Picks and Pans Review: Witchblade

updated 06/18/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TNT (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

The ghost of her former partner (Will Yun Lee) has a tip for New York City police officer Sara Pezzini (Yancy Butler): "There's a fine line between clarity and insanity.... You just need to work on your confusion tolerance a bit."

After watching the first two episodes (June 12 and 19) of this violent series, I'd say my confusion tolerance is sorely taxed. If you're not familiar with the Witchblade comic book or last year's TNT movie of the same name, you'll be searching for some meaning behind all the chasing, shooting, screaming and jumpy film editing. Alas, the scripts are rather stingy with hard information. I can report that Sara wears a bracelet that glows red every so often and turns into an unbeatably versatile weapon when needed. It's evident that sinister billionaire Kenneth Irons (Anthony Cistaro) covets this witchblade, but he's not about to spoon-feed us the whys and wherefores. "Common sense has never been a reliable guide to understanding the universe" is Irons's idea of a helpful observation. But to viewers who are turned on by the scene of a shackled model shrieking her head off as a big ugly snake crawls up her shapely body, the appeal of episode 2 will be crystal clear.

Bottom Line: Keep this blade sheathed

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