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BLACK SCORPION Update

Plus: This Week's Episodes

By Steve Ryfle     December 11, 2000

Ah, the holiday season. The sweeps are long gone, and cool genre TV viewing must give way to the likes of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Things can get so bad that the Sci-Fi Channel's rerun of Stephen King's The Stand mini-series, which starts tonight, actually looks like a viable option, if that's your bag. With that in mind, we'll take this opportunity to look ahead at what looks like it'll be one of the coolest, campiest superhero shows to come along in a while: Black Scorpion.

If you've been reading TVStation, you'll recall that we attended a press conference a few months ago, wherein the creators of this series, which debuts on the Sci-Fi Channel on Jan. 5, trotted out sexy Michelle Lintel, a former Miss Kansas who stars as Darcy Walker, a.k.a. the Black Scorpion. As the Black Scorpion, Walker is a super-chick who prowls the streets of Los Angeles by night dressed in a hip-hugging black leather outfit and cowl, and drives the high-tech Scorpionmobile (the show's tagline is, 'she does with a mask what she can't do with a badge'). They also had on hand good ol' Adam West, who plays the Scorpion's arch-enemy, the Breathtaker (he murdered her father, hence the hatred), and a handful of the 17 Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets who are cast members. T&A, all the way.

Last week, Roger Corman's New Concorde company, which produces the show, updated the Black Scorpion Website (www.blackscorpion.net) in anticipation of the premiere, now mere weeks away. There's lotsa cool stuff, like an image gallery with photos of Lintel in full costume doing all sorts of karate kicks, and pix of lots of Super Villains (among the guest stars in this department, you can look forward to Frank Gorshin as Clockwise, Lou 'The Hulk' Ferrigno as the evil Slavemaster, David 'Squiggy' Lander as Green Thumb and Soupy Sales as Professor Profit) and Super Vixens (the bad girls have monikers like Hourglass, Tiger Lily, African Violet, Aftershock, Aerobicide and Pollutia).

There's also a complete listing and synopses of all 22 episodes, cast and crew credits, and a discussion board that hasn't really started rolling yet, since no one's seen the show. The best thing of all, though, is something easily missed: a short teaser trailer that gives some insight as to why Darcy chose the scorpion as her crime-fighting persona (hint: it's related to the old children's story, The Frog and the Scorpion). The trailer also features a few action shots that should give you an idea of the show's production values, which appear to be of your typical Corman/Sci-Fi Channel variety.

If you dig the old superhero-type TV shows, and if you dig looking at beautiful women in tight-fitting costumes, the site is a good primer. This female Batman homage, which is based on two Corman-produced made-for-cable flicks from the mid-1990s starring sexy Joan Severance, was created by Corman crony Craig J. Nevius (who co-wrote Corman's live-action Fantasic Four movie way back when).

THIS WEEK'S EPISODES

It's a mixed bag this week, with some reruns (Buffy, Angel) and a few new episodes too (Dark Angel, Charmed, Sabrina, X-Files), and no Roswell at all.

* The Buffy The Vampire Slayer repeat (WB, Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 7 p.m. Central) is 'Real Me.' Synopsis: 'While Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) heat up the training, Buffy and Dawn's (Michelle Trachtenberg) sibling rivalry gets them into trouble when a new gang of vampires target the slayer. Across town, when the magic shop is ransacked and the owner killed, Giles thinks he may have found a new hub for the Scooby gang.'

* Next, it's a rerun of Angel (WB, Tuesday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 8 p.m. Central), titled 'Judgment.' Synopsis: The well-oiled, demon-fighting machine of Angel (David Boreanaz), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and Wesley (Alexis Denisof) is back in full force and joined by the streetwise vampire hunter Charles Gunn (new series regular J. August Richards). After a case of mistaken identity leads Angel to slay a demon protecting an innocent girl, karaoke is the only way to make things right. Meanwhile, Angel struggles with the discovery that he may not always be eternal and Darla (guest star Julie Benz) recovers from her resurrection from Hell.'

* There's a new Dark Angel this week, titled 'Blah Blah Woof Woof.' Synopsis: 'Lydecker's manhunt for Vogelsang's killer puts Max on too many most-wanted lists. Meanwhile, a stray bullet lodged in Logan's spine leaves him near death, forcing his protégée to make a decision that could save his life, but end her own.'

* This week's episode of Charmed is called 'Sleuthing with the Enemy.' Synopsis: 'After Prue (Shannen Doherty), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) learn that Cole (Julian McMahon) is the demon that has been trying to kill them, Phoebe faces the tough decision of killing the man she loves or defying her sisters by letting him go free.'

* There's a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch (WB, Friday @ 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 7 p.m. Central) titled 'Sabrina's Perfect Christmas.' Synopsis: 'Sabrina's search for the quintessential Christmas gets her wrapped up in a perfectly dysfunctional family. Facing another unconventional holiday with her Other Realm relatives, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) takes Morgan up on an offer to stay at the Cavanaughs' chalet in Vermont for what sounds like the ideal white Christmas. It's all chestnut-roasting and tree-trimming at first, but before long, Morgan's cat-obsessed weirdo of a brother (Craig Zimmerman) and her bitter, unsupportive parents (Tom Virtue, Molly Cheek) betray their true natures. Meanwhile, Hilda and Zelda ditch their original plans and put together a traditional mortal Christmas for Roxie, who opts out of spending the holidays with her own folks.' It's followed by a rerun, 'Sabrina and the Pirates.'

* If you actually still watch The X-Files (FOX, Sunday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 8 p.m. Central), pity you. This week's episode is called 'Via Negativa.' Synopsis: 'Doggett gets involved with a strange cult that murders through dreams. Scully has to make an emergency visit to the hospital. Skinner's in this one, as are the Lone Gunmen.'

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