Blade: Death Goes On
Kirk Jones (the-artist-formerly-know as Sticky Fingaz) doesn't have as powerful a screen presence as Wesley Snipes, and sometimes disappears into the background of the show (and even to get overshadowed by his own leather get-up). But kudos to the creators for going with a guy that has his own style and is no Snipes wannabee. Blade does seem like he is only making cameo appearances in his own show so far. I guess calling it Krista: The Television Series doesn't have the same recognition factor.
But you can't have too much Krista for me. As just about everyone who notices these things has noticed, the real breakout character of the first two episodes is the lovely but tortured-and-conflicted Gulf War Vet, turned vengeful-grieving sister, turner tortured-and-conflicted double agent and vampire: Krista Starr, played by Jill Wagner, who has the long lean frame and prowess of a tennis pro.
She reminds me of a young Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman - and as far as I can tell, no relation).
Another surprise came this week when Krista decapitated (de-shoveled?) Aurora-fied henchman/Vin Diesel-clone Fritz (David Palfry) thereby short-circuiting a Blade vs. vaccinated daywalker face-off. Aurora is the magic vaccine that uber-vampire Sark -- er, I mean Marcus Van Sciver -- hopes will rid the undead of three of its four major predators: silver, sunlight and garlic. That will only leave Blade. Crosses and holy water don't do squat. Marcus, played by Neil Jackson, does seem to have graduated from the same British Finishing School for Super-Villains that must have produced Alias bad guy, Sark.
This episode also featured another force in the power play for control of Detroit's darkside, when a gang of drug dealers are shown preying on vampires to collect ash, (scooped up dead vampire cinders) that is a profitable and addictive street drug. This was mentioned in the pilot, but I didn't make much of it then. Now seems we get a three-or-four-way battle brewing: you got your Blade crowd, your House of Chthon vampires, your other vampires houses and miscellaneous meandering unaligned vampires, and your human drug-traffickers.
Nelson Lee, as Blade's tech-support Shen, didn't have much to do this week, either. Maybe if he gets vampired too, he'll get a backstory and some screen time.
A lot has been made about TV Blade's similarities to Angel. House of Chthon's style and working methods do remind me of Wolfram & Hart's demonic corporate-culture, but so what? I'm over it. Joss Whedon is not returning the Buffyverse to television anytime soon, if ever. Sometimes you have strap in with only vampire-with-a-soul TV show you have.
So as Luke said to Lorelei once, in happer times: I am in, I am all in.