Blade: The Series
Title card
Based onBlade
by Marv Wolfman and
Gene Colan
Developed byDavid S. Goyer
ComposerRamin Djawadi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producers
ProducerGordon Mark
Camera setupSingle-camera setup
Running time46 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJune 28 (2006-06-28) –
September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)

Blade: The Series is an American television series created by David S. Goyer for Spike based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Sharing continuity with New Line Cinema's Blade film series, it was produced by New Line Television in association with Marvel Entertainment. The series takes place after the events of the film Blade: Trinity (2004) and stars Sticky Fingaz (credited as Kirk "Sticky" Jones) as Eric Brooks / Blade, with Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Jessica Gower, and Nelson Lee also starring. The two-hour pilot was directed by Peter O'Fallon from a script by Goyer (who wrote the scripts for all three of the original films) and Geoff Johns.

The series premiered on June 28, 2006, and aired for one season, concluding on September 13, 2006. It received mixed reviews, with critics praising the action scenes while criticizing the large number of clichés, as well as the absence of Wesley Snipes in the title role.


Soldier Krista Starr returns from military service in Iraq to learn that her twin brother, Zack, has died in mysterious circumstances. Her investigation reveals Zack had been a "familiar"—a human who serves a vampire in the hope of eventually being rewarded with eternal life. Krista's search leads her to Marcus Van Sciver, Zack's killer, and to Blade, a vampire hunter. Marcus is a powerful vampire and high-ranking member of the House of Chthon. Smitten with Krista, Marcus turns her into a vampire by injecting her with his own blood. Krista is then approached by Blade, who injects her with the serum he uses to control his own vampire instincts, offering her a chance to avenge her brother's death and help him bring down Marcus and the House of Chthon. Blade reveals that Zack was helping him with a sting operation, and he and Krista form a reluctant partnership. The remainder of the season follows Krista's attempts to maintain her cover in the House of Chthon while struggling with her growing predatory nature, and Marcus's work on the Aurora Project, intended to develop a vaccine to render vampires immune to their traditional weaknesses (sunlight, silver, and garlic). It is revealed that Marcus has sabotaged the project and created a virus that is deadly to "purebloods"—the ruling vampire class—and leaves unscathed the "turnbloods"—vampires who were once human. With Blade's help, he eventually unleashes his weapon in the series finale.[1]


In February 2006, Spike TV gave the green light for a television series based on Marvel Comics superhero Blade as the network's first original scripted series. Spike TV executive Pancho Mansfield said: "We're extremely pleased with the pilot for Blade, which delivers a thrilling action-adventure for its built-in fan base as well as a character-driven drama filled with heart-pounding tension and suspense. The series will be the first of our scripted fare as we embark on creating a greater mix of original programming for our viewers".[2]

David S. Goyer, who had written the scripts for all three of the films and created the television series, commented that the open-ended nature of a TV series supported the kind of storytelling that allows viewers to delve more into the inner workings of the vampire world.[3]

Rapper Sticky Fingaz signed to star as Blade in November 2005, replacing Wesley Snipes, who had portrayed Blade in the movies. Fingaz later commented that he was not out to make people forget about the Blade films, but wanted to put his own spin on the character: "I think it's more my own direction, but I have to incorporate some of what [Snipes] did. That's what people are familiar with, and you don't want to change it up drastically. You might want to change the seasoning a little bit, but you want the same meat".[3]

Spike TV ordered 11 one-hour episodes, in addition to the two-hour pilot episode, to be produced by New Line Television. The pilot was shot in 2005, and production of the series began in Vancouver in the spring of 2006.[4] The show premiered with the pilot on June 28, 2006, followed by standard one-hour episodes from July 5.

In the chronology of the Blade film series, the TV series takes place after the film Blade: Trinity (2004): certain events in the film are mentioned in the pilot episode.[5] The series adds several new characters, including Krista Starr (played by Jill Wagner), Marcus van Sciver (Neil Jackson), Chase (Jessica Gower) and Shen (Nelson Lee). Goyer later explained: "What the series is, in a weird way, is kind of like Wiseguy with vampires, because Jill's character is kind of a double agent working for Blade, within the vampire community, and [we're] treating the vampires sort of like the ultimate crime family. Blade realizes at the beginning of the pilot that he's not making much headway, just sort of hacking and slashing, that he needs to know more about their inner workings".[3][6]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Blade: House Of Chthon"Peter O'FallonGeoff Johns & David S. GoyerJune 28, 2006 (2006-06-28)
3"Death Goes On"Michael RobisonDavid SimkinsJuly 5, 2006 (2006-07-05)
4"Descent"John FawcettAdam TargumJuly 12, 2006 (2006-07-12)
5"Bloodlines"Felix Enriquez AlcalaGeoff JohnsJuly 19, 2006 (2006-07-19)
6"The Evil Within"Michael RobisonDaniel TrulyJuly 26, 2006 (2006-07-26)
7"Delivery"Alex ChappleBarbara NanceAugust 2, 2006 (2006-08-02)
8"Sacrifice"David StraitonChris RuppenthalAugust 9, 2006 (2006-08-09)
9"Turn of the Screw"Norberto BarbaBarbara NanceAugust 16, 2006 (2006-08-16)
10"Angels and Demons"Felix Enriquez AlcalaAdam TargumAugust 23, 2006 (2006-08-23)
11"Hunters"Brad TurnerGeoff JohnsAugust 30, 2006 (2006-08-30)
12"Monsters"Ken GirottiDaniel TrulySeptember 6, 2006 (2006-09-06)
13"Conclave"Alex ChappleDavid S. Goyer & Daniel Truly & Geoff JohnsSeptember 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)

Cast and characters







The series premiere had 2.5 million viewers and was the most-watched original series premiere in Spike TV history. It was also the #1 show on evening cable TV for men 18–34 and 18–49.[7] This occurred in a year where most cable premieres were outstanding, and the series failed to hold its numbers.[8]

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the series had an approval rating of 50% based on reviews from 18 critics. The site's consensus was "Blade: The Series emphasizes gore and techno music over dramatic development, making for a bland action series".[9] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 49% based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly gave it a positive review and wrote: "When gunplay, kickboxing, and throat slitting actually feel like breaks in the action, you've got a series with brains as well as teeth".[11] The Guardian wrote: "Like most genre shows, it fumbles a lot in setting up the world and characters, but stick with it: after a few weeks it hits its stride and is a good antidote to the rather soppy bloodsuckers of True Blood and Twilight".[12]

Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that the series "feels more like a bland swig of plasma than the bloody romp that it ought to be".[13] Reviewing the series in 2017, Liz Shannon Miller of IndieWire was critical of the show: "Despite some interesting twists at the end, the cliches did pile up" and the absence of Wesley Snipes.[14]


On September 28, 2006, Jill Wagner announced that there would be no second season of the show.[15] The next day, Spike announced in a press release that the show would not be picked up. As a response to a letter in Wizard Magazine, series writer/producer Geoff Johns stated that "the network didn't want to cancel it, I just think Spike TV is still a young network, and the price it was costing to make...they just weren't able to do it".

Home media

iTunes and DVD

Blade: The Series was the second TV show to premiere on iTunes before ever having aired on mainstream television.[16][17] The short-lived Law & Order spin-off Conviction was the first.[18][19]

The pilot episode of the series was released on DVD as Blade: House of Chthon.[20] The complete series was released in 2006 on a 4-disc DVD set by New Line Home Entertainment / Warner Bros., featuring the episodes revamped and alternated, with uncensored scenes considered "Too Graphic for TV".[21]

See also


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