been thudding, flashily overwrought nonsense, but they're sophisticated entertainment by comparison to the dreary new TV series … What "Blade: The Series" desperately needs and doesn't have is a playfully dark sense of humor to alleviate the show's relentless onslaught of graphically violent, lowest-common-denominator bloodsucking schlock. And it sure doesn't help that Jones also portrays black-clad Blade with negative flair in a perpetual droning monotone, grunting out such morsels of bad dialogue as, "Sun's down. Time to make some friends." Not with "Blade: The TV Series" he won't.

The Boston Globe says:

Someone ought to mix a shot of liquid Prozac into Blade's magical serum. As played by Kirk ``Sticky" Jones in the series based on the ``Blade" movies, he is one very depressed human-vampire hybrid. It's not just Blade's dark sunglasses and mournful leather coat that give him away; his delivery is so wooden it could kill a vampire for all eternity. … too dreary and weary for its own good. By the middle of the second hour of the long two-hour opener, the tone lightens slightly and the action takes on more narrative drive and purpose. But until then, the road is slow and aimless and so shadowy you'll want to squeegee your eyes. …

The Boston Herald gives it a “C-minus” and says:

… Jones wears the trench coat well, but the stoic hero never has been required to do more than look cool while brandishing a sword. Those thirsting for action will find it in quick, unsatisfying bursts. Many of the stunts are a cross between a low-budget “Matrix” and a Wirework 101 class. The pacing of the two-hour debut is so slow that you will pray for daybreak. Even die-hard “Blade” fans will find little to sink their teeth into.

10 p.m. Wednesday. Spike.







“I Call Him Mistah Pointy!!”



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  • June 28, 2006, 8:26 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    by redtom

    Why can't they make a kick ass show? Do they not want to be remembered for making "that amazing Blade show"?

  • June 28, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    ...

    by redtom

    ...but I'll give it a go, see what does it have any potential...

  • June 28, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Sticky Fingaz

    by zerogundamx

    That alone makes this TV series unwatchable.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Surprise Me

    by Playhouse

    Everything shown during pre-production and production seemed kind of lackluster.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Sad but Funny

    by FordPerfect

    Realy wanted it to be good, but we all knew it never would.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST

    yeah, but....

    by cinemaniac06

    what I want to know is, does Jill Wagner(the chick from the Mercury commercials) look hot in this show??

  • June 28, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Great, just like the Crow TV - CRAP

    by ComputerGuy68

  • June 28, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    At Least the Movies Had a Sense of Humor...

    by hipcheck13

    ...and Snipes was perfect for that "I'm going to kill you but I'm going to screw with you first." Anyway, much like the vamps themselves, I'm not surprised this sucks.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I don't think it is really fair to compare

    by Engineer_at_peac

    an action show to a teen melodrama. I'm going to definitely give Blade a chance. It sounds like it's basically the exact opposite of Smallville, instead of skirting around him being a hero, it's about him actually being a hero and kicking ass. And of course there is room in my heart for both kinds of shows, but Blade needs to be the latter. The pilot is usually the worst episode anyway, so I still look forward to this.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    No surprise there!

    by b3mike

    I knew this show was going to be crap as soon as it was announced. By the way, no one I know watches Spike at all. The big question is..... Is the show on the same turd level as Blade 3 or on a league of it's own?

  • June 28, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Randy Quaid and vampires! I'm so there.

    by fiester

    And Buffy's gone, Herc. Let her go.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    "Buffy's gone, Herc. Let her go."

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Not this girl. Not this day. You don't have to say it. I will anyway. Winifred. Burkle. Go.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Well, that's disheartening...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but not too much of a shock, I guess. I'll give it three episodes to plead its case (Saved is on the same schedule for me, and it's got two strikes against it with the third episode sitting on my DVR right now). If a show can't give me something that makes me want to care about it in three hours, then it's not worth my time. In other news, Herc got the name of my hometown paper right this time around. Someone get him a cookie.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I saw the trailer on the 'Running Scared' DVD

    by beastie

    and I almost asked for my money back. Luckily I was able to make it past that. I actually enjoyed all of the Blade movies, but this looks like those things that they play on T.V. in amusment parks before you get to the ride. You know, like when you go to the Back to the Future ride and the T.V.s above the line have Biff yelling at the crowd "I'm gonna steal this time machine and rule the world. Bwa-ha-ha-ha". This looks to be about that quality.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Slam! Duh.duh-nuh! Duh-duh-nuh!

    by tripp5

    Let the boys be boys!

  • June 28, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Not that bad

    by Gudlyf

    I caught this show early as well, and it's not that bad. I'm a huge Buffy and Angel fan, and I think it's unfair to make comparisons between the shows. Blade is certainly no Buffy or Angel, nor does it try to be. If you go into this looking for another Buffy or Angel, yes, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you're looking for more in the Blade universe, you could come out somewhat satisfied. Make sure you watch the whole, long pilot episode and don't give up on the slow beginning.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST

    "The Prisoner, Twin Peaks and Casablanca are gone,Herc"

    by Hercules

    Good. Christ. Find me a critic who DOESN'T identify "Buffy" as one of the best TV shows ever made.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    find me a critic

    by Holodigm

    who has to infuse some connection to the buffyverse in nearly every article. oh hey, that was simple.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    holodigm

    by Hercules

    Every article? Are you certain?

  • June 28, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Oh, NEARLY every article

    by Hercules

    Well, point taken.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I'm a B-Boy standin' in my B-Boy stance.

    by KrazeeEyesKilla

  • June 28, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Sticky Fingaz

    by photoboy

    Like someone upthread has already said, I refuse to watch a program which stars someone who masturbates profusely. It's obscene!

  • June 28, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    You can have a good vampire show

    by oisin5199

    without it being like Buffy (which, truly, is in a class by itself since it was such a hybrid show), but it sure doesn't look like this is it. The Mutant X comparison sounds apt, because the clip I saw online had some of the worst writing and acting I'd seen on a scifi show in a while. In the meantime, what about reviewing a genre show actually worth your time, like Hex (currently on BBCAmerica)?!

  • June 28, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    LOL!

    by mbeemer

    Just looked up Jill Wagner in IMDB. Funny how it lists an appearance in 1974, when it shows her birthdate in 1979... Ah, the perils of the interwebs!

  • June 28, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Bitchazzniggaz I'm-a have ta pull ya skirt up!

    by Lando Griffin

    Thats the word up! Ya get hurt up! (should probably be Bitchazzvampiyaz and thus "Me and Jack the black vagina finda" would be changed to "Me and Jack the black vampiya finda") *** Ok so we knew ahead of time that this show would be shitty but the real test comes with this question: Is it shittier than Blade Trinity? - Rhetorcial question as it is common knowledge that very few things are shittier than Blade Trinity.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    onyx is heavyweight & still undisputed!

    by Acne Scarface

  • June 28, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    This "Blade" could use some sharpening...

    by pewterschmidt

    Spike tv should've spiked this one in development. The only thing vampiric about this mess is the way it mercilessly sucks the life out of viewers. Maybe if it's hero had rapped his lines, they would have been more entertaining. Etc. (There! Am I qualified to write for the trades now?)

  • June 28, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    What's this about "even shittier"?

    by Vern

    Did Herc really mean to just say that the first two BLADE pictures, which are both clearly and scientifically classics of the films of cinema, are "shitty?" Or was referring to the third one as "even shittier" a mere typo? I don't know man, I wouldn't be surprised if he was right on this one but I can't take the word of a fella who would even accidentally write off two movies that good. If the show is as good as part 3 then that's not bad for a tv show, I would watch. As for this "Buffy the Vampire" business, it seems pretty silly. All these critics up here are obviously not fans of Blade, and they're disappointed that it's not a clone of some other show they liked. But if it was a clone that would be their complaint. And the people who actually want to watch the show would be mad because they want it to be Blade, not a remake of Buffy the Vampire or Spenser For Hire or anything else. In conclusion, HERC, YOU ARE 110% WRONG ABOUT THIS SHOW. I hope.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Blade is Dead....Long Live Luke Cage

    by jasper Stillwell

    Christmas!!! Samuel Jackson as Cottonmouth! Boo-yakasha! Go for the lower-eschelon comic heroes, you can re-invent them a bit and no one really gives a fuck. Though loves me my Hero-For-Hire, mind you as long as they set in the early 1970s - how cool would that be???. Really though this Blade shit should have been left behind at that 3rd lame film.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Too bad I'm checking out Superman tonight

    by quadrupletree

    And I forgot to set the Tivo...

  • June 28, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Blade: Trinity

    by Wolfman57

    Am I the only one who actually enjoyed Blade: Trinity. Not only did I find it to be mindless entertainment but I got to watch Jessica Biel kick ass.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Wolfman57

    by Celicynd

    Actually, I enjoyed Blade3 alot more than Blade2. I absolutely hated the second movie.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Last night Spike was...

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    promoting the hell out of this thing during the broadcast premiere of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". And all I came away with while switching back and forth between that and "Rescue Me" was that Jessica Biel has an unbelievable body. She's got the kind of curves that would make a preacher kick out a stained glass window.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I still say they should have hired Michael Jai White

    by lynxpro

    ...or Brian J. White from *The Shield* for the title role. Both are martial-artists and both would have been more credible in the role than Fingaz. The problem is that from what I've seen, the scenes look cheap from what the commercials have shown. They've even shown it from the vampires' perspectives and not Blade himself. I found that rather stupid. But I will still check out the show. *Buffy* ain't all that. 6 episodes of *Ultraviolet* the British tv show (and not the krap movie of similar nameage) outdid all 7 seasons of *Buffy* for a variety of reasons. The true test is how this series measures up to *Angel* which was by far head and shoulders above *Buffy*. Wolfman57, you are not alone in your like of *Blade3*. Ryan Reynolds rocked in the movie. The problem with all the *Blade* films after the original was that none of the villains were even half as good as Deacon Frost. Goyer & Co. should have looked into bringing back Frost's character. And as oisin5199 asked and I've also asked in other TalkBacks, where's the TalkBack for *Hex*? Sure, its action-less, but its a charmer. Jemima Rooper steals the damn show. I want to see her in a bloodsucker role. Of course, I'd also like to see her as a future companion of The Doctor (*Doctor Who* for the unwashed masses) as well...possibly even as his never-before seen child or as taking over the role of his granddaughter Susan Forman.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:37 p.m. CST

    JUST GIVE IT TILL THE FIRST 5 EPISODES

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    IF IT STILL SUCKS BY THEN ....... then we can trash it ... plenty of shows started off horrible to only grow and become great ...

  • June 28, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Oh well.............

    by sith-vol

    ..........I am not surprised. I will Tivo it and watch the fall of what could have been one of the coolest franchises to come from Marvel. I thought Blade was a decent film and Blade 2 was a good film that in the context of the series, really gets shit on a lot more than it should, especially when compared with the crapfest that was Trinity. Just keep in mind, this series was greenlit for a public that neither wanted or was clammoring for it. Blade Trinity killed that franchise. A franchise that was limping badly after Blade 2. Had it gone differently, and Blade 2 would have been the last film. Quite possibly there would have been more of an intrest for this series, and quite possibly it would have been on a better networf with a higher quality lead actor. The whole downfall of the Blade franchise as a whole is a textbook example of what happens when hollywood continues to beat a dead horse. Oh and Herc, I am one of the 7 people who liked Threshold....but I am now in therapy...the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Vern...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for my "shinebox" moment of the day. Captain Sisko totally kicked all five flavors (and introduced the extra bald, black and bad sixth flavor) of ass in Spenser for Hire. And I agree on both the first two Blade films being quite watchabel and enjoyable (although the two are pretty darned different from each other). And the third one, while lousy by comparison, was still worth the price of a rental to hear Ryan Reynolds deliver the "cock juggling thundercunt" line. Plus you got close shots of Jessie Biel's ass in action. Buffy may have set a standard in quality TV programming for two or three years of its run (took a while to find its feet and should've ended when she swan dove off the construction rig instead of jumping networks and the shark), but it's ridiculously unfair to compare every subsequent vampire show to it or its progeny (personally, I think Angel surpassed Buffy on every level as a TV show). All that said, I don't doubt this show kind of blew in its debut. But, like I said, I'll generally give any premise that interests me three strikes before calling it "out."

  • June 28, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Since the frist movie

    by 2Girth2Ferguson

    every other thing about Blade has gone down hill.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Should have got Urkel for Blade.

    by mrfan

    He would be fighting vampires and kill a few by accident and say: "Did I do that?".

  • June 28, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    i didn't think threshold was 'monstrously inept'

    by newc0253

    it was actually pretty decent, though admittedly second-rate, fare. it was no Lost nor even a 4400 but i liked it better than either Surface or Invasion.

  • June 28, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    i agree with you about the blade movies, though

    by newc0253

    i never read the comics so i can't speak to how faithful they were, but - to judge by the movies - they weren't all that. the saving grace of the third one was jessica biel.

  • June 28, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Buffy News

    by PervOmatic

    No it isn't. I'm really tired of seeing the Buffy stuff all over this section. You really don't have to try and compare every damn show on TV to Buffy. This isn't a Buffy site. Can we just move on?

  • June 28, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Meh...

    by Shard Harventh

    I don't really think any of the movies did credit to the comic book...then again, that's kind of a good thing...Blade was kind of one note...he basically had the same character as Hannibal King...without the powers...and the angst...at least until he got that page from the Darkhold...and went full on nutso...now that movie woulda kicked some fuggin ass...

  • June 28, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I've never read the Blade comic, but . . .

    by Barry Egan

    in the films I wanted Blade to be cooler. I wanted him to be hipper, more like Shaft and less like Dirty Harry.

  • June 28, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Mindless violence always works for me.

    by glodene

    I say give it three - five eps. Afterall David S. Goyer is kinda overseeing it, so that should earn it a "benefit of the doubt status".

  • June 28, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    It would be shocking...

    by cornstalkwalker

    If the headline said anything besides "SUCKS!"

  • June 28, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Yes, Herc was trying to say all Blade movies sucked

    by Neo Zeed

    "Even Shittier?" Look, Blade 3 sucked balls, but Blade 1 & 2 kicked major ass. What sucked about those movies so much as to classify them as "shit" Herc?

  • June 28, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Onyx was pretty good back in the day...

    by wash

    ...although it's hard to tell now. Their music hasn't aged so well. That "Blackvaginafinda" song still cracks me up tho.

  • June 28, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    black vampiya finda

    by tripp5

    thats some funny shit right there

  • June 28, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    I refuse to watch anything with someone named

    by I Dunno

    Sticky Fingaz. Get a real fucking name, you infant. Anyway, I'd normally say this would be cancelled right away but it's Spike and they got nothing else going on.

  • June 28, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Herc, you talked about Threshold a lot

    by snowpuff

    when you were Brannon Braga's penpal, his veritable Dr. Wilson

  • June 28, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by irishfella

    I really like those movies, even the third -- despite it's obvious flaws. It'll be sometime before I get to see this but I'm going to try to remain open-minded.

  • June 28, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I'm with Herc on this one. Its just not that good.

    by Uncapie

    Remember what I said about the "Nightstalker" remake series? Those who listen to Herc and I, have chosen wisely. Those who don't; you have chosen poorly.

  • June 28, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Herc - surely not!

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Did I detect a subtle swipe at Mr Giles in your article?! Surely Anthony Stewart Head was one of the best things about Buffy? Personally, I lost interest in Blade with the second film...due to the fact that the brief glimpses of mysticism from the first film (i.e. Blade meditating) were scrapped in favour of dodgy FX and the guy from Bros.

  • June 28, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Spike? More like the CSI channel...

    by The Atomic Worm

    ...I would rather watch Rosie O'Donnel sucking off Danny Devito while he uses the john.

  • June 28, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Oh well

    by Rant Breath

    I'll always have my copy of the first Blade movie.

  • June 28, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Herc's new scale for grading shows:

    by ZeroCorpse

    ***** = Joss Whedon had something to do with it! / **** = A Buffy cast member is in it! / *** = Kinda like Buffy, but not Buffy. / ** = Not much like Buffy at all! / * = The opposite of Buffy!

  • June 28, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    yay for the Whedon love!

    by fatsackowind

    im fer it.

  • June 28, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Hex talkback?

    by lynxpro

    McFly? Anyone? Ruh roh, I'm about to offend Herc with this one. Hex's Thelma > Buffy's Tara. In every way, baby.

  • June 28, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Ok, that post was basically my favorite thing ever.

    by Maisie Chainsaw

    Soo not a regular here but I need to say that if I could, I would nominate this post for a Peabody Award in the category of 'snarky pop culture commentary'. The phrase "I Call Him Mistah Pointy" visibly cracks me up (clearly I have a high tolerence for all things Whedon). On another note, I'm truly shocked that Mr.Fingaz'z show has been so poorly reviewed. Or something.

  • June 28, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Randy Quaid was the bomb in Pluto Nash...

    by Big Bad Clone

    which was a bomb. So, double... bomb?

  • June 28, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    igittbigballs and I do mean gitt.

    by Uncapie

    Doesn't take a genius to see that's its just not that good. Maybe you subscribe to the million flies that eat shit theory that take a bite and say that its good. You can have my share and be sure to take a second helping for the rest of us who disagree. Herc calls them as he sees them and I have to agree. Manga! (Pronounced mon-ghaa.) that means eat up.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Defy them, Hercules.

    by splungiest

    You are not permitted to stop comparing other shows to BUFFY until they start making shows as good as BUFFY again. The *idea* of *not* invoking BUFFY in a review of a TV show about a vampire slayer is retarded.

  • June 28, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST

    LET'S TALK ABOUT BUFFY!

    by SeedyAl

    You know, I like the show, but it could be really bad sometimes. And the action scenes were never that good. You could tell when there was a stuntwoman, and it was a lot. She looked 30 pounds heavier than Gellar. But I appreciated the show's wit and some of the actors, and when it was good, it was very good. OK, who's gonna take the Buffy Baton now and totally ignore the subject of this TB?

  • June 28, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    The Buffy reference is an ongoing joke

    by Photoman

    It's just a joke now, you do all realize this right? Herc doesn't REALLY think that Buffy and Whedon were the best things in the world. He liked them, but I think they were sitting around one day and asking themselves if they could get a "hook" here on the TV talkbacks. So Herc plays the part of a guy that's totally obsessed with Buffy and tries to tie it into anything and everything. I mean, come on, no one can REALLY be into that show like this. It's a joke. It's like always having the "See you next Wednesday" line in a John Landis movie. It's like saying The Shaggs were the greatest band in the world. It's like saying "Manos: The Hands of Fate" was a masterpiece. With Herc it's always having a Buffy reference. Don't take him seriously, sheesh. It's a joke!

  • June 28, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Hatin' Spike? WTF?

    by Flickerhead

    Spike rules. Where else would we get our UFC, if not for Spike?

  • June 28, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Celicynd and Wolfman

    by Mr Brownstone

    I'm with you guys on Blade III. Good times.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    It's like always having the "See you next Wednesday" li

    by Mr Brownstone

    YES!

  • June 28, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Are you crazy?

    by cookylamoo

    Randy Quaid was absolutely the best thing in Pluto Nash. He carried the fucking picture.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Igotballs, I saw it, that's how.

    by Uncapie

    I post reviews when I can. Some are printed. some are not. This is Herc's column, not mine and he's right.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Crap flavoured crap on a low sodium crap cracker

    by Yeti

    It was bad. Bad I tell you BAD. Michael Jackson ewwww. Bad. I have furniture that emotes more than the leads, the non villians and the not so special special effects. I fell asleep woke up after five minutes and by 11pm switched it over to the news. Star Jones? Now thats scary!

  • June 28, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    This is not the Buffyverse!

    by Angelus_420

    I actually liked Blade and the preview for upcoming episodes showed some promise. I think the problem is that a lot of people are trying to compare the show to Buffy and Angel and that's really not fair. The Blade universe and the Buffyverse are two very different places and I think that if Spike gives this show a chance it will grow on people.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST

    This show started out decent.

    by Z0D

    I think that people just don't get that television is low budget, therefore less sfx and less quality actors in some cases. Now, for the first episode it started slow and introduced characters that are going to be the staples for the show. When things got fleshed out and people got changed, killed, and thrashed it got a nice dose of action and purpose. One of the things I found interesting is a Native American pure-blood/elder group (House of Ctheon?). The babes are nice, but some of the music sucked. For some reason I always think of rave and dance music when I see Blade in action. Quick and rythmic music adds to the visual enjoyment. That rock/punk music sucked. ___KNEEL___

  • June 28, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    BLADE THE SERIES A GREAT WAY TO GET OVER SUPERMAN RETUR

    by zathras34

    With the exception of Kevin spacey and yes since this is he first time out cheers to Brandon Routh (sorry if mispelled)it will all come together eventualy..BUT BLADE THE SERIES ROCKED!!! I LOVED IT!! HELL YEAH MINDLESS VIOLENCE AND SOME HOUSE RIVALRIES,,,SCREW THE CRITICS..I JUST GOT DONE WATCHING IT..AND THEN I KNEW WHAT I WAS GOING TO READ WHEN I CAME IN HERE..BUT THE SHOW KICKS ASS.. THANK YOU SPIKE...now back to everyone abusing the show...

  • June 28, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST

    That was surprisingly decent...

    by BurtGummer

    I'll give this show a shot. Maybe this article lowered my expectations, but it was certainly better than half the shit that's on tv these days. Oh and Blade 2 fuckin rocked man, clerly the consensus pick for best BLADE movie, what the fuck is up with all the hate? Oh right it's AICN, "Where everyone shits on everything!" Before even seeing it.

  • June 29, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    After watching UFC dudes kick each other for 2 hours..

    by Neo Zeed

    It's not that bad. However if it's gonna continue to be that formulaic it's gonna need better action (it could have better scripts, but come on this is Spike TV). They should watch a bunch of old school Joel Silver movies and see what they can come up with. Even if you merely aspire to base your show around stupid macho action scenes, you still got to do your research.

  • June 29, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Pilot episodes are uniformly lame across the board

    by Tall_Boy

    3 pilot episodes off the top of my head that stand up as being as good, or with the best, with the rest of the series: Lost, Arrested Development, and, uh, Enterprise (Hey, man, "Broken Bow" was better than 90% of season 1 & 2 combined). Give this one a few weeks and download and watch 'em at once. That's what I'm gonna do!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    It's a vampire show, so BUFFY comps are totally legit

    by No-Op

    If it were a space-station show, there'd be hardly any Buffy in the TB. Well, less of it. More B5 and ST:whatever. C'mon, name some other vampire TV series we should compare BLADE to instead of Buffy and Angel? Dark Shadows? The Munsters?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Oh, and BLADE-TV was a bore.

    by No-Op

    Rare for me to bail out of a sci-fi-ish series pilot, but after 1:12 of the 2 hours, I was so over it I didn't stay to see if the gal got cured. Slow, obvious, talky. Some disturbing visuals (hanging up the living test vamps was a surprize) but not enough of them to put an edge on the Blade.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST

    So basically, BLADE is BUFFY for straight guys

    by SpyGuy

    I keed, I keed...I ended up taping the BLADE pilot because of SUPERMAN RETURNS (And how pissed do you think Spike execs were about that pushed-up release date?) and will end up watching it tonight after work. Doesn't sound like I should expect too much, though.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    It was...okay

    by Gislef_crow

    The vampires were the most interesting part of the show, as they went with the "enigmatic lead character wanders in and out" route with Blade himself. I didn't think it was bad, and as noted before pilots almost always drag as they set up everything and drop into exposition mode at the drop of a hat. As with most pilots that pique my interest, I'll give it a few episodes--some of the "coming soon" stuff looked interesting and it sounds like they have some thought put into the season as a whole.

  • June 29, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    If not for the sucess of the first Blade movie...

    by Agent sith

    Marvel would never had gotton the greenlight to produce the following films like X-men,Spiderman etc. which ushered a new emergence(post Crapman & robin) in regards to comicbook movies. yeah the TV show sucks as much as the third blade but i won't forget the contributions both Goyer and Snipes have done for the comic film industry.and for the cumstain who said the Blade movies weren't all that,maybe he should re-watch the punisher ,both fantastic four and elektra films and compare. Rapper sticky fingaz (from Onyx) does not make for a convincing blade. i would go for avery brooks, but he may be too old..next thing ya know Evan Seinfeld from the metal band Biohazard will star in the punisher tv series.oops!

  • June 29, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Ultraviolet

    by Britbloke

    I don't agree with Lynxpro that the British six-part miniseries Ultraviolet outdid Buffy, because it wasn't trying to be a knowing, pop-culture-stuffed and largely comedic take on the whole "monsters" thing. On the other hand, Ultraviolet was superb. Those of you that haven't had a chance to catch this, with it's deadly serious "what if?" approach, would be well advised to seek it out. It is a VERY different animal to Buffy, though. I liked the fact that it managed to actually make vampires (the series itself never uses the "v" word) scary again, and without ever having to resort to Buffy-esque creature make-up. With the exception of the quite plausible mirror-sighted weapons, the series also avoided any of the cheesy Blade-style anti-vamp gadgetry. The "Genus: Code 5" vampires of Ultraviolet were enigmatic characters of immense menace, so fast and strong that only a completely surprise attack with truly overwhelming firepower and numbers stood any chance of taking out a single one. All very dark stuff and totally gripping, much more like watching a documentary about a counter-terrorism unit than watching the light-hearted fun of a hot chick slaying hordes of leeches with kung-fu, pointy sticks and wisecracks. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Buffy - although I preferred Firefly - but Ultraviolet is a totally different kind of show. Buffy it ain't.

  • June 29, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Was it my imagination or...

    by glodene

    that guy name Sticky fingers can't fight to save his life. You'd think that the producers would've hired someone with some moves. This guy just sorta lumbered along and posed alot. Maybe they need to hire a better fight choreographer.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Wow, that was so underwhelming

    by GiggityGoo

    I'm a guy who can sit through anything just to get to the end, to give the makers a fair shake... But I found myself watching the clock more than the show, and when 11:30 clicked up, I flipped over instantly to "Family Guy" on Adult Swim. Man, what a bore-fest. Someone above mentioned what a terrible fighter Sticky is... That and poorly-staged choreography made it laughable. And the female lead!!!... She was nice to look at, but she couldn't act to save her life. Damn. I was really looking forward to this, but I don't know if I'll be going back for more. Which is a shame, because I really love the Blade movies (yes, even Trinity).

  • June 29, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I liked it.

    by PwnedByStallone

    It's got potential. I agree with what Gislef_crow said about pilots and that the vampires were intersting, especially the leader Van Scriff or whatever. And the hot miltary chick was really good. The show showed a surprising amount of character development. I was pleasantly surprised considering it could have been alot worse. I'll keep watching to see where it goes. BTW did anyone see that UFC bout beforehand? I cannot fucking believe that guy avoided getting choked out in the last minute after dominating. Don't get me wrong it was the gayest thing I've ver seen, but that was pure strength.

  • June 29, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    wasnt THAT bad actually

    by bighank

    I actually thought it was OK, for TV at least. How the hell can you top the energy and effects of Blade II?! YOU CANT!! You'd bankrupt the studio trying to do that for 11 episodesa. You HAVE to tell some sort of coherent story. The series does that. The pilot lacks the action of the films, but you have to realize they have 11 more episodes to build a climax. You cant blow your wad in the first 2 hours. You gotta set the shit up. I actually thought the two-hour pilot was a hell of a lot better than Blade Trinity! That shit sucked!

  • June 29, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night...for summer t.v. ...

    by Lost Skeleton

    it wasn't that bad...a little tedious at times but okay. Sticky Fingers acting has gotten much better and he seems more into this than Wesley was with Blade 3 but considering how Goyer fucked that up I can see why. The chick is hot as hell (not the Blond) but the spoiler "hero turned vampire turned spy" chick has a really nice body!

  • June 29, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Head in the Box

    by Lost Skeleton

    As a Washingtonian (D.C.) who has been to Detroit twice....Richmond, Va is much better than Detroit. That city sucks ass. The best thing about Detroit is that it is across the street from the glorious strip clubs of Windsor Canada!

  • June 29, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Giving it a chance

    by Thenedain

    I wasn't exactly blown away by it by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn't exactly the worst TV I've ever seen. And certainly not the worst on Spike. Besides, Geoff Johns' writing has kept me entertained in DC Comics for the better part of a year now, so I'm hoping he can at least pen out a decent episode of Blade.

  • June 29, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I went to bed...

    by lynxpro

    I watched the intro kill scene and then decided to go to sleep. Its on my TiVo and I'll watch it after work tonight. So, is it better than *The Crow - Stairway to Heaven*? And before dissin' that series, remember, the lead actor ended up in the awesome *Brotherhood of the Wolf* film which is the most asskickery that any combination of Frenchmen has ever done in the history of man. Of course, then you watch the *Sharpe* miniseries (BBC America, Saturday night!) and see the same blokes (in spirit) get their asses handed to them by Sharpe's unbeatable riflemen.

  • June 29, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Man all this hate...Geez....

    by zathras34

    Ok you want another vampire show.."KINDRED:THE EMBRACED"..AWSOME SHOW !..made and canceled way before its time to go..So dont make me go get the Nosferato clan and clean up all the hate...They serve me...Prince of the city.. You Bruha scum...(Sorry its been awhile for the spellings..)Blade the series is good..get over it..and yes I loved buffy and angel too..watch your dvd's and get over it....

  • June 29, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    The most redeemable things about the pilot were...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...the Marc Spector mention and Bill Mondy as the detective. Bill Mondy is kind of the shit.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    B-b-b-but wait, it gets worse!

    by Deep Cover

    A styrofoam cup has more charisma than Sticky playing Blade. At least Snipes gave a stoic character a shade of empathy, charm, and an Eastern religious center -- Sticky's playing him as pure street. It would help if he could read lines, too. The female lead would need to emote much more to offset him, but she's almost as stiff and unlikeable as Sticky. (Although if they keep her in those tight, half-naked dresses, I might keep tuning in. Sick lil' bod.) It'd also be nice if the writers at least tried to make a stab at reality, instead of having no one blink an eye when a guy walks down the street wearing a sword and stakes. (He's a vigilante, and a black one, at that - cops would racially profile him faster than you can say "Stephen Dorff". A scene where Blade gets pulled over for Driving While Black would be a good opportunity for humor.) The fight choreography was horrible -- the vampires Blade fought the ep got in WAY too many shots on him. He's supposed to be a master of weapons and martial arts - make it look that way. Hire the people who used to do "Buffy" and "Angel" - they were superb. Not much promise here - about what all of us were probably expecting. Nice to see SpikeTV can meet lowered expectations.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I Thought It Was Fun

    by ZombieSolutions

    fun stupid bloody action show. why not? it was better than Blade 3.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Like Blade says at the end, "It could go either way."

    by Vern

    On one hand, I'm not entirely sold on Sticky yet. He's not an embarassment, but it's gonna take some getting used to. He says he's not copying Wesley, but it seems like he is, and having a higher voice hurts. And he obviously doesn't have as strong a presence as Wesley. Maybe more importantly though, they failed to give him a real classic Blade scene to establish how badass he is. I love in the movies how he's always three steps ahead (to the point of having a bomb planted in the head of his own sidekick because he knows he's a traitor) and will seemingly paint himself into a corner and then arrogantly turn the tables. In this pilot he beats up some guys but not much more than that. What I do like though is that there's a story developing that uses the one advantage of TV: having more time to lay things out. The vampire experiments, the Native American purebloods, and the "ADE" visions are cool ideas. I'm interested to see what will happen with the undercover vampire, and the "this season on Blade" preview hinted at some interesting things with a coming war (between vampires?) and other stuff. Also the supporting players are pretty good and even the villain isn't bad (I was worried about them going Euro-trash). I'm also glad they're treating it seriously, not jokey, and keeping Blade quiet. But I'd like to see a little bit of humor here and there, like in the movies. The one part that made me laugh was the guy with the butcher's apron seeing Blade in the hallway, saying "oh shit!" and running off.

  • ...Sticky Fingaz, my name and my life is a lie, an' I'm havin' a bad day, so ya better make way, and what the pistol-packin' people say ya better obey" I really miss Onyx.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Shit show

    by AlwaysThere

    Worse than Superman Returns, but that was expected. Still, this TV series blew hard. OMG, the rapper can't barely spit the words out, his sidekick, who gives a shit, and the female soldier that is now a detective/undercover cop is kinda hot (nice rack and legs), but she can't act either. Spike is a waste of bandwidth and I'm done with this show.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    The series could get better if..

    by Agent sith

    ..They included guest appearances from other (non spuerpowered)marvel characters, like moonknight,The Punisher,brother voodoo,Baron Blood & Mobius.these guys can easily fit in the blade univerese. also in regards to fight scenes, sticky needs to practice..BADLY!! He's just not as into it as Snipes was and the fight scenes were as laughable as pig faced jessica biel's in Trinity..which the Blade franchise jumped the shark.. and lastly change the TV14 rating to a MA content.blade is not a "kid friendly"character/concept like supes. improve the ideas and Spike may well have a hit on it's hands.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    sticky fingers is a dwarf

    by Mr Brownstone

    he's like 4 feet tall... and they make no attempt to hide it. this douche isn't fit to be Blades bitch let alone play him.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    look see

    by Mr Brownstone

    http://www.stickyfingaz.com/25.jpg

  • June 30, 2006, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Ultraviolet the series was not better than Buffy

    by Neo Zeed

    Even the worst season of Buffy is more entertaining than that boring miniseries. I'd even take Blade the series over that show.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Spike Teevee is giving away the pilot to Blade free

    by Trader Groucho 2

    on iTunes. After reading all about it, however, I can't seem to find the motivation to download....

  • June 30, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Wolfman Created Blade

    by dicbeaks

    I think Marv Wolfman created the Blade character for Marvel and then sued to get rights. The hot chick in the series is Jill Wagner, who is the Mercury car girl. I'd do her.

  • June 30, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I liked it

    by Purgatori

    It wasn't great, but it's not supposed to be Buffy. Blade is Blade, and I think Goyer finally got his head out of his ass. The pilot was 200 times better than the shitfest that was Blade Trinity (or as I call it Blade: The Ipod ad) Sticky did better than I thought he would, but I do agree he needs some better fight skills. I enjoyed the main vamp baddie and I liked the story. So right now I'll keep watching.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Kickboxing in TV

    by Toby___Wong

    Calling the kicking in Buffy kickboxing is an insult to any kickboxer, Herc.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Blade The Series

    by hero4hire

    I agree with lynxpro...Michael Jah White would have been a better choice for Blade. How can you miss cast a Martial Art driven character like the vampire hunter Blade,with another lame ass rapper wannbee actor like Sicky whatshisface? Both Marvel and Goyer dropped the ball on what could have been a great movie spin off series. Re-cast and save Blade!

  • June 30, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Michael Jai White should indeed be Tv blade

    by Toby___Wong

    I just saw the pilot and Sticky Fingaz looked like a Ninja Turtle. Sticky Fingaz was cool in The Shield but he is not the right person for Blade.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Looks like you haters better get used to this...

    by BurtGummer

    the premiere was the highest rated premiere in SPIKE TV history

  • June 30, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    yet, I liked it!

    by lynxpro

    I'll give Sticky some more room. I finally watched it last night and I did enjoy it, but Michael Jai White or Brian J. White would have been better choices for the martial arts action. I liked the new background to this new Vampire family. I liked that they used some of the music from *Blade3*. And I think Goyer rocks. TalkBackers apparently have forgotten that there were already preliminary plans for a Blade television series prior to the work done on *Blade3*. So with that in mind, and the fact that Wesley Snipes had given indication back during *Blade2* that the third would be his last, I don't fault Goyer and Marvel trying to use the third film as a springboard for a *Nightstalkers* movie. If anything was a weak point in *Blade3*, it was Parker Posey. I added this to my TiVo Season Pass. Too bad the first film already showed that vampires can do videoconferencing/telephone communication because I would have loved to have seen the adoption of the *Ultraviolet* plot piece that vampires can't be heard over telephones (or seen on vidcams) - and thus have to use voice synthesizers - because they are dead. Bring on more Blade. I also hope they are shooting extra shots for an unrated DVD release...

  • June 30, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST

    GreatOne2

    by lynxpro

    Wait, do you want Marsters to be Morbius?

  • June 30, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    buffy vs. blade

    by GreatWhite

    Buffy rocked. So did Angel. When Joss and Co. started Angel, they'd gotten their stuff together and honed their talents to a fine edge. They honed that edge over the first couple of seasons of Buffy, so they're not quite as smooth, but ultimatey Buffy becomes just about the best show ever, with Angel and Firefly not far behind. I can't comment on Blade the TV series, because I haven't seen it, but the previews were not encouraging, nor has anything on Spike TV been encouraging (although Stripperalla . . . well, I digress). Blade II was a lot of fun (as good as cunninglus? I don't know, Harry), and how Goyer could have screwed up so badly on Blade III is beyond me. Snipes was right to sue them.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Blade should not be like Buffy

    by Bryan

    I don't understand why anyone would want this show to be like Buffy or Angel. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed those shows. I watched Buffy religiously every week from the first episode to the last, so I'm probably just as nerdy as any of you. But the appeal of Blade is not the same as that of Buffy. The whole world is different, the characters are different, the humor is different, even the action is different. And while I have no idea how good or bad this show will turn out to be, I honestly think the pilot is as good or better than the pilot of Angel. When Angel was at its best it was great, but it also had a whole lot of dull and inept episodes, especially in the first season. I remember talking the show up to people after the big episode where Darla was ashed and left a baby behind, then after a month of reruns the next episode was an embarassing piece of shit. And as great as those writers could be they had no idea how to write black characters - the Gunn-centric episodes with his gang of tough talking street urchins were always painful. I don't want Blade to be like Buffy or Angel and I'm glad that it's already established a grittier world than those shows. GreatOne2's idea that the way to make it good is to put characters from Buffy into it goes beyond nerdy into the realm of mental disorder. It was a great show, we all had fun, now let's move on with our lives. Hopefully Blade will catch its stride and by the fifth or sixth season maybe people will start comparing some other show to Buffy.

  • July 1, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    GreatOne2

    by Mr Brownstone

    I agree the series needs more humor and more of an anrachic attitude. anyone who says that bland pilot is better than Blade III is out of it.

  • July 1, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    that would be "anarchic" obviously

    by Mr Brownstone

  • July 1, 2006, 1:47 a.m. CST

    To Hell with Blade, make a Phantasm series!

    by Signothorn

    EOM.

  • July 1, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    so I gotta ask...

    by VoodooV

    who do crap shows like this even get off the ground floor? Seriously, who the fuck decided, "you know what would be fucking AWESOME...a BLADE TV SERIES...BITCH YEAH!"

  • July 1, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    This just in:

    by El Cimarron

    Michael Jai White who would have been dead on as Wesley Snipes in Blade TV could not join the cast because he was too busy filming Undisputed 2... as a dead on Wesley Snipes in that flick. Also, I went to school with Nelson Lee (Blade's sidekick) he was actually out high school prez. Good to see he's making moves while most of the graduating class is living in backwater trailers married to their cousins in New Brunswick. Not me though, since I'm a successful Talkbacker and all... yeah that's it! Also... Sticky Fingaz? Cmon now... How can he fuck up a role as easy as Blade? ALL you had to do was kick some ass and ride a bike and once in a while say a line or two and somehow it all went to shit. I'll watch the show still but I found everyone more engaging that Sticky. The show should be called 'The folks with Blade'. Nelson was ok, the girl was HOT, the vampire enemies were ok, dude reminds me of Deacon Frost but with less charisma. We still need to be introduced to the Vampire Council. I would have personally gone the Nightstalker and Blade (from Blade 3) route vs the Bloodpack (from Balde 2) with the Vampire Council on the sidelines and the girl in between trying to put it all together and eventually infiltrating the council but still helping out Blade. All while the council was trying to look for the daywalker cure. Goyer, you can use that idea if you want. I just want good TV

  • July 1, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I like Blade...

    by MaulRat

    I like Blade... no no seriously... Well.... actually I only really like the first 2..... umm... come to think of it, I like the first 30 minutes of the first blade... umm... hmm... wonder what's happening over at the Superman talkback.

  • July 1, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Hey, I *liked* Threshold

    by jonabbey

    Threshold was silly and made little sense, but it made for good X-Files style episodic mystery drama, it had good characters, and it very effectively created its own world that I very much wanted to see unfold. I was damn disappointed that it was canceled. Don't be playa-hating Goyer on Threshold's account, yo.

  • July 1, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    El Cimarron

    by lynxpro

    But what about Brian J. White ("Tavon" from *The Shield*)? Read up on his bio on IMDB. He's also a martial-artist.

  • July 1, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Well sure, but is it better than HEX??!!

    by Drath

    I mean hey, that show might have mediocre to bad acting, pacing that makes Superman Returns feel like its on speed, and bad plotting out the ass, but it has a cute lesbian ghost! What does Blade have? Leather and vampires? Pass.

  • July 1, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    GIVE IT A CHANCE!

    by bighank

    If you guys have been keeping up with the developement of this show, they are planning some good shit..dont be swayed by the pilot. Like I said in my earlier post, yhou cant blow your wad on the first episode. And did you hear them refer to the HOUSE OF LYCAN? WEREWOLVES maaaan!!! Thats what they SHOULD have done with Blade Trinity, but Underworld already swooped up that idea. I can see them FINALLY adding morbeus or other characters from the Blade universe. The effects didnt look as cheesy as I thought they would so they may be shellin' out a little money on this one...hopefully. Give the show a chance!!

  • July 1, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Blade has potential

    by sevadro

    I think Stinky Fingaz should watch Blade one about ten thousand times and then things should turn around.

  • July 2, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Drath...

    by lynxpro

    No, *Blade the Series* is not blessed with Jemima Rooper's fantabulous chest and acting skills... :) C'mon Hollywood and Hollywood North, cast that actress in something!

  • July 2, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Lynxpro

    by El Cimarron

    Brian J. White was busy filming Malibooty of course... incidently WITH Sticky Fingaz

  • July 2, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Saw Ultraviolet

    by VoodooV

    on Thursday....god did it suck balls. all style..no substance whatsoever. ...seriously, even the badguy was a ripoff of Mr. Feather from Undercover Brother. What was with the faggy synchronized killing....LAME!!

  • July 2, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Not to get all mushy

    by chiahead

    But I know Nelson Lee, who plasy the Asian dude on this series. He's a truly gifted actor and if not for any other reason, I hope it does well for his sake. It seems like his niche is now in doing TVized versions of hit movies, what with his stink in the miniseries Traffic. He was terrific in that as well. I'm gonna tune in just for that. Here's to more bad-ass Asian dudes in mainstream media.

  • July 2, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST

    chiahead

    by El Cimarron

    Read my first post... I graduated with Nelson Lee. He's a good guy. Was hilarious in high school as our school prez. At the 10 year reunion (which I didn't go to) apparently he hadn't changed one bit. Can't wait to see him in 'How to lose a guy in 10 days: The Series', playing the hilarious wisecracking office sidekick

  • July 3, 2006, 2:16 a.m. CST

    VoodooV

    by lynxpro

    We aren't talking about the shitty movie named *UltraViolet*, we are talking about the X-Files'ish British miniseries called *Ultraviolet* that is far superior that featured a team hunting down vampires that they referred to as "Code V". Look it up.

  • July 3, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST

    here you go, VoodooV

    by lynxpro

    The Wikipedia write-up for the series *Ultraviolet*. Written and directed by one of the best directors on *Doctor Who*, Joe Ahearne... The SciFi Channel aired the miniseries about three years ago. Interesting to read that the Fox Network shot a pilot for an American version, but never progressed further... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_%28TV_miniseries%29

  • July 3, 2006, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Native American villains....?

    by oh_riginal

    Silly of me to think we have moved on from the Cowboy vs Indian mentality and stopped seeing Natives as evil bad guys. Fuck this show.

  • July 3, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    It's not that bad...

    by TheFount

    Really, it's not. If you watch and try to imagine that it's the 80's all over again (really, listen to the music, look at the sets, listen to the dialogue), you can kind of enjoy how fun it would have been as an action movie that Arnold, Van Damme and Segal turned down.

  • July 3, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Sticky Fingaz ...

    by Lamerz

    He should be a little more careful then when he finishes. And for gods sake, wash the hands after he's done! I for one will never shake hands with a man known as Sticky Fingaz.

  • July 3, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Blade- blah!

    by rubensreviews

    Blade himself is the main problem here. He is always grunting and angry when the conversation doesn't call for it. its kinda like this Girl " Im going out do you need anything?" Blade " NO I DON'T NEED ANYTHING, JUST LEAVE!!!!" Girl " Are you sure?" Blade "Grunt Grunt Sniff"

  • July 3, 2006, 1:36 p.m. CST

    El Cimarron

    by chiahead

    Indeed you did! Yes, I've known Nelson since 1999 (he actually 1st AD'd an indie film I was in which featured Amy Acker AND Sarah Clarke - the summer before they were famous) and has not- since then- changed one bit. He's a righteous dude with a good heart. And I meant "stint" before, not "stink" which is... kind of offensive. apologies... How To Lose A Guy sounds great, what I can't wait for is his star turn in Fried Green Tomatoes: The New Batch. Maybe he'll flip the script on us and do a feature length film of a beloved TV franchise. I can see him in the Frasier scriptment which will star Dougray Scott as the Kelsey Grammer role. Or better yet, the 21 Jump Street feature. He can play the Richard Greico character, and they'll get the non-asian guy who played the Japanese kid in Not Another Teen Movie to play Harry Ioke. ok... i've just completely bored myself.

  • July 6, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Just saw it. It was an absolute embarrassment.

    by ForumFatale

    Joss Whedon must be rolling in his grave. (assuming he sleeps in a grave)

  • July 13, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    The pilot was blah, the next two ep were better...

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I agreed the pilot sucked, however I couldn't help but notice a bigger improvement once it was into it's one hour ep format. The feel of the first two regular episodes reminded me of the feel I get when watching Nip/Tuck. Actually the feel of the show seems almost like Nip/Tuck. Saying that, it has promise in my opinion if it goes along those lines by being more risky and graphic.