I created this video last year for the annual “October to Remember” event on the “Behind the Mask” forum.
It’s time that the video now gets available for visitors here and on my YouTube channel as well!
Here is the original text from my forum post then:
I worked on this over a couple of hours, skipped through the whole season, made notes, and rated scenes. Then I cut every scene to around 30 seconds or so. I edited all of that together and added some pictures, lettering, and some score.
So what did I make? Quite a long video with my TOP 25 scenes of the Black Scorpion show. My initial idea was to make a TOP 22… because of 22 episodes… but well…. 25 sounds cooler. I could have made a TOP 50 with good scenes as well… but I think this video took long enough. I will upload this one to my blog in December… but for the next … at least … 5 weeks this is an exclusive video for this site (unlisted on Youtube). Between the TOP 10 scenes, you will see official Black Scorpion promo pictures.
So, take your time (15 minutes) and I hope you enjoy it! ….perhaps you might even wanna make a game out of it in terms of guessing which scenes will be in the TOP 10 or so…. …. the first scene will begin after 15 seconds….
Here is the video:
You will find the rank of the scene in my ranking and info from which episode it is in the line at the bottom.
Some scenes were edited to make them a little more compact… so that the video wouldn’t get too long.
I thought about putting headlines into the video like “Black Scorpion gets unmasked by Flashpoint” … but that would spoil it… for those few who don’t know these scenes.
Any scenes that you think are missing from that TOP 25?
Feel free to give some feedback here or on YouTube with a comment!
Feel welcome to check out the Black Scorpion page in the Hall of Fame
A good disguise and quite a dramatic turn of events.
I think she overreacted big time, I mean her partner was beaten with a bat, ok, but that’s no reason to shoot someone.
And if she shoots it doesn’t need to be a deadly shot.
Ok, it was pretty dark… but that boy with his bright shirt was still visible well enough…
All in all a solid scene.
Later in the movie, we have terrorists in gas masks. There is also one female terrorist, but she is infiltrating the event as a waitress and the only terrorist that doesn’t wear a gas mask at any time.
(The video combines the best Black Scorpion scenes of the episode….not all (that would be around 14 minutes in total))
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I love the first scene with Black Scorpion and Steve as she kisses him but he calls out for his partner Darcy.
Darcy shows up and he mentions that he never saw Darcy and Black Scorpion at the same time…..well, he never got closer to solving that “mystery” 😉
Ok, I am not the biggest fan of unmasking tied-up heroines, but at least better than unconscious ones.
All in all, this is one of the very best unmaskings ever done!
It isn’t the first time in the season that Black Scorpion gets unmasked…but the only time someone finds out who she is! And to make it so much worse for her: He is also is exposing her to the whole world by taking that picture of her unmasked face and selling it to the press. Flashpoint totally ruins her secret identity and the police are chasing after her, especially Steve who is …quite….furious that Black Scorpion is actually Darcy, his partner!
I also like that this is a double unmasking as he first rips of her eye protection (against his laser thingy) and thereby can see her eyes.
The whole build-up is great as they talk about what he would gain from unmasking her.
Also, I love how he is teasing her as he even pretends to attack her. You can clearly see how afraid she is of what is about to happen. She knows exactly that she is finished once he rips her mask and wig off and thereby revealing Darcy Walker!
The final unmasking itself is a little flawed for me for two reasons:
There is the fade to black and then the scene goes on (commercial break)
They show his hand on her mask, then cut to him, then he already is pulling her mask and wig away. This was most likely done to be able to remove her black face paint around her eyes…and show her exposed face without it. Rather unrealistic…. but yeah, she would look a little weird with that “panda” eyes.
But her reaction is done so well! She is angry and frustrated and he enjoys his victory over her…verrry much. Especially interesting after he missed several chances in episode 3 to get a picture of her unmasked face.
The episode then takes the fantasy route as there is a clone of Darcy, so she can convince everyone that is (seemingly) isn’t Black Scorpion after all. But yeah, it’s very hard to think of a realistic approach to all of this, unless she would have a twin sister or someone who would convincingly be Black Scorpion and Darcy would show up next to her (like in season 1 of Batwoman with Julia as Batwoman for one episode).
This also is another good example of how much such a scene gets better if you are really invested in the characters. If you have seen all 18 episodes before, you are really invested in Black Scorpion. You know her very well by now and you also know Flashpoint and his plans from episode 3.
This makes the unmasking so much more impactful than it would be in 99,9% of the fetish videos for me.
That is why I am sooo interested in TV shows with masked women like Black Scorpion, Batwoman, Stargirl, and the Queen of Swords.
And hopefully, there will be more new shows in the future!
What I would give for a Blu-ray release of this show or an HD TV airing!
What do you think about this episode and these scenes?
I got really attached to both Marian and the Nightwatchman in their adventures over 2 seasons of this show.
And know she is trapped, pinned down by Guy, he rips off her eye mask….finally he realizes the Nightwatchman is a woman.
I guess he also realizes now that it’s his beloved Marian under the mask of his hated Nightwatchman.
He slowly yanks down the fabric that still covers her face pretty well.
Finally, the Nightwatchman is UNMASKED!
There is quite a lot I really love about this EPIC unmasking!
The fight is done quite well, and the way she reacts to her more and more desperate situation is great.
She really sells the fear very well as her face gets exposed by him.
He is so shocked that it is Marian that he runs away at first.
He stills doubts that it was her all the time, wanting the see the scar he inflicted on the vigilante.
So, as she is forced to show that scar it’s like a second unmasking …in a way.
Perhaps a “NO!” or a “STOP!” would have been nice as he was about to unmask her…but she always stay silent in his presence as she was concerned he would recognize her voice….or at least realize that the Nightwatchman IS a woman.
So, it fits quite well, that she didn’t protest as he was unmasking her.
Well….I think this is one of the most thrilling unmaskings ever made in a movie or TV show. Especially I was so into the storyline after having seen over 20 episodes with her.
Ok, the Nightwatchman should have had more appearances, but well…I posted all 7 scenes of her….so, that’s not too bad.
Spoilers about Marian’s future in the show…..
Tragically this unmasking indirectly leads to Marian’s death just 2 episodes later as Gisborne is now really enraged.
At the end of season 1, she was already presumed dead. The producer loved the strong reaction of the audience as I saw in the bonus material on the Blu-ray set.
So they came up with the idea to “top” that and kill her off, this time for real!
I don’t like that decision at all, even it is a drastic and unusual way to kill off the big love of the main character! That was certainly not expected.
Of course, that also means that there were no more Nightwatchman scenes in the final third season, which was just ok for me.
I will re-watch seasons 1 and 2 at some point….but not season 3 😉
Ok, I guess and hope that many of you already know the Black Scorpion TV show…. and since I didn’t cover the show with enough posts in the past…I wanna change that now.
The show is in my Hall of Fame and if you are into masked women, this TV show is an absolute MUST have!
A little extract from my post in the Hall of Fame (more info on the show can be found there):
I remember how I stumbled upon this show in the early 2000s.
This show was never shown here, but at some point, I read about the show and saw some pictures.
I immediately bought the DVD box set in the US and it took a while to get the Season box set to arrive here.
I also had to buy a DVD player that could handle region 1 DVDs. It was a pretty expensive endeavor, but damn, it was worth it BIG time!
I watched one episode every evening until I have seen all 22 episodes.
And that was a great thrill ride every night!
Ok, enough introduction….let’s start with one of the best episodes.
Here are the highlights of episode 1!
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And here is the video:
[Watch the video before you continue!]
It’s Steve’s first encounter with Black Scorpion! This starts his obsession with catching the Black Scorpion. He was transferred to this police department to catch her…. and I envy him big time! What a fantastic job! He gets paid to chase after such a stunning masked vigilante…oh man!
The ending of the episode with Firearm is so awesome! I love how he blackmails her to unmask herself….such a great move, and he really enjoys it 😉
One of the rare villains who actually wants to know who is under the mask of a heroine. And her reaction to it is well done and played as well!
Plus it’s a great bonus that he recognizes Darcy…and again, I love how he is enjoying the whole situation.
A good move that she quickly puts the mask back in place as soon she gets the chance.
In the end, Firearm has to die….after all, he had seen her face, so it was the most logical choice from the writers to get him killed.
It was the first episode if a villain like him would found out about her secret identity and would be able to tell everyone…it would be a short TV show.
Damn, I would give for a Blu-ray box for this TV show!!! Or a (not so cheesy) remake with better action scenes… #dream