An American TV series which followed in the continuity of the Blade
films, though without any of the main cast. Although not played by Wesley Snipes
, Kirk Jones (the new actor) is surprisingly versatile in the role. The series was short-lived, lasting only from June to September, 2006. A total of 12 episodes.
The series follows a Iraq veteran, Krista Starr, as she learns about the Vampire Masquerade
after her brother was killed. (No, not that
one!) Eventually, in a bid to destroy the House of Chthon from the inside, she herself is converted into a vampire and must deal with her own hunger.
But who cares about that? We're just here for Blade
This series also delves into the history and backstory of Blade himself, filling in the gaps the films don't explore, including introducing us to Blade's father.
Notably, the series backs off from the third movie's 'final solution' to the vampire menace, with offhand comments about how the Day Star was a mess, but was handled by the Vampire Hierarchy.
This show provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Krista Starr.
- An Axe to Grind: The series opens on a fight between Blade and a vampire with a fireaxe.
- Ancestral Weapon: The House of Chthon relic is the Sword of Lord Chthon, which, for some reason, is a katana. It actually turns out to be almost useless in a fight, as it is too old to be able to stand up to modern steel.
- It doesn't help that the damn thing looks rather rusted and probably hasn't been properly maintained for several centuries.It's more of a reliquary now then anything else.
- Anti-Hero: Blade. To normals, his actions would appear sociopathic.
- Asian and Nerdy: Shen to the extent of being tech savvy, but he's still a more than competent fighter.
- Badass: Blade.
- Badass Biker: Blade often uses a motorcycle as his primary conveyance.
- Badass Longcoat: Blade wears a black coat. It even has a hole to accommodate his sword.
- Badass Normal: Shen, who has no powers has a pretty high body count considering he goes up against vampires daily. Of note is when he kills a vampire with a remote control. He also handles Cold-Blooded Torture without giving in. While Krista helped, he still had one of his fingernails removed.
- Big Bad: Marcus Van Sciver (even moreso than the purebloods).
- Blondes Are Evil: Chase.
- Blood Bath: The House of Leichen has learned that, by submerging (naked) into a vat full of blood (cloned blood works just fine, considering they're Vegetarian Vampires), a vampire can enhance the connection he or she has with a fledgling. This is used by Krista to find a rogue vampire she has inadvertantly made.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Marcus has spent centuries waiting for a chance to avenge his wife's death at Damek's hands. When he finally confronts the pureblood about it, Damek simply laughs, claiming he doesn't even remember her. Justified, as he is hundreds of years old and likely can't remember everyone he has killed.
- The Cake Is a Lie: A villanous example with the Aurora Project, which is supposed to be a cure for vampire weaknesses. In fact, van Sciver is using the money to fund his own project to design a virus specifically targetted against purebloods. A partial cure does exist, but it kills the vampire within days.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Charlotte is a vampire aristocrat, who looks to be a young girl. She is, actually, over 200 years old, thanks to pureblood vampires aging very slowly. She is a villain, though.
- Cliffhanger: The series ends in one, thanks to the cancellation.
- Cool Shades: Blade. Word of God is that he's nigh-invincible any time he wears his shades.
- Creepy Child: Charlotte
- Designated Girl Fight: It seemed obvious from the start that Krista and Chase would come to blows.
- Enemy Mine: Blade is willing to stand by and watch as van Sciver kills off the purebloods and even help him, but has no intention of letting him live past this point.
- Evil Brit: Marcus van Sciver is a native Londoner, even though "van" indicates Dutch ancestry.
- Eye Scream: In order to get past the retinal scanner at the Conclave Site in the Grand Finale, Blade cuts out one of the architect's eyes. This is likely a shoutout to Wesley Snipes's (the original Blade) character in Demolition Man, who did the same thing to escape from prison.
- Face-Heel Turn:
- Chase betrays Marcus at a crucial moment.
- Blade thinks Krista has done this after she starts sleeping with van Sciver (for the record, the guy who killed her brother and doesn't hide it).
- Fantastic Drug: Vampire ashes.
- Fingore: When Marcus has Krista torture Shen, one of the first things she does is rip out his fingernails.
- A God Am I: The White Prince believes himself to be an angel.
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Marcus pretty much says the trope name when calls refers to his genetically engineered Aurora virus as an atomic bomb that the other houses will have to fear.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Gille de Rais, a French Nobleman and Knight who fought alongside Janne d'Arc(Joan of Arc), was revealed to be a sadist, a pedophile, a rapist and a murderer. In Blade the Series, some sick twisted Vampire turned the bastard into a Vampire, who calls himself the White Prince, who is an independent Vampire who has made a name for himself throughout history for committing horrendous murders, and then disappearing from the mainstream whenever the lunar calendar starts a new. He has ritually scarred his face with silver, and believes that He is an Angel incarnate, referring to himself as a Seraphim, and believing that He was sent here to purge the land of the wicked and monstrous. He gets his comeuppance, when Blade rips off his lower jaw during their fight and throws him out of a window and into direct sunlight.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: After Marcus captures Shen, he wants Krista to torture him for information using her experience in Iraq. She does that after mouthing "I'm sorry", although she breaks her own finger instead of Shen's, while he yells in false pain.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Blade is, of course, armed with his signature silver katana. The House of Chthon relic is an ancient katana belonging to the founder of the House named Lord Chthon (which is strange, considering "chthon" is a Greek word meaning "earth"). Subverted in that the relic is made of inferior steel that can't stand up to Blade's sword.
- Last of His Kind: After the war between the House of Armaya and the rest of the vampires, Damek is the only remaining Armaya pureblood. He is later killed by van Sciver.
- Left Hanging: A real bad mistake on the producers part as the series tries to set up season two. However Spike TV wouldn't spring for another season and what happens next is pretty much left up to imagination.
- Mainlining the Monster: Vampire dust.
- The Mole: After Marcus van Sciver forcibly turns Krista and throws her off the roof (to prevent her from ever being cured), she agrees to work with Blade from inside the House of Chthon. The finale reveals that Marcus has known the truth for awhile.
- Ms. Fanservice: Chase frequently wears provocative clothing and has no problem walking around naked in front of Marcus (naturally, we only see her from the back and from the waist up).
- Mythology Gag: While learning about vampires from Professor Caylo, Krista sarcastically asks if werewolves are real as well. His response?
- Never Found the Body: After Krista throws Chase down the stairwell, the body disappears and no ash is found. Marcus comments that even if the body or the ash was found, he'd still remain fearful of her for the rest of his immortal life.
- New Old Flame: Pureblood Alex had a relationship with Chase a long time ago and now wishes to resume it. Turns out it's all a trap by Marcus and Chase to test the Aurora virus against a pureblood who won't be missed.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Pureblood vampires age extremely slowly with the childlike Charlotte being in her 200s, while the adult-looking Overlord Rusk is over 600 years old.
- Damak, the last Pureblood of House Armaya; remarks that He used to be a gladiator back in the days of Ancient Rome. If that's the truth, He's well over 2,000 years old. He looks to be about in his mid to late 50s.
- It is revealed that Vampires have the ability to see in the ultraviolet spectrum/ They also have a psychic link to their fledglings, and that like the Reapers, they can scale across walls and ceilings on their hands, knees and feet. One of the Vampires Blade fights against in the Parisian Sewers, manages to place himself the wall in a crouched position.
- Another enemy of Blade's, the White Prince also managed to use this ability to stop himself in mid-flight after Blade launched him in the air with a hard kick; latching onto a pillar.
- Psychic Link: Apparently, a vampire's sire has a slight connection with the fledgling, which can be enhanced by a ritual involving being submerged into a vat of blood.
- Red Herring: In "Delivery", Blade is escorting his wanted prisoner to the restroom on the train. He sees a suspiscious man staring intently at him. The man moves towards him but it turns out he's switching cars. The real vampires are the stewardess and the lady who passed Blade as he was staring at the suspiscious looking man.
- Recycled: The Series: Based fully on the films.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Father Carlyle betrays Blade to the Bad Bloods, who kill him in front of Blade.
- Scary Black Man: Blade is a (rare) heroic example.
- Shoutout: In order to get into the Conclave Site, Blade has to bypass the security, which requires retinal identification for a biometric scanner. Blade ends up removing one of the architect's eyes in order to do so. Simon Phoenix, another one of Wesley Snipes's character roles, did the same thing in Demolition Man.
- Sidekick: Shen's job is mostly logistics and weaponry, but he is also more than capable of handling himself.
- Sunglasses at Night: Due to his light sensitivity, Blade wears sunglasses nearly around the clock.
- Technical Pacifist: The House of Leichen vampires have sworn off killing humans for food, preferring to drink cloned blood. They believe killing is wrong and that it pollutes vampires. They also claim that non-Leichen vampires smell of meat.
- Timeshifted Actor: Adrian Glynn McMorran plays a younger Whistler in a flashback to his and Blade's first meeting.
- Vegetarian Vampire: The House of Leichen only drinks cloned blood, believing that killing to feed pollutes vampires. The other vampire houses consider them weird and try to avoid dealing with them. Chase's ex-husband has joined the House of Leichen, and she dumped him for it.
- After being turned, Krista is warned by Chase not to go into any of the vampire safehouses marked with the glyph of the House of Leichen, implying a hostile relationship. It's likely that Chase simply didn't want Krista (a freshly-turned vampire who still has reservations about drinking human blood) to join them.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Marcus van Sciver is a Magnificent Bastard whom the city of Detroit adores. He is a patron of the arts and spearheads the efforts to restore the culture of the city.
- Wicked Cultured: Marcus van Sciver is known throughout Detroit as a patron of the arts and a proponent for the city's cultural revival, while at the same time being a bloodsucking mastermind and a vicious murderer. He also enjoys dining in expensive restaurants, despite the food having no nutritional value to him.
- You Are Already Dead: Krista is attacked by a vampire sent by Charlotte. She throws the vampire into a mirror, breaking it. The vampire gets up and prepares to attack again, only for Krista to point to the vampire's gut, where a piece of the silver mirror is sticking out. A second later, the vampire is ash.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- Detective Brian Boone is a familiar of Marcus's. When van Sciver finds out that Boone has been feeding his feral vampires hookers, he decides to have Boone be Krista's first kill. Boone survives, though, and is turned instead.
- Subverted with Tucker Moffet, an architect who is hired by van Sciver to remodel the Conclave building. When Marcus meets with him to give him his reward, there is a tiny pause where the audience thinks he will kill the architect. In fact, Marcus gives him a familiar girl for his pleasure.
- Of course, He could be dead now, since Blade got a hold of him and forcibly removed his eye for the biometric scanner inside of the Conclave Site.