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Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997): Kid stuff with a
strong adult theme. This is a superheroine created by filmmaker
Roger Corman. I have mixed feelings on this film. It's
certainly not the movie that the first one was. I
am a HUGE fan of Joan Severance, who plays Black Scorpion, which is
really the only reason I am featuring this film. There are some
good things and some not-so-good things
about this movie. Here are the good things:
1. Joan Severance as Black Scorpion. She's sexy
trying...and she can act. And I must admit the Black Scorpion
costume is interesting. Overall, I believe she can beat up on bad
guys because she looks like a strong woman.
2. Black Scorpion's car: The
Scorpionmobile. This car is cool, and
effects used to transform it into the Black Scorpion crimefighting
vehicle are quite outstanding...especially for a lower-budget
film. Her car can transform from an orange Corvette to a black
3. Garrett Morris. I liked him on "Saturday Night
Live" and it's
always good to see him in shows. It's also good that he plays a
good guy, and not a villain. He's still Black Scorpion's
sidekick, but he doesn't seem to do as much in this movie as he did in
the last movie.
4. The character concepts of the major villains
Aftershock is the main villain in this movie, a sexy blonde
arch-nemesis for Black Scorpion. She has the ability to cause
earthquake-like tremors. Gangster Prankster is the other major
villain and also a clever concept. He's a cross between Batman's
villains The Joker and Two-Face. The right and left sides of his
face are radically different, but he acts like a mad clown.
1. Too much use of the "F" word and other
profanity. I'm no
prude, but that
kind of language just doesn't fit in this film. Black Scorpion is
like a female Batman. This particular film could almost be
watched by young
kids if it wasn't for that.
2. Nudity. Again, I'm no prude, but for a
low-brow superhero show
it just doesn't fit. The nudity they show, however, is very
nice. There was nudity in the first film, too, but that film was
definitely more adult so it worked. Here, in a kiddy-type show,
it just doesn't feel right.
3. The "Hokey Level" is way high! I don't
unbelievable movies or substandard acting, but this movie is full of
it. It's not unwatchable, but it is sensationally corny.
Sometimes you wonder if you're watching a "Black Scorpion" film or the
old 1960s "Batman" show or "Power Rangers". That's not an overly
bad thing, but...
4. ...The violence in this movie doesn't jive
with the rest of
the "kiddy stuff" in this show. In one scene, the villain's head
is shown blowing apart, and pieces of his face fly everywhere!
That's just a taste of what you'll see here.