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Season 2, episode 4
Series 204
1st release: 06/24/02
2nd release: 08/25/02
Last update: 08/13/02

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Yancy Butler (Sara Pezzini)
David Chokachi (Jake McCartey)
Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons)
Will Yun Lee (Danny Woo)
Eric 'Kaos' Etebari (Ian Nottingham)

Joseph Scoren (Talon Greene)
Eric Cabral (young Nottingham)

Filmed on location in Toronto.


Obsessed with his feelings for Sara Pezzini and possessed by the spirit of Kenneth Irons, Ian Nottingham contracts with a group of deadly assassins to murder Sara. But when he later regrets his decision, will it be too late to call off the killers and save Sara?


While investigating a robbery/murder, Sara, Jake and Danny discover clues that lead them to suspect members of an elite Special Forces unit called the Black Dragons. Underwritten by Kenneth Irons' Vorschlag Industries, the Dragons were an experimental military unit subjected to psychological training and genetic engineering. The detectives then learn that Nottingham is a member of this clandestine group of killers. Meanwhile, after communing with the spirit of Irons, Nottingham resumes contact with the Black Dragons and orders Sara murdered in order to rid himself of his "weakness" for her. But as the Black Dragons prepare to kill Sara, Nottingham reconsiders and becomes determined to save her, even if he must fight to the death against the group's powerful leader. Upon realizing Nottingham's motives, Sara uses the Witchblade to intervene and help defeat the Dragons, leaving Nottingham even more connected to her than ever.


This commentary is by Beboman.

This was an interesting episode; not a great one, but an interesting episode.

It felt like things were pulled by the hair to make them fit together, like the puzzle was missing parts and they did not know how to put things together to fit. In general, though, it had some good, interesting moments.

One good thing was seeing Sara, Danny and Jake working together as a team. My question here is what happened to the Division Captains. It looks to me like Sara and her team are on their own with no one to report to. Just an observation.

What is with the old man who keeps popping in and saying nothing. He is the guy who, in the last season, changed time. He seems to be Sara's new spiritual guide. He just shows up and gives Sara unspoken clues as to what is going on.

In a strange way, this character reminds me of a character in a play I read many moons ago called "The Misunderstanding". There was a character in the play who, throughout the play, did not say anything. He was just there sweeping and, at the end, had only one line, but a very powerful line it was.

Another interesting point shown in this episode was how Ian is slowly turning into Irons. At the same time, it was interesting to see the bazaar behavior Ian has with Irons' body parts. It seems like Irons and his parts are gradually consuming Ian.

On the other hand, it was very interesting to see Irons and Ian interact when Ian was a young boy.

Another interesting point that this episode showed was the love-hate relationship Ian has with Sara. One second he is ordering a hit on her, then he is asking for her forgiveness, then he wants the hit man to back off, and then he ends up taking an arrow for her. Very confusing.

Now talking about this arrow, it was interesting to find out that the Witchblade did not only give Sara super-strength in battle, it also provided the ability to heal. This was something we didn't see last season.

Now going back to Ian, (who I feel was the focus of this episode) I have to say I was disappointed with his fight against Mobly. If these two men were, as we were led to believe, super-fighters with biologically and chemically enhanced bodies, the fight between them was very flat. There was nothing to write home about.

As I said before, this episode had some interesting points, but it was not as powerful or strong as the previous.

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