Black Scorpion

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US tv series. (2001). Chum Television for the Sci Fi Channel. Created by Roger Corman and Craig J Nevius. Directors included Tim Andrew, David Blass, Gwyneth Gibby and Rob Spera. Writers included Steve Gentile, Nick Guthe and Malcolm Stephens. Cast includes BT (Brandon Terrell), Michelle Lintel and Scott Valentine. 22 60-minute episodes. Colour.

Police detective Darcy Walker (Lintel) works in Angel City, a thinly disguised Los Angeles (see California). Her father is shot dead by the city's corrupt District Attorney; when the murder charge is dropped for mysterious reasons, Darcy becomes the sexy costumed vigilante Black Scorpion. Lacking actual Superpowers, the Black Scorpion is an expert hand-to-hand fighter with access to futuristic Weapons and gadgetry – mostly supplied by the eccentric Scientist Argyle Sims (BT) who alone knows her real identity. Police detective Steve Rafferty (Valentine), Darcy's love interest, is determined to unmask Black Scorpion. This Scorpionmobile is a highly advanced, weapon-carrying automobile which responds to her verbal commands and can disguise itself as a normal car, as in Viper (1994; 1996-1999). Walker wears a ring which transforms her everyday clothing into the skimpy Black Scorpion attire by manipulating matter at the atomic level; it can also fire energy bursts like a Ray Gun. Notable Villains include Clockwise, who can use Time as a weapon; Slapshot, paralysed but mobile and dangerous thanks to Powered Armour of his own design; and Hurricane, who after a toxic-waste accident can control storms. Black Scorpion herself resembles a female Batman, though in a skimpy black leather dominatrix costume exposing much flesh and offering little protection from danger.

The series was preceded by two 1990s made-for-television films with Joan Severance in the title role – unofficial pilots broadcast on the Showtime cable television network. Black Scorpion (1995) introduces the character and features the Breather, a villain planning to Poison the city's air. Black Scorpion Two: Aftershock (1997) features a Mad Scientist creating artificial earthquakes; this film was edited into series episodes. Guest stars from past Superhero series included Lou Ferrigno and Adam West. [GFi]

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