Detroit. Pure Bloods are supreme amongst the Vampire Families, lower ranks jostling for higher position in the style of "The Godfather", treachery a speciality. Blade has declared war on all of them. He is half vampire, result of his mother's rape by one. Regular painful injections ensure he maintains vampire strengths but not their weaknesses - he able to cope with daylight, silver and garlic. Wearing his massive coat crammed with armoury, he sets out to create havoc and destruction amongst his enemies....
The producers deliberately set out to be as uncompromising as the three films, nothing to be watered down for the small screen. The result is very violent indeed. Sticky Fingaz as Blade is a formidable presence, Neil Jackson as Marcus van Sciva a worthy villain (sympathy for him increasing after revelations in episode 10). Glamour (and lots more violence) are impressively provided by Krista and Chase, both with their own agenda. Nobody is particularly likeable except for Nelson Lee as Blade's cheerful, highly resourceful companion.
The three stars given here should not mislead. More are meant to be awarded only if one "liked" or "loved" an offering. To be honest, I found everything a bit much. Be assured that all concerned have done most effectively what they set out to do. Addicts of the genre will find much to relish - almost non-stop high powered action, awesome special effects, plenty of horror (vampires scuttling across ceilings definitely scary), an anarchic finale full of double crosses and with no holds barred.
Thirteen episodes (the feature length pilot counts as two). Commentaries for the pilot. An hour of interesting extras.