Cult Retro is back with its fourth and, in my opinion, best episode of the continuing Angel Avengers series. This episode contains an attractive new heroine, upgraded fight choreography and the surprise return of an old villain.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Angel Avengers series, the focus is most definitely on girl power as the girls are never really challenged, with the exception of a few seconds in the third episode. I’ve always felt the best way to describe Angel Avengers is a spy girl series with a mix of supernatural elements.
This theme continues in episode four as the newest Angel, Metal Gypsy, played by Jennifer Trieste, is on the hunt for some bad guys who are taking control of people through the use of a magical gem. I don’t know anything about Jennifer, but she’s a very capable actress, she pulled off the fight scenes as well as any girl Cult Retro has ever cast, and she wears the hell out of her costume.
Actually, I’m not sure it was a “costume” in the general sense. Perhaps the producers over at Cult Retro can confirm this, but I’m guessing Jennifer has spent some time as a dancer, more specifically a belly dancer. Once again, I’m not positive about this, but I do know she is incredibly talented, so much so that they incorporated some of her dance moves into the fight choreography. It may have been a little tongue-in-cheek, but that is a big part of Cult Retro’s appeal, and I think they pulled it off nicely here.
[Possible spoiler alert] As far as the story, Metal Gypsy shows up as two of the henchmen from previous episodes are taking control of a couple of innocents. Metal Gypsy takes down three of her opponents with a mix of punches, kicks, and as mentioned previously, dance moves. The final bad guy tries to take control of Metal Gypsy with the magic jewel, but she is able to shake off the effects, force the goons to retreat, and break the hold over the innocents by crushing the gem. It is then revealed that Big Joel Nekoda who was thought to be killed in episode three is very much alive. [End spoilers]
This is a film that runs for a tad over six minutes, but I think it’s worth a look for only $5.95. I really think fans are going to enjoy the new heroine and, although I need to see more of her to be sure, I think she is as talented as anyone Cult Retro has ever cast, outside of Stormy Tempest herself, Nicola Rae.
Another thing I wanted to mention that I recently discovered is that Cult Retro maintains a rather interesting blog that gives great detail about their current and upcoming projects. You get photos, trailers, giveaways and all kinds of information that fans of everything Cult Retro will enjoy.
I don’t know what my favorite recurring series is right now, but I guarantee Stormy Tempest is in the top three. The blog is an enjoyable read and I took particular interest in some of the information they revealed about Stormy Tempest season three. Not only are we going to get more of Clayton The Sleeper, a great villain from a previous episode, they are also going to introduce what they refer to as a new space patrol heroine, Velocity Blaze. I don’t know anything about the character, to my knowledge they have not released a photo, but Velocity Blaze is maybe the coolest name for a character I’ve ever heard. Love it! Whether she is a character that is going to be an ally or enemy of Stormy Tempest is kind of unknown at this point. Any information that the producers could share on this character would be appreciated.