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Michelle Lintel as Detective Darcy Walker/Black Scorpion
Scott Valentine as Detective Steve Rafferty
B.T. as Argyle
Enya Flack as Veronica "Tender Lovin'"
Guy Boyd as Captain Strickland
Shane Powers as Specs
Steven Kravitz as Slugger
Robert Pine as Mayor Artie Worth
Shae Marks as Babette
Raye Birk as Dr. Phinneas Phoenix
Scorpion (2001): This is a TV series based on the two
previous "Black Scorpion" movies. Black Scorpion is NOT a comic
book superheroine, but is styled to resemble one.
She is a unique superheroine character; created expressly for
film. In this series, Michelle Lintel plays the black-clad
This series is definitely
better than "Black Scorpion 2". It is more of a family show than
either of the films. The first Black
Scorpion movie was cool; it was a sexy superheroine created for
adults. The second film had its highlights, primarily Joan
Severance as the namesake, but couldn't make up its mind whether
it was just for adults or just for kids. The second film was a
bit too violent to be a kid's show, and the rest of it was just so
silly that adults couldn't watch it as a "real" movie. The TV
series finally establishes that Black Scorpion is a family
action-comedy character. The women characters are all very sexy
in their skimpy
costumes, for the fathers. But the stories are something anyone
Truth be told, this is a lot like the 60s "Batman"
series; very camp and low-brow, no real dazzling plot. I'm not a
great fan of the 60s "Batman" series, but this show is a bit better
done. There's more action and a higher use of special
effects. For instance, the car chase scenes are
well-orchestrated. Also, the filming is more open. It's not
all filmed in small rooms on closed sets. But this series'
greatest strength is the fact that there are a lot of women here, all
of them showing plenty of cleavage. Yes, cleavage DOES make for a
more interesting show MOST of the time. I hate it when people say
it doesn't; mostly because they're hippocritical idiots.
Especially since the whole idea of this show centers around a sexy
heroine. The cast and crew of "Black Scorpion" does a good job in
at least giving us something watchable.
This series was purposely made to be funny, and
picks up where the movies left
"Black Scorpion" is a light-hearted superhero
spoof, but not too over the top. Michelle Lintel is great as the
title character, and a likable personality.
They made Scorpion's costume a lot racier in this series; much
skimpier than the outfit in the movies. Darcy
has a new male police partner, Steve Rafferty, with a
for the daring darling of night. She still has her
Scorpionmobile, but it gets blown up in the first episode.
Argyle, the mechanic and techno-wizard, rebuilds and revamps it,
updating the alternate identity of the car from Darcy's red classic
Corvette Stingray to a 1999 white Corvette.
"Black Scorpion" is
certainly entertaining and endearing. Just don't expect any
serious social message or any of that junk and you'll enjoy
yourself. Worth watching.
1: Armed and Dangerous (January 5) FIREARM
2: Wave Goodbye (January 12) HURRICANE
3: Blinded by the Light (January 19) FLASHPOINT
4: Home Sweet Homeless (January 26) AFTERSHOCK
5: Love Burns (February 2) INFERNO
6: Out of Thin Air (February 9) BREATHTAKER
7: No Stone Unturned (February 16) MEDUSA
8: Crime Time (February 23) CLOCKWISE
9: No Sweat (March 2) AEROBICIDE
10: An Officer and a Prankster (March 9)
11: Life's a Gas (March 24) POLLUTIA
12: Roses are Red, You're Dead (March 31)
13: Fire and Brimstone (April 7) MEDUSA,
14: Virtual Vice (April 14) MINDBENDER
15: Bad Sport (April 21) SLAPSHOT
16: Kiss of Death (April 28) ANGEL OF DEATH
17: He Who Laughs Last (May 5) GANGSTER
18: Power Play (May 12) STUNNER, BREATHTAKER,
19: Photo Finish (May 19) FLASHPOINT
20: Face the Music (June 16) VOX POPULI
21: Zodiac Attack Part 1 (June 23) PROFESSOR
PROPHET, AFTERSHOCK, BREATHTAKER, HURRICANE, INFERNO
22: Zodiac Attack Part 2 (June 30) PROFESSOR PROPHET, AFTERSHOCK, BREATHTAKER, HURRICANE,
and Dangerous- Supervillain is Firearm (played by Martin
Kove). He dresses in full
body armor and has his right arm replaced with a powerful machine
gun. Black Scorpion blows him up with a rocket launcher.
Firearm is one of the few Black Scorpion villains
that stays dead (save for a stock footage cameo in episode "Power
Play"). Quite frankly, I think Martin Kove was too dang busy with
other projects to make another appearance. He's been in a ton of
stuff, most memorably the major irritant in "Karate Kid" (1984) and one
of the bad dudes in "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), and continues
to work heavily to this day (2009).
I'd also say that Firearm was one of the series'
best villains. What gives his character credibility is that he
isn't cloned like so many of them were, and he didn't need goofy
sidekicks to be watchable. Firearm was a stand alone villain.
Goodbye- Supervillain is Hurricane aka Dr. Gail Waters (played
by Athena Massey). Her sidekicks are the gross-looking squid-men
mutants simply called Squid #1 and Squid #2 (played by Kevin West and
Richard Tanner). Dr. Waters and her two assistants are taking
water samples from Angel Bay when they are affected by toxic waste that
the city's evil Mayor Worth hired dumped into it. After
developing super powers from the toxic waste, the trio, for some
unexplained reason, takes out their hostilities on the whole
city. Hurricane and the Squids are punched-out by Black Scorpion
Athena Massey and Michelle Lintel look good, and
it's fun to see old comic Soupy Sales as weatherman Sonny Dey.
That's about all that's good about this episode. It's really
dumb. Even for "Black Scorpion". I love the series for its
dumbness and kitchiness, but this was too dumb. First of all, the
squid-men are just gross. They're hard to look at. But this
episode is "too dumb" on a great many levels. The three people
are struck by toxic waste; Dr. Waters still looks hotter than h***, and
the two guys are monsters? What kind of sense does that
make? She has hurricane powers, and the guys have squid
powers? Why would they have different powers and look so
different? Even the two squid guys look different from each
other. If they were hit by the same toxic waste in the same
place, wouldn't they look about the same? They had the same
abilities. The constant, fake evil laughter was also
annoying. No one laughs that much, evil or not. It wasn't
even good, fake evil laughter; just real hacky. But what's real
dumb is the fact that Dr. Waters and her crew are marine biologists who
care about ecology, even after they get their powers. They're
still good guys. Then, for no real reason, she gets a costume,
robs a bank, and is bent on destroying the city with her hurricane
powers for the rest of the show. Hurricane could've been given a
much better story.
the Light- Supervillain is Flashpoint aka Cameron Albright
(played by Allen Scotti). His sexy sidekick is lover Vision aka
Iris Lookinggood (played by Kimber West). Evil accomplice is Dr.
Heinderscheit (hindsight), played by Paul Keith. Flashpoint is
one of the better villains in the series. The story and
motivation behind this bad guy is a bit more original than most
others. And Scotti acts well enough to give us a cool, yet geeky
and creepy villain. I really like Kimber West in this show,
too. Besides looking real good, she has a good character.
All three baddies are punched-out by Black Scorpion and arrested.
What I like about how they did Flashpoint is that he
was evil and greedy in the first place, before his accident. He
didn't just "transform", like most of the villains in the series.
In his attempt to photograph Black Scorpion unmasked, to accelerate his
own fame and fortune, he is permanently blinded by the shock of
Scorpion's sting ring. Through an experimental procedure by the
German doctor, Flashpoint's sight is restored with glowing yellow
orbs. The three then join forces to have Black Scorpion publicly
unmask, to suit Flashpoint's vengeance. A side note: I think this
is the HOTTEST Tender Lovin' (played by Enya Flack) looked in the
series. She looks great in all the episodes, but she probably has
her best outfits in this show.
Homeless- Supervillain is Aftershock (Sherrie Rose).
This picks up Aftershock's saga where it was left off in the film
"Black Scorpion 2: Aftershock". To tell the truth, I didn't like
the second Black Scorpion film that much. I like Sherrie Rose and
Stoney Jackson (who played Gangster Prankster), but the villain
characters were not that cool and the movie wasn't that cool. I
think this series should have ignored much of what went on in that
film. The good thing is, this series was faithful to the events
of the movies and continuity, in general. They even used most of
the original actors from the movies AND the TV series when villains
reappeared. Those qualities are rare even in big-budget film
sagas, so I tip my hat to Roger Corman and crew on that one.
Contrary to what we thought, Aftershock did not die
at the end of "Black Scorpion 2". She was rescued by homeless
people in the sewer after her great fall and, in appreciation of them,
becomes their leader against the "surface dwellers". Aftershock's
character is better here than it was in the film. In this show,
she's a bit more methodical and nonsensical. She is without
sidekicks, but allied with the homeless people that live with her in
the sewer. Aftershock is killed; a victim of her own earthquake.
Burns- Supervillain is Inferno aka Adam Burns (played by Brent
Huff). He can
draw fire from his
body to use against his enemies. Guest-starring lots-of-hair
Mustaine of Megadeth as arsonist Torchy Thompson who ends up getting
Inferno. He's a reg'lar "bad dude" up until then, actually
knocking out Darcy in an early fight. Inferno is killed when
Black Scorpion disintegrates him with a laser.
Inferno is another one of the series best
villains. He appears a total of four times in the series.
Besides being a cool concept for a villain, he's one of the few in the
series that doesn't have sidekicks. Inferno is a loner.
Torchy Thompson is another one of the series' best villains. He's
not a "super" villain, but he's evil enough to be one. Torchy was
actually more evil than Inferno, but didn't have the "fire thing" going
for him like his nemesis. He was easily killed. Dave
Mustaine is actually good at playing this kind of part and was fun to
Supervillain is Breathtaker aka Dr. Noah Goddard (played by Adam
West). West was not the original actor to play Breathtaker.
In the first film, "Black Scorpion", the role was played by two people;
Casey Siemaszko played Dr. Goddard, the human counterpart, and Ed
Gilbert supplied the voice of the Breathtaker. This was
Breathtaker's first appearance in the series and Adam West actually
does a very good job. I enjoyed the Breathtaker villain in the
movie, and he's cool here, too. As we all know, Adam West played
Batman in the 1960s. This series is notorious for its references
to the 1966 TV series. However, this particular episode is one
that's pretty far removed from anything to the old "Batman" show.
Breathtaker is a legitimately serious villain with a genuinely evil
scheme; he has no sense of humor. The only humor in this episode
comes from the wacky hallucinations police officers get from the gas,
and the goofy characters of Dr. Phoenix and Ariana.
This is the first appearance in the series of Dr.
Phinneas Phoenix (played by Raye Birk). He's not a villain, but
he IS an annoyance. I don't like the Dr. Phoenix element that
they added to "Black Scorpion". The all-too-easy way he
"regenerates" dead supervillains makes it all-too-easy to recycle old
characters. Plus, it takes away any semblance of believability
the show might have had. Dr. Phoenix, who he is, how he does
things, and his purpose is never really defined.
In this episode, we see Phoenix with the only
assistant he ever had in the series, beautiful Ariana (played by Laura
Harring). She's positively stunning, and turns traitor very easy
when she inexplicably falls for the freakish Breathtaker. Despite
Dr. Phoenix, this is a good episode. Adam West and Laura Harring,
of course, are highlights. But it's also a good story with
Breathtaker threatening the city with hallucinogenic gas.
Breathtaker is beaten and arrested by Black Scorpion, and returns in
four more episodes (more than any other villain in the series).
He never gets killed again. Ariana, upon abandoning Breathtaker
when he's in crisis, is sprayed by the fear gas. It's never said
if she's arrested or not. She obviously never works for Dr.
Of the five Breathtaker appearances Adam West
made, this was his best. He did a good job and made this one of
the series' most enjoyable episodes.
Stone Unturned- Supervillain is Medusa aka Minerva Stone (played
by Lisa Boyle). Her dimwitted, hulking male sidekicks are Marble
(the black one, played by Brian "Big Mac" McWhorter) and Granite (the
white one, played by Sylvester "Bear" Terkay). These guys kind of
make the show, because they're so physically impressive. The
dudes are huge! Marble is the most fun to see because he tears
into guys like a beast. Lisa Boyle, famous Playboy model, is
stunning, but looks her best when she is NOT wearing the Medusa
costume. She's glamorous in her many other outfits in this
episode, but the Medusa costume makes her look kind of freaky.
Due to a cruel childhood prank, Minerva Stone's face
is scarred by acid burns. Only lately has she developed a special
mineral water that restores her face to its true beauty.
Unfortunately, she must drink it or wash her face with it
frequently. Now that she's attractive again, Minerva, going by
the name of Medusa, is turning to stone all the men who rejected her in
the past. She does this by way of a weapon called the Plaster
Blaster. Then, with the help of her two he-men, the heavy statues
of the men are carried to her hidden stone garden below her health spa
that she runs by day as Minerva Stone.
This is one of the few times that all the elements
of a villain character are brought together in a way that makes
sense. Her weapon, where she gets the mud from that encases her
victims, the reason for the muscular henchmen...all of that is supplied
a reason. Medusa is knocked over the edge of a dam and falls to
her apparent death. FYI: Medusa returns later in the series.
Time- Supervillain is Clockwise aka Benjamin Tickerman (played
by Frank Gorshin). He goes beyond the usual two woman sidekick
cliche. Victoria Silvstedt played the tall, sexy, bosomy blonde
Hourglass. Ted Rooney was the tall, lanky Big Hand. Michael
J. Anderson played the evil midget Little Hand. So Clockwise was
the leader in a team of four.
I must admit, I've never much been into Frank
Gorshin's work, but he did well here. It isn't that much
different from his Riddler in "Batman", but Clockwise is more mellowed
out and a bit smarter. A watch peddler arrested 25 years ago for
a crime he didn't commit is now released, obsessed with time, and
terrorizes the city with his antics. He steals 14 microchips from
the lab of Dr. Phoenix that accelerates the age of its victims.
So Clockwise strikes at all 12 of his jurors, Judge Cheetum, and
Captain Strickland (who was Sergeant Strickland back then; his
arresting officer). Black Scorpion saves the day, everyone is
returned back to normal, and Clockwise is killed when his aging ray is
reversed on him.
This is one of the series' best episodes. The
character concepts are a bit cooler and, surprise, surprise, it's
actually a well-conceived story.
Sweat- Supervillain is Aerobicide aka Susie Payne (played by
Renee Allman). Her sexy sidekicks are Bend (played by Faith
Salie, the blonde) and Stretch (played by Ava Fabian, the
brunette). All three of these super-bad lovelies are equally
but I'm really fascinated by Ava Fabian.
and her gang
rob overweight millionaires after exercising them to death. We
later find that Aerobicide is more verile due to robotic limbs.
Aerobicide is, herself, exercised to death when Black Scorpion takes
over control of her limbs via remote control. Bend & Stretch
are zapped into submission by Black Scorpion's ring.
Officer and a Prankster- Supervillain is Gangster Prankster aka
Luther (played by Stoney Jackson). Dr. Phoenix, brilliant but
misguided scientist, clones yet ANOTHER supervillain in hopes to reform
him. He didn't learn his lesson from resurrecting
Breathtaker. Gangster Prankster is cloned from his ashes, which
were kept in an urn by Argyle. We find out that Luther and Argyle
were brothers. Dr. Phoenix's plan worked for awhile, as a device
was embedded in Prankster's brain to give him a shock anytime he had a
bad thought. Prankster was even made an officer on the police
force for his good deeds. But once the device that controlled him
was destroyed, Prankster returned to his evil ways. Black
Scorpion knocked out Prankster, who was then arrested. But we
find out at the end of the episode that Dr. Phoenix is resurrecting yet
ANOTHER supervillain: Inferno. This episode picks up the events
from the movie "Black Scorpion II". It even brings back the same
cast that made up his gang, including Carl Banks as Grimace (I enjoyed
him greatly on TVs "She TV"), and Jeannie Millar as Giggles, the sexy,
giggling girl of the gang. She's Thai, by the way.
Gas- Supervillain is Pollutia aka Dr. Ariel Hayes (played by
Julie McCullough). Secondary supervillain is Breathtaker aka Dr.
Goddard (played by Adam West). Breathtaker is not an active
villain in this episode as he is incarcerated the entire show.
Pollutia's sexy female sidekicks are Vapor and Mist (Traci Bingham and
Amber Newman, respectively). Pollutia,
who can change forms from gaseous to human, is bottled up by Black
Red, You're Dead- Supervillain is Greenthumb aka Eugene
Gardener (played by David L. Lander). His sexy plant girl
sidekicks are Tiger Lily (played by
Ford) and African Violet (played by Gretchen Palmer).
Both girls are cute, but I find Patricia Ford REAL fascinating.
Greenthumb gets eaten by his own giant plant. Tiger Lily and
African Violet are blasted through the greenhouse windows with
Greenthumb's laser weapon, courtesy of Black Scorpion. Of all the
actors who played supervillains in this series, David L. Lander does
the best job as Greenthumb. He's a perfect fit for this goofy
type of show. You might remember him best as Squiggy from the
"Laverne & Shirley" sitcom. I watch him in all his projects.
13. Fire & Brimstone-
Supervillains are Medusa aka Minerva Stone (played by Lisa Boyle),
Inferno aka Adam Burns (played by Brent Huff), and Cupid (played by
Arturo Gil). Minerva's muscleman sidekicks Marble and Granite are
back, too (Brian "Big Mac" McWhorter and Sylvester "Bear" Terkay,
This is another episode I think is too dumb. I enjoyed Medusa
and Inferno in their previous appearances, but this "return" is kind of
a let down. Basically because nothing really happens. The
only thing that happens plotwise is Cupid, a midget supervillain on a
flying skateboard that fires arrows that emit love potion gas. We
see him a couple of times, and he is never apprehended. Also,
Cupid has NOTHING to do with the other supervillains in this episode.
At the end of the show, Medusa and Inferno become
victims of Cupid's love gas and fall in love with each other. I
guess, from there, they're arrested but it's never shown. We're
just told that all is well again. Medusa and Inferno make
separate return appearances in the series after this episode, but the
whole love gas thing is never addressed. And Cupid never returns
or is dealt with in any manner. This is not one of the most
I do enjoy Lisa Boyle as Medusa and am glad she was
able to make a return. She looks great as ever. Marble and
Granite are good, funny supporting characters for her. When
Medusa made her next and last appearance, she did not have them and
something was definitely missing. I also like the character
concept of Inferno (played by Brent Huff), and he was well acted.
Neither Medusa or Inferno were serious, hardcore villains; more like
spoiled children and, therefore, amusing and somewhat likable.
Medusa's return in this episode is explained by her going into a
drainage tunnel in the side of the dam that she was falling down.
Inferno's return was explained by the ever-lazy method of having Dr.
Phoenix resurrect him. This is still an amusing episode for the
sake of the actors and their characters, but too, too dumb to be in this series.
Vice- How come the best supervillains in this series only appear
once? Supervillain is Mindbender aka Dr. Sarah Bellum (played by Lana
Clarkson). Her sexy sidekicks are Gig and Byte (played by Amy
Miller and Lisa Alvarez, respectively). We actually hear that
Byte's pre-supervillain last name is Bytofsky. This show was good
for silly! Lou Ferrigno plays The Slave Master, a character in
Mindbender's virtual reality game. Ferrigno's a cool guy you like
to see in shows. Personally, I think he has a lot more going for
him than the Hulk.
As usual in this series, the good scientist turns
wicked supervillain through a tragic accident. Lana Clarkson is
excellent. She's a really good actress. And sexy!
Whoa! But acting-wise, she has really great delivery. All
the supervillains in this series make puns appropriate to their
character, and for the most part they come out dumb. Lana
Clarkson as Mindbender makes her computer puns, and they actually sound
cool. It would seem as if she had a very good time filming this
Mindbender, herself, is a refreshing character for
the show. She doesn't have superpowers; none that we see,
anyway. She does, however, possess an incredible brilliance for
electronics. As passionate as she is about virtual reality and
using it to make others happy, it would have been nice to see
Mindbender return as a reformed criminal. Perhaps she could have
used virtual reality to fight crime.
The production values of this episode are a bit
higher than normal. The Middle Ages sets and all the costumes for
all the extras look like it took a bit of money and time to put
together. On a side note, the opening fight sequences with Black
Scorpion against the schoolboy punks are probably the best-orchestrated
hand-to-hand fighting scenes in the entire series.
Mindbender, designer of a Middle Ages virtual
reality game called "Wrath of Warriors", traps her enemies in the game
while she does her dirty work. Black Scorpion traps Mindbender
and her flunkies in their own game. The trampy trio are kept in
virtual reality when they are taken to real prison.
Sport- Supervillain is Slapshot aka Ricky "The Rocket" Blade
(played by Greg Kean). His sexy cheerleader sidekicks are blondes
Bipsy (played by Becky Mullen, spelled here as Beckie, the older one)
and "Younger Cheerleader" (played by Gretchen Stockdale). Truth
be told, Becky Mullen is only two years older than Gretchen Stockdale,
and they look about the same age to me, but they credited Gretchen
Stockdale as the "younger" cheerleader.
This is a good episode, but the character concept of
Slapshot needed to be reworked. A hockey supervillain would look
cool, but this guy looks like an alien robot. Why didn't he
resemble more of a hockey player? And there certainly wasn't a
whole lot he did with a hockey stick. The story idea is
good. Ricky Blade is a popular hockey player who is betrayed by
three of his teammates and paralyzed. Dr. Chiro Practis (played
by Charles Fleischer), mysterious doctor, develops a suit of armor that
allows Ricky Blade to walk again. But now Ricky is using this
armor to exact his revenge on the three traitors. Slapshot is
knocked out by Black Scorpion and arrested.
Greg Kean's a good actor. Slapshot DID return
for the episode "Power Play", but I would have liked to see something
more interesting done with him. There were enough villains in the
show. He could have made a better hero.
of Death- Supervillain is Angel of Death aka Detective Angela
Archer (played by Nancy Valen). Supporting supervillain is
Sanitation Psycho (played by Patrick Bristow). Angry cop Angela
Archer flips out and becomes murderous vigilante Angel of Death.
Sanitation Psycho is killed by Angel's poison kiss. Angel of
Death is beaten into submission by incarcerated supervillains before
she, too, is arrested. Angel of Death has one of the most
interesting costumes among the bad girls in this series. She's an
extremely sexy, memorable character.
Laughs Last- Supervillain is Gangster Prankster aka Luther
(played by Stoney Jackson). His entourage is the same cast of
characters, but with a new Giggles (played by Sung Hi Lee). Carl
Banks and Greg Eagles return as Grimace and ?, respectively. This
is the BEST appearance of Gangster Prankster, period. This time
around, after playing GP twice before, I think Stoney Jackson really
developed the character. In the film, "Black Scorpion 2:
Aftershock" the character was too over the top. The next
appearance, in this series, was better, but just not that
interesting. In this episode, though, he's really fun to
see. Gangster Prankster is still strange enough to be funny and
interesting, but watchable.
This is the MOST we ever see Giggles do
anything. Well, except for a few brief moments in "Black Scorpion
2" where she goes topless, but that's another story (sigh!).
Seriously, though, Giggles never really had a function in the gang
before. She's still just a cheesecake character, but she has more
dialogue in this show and is given more to do. I like Sung Hi Lee
Carl Banks is also given more screentime as
Grimace. He's been with Gangster Prankster in all of his
appearances, but was little more than an anonymous flunky. Now
Carl Banks was actually allowed to use his comedic acting talent.
I enjoyed Banks on the fantastic, although short-lived sketch-comedy
series "SHE TV".
In this episode, Gangster Prankster frames good
brother Argyle so he can be with him in prison. He plays on
Argyle's feelings to bust them out with his technological genius.
Argyle reluctantly joins the gang to help Luther (Prankster) exact
revenge on comedian Charlie Chortle who's been joking about Gangster
Prankster. Argyle invents a device that was only supposed to make
people expand when they laughed. Gangster Prankster uses the
device to actually blow up Charlie Chortle and anyone else who dared
laugh in the city. When Argyle says he's leaving the evil gang,
his own brother tries to kill him with the device! Argyle is
rescued, of course, but his feelings about not killing Luther change
for the first time in this series. Gangster Prankster is killed
when his own device is turned on him; he's blown up again!
Just when the character starts getting cool to see,
he's killed off permanently! This is the last we see of Gangster
Prankster in the series. Still, it was a great supervillain story
for "Black Scorpion". Legendary comedian Fred Travalena plays
ill-fated Charlie Chortle.
Play- Major supervillain is Stunner aka Deputy Mayor Adrina
Watts (played by Alison Armitage). Also featuring Breathtaker
(Adam West), Medusa (Lisa Boyle), and Slapshot (Greg Kean).
Previous supervillains Aftershock, Firearm, Hurricane, and Inferno are
shown as cameos via stock footage. There's a new supervillain in
town, and she's got glowing boobies! Adrina Watts (don't you love
how obvious these names are?) gets electrocuted and this somehow gives
her electric powers. Hmm, all this time I thought it killed
you. Anyway, she gets electric powers. So, what's the first
thing you do after you get super powers? Become a supervillain,
of course! I've always wondered: How come characters in
this show who gain super powers by accident automatically use them to
be evil? Is there no one who wants to be a superhero like Black
Scorpion? Maybe the superhero union fees are too high. One
other thing: Stunner had an English accent before her accident...how
did she lose it?
This is one of the series' best episodes. The
fact that there are so many supervillains makes it a pretty tight 40+
minutes. But the coolest scene is where Black Scorpion, on
iceskates, "karates up" hockey supervillain Slapshot. It's
something unique that they hadn't done before that really makes an
As a distraction, Stunner releases Breathtaker,
Medusa, and Slapshot from prison. Black Scorpion fights all of
these clowns separately and easily defeats them. Breathtaker is
simply punched out. Medusa is shocked by Scorpion's ring.
And Slapshot is knocked out by karate on ice skates. Last time
around, Slapshot's super armor suit gave him the strength of ten men
and he was essentially indestructible. This time he's just a big
ol' weenie. Don't know how that works, but the whole Slapshot
sequence in this episode is one of the coolest moments in the series.
Black Scorpion absorbs Stunner's power with a
special battery, then super-shocks the villainess into unconsciousness
with her ring. I like Alison Armitage. I remember seeing
her in the TV series "Acapulco HEAT" (the first series from 1993-94, I
didn't catch the series from 98-99).
Finish- Supervillain is Flashpoint aka Cameron Albright (played
by Allen Scotti). Sexy sidekick is Vision aka Iris Lookinggood
(played by Kimber West). I like Kimber West. She bounces
when she's not even trying! Her character is a bit smarter in
this episode, but still no genius.
Vision busts Flashpoint out of prison with a special
camera that actually pulls the subject into the lens. Flashpoint
is then regenerated in his hideout. They use this same camera to
catch Black Scorpion. Black Scorpion is caught, and discovered to
be Darcy Walker. Now EVERYONE is after Darcy (Scorpion). To
convince everyone that Flashpoint is a fake, Darcy has a clone of
herself made by Dr. Phoenix. This is to show that Darcy Walker
AND Black Scorpion are in the same place at the same time. Once
everyone sees this, Darcy is cleared of suspicion. But the clone,
produced too quickly, goes bezerk. So the Black Scorpion clone is
as important of villain in this episode as Flashpoint. The evil
twin kills Dr. Phoenix (we find out later it was a clone of Dr.
Phoenix, left in charge by the real Phoenix), before killing
herself. Meanwhile, Flashpoint and Vision are sucked up into a
satellite by their own camera device. They're still alive, and
know Darcy's secret, but are imprisoned far above the Earth where they
will never bother her again. Well, not in this series,
anyway. This is the last appearance of Flashpoint and Vision.
the Music- Supervillain is Vox Populi (played by Shannon
Whirry). Her sexy sidekicks are Screech (the black one, played by
Elan Carter), and Shriek (the redhead, played by Angelica
Bridges). Truth be told, I would have liked to have seen Angelica
Bridges in a bigger part. I enjoy seeing her in shows; my
favorite being her Red Sonja in TVs "Conan". But at least she
looked great and played a cool character. Elan Carter is quite a
looker, too. An interesting fact: she's the daughter of Otis
Williams, lead singer and founder of The Temptations! I like
Shannon Whirry a lot, and she normally looks very stunning in shows,
but she was really uglied up in this show with that messed up hairstyle
and Twisted Sister style makeup. Well, she was playing an evil
punk rocker so I guess it's excused. And they still show off her
Vox Populi is another unique villain for the
series. As far as we know, Vox Populi is her real name; she
doesn't assume another identity. She's evil from the start, and
not the victim of a tragedy that turns her evil. There was only
one thing I wish would have been addressed, and that is: how did she
get that guitar? A guitar that shoots sonic blasts? That's
cool, but I doubt Vox or anyone in her group were smart enough to make
it themselves. Where did it come from? Vox and her
bandmates are death metal punk rockers that brainwash the city into
madness through CDs that contain subliminal messages. Screech and
Shriek are punched out by Black Scorpion. Vox is blasted off a
rooftop by her own sonic guitar, courtesy of Black Scorpion, and falls
to her death on a car below.
An interesting subplot in this episode is the
mayoral race between evil Mayor Worth and Captain Strickland.
Mayor Worth ends up winning, through treachery. That sucks.
I wish they would have used this to write out Mayor Worth or do
something new and different with him. It would have been better
if Strickland became mayor. With the whole "crooked mayor" thing
gone, Black Scorpion would have had newer, more exciting challenges to
face. And a new captain would have provided for some great new
stories. Still, this episode is one of the best in the series.
(Part 1)- Major supervillain is Professor Prophet aka
Sonny Dey (played by Soupy Sales). His sexy cohort is the bosomy
Celeste McCloud (played by Carrie Stevens). To secure his
position as a TV psychic, Professor Prophet makes his own predictions
come true by releasing four of the city's most dangerous supervillains
including: Aftershock (Sherrie Rose), Breathtaker (Adam West),
Hurricane (Athena Massey), and Inferno (Brent Huff). At the end
of this episode, the foursome beat on Black Scorpion and knock her out.
They certainly ended this series with a bang.
Besides the challenge of the four supervillains, and Professor Prophet
and Celeste, the romantic relationship was played up between Darcy
Walker and Steve Rafferty. In a season where nothing changed, it
was nice to see that they wanted to tie up that loose end.
(Part 2)- Black Scorpion, knocked out by her enemies,
manages to regain consciousness and escape when the supervillains start
bickering amongst each other. After this, Darcy realizes that
this is her first real close call and is afraid to die a hero's death
with a life unfulfilled. She gives up Black Scorpion AND the
police force to further pursue a romantic relationship with
Steve. Everyone knows that only Black Scorpion can stop these
villains, and it's hard for others to coerce her back into it.
Argyle has Professor Phoenix resurrect Darcy's
father. The clone can only live 24 hours, but he uses his time to
try to persuade Darcy to do her duty and save the city. Even THIS
doesn't persuade Darcy to take on the villains again, until he goes to
stop them on his own. To save her father's life (not knowing
about his limited lifespan), she becomes Black Scorpion again.
After a long battle, Black Scorpion knocks
Aftershock, Breathtaker, Hurricane, and Inferno back into their tubes
which closes them in, fills with sleeping gas, and puts them to
sleep. Professor Prophet is knocked on his can, and Celeste is
shocked into unconsciousness by Black Scorpion's sting ring. But
before Celeste is neutralized, she fires a fatal bullet into Darcy's
Lieutenant Walker tells Darcy he would have died,
anyway, and that he had never been more proud of her. In other
words, she was given the "OK" by him to continue being Black Scorpion,
and she rejoins the force. At the end of this episode, Darcy and
Steve definitely agree to a committed relationship.
For the first time in the series, Steve does not
pursue Black Scorpion. Even he realizes how important she is to
stopping supervillains. It's apparent that his feelings on the
vigilante may have eased a bit with all that's gone on in this
season. It would have been interesting to see how Steve reacted
when he finds out Darcy is Black Scorpion, and how that would have
affected their relationship.
Other story ideas that would have been neat to see
is the evil Mayor Worth (who was completely unseen in these last two
episodes) being taken down for good. Who would replace him as
mayor? Would Worth still be alive, to return as a
supervillain? Would the new mayor be good or evil? Would
Babette become the bimbo for the new mayor, or stick with Worth?
And what about Professor Phoenix? Most of
Black Scorpion's problems come from the fact that he keeps resurrecting
the nasty supervillains. How would he be dealt with, to prevent
him from doing this over and over? Surely SOME of the
supervillains from the series could stay dead. The whole
supervillain resurrection thing got past the point of ridiculous.
I think we all would like to see some new ones.
There were so many story possibilities to
pursue. I think Black Scorpion was a character that was retired
too soon. And should a new series start, I hope it would pick up
where this series left off, just like this series had picked up from
the movies. After such a long absence (this series was actually
filmed in 1999), it might need to be recast, but a new phase of the
Black Scorpion saga would be fun to see.
Aerobicide (aka Susie Payne)-
Played by Renee Allman. Murderous fitness instructor with robotic
Angel of Death (aka Detective Angela
Archer)- Played by Nancy Valen. Angelic vigilante with a
Breathtaker (aka Dr. Noah Goddard)-
Played by Adam West. Spiteful villain with suit that supplies
Clockwise (aka Benjamin Tickerman)-
Played by Frank Gorshin. Time-obsessed supervillain.
Firearm (aka ?)- Played by
Martin Kove. Man with machine gun for right arm.
Flashpoint (aka Cameron Albright)-
by Allen Scotti. Blinds people with bright light.
Greenthumb (aka Eugene Gardener)-
by David L. Lander. Evil plant lover with huge, green
Inferno (aka Adam Burns)-
Played by Brent Huff. Villain with super-powered fire abilities.
Mindbender (aka Dr. Sarah Bellum)-
Clarkson. Sexy, blonde, virtual reality and electronics
Torchy Thompson- Played by Dave
Mustaine. Evil, non-super, long-haired arsonist.
Vox Populi- Played by Shannon
Whirry. Psychotic death metal rocker with sonic guitar.
Ariana- Played by Laura
Harring. Assistant to Dr. Phoenix, later henchwoman to
Babette- Played by Shae
Marks. Mistress/secretary of Mayor Artie Worth.
Giggles- Played by Jeannie
Millar, then Sung Hi Lee. Henchwoman to Gangster Prankster.
Hourglass- Played by Victoria
Silvstedt. Henchwoman to Clockwise.
Shriek- Played by Angelica
Bridges. Henchwoman to Vox Populi.
Stretch- Played by Ava Fabian.
Tiger Lily- Played by Patricia
Ford. Henchwoman to Greenthumb.
Vapor- Played by Traci
Bingham. Henchwoman to Pollutia.
Vision (aka Iris Lookinggood)-
Played by Kimber West. Sidekick to Flashpoint.