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Blade: Conclave (season finale)

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 14th 2006 7:20AM
Jill Wagner as Krista in Blade: the series(S01E12) Blade, we hardly knew you. But we got to know Krista, Chase and Marcus pretty well. Some other folks too, but they're mostly dead. I mean dead dead, not just undead. I'm hard pressed to think of a series with a body count this high, but I had fun. In this, our final first-season installment, we still need to get the purebloods out of the way, so that Blade can battle Marcus just as nature intended.

Marcus, by the way, thinks Blade is playing right into his hands, and Shen tries to convince Blade that they have Marcus right where they want him thanks to Krista. Then, from that as a premise, spectacular (well, considering bugetary limitations, anyway) season-finale stuff happens.

Blade: the seriesFor instance, Chase leads a team in the destruction of the dimly-lit Bladecave, snatching Shen in the process. Marcus then hopes to rely on Krista's "extensive knowledge of torture" from her time in Iraq to get the information on Blade's network out of Shen. She doesn't disappoint, and Shen has to suck it up and take a very rough manicure. Anything for the team. Shen has a really good episode, and some of his best moments all season. I especially like his "do you have any toilet paper" note gambit.

Later, reunited with Shen, Blade has to re-establish his merciless persona by holding a gun to his partner's head. Come on, Blade, give the guy enough credit to believe he could have escaped on his own! Well, he did have a little help from Krista.

Meanwhile, Marcus -- believing Blade dead -- goes after the fabled (I guess) Sword of Cthon, which is still in the hands of the Purebloods. The Purebloods call a "conclave" -- a meeting of the entire House which is only held in extreme situations -- such as the introduction of Marcus's Aurora vaccine, or a season finale. Blade cuts himself in invitation, so to speak, and infiltrates the conclave so that everyone's on stage for the big showdown: Purebloods who are born as vampires, Infecteds (or "Turnbloods" -- that is, regular vampires like Marcus, Chase and Krista), and the Daywalker (Blade).

Marcus reveals the true secret of Aurora: it doesn't work on Purebloods, ha ha! But turns out Marcus doesn't quite have them over the barrel like he thinks he does. -Marcus is betrayed in a way that he would never have expected. I didn't see it coming at this late date either.

Blade shows up, Purebloods get gooified. Then it's Blade vs. Marcus with swords, and Krista vs. Chase with kung-fu. Incredibly, Krista seems to think Chase is dead -- even though she doesn't even get ashed. Marcus says what the entire audience must be thinking at this point: don't ever believe Chase is dead.

Blade and Shen roll out, arguing over whether they've really accomplished anything. Shen's pretty emotionally scarred from his torture, I'd say. Now everyone's on the run from the Purebloods. Wait, weren't we just told they were all killed? I guess there's always more pissed off Purebloods out there, looking down their immortal noses at Marcus.

Blade and his team, and Marcus and his team, will have to pull up stakes and emerge somewhere else down the road. But not before Marcus has one more secret of his own to reveal, regarding how he came to discover Blade's headquarters in the first place. He bares his fangs ... to be continued.

A good episode, a little abrupt, it left me wanting more, which is not a bad thing. What's your opinion? Did you enjoy the summer of Blade, and what would you like to see happen in a second season?

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Blade Gets The Spike

Spike TV confirmed to SCI FI Wire reports that its original series Blade has been canceled. "Yes, that's true," a Spike representative said in an interview on Sept. 29. "It won't be renewed for a second season. I can tell you that Spike TV was very happy with the creative part of Blade. The cast, the actual production. We absolutely enjoyed working with New Line and [executive producer] David Goyer, [writer] Geoff Johns. But honestly, the network was disappointed with the audience turnout and the ratings. But I can tell you that New Line is going to be issuing a DVD of the entire season." No date was announced for the DVD.

The statement confirmed rumors first posted by co-star Jill Wagner on her MySpace.com page, according to a report on the THEOcracy Web site. The post in which Wagner (Krista Starr) reports the news is only visible to Wagner's friends. The news was also reported on Ain't It Cool News.

The series was quietly put to sleep after the end of its first 13-episode season. The show was based on the Blade movies and the Marvel Comics character, with Kirk "Sticky" Jones playing the title character. Wagner played his counterpart, a former soldier who becomes a vampire but struggles to retain her humanity.

October 20 2006 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The True Bloods can be destroyed in any normal fashion, they led the "infected" to believe that they could not be destroyed so that they would not do what Marcus is trying to do.

Shens sister was taken by Vampires and that is why he is out to get them.

October 10 2006 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For those commenting in this thread sure that Blade will be renewed...


... apparently, it won't.

October 02 2006 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love Blade The Series! Great cliff hangar in season finale! Looking forward to season 2.

September 29 2006 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My tivo cut off at the end of the episode. What did Marcus say to Krista? Were they at Blade's former hideout? Is Shen a familiar?

September 29 2006 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Blade the series was a show that needed to be put out there for us to watch. With all these drama shows comming out, it was nice to have a nice action series on air. In my opinion this is one of the best shows out there. Bring back season 2 Please.

September 28 2006 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shen is not a familiar, apparently he had an incident with vampires in his past and has a vendetta against them. He has aligned himself with Blade to help seek his revenge.

This show totally rocks, I actually started watching mid-season, and loved it from that point. I went back and watched the first episodes mostly for background info, but as most of you have already said, they were not as good.

I seriously hope this show gets picked up for several more seasons, not just the second.

September 26 2006 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Blade Season 1 was Awesome.

It's refreshing to see such a viseral, visually stunning, artistic masterpiece with just a "SPIKE" (TV) of Gore on the air. :)

It is breath -takingly striking to see such a show in our time where most stuff on Tv nowadays is just dull fair.



September 23 2006 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Blade The Series Was A Breath Of Fresh Air To B Honest
U Cant Say Anything But Bring Me Season 2 And Get 3 started

September 21 2006 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fantastic series!! I absolutely loved it. It was a bit rough at first but once it got rolling it kicked butt.

September 21 2006 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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