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The original “Blade,” “Blade II,” and “Blade: Trinity” were all written by David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins”), who also directed “Blade: Trinity.” Wesley Snipes, for better or worse, starred in all three films, as did, for better or worse, Kris Kristofferson as the ”old man,” Abraham Whistler.

Now, Spike TV is bringing Blade to television in its first original scripted action-adventure/drama “Blade: The Series” starring Kirk “Sticky” Jones as the immortal half-man, half-vampire who uses his superhuman powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-drenched crusade to prevent their rise over mankind. Says Jones, “I did research [on Blade] yeah, but not too much because I have already read the comics. I am a comic book head, do you know what I mean? I read comics every week on Wednesday when they come out.”

A “half-breed” whose mother was attacked by vampires while pregnant with him, Blade is half-human, half-vampire, and is forced to inject a special serum on a daily basis to control his raging thirst for blood. Zooming through the streets of Detroit on his Harley Davidson, Blade is an incredible martial artist and warrior, armed with a silver sword, who ferociously seeks out his vampire prey and destroys them. Blade possesses all the vampires’ strengths and none of their weaknesses – and is both feared and hated by his nemeses.

Incidently, Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones, as he is known, is quite an accomplished rapper. He is a member of “Onyx,” a group that released its first album in 1993, and has a new record, “The Black Rock,” coming out at the end of this year. The group includes his cousin, actor Fredro Starr who just happens to have a recurring role on “Blade.” “He plays Jermain Tyler, who is in a wheelchair,” says Jones. Also, he has produced, written, and directed two movies about rap. Jones explains, “There are a few rappers but mostly actors. The first movie I did was called “A Day in the Life”. It features Michael Rapaport, Mekhi Phifer, Omar Epps, Clarence Willams III, Fredro Starr, and Robert De Niro’s daughter, Drena De Niro. The second movie is called “Caught on Tape”. It features Joe Torry, Cedric the Entertainer, Vivica A. Fox, Bokeem Woodbine, and it is incredible too. This is going to be a movie and an album at the same time.”

“Blade: The Series” maintains the continuity from New Line Cinema/Marvel Studio’s highly successful movie trilogy, but brings the main character into new storylines and characters. The two-hour premiere opens with Blade (Jones) setting up shop in Detroit, investigating the vampire House of Chthon. Along the way, he forms an uneasy alliance with Krista Starr (Jill Wagner), a former military veteran who becomes entrenched in the world of vampires while investigating the shocking murder of her twin brother.

In addition to Jones and Wagner, the series also features the handsome Neil Jackson as “Marcus,” Blade’s chief nemesis and head of the Chthon House of Vampires; Jessica Gower as “Chase,” a seductive vampire who you might not mind being bitten by; and Nelson Lee as Shen, a technology genius and Blade’s confidante.

We agree with Jones when he says, “June 28th! Everyone has to tune in and get the ratings through the roof. The future is now.”

The weekly series launches with the two-hour premiere on June 28, (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT) with 11 one-hour subsequent episodes to begin airing Wednesday, July 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Encore presentations of the series will telecast on Wednesdays (11:00 PM, ET/PT), Sundays (2:00 AM, ET/PT), and Mondays (10:00 PM, ET/PT).

Anyone interested in finding out more about Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones music, head to OnyxDomain.com, the official Onyx site

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 56 - September 2018
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