Christian Blauvelt
August 08, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Witchblade

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
06/01/01
performer
Yancy Butler, Roger Daltrey, David Chokachi
broadcaster
TNT
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C+

A pseudo-feminist fable for the fanboy set, TNT’s short-lived Witchblade — about NYC detective Sara Pezzini’s superheroic quest to vanquish Empire State perps — straddles a thin line between genuine female empowerment and cartoonish exploitation. With her husky voice and titular weapon in hand, Butler brings world-weary gravity to fluffy story lines — Sara avenges the deaths of supermodels — and sub-Matrix dialogue. The show is, however, tamer than its origins: Two making-of docs show that the Witchblade comic sexualizes Sara far more than the TV series. C+

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