One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes: Blade: The Series lacked bite but not a point

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One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes considers the merits of short-lived TV shows. In this installment, Blade: The Series, which ran for 13 episodes in 2006.

With this month’s release of Doctor Strange, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now reached 14 installments. These movies make up Marvel’s concentrated efforts to adapt its own works, but the page-to-screen jumps go as far back as 1944 with a Captain America serial film series. Looking out at the critical and box-office success of the MCU—not to mention its future plans—it’s hard to imagine a time when comic-book movies weren’t synonymous with tentpole features.

But that’s exactly where we were from the mid-’80s throughout the ’90s, when the heroes who were foiling evildoers were Howard The Duck and Dolph Lundgren as The Punisher. Steve Rogers had found his way onto celluloid in 1990’s Captain America, but ...