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WITCHBLADE

MAELSTROM


EPISODE NO. 06/106
Season 1, episode 06
Series 106
1st release: 07/17/01
2nd release: 08/26/01
Production number: 106
Last update: 11/05/01


REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
SYNOPSIS by Nora
COMMENTARY by Beboman
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REGULAR CAST
Yancy Butler (Sara Pezzini)
David Chokachi (Jake McCartey)
Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons)
Will Yun Lee (Danny Woo)
Eric 'Kaos' Etebari (Ian Nottingham)

GUEST CAST
Kim De Lury (Conchobar)
Bill MacDonald (Jerry Orlinsky)
Eleanor Yeoman (Conchobar's mother)
Trent McMullen (Sean Cole)

Filmed on location in Toronto.




TV GUIDE PROMO

Sara races against a ticking clock to save Conchobar when he's kidnapped and used as bait by an anti-terrorist group intent on arresting his brother for past IRA involvement. In the end, the battle for Conchobar's life becomes a battle for the Witchblade.

An anti-terrorist group kidnaps Sara's new love, Conchobar (Kim De Lury). ExciteTV

Irons commissions the development of wetware that when implanted in humans would allow him to use electromagnetic signals to control them. Nottingham has the chance to recover the Witchblade for Irons, but instead he returns it to its rightful owner, Sara. Then he lies to Irons about the incident, saying he couldn't get it off Sara's wrist. WarnerBros.

True to the Celtic legend of Conchobar and Cathain, Sara races against a ticking clock to save her new love when he's kidnapped and used as bait by an anti-terrorist group intent on arresting his brother for past IRA deed. In the end, the battle for Conchobar's life becomes a battle for the Witchblade. TNT

Conchobar is abducted by Irish militants, and Sara will do anything to save him, even if it means compromising the powers of the Witchblade.






SYNOPSIS:

This synopsis is by Nora.

This episode begins with Sara and Conchobar spending some time in bed. Conchobar is trying to convince Sara to quit the force and just hang out with him. She gets ready for work because Jake is picking her up. After he dresses and is getting something to drink a hooded man comes up the stairs and attacks him. There is a fight and two others come in and join in the fight. They practically knock him out and tie his hands. They place a hood over his head as well.

Meanwhile Sara and Jake are having foot long hot dogs for breakfast when they come upon a Sergeant from the precinct taking a payoff and picking up a prostitute. He does not see Sara and Jake but they have seen all he did. Sara has Jake buy a roll of film and then makes it so that it looks like it has been used. As this is happening, Conchobar is being put into a van and being rushed out of the area of Sara's apartment.

A precinct officer informs Sara that her apartment has been reported as vandalized. She and Jake survey the damage of her apartment and as her bracelet glows she sees scenes of Conchobar being beat up in the room. They also note that nothing has been stolen or is missing. When she returns to the station she tries to convince the Captain that they need to investigate the alleged kidnapping. He reminds her that they are a homicide agency and can do nothing until they have a body. Jake witnesses this and tells her that he can help in anyway he can. He will research if anyone she has sent up has been released recently or if anything else comes up on the system.

The group that have taken Conchobar turn out to be a police squad from the northern government of Ireland but they come across as an Irish Militant group instead. They are after Conchobar who we find out is really John Patrick Dougherty in order to get to his brother - Edward Dougherty. Edward is accused of detonating twenty car bombs in Belfast Ireland. He has escaped so far and so they will use Conchobar as a bargaining chip to get him. They plan on taking him back to Ireland and then when Edward turns himself in as exchange for his brother they will kill them both.

Sara in the meantime is cleaning up her apartment. As she picks up Conchobar's guitar and puts it in its case, she finds a sheet of music to a song called 'Sara'. It is about their souls being entwined and being meant for each other. As the song plays in the background she also finds pictures of her and people that look like his family. She also comes upon a picture of three men sitting around a table with weapons on it. One of the men looks familiar to her.

Conchobar is attempting to make the group believe that his brother would not turn himself in in return for his release. He tells them that they were never that close anyway and so they are wasting their time. His attempts are futile for they do not seem to care. At the precinct Sara is searching the police database for the men in the picture and finds Edward Dougherty. Jake wants to help and agrees to cover her back as she heads to Hell's Kitchen to interrogate someone. As they have left the station the Captain pulls up the data that Sara was looking over and sees the picture of Edward Dougherty.

Sara targets a guy named Connor who is a hit man for an Irish organization in the city. She wants him to make calls to his contacts to find out where they can be holding Conchobar. At this time Danny appears and tries to calm her down. He tells her that she cannot fight the devil with the devil's tools. He tells her that she will lose herself if she is not careful. Sara does not care and just wants to find Conchobar. She finds her way to the hiding place and tries to negotiate his release. She appeals to their position as police but they do not budge. The fact that he is innocent is just part of their collateral damage. As Conchobar blurts out their plan the female group member shoots him in the knee. Sara desperately asks them what else they might need - money maybe. The leader Sean tells her that two million might work. The female member asks Sara for her bracelet and after some very quick reflection, she hands it to her.

Kenneth Irons is having a cocktail party at his place and senses that the Witchblade is off Sara's hand. He sends Ian to find her and see what is going on. The Captain is asking Jake for Sara and he makes an excuse for her. The Captain tries to convince Jake that Sara is just a slacker cop and he should not be so quick to defend her.

Sara is asking Kenneth Irons for the two million. She states that she has never asked him for anything and will ensure that the money is returned by the end of the day. He reminds her that he once asked her to join him and she turned him down. She says that she would join him now if he wanted as long as he loaned her the money. Irons suggests that her letting go of the Witchblade must have been for a drastic reason. He seems to be seducing her only to tell her that he wanted an opportunity to reject her as she had done to him. He then sends Ian out with instructions not to come back without the Witchblade.

At the precinct Sara confronts the Sergeant that she and Jake spotted taking a payoff. She shows him the empty roll of film after he calls her a bitch. Sara tells him that maybe she could send the film on to internal affairs or his wife. In order for none of that to happen she asks that he leave the key to the evidence locker and walk away. As she looks over the evidence she comes upon a box of money.

The Irish group female member is looking at the bracelet as it glows lightly. The Commander Sean, ensures her that they should accept the money and keep if for the cause but they will still kill the Dougherty brothers.

Sara is seen loading herself up with an arsenal of weapons underneath her coat as she heads off with a bag of money. At the precinct the Sergeant tells the Captain about his encounter with Sara. The Captain is not happy and picks up the phone to call someone. Sara in the meantime, has delivered the bag of money to the Irish group and is hoping that this will enable them to set Conchobar free. Sean tells her that she is still two million short because the money is not real. They then pull their guns on each other. At that time Ian comes in and says something about Sara doing well and passing the test and he having the real money. He hands the bag to one of the members and they start to inspect it as he cuts one of them and begins to fire at them with two semi-automatic weapons. There ensues an amazing bullet battle. As it progresses the female group member has the Witchblade come to life on her arm. She gives an amazing look of amusement as she uses it to fend off the bullets coming at her. She and Sara fight and as Conchobar lies on the floor, the female sinks the Witchblade into him. Sara yells and pulls another gun and kills her before she can pull the blade out of his chest. Ian watches as this happens then finishes killing the other members. Sara falls to the ground and cries over the body of Conchobar. She seems to have passed out and Ian takes the bracelet off the dead female and instead of leaving with it, places it back on Sara's wrist. He also seems to take a drop of Sara's blood and drinks it and then cuts himself and drinks a drop of his blood. What is that about? He leaves them on the floor.

Jake wakes Sara up and tells her that they have to go before the police get there. She is very distraught and is not sure what is going on. He takes her out the back way, as sirens are heard in the background.

Kenneth Irons is questioning Ian as to why he returned without the blade. Irons hits Ian after he tells him that by the time he reached Sara the bracelet was already on her hand. Irons offered that he should have cut off her hand. Ian then counters that next time he will do just that.



COMMENTARY

This commentary is by Beboman.

This is another excellent installment of "The Witchblade" which concludes the story of Sara and Conchobar and, as Irons had said in a prior episode, his ending was not good.

These two characters had known each other in a prior life and end up the same way as they had in that life. Interesting flow of events where a Celtic myth imitates reality, or at least our perception and the character's perception of reality.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this episode was the easy, carefree relationship between Sara and Conchobar. It was great seeing Sara smile and enjoy life, if only for a few minutes, considering that since the beginning of the show Sara has not had one real moment of peace and tranquillity. From the moment "The Witchblade" entered her life, Sara's life has been anything but normal. She has gone from one emotional conflict to another, driving Sara to her limits.

It is not like this episode is going to be any different. As a matter of fact, this episode really takes Sara to the total end and she is on the verge of falling into a deep abyss. In this episode, Sara has found love and happiness and it is taken from her by the end of the episode. Conchobar, her "soulmate" as Sara refers to him, is killed by "The Witchblade", which is being controlled by someone other than Sara at the time.

Once again, Irons plays a big role in this episode. Not only is he able to feel everything Sara feels, even her most intimate moods, he shows how vengeful he can be when he refuses to help Sara get the money to save Conchobar. This is his payback for Sara having refused his offer to be with him.

Then there is the precinct captain, Bruno Dante, another one who is also getting on my very last good nerve. We find out that he not only has it in for Sara because of something that happened in the past between he and Sara's father, we also find out that he is a dirty cop.

You know, you have to give Sara a lot of credit when it comes to being intuitive and cunning. It was very smooth the way she made the dirty cop think she had pictures of him taking the money from the pimp. Good blackmail job by Sara. Sara's will and tenacity are something to be admired.

Another important point in this episode is the fact that Sara starts to trust Jake, and even though she pushes the envelope with him in that scene with the Irish hitman, she still trusts him enough to know he is not going to turn her in.

Of course, if I had been that Irish hitman, I would have also told her anything she wanted to know after seeing her talk to herself (of course, she was really talking to Danny, her dead partner) and her acting all crazy. Man, Sara can truly go ballistic at times. I just love those crazed eyes.

YB's expressions and transitions in this episode were superb. Her timing was flawless and she delivered a truly believable portrayal of Sara Pezzini driven to the end of her mental and emotional strength and falling over the edge when her soulmate is killed. That whole scene when the Irish woman kills him with "The Witchblade" was so well done by both actresses. You could feel the pain and anger in Sara when she saw this woman use the "Blade" to kill Conchobar.

Also, it was very interesting how the "Blade" came to this woman's aid, forsaking Sara. So it was true that the "Blade" will desert its bearer when it feels betrayed. Interesting concept.

So, Ian has the nerve to disobey his master in the aid of Sara. That was so totally interesting and weird that he takes and tastes both his and Sara's blood.

The gunfight at the warehouse was just too good, especially the reaction of the Irish woman when the "Blade" comes to her aid. Good, good scene.

All in all, a very good episode with still more questions than answers. This episode had very solid acting, directing and writing. The plot lines were interwoven very well. TNT is doing a great job with this series. I truly hope they continue to do so.



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