A double offering of music from the TV series and movie chronicling the adventures
of the comic strip style super heroine ‘Black Scorpion’.
David G. Russell’s Black Scorpion: The Series begins with ‘Fairy
Tail Main Title’, initially a tinkling music-box motif before becoming strident
and percussive. And it’s this heavily percussive synthesiser music that figures
predominantly in most of what follows, with lots of very bland action/suspense
work, epitomised by cues like ‘The Heist’ and ‘A Smashing Time/Tracking System’.
Even worse though is to be found on the frenetic, entirely dispensable ‘To be
a Hero’, a real low-point in what I’m afraid to say is a generally dismal affair.
Sadly there is very little to compensate for this wearisome material, with only
the would-be romantic, bluesy piano led ‘Darcy’s and Steve’s Love Theme’, the
similar ‘For You’ and the guitar led quiet interlude of ‘Honey I’m Home’ providing
a welcome change of pace. But the truth is that even the best of these pieces
is only passable. Rounding out the score are a number of dull atmospheric cues
that rely mostly on droning synths to create tension, such as ‘Fix Their Clocks’
and ‘A Little Kiss’. In an effort to be scrupulously fair, ‘Fall From Grace/Angel
of Death’ is a cut above the rest, as is the action music of ‘Parameters Perfected’,
but that’s only in comparison with everything that has gone before.
To be frank, I just cannot understand why anyone would feel it was worthwhile
releasing this generic, unimaginative music. Unless there are a huge number
of Black Scorpion fans out there, this surely has no appeal to any casual
listener. It plays like a study in how to write banal and forgettable production-line
television music and personally that’s a lesson I’d rather not attend.
The remainder of the CD is devoted to music taken
from Black Scorpion: The Movie by Kevin Kliner and while
it is admittedly superior to the work from the TV series, it still
never really amounts to anything of real value. Best of all is
‘Main Title/Adult Darcy’, a wordless vocal line over a low-key
exotic rhythm, although this eventually degenerates into some less
appealing funky bass guitar driven pop. The main theme is also recalled
to reasonable effect in both ‘Making Love/Stung’, a nice piano led
version and ‘Russo Finds Gas Mask/Russo Doesn’t Remember’, but the
majority of the other tracks are merely workmanlike action/suspense
fare and are soon forgotten.
All in all, I find it impossible to see any merit in this being generally available
except for die-hard fans.
Black Scorpion: The Series:
Black Scorpion: The Movie: