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Gearing up for WITCHBLADE season two

The comic based action-drama returns this weekend with new twists and discoveries

By Jennifer H. Tomooka     June 15, 2002

Top Cow Productions heroine Sarah Pezzini leaps out of the comics and onto the small screen in the WITCHBLADE television series
© 2001 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

On June 16, 2002, Top Cow Comics top girl, Sara Pezzini, will return to cabler TNT for a second season of WITCHBLADE the comic book adaptation that centers on the hardened NYPD homicide cop and how her life is turned upside down when she comes into possession of the Witchblade. While the show's villain, Kenneth Irons, views the titular gauntlet as the ultimate gift of power, Sara struggles to understand what it is and why it chose her as its wielder.

For fans that might have missed the first season, beware that the television series takes only its premise from the comic book and instead opts to move the WITCHBLADE franchise in new directions week after week. The show focuses on Sara herself, not Sara as the wielder of the Witchblade, and works to demonstrate how the talisman affects her life and how she adapts and copes with its powers and actions.

The first season focused largely on how Sara reacted to receiving the magical gauntlet and how she tried to figure out what the Witchblade was all about. Clouding her connection to the Witchblade was the fact that she had so much death and destruction in her life since she was a child. She is tough because she needs to be, but she is also incredibly vulnerable.

In an interview with CINESCAPE earlier this spring, actress Yancy Butler related how the pain that Sara experienced in her own life would be something audiences could relate to.

"In terms of losses, unfortunately it is something we can all relate to," said Butler. "I don't like the circumstances in which she had those losses, and I try to instill some comedy into it. There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel."

The light at the end of the proverbial tunnel was hard to come by for Sara. By the end of the season, the amount of pain she had endured was staggering: she had lost a partner; lost her lover to IRA terrorists; lost the connection to an individual who could help her discover more about the Witchblade; accidentally killed the man who had information on the death of her father; lost both Jake and Gabriel to a new and deadly Nottingham; and refused to save the life of Irons after he tried to stab her in the back.

But the light did indeed come at the end of last season, as Sara chose to use a previously unknown power of the Witchblade. She used it to turn back the hands of time, bringing her friends as well as her enemies back to life, but that action came with a price. In the new timeline, she will not have any of the knowledge she acquired regarding the Witchblade during the short time she originally wielded it... or will she?

This is where season two picks up. The hands of time have been turned back, but Sara's memories of the Witchblade are not completely erased. She continues to have flashbacks to the events of last season the events she prevented from happening the second go around.

WITCHBLADE executive producer, writer and director, Ralph Hemecker, in describing Sara's recollections of the powers of the Witchblade, relates that this season, Sara will have an intuitive knowledge of the powers of the Witchblade. Using this intuition, she will make a decision that will have lasting affects on the course of the show. This new direction that the show is taking will give new audience members a chance to see what the show is all about, while old members will be able to remember the events from last season and see how different actions will reap different rewards.

"The show is moving in a new direction that is a blending of the mythic and supernatural with crime and cop stories," says Hemecker. "If there is anything that I want fans to remember this season is the mantra, 'Everything is connected. Nothing is what it seems.' There are degrees of separation, not big differences, that separate the actions of last season from this new season."

As an added bonus, Butler's father, Joe Butler, who happens to be an original member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Lovin' Spoonfulls, will make a cameo appearance on the season premiere as ex-cop Arthur Buck. And since the episode is airing on Father's Day, audiences might as well tune in and see how real life father and daughter interact onscreen.


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