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Darcy is back on the force, but still fights on as the Black Scorpion because "it's in her nature." This time, she fights Gangster Prankster; and a new villian emerges when the Mayor tries to protect his federal earthquake relief money: Aftershock. When the two villians team up and kidnap Argyle's girlfriend, Black Scorpion is faced with the theft of the Scorpionmobile and the imminent destruction of Angel City. Written by
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Idiotic fare to make the not so good original look great by comparison
I watched this one straight after the first Black Scorpion and while that one was surprisingly palatable while still not very good, this film is just a bit poor really. More of the same in most respects, Darcey Walker/Black Scorpion has a new partner and there are two new supervillains terrorising the city, the earthquake inducing Aftershock and the ludicrously hammy and perhaps racist Gangster Prankster, a character who seems inspired by The Joker and a sense of racial injustice and comes across as both noxious and infantile. Stoney Jackson throws himself with gusto into the role, but its so badly written that he brings down every scene in which he appears. Sheree Rose is much better as Aftershock (who at least has an OK backstory and a degree of interest to her) in a loud and silly performance that ends up providing a number of quite fun moments but the two don't quite balance themselves out. As with the original, this one is directed by Jonathon Winfrey and written by Craig J. Nevius, but the film oversteps itself, the humour is much broader and the events attempt to be more epic but can't achieve much on the budget, but worst of all there's less Black Scorpion action. Joan Severance is good value as ever and Garret Morris again effectively handles his role of the helpful Argylle, their scenes together provide if not dramatic weight than at least some chemistry and easy fun, which is more than can be said for Whip Hubley as Darcey's new partner, I got the feeling the guy probably can act OK, but in this film the role is ill written and thankless (he also gets a pretty horrid moment of so called comedy). Also, Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) appears as a ditsy secretary, and she sure is a great looking lady, but the role is pretty darned bad (the writing is all pretty stinky actually). For all its blatant badness, I still had a bearable time with this one, it carries out its rank idiocy with some degree of verve, it has a few laughs (crotch electro-shock!), very mild excitement and a fairly easy pace, never quite in the "so bad its good category" but it is at least crappy in a mildly amusing way if like me, you happen to have a bit of a soft spot for really bad films. I wouldn't ever recommend this, it has too many cringe making bits to be all that "fun" but its better than a poke in the eye with a wet stick as far as this kind of braindead junk goes. A generous 4/10 then, make of that what you will.
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