What’s the meaning of life? Is there a God? Why won’t HM watch “Game of Thrones” no matter how much I pester him? All good questions, but none are as important as what the heck has been happening with Bluebird this past year? Let’s find out with my review of Season 3, Side Mission 2.
[Beware spoilers!] The film opens on an unconscious Bluebird. She is barefoot, her tights are partially shredded, and she’s tied up to a chair with ropes. She wakes up and through a voice over we learn she doesn’t quite remember how she got in this predicament. And then Eliza Rose shows up to remind her. Actually, the first thing Eliza does is untie Bluebird’s feet. A weird thing to do for an arch nemesis. Eliza even politely suggests that they leave together.
Bluebird looks unsure of herself and the entire situation which causes her to flashback to the beating she received last season. And when the flashback ends, Bluebird attacks Eliza. She hits a volley of punches and kicks but Eliza dodges a shot and retaliates with a knee to the head and a kick to the stomach. Bluebird hits a backhand, a punch, and then a kick and seems to have Eliza on the ropes until Eliza utters the word “slave.”
This freezes Bluebird in mid-punch and Eliza just stands there and taunts Bluebird, even offering her a free hit. But Bluebird is frozen in place and Eliza hits her a few times and then wraps her hand over Bluebird’s mouth for several moments. Eliza follows that with some stomach punches that drop Bluebird to her feet. Eliza then gets on the ground and wraps leg scissors around Bluebird’s throat and starts to squeeze her. And at this point we get a short flashback that shows Eliza injecting Bluebird with a syringe. A syringe filled with a drug that makes Bluebird easier to control. But this injection hasn’t always worked as we see in another flashback where Bluebird fights through the effects of this drug only to take a good beating from Eliza.
Back in the present, Eliza lets Bluebird sit up and wraps her up in a choke hold. She then tells Bluebird that this kind of thing has been happening every single day and that she wasn’t the only one taking part in the action. We get another flashback this time of Bluebird taking on Katia and it does not go well for our heroine. Katia catches one of Bluebird’s punches and then she just starts bitch slapping the heroine. She then sticks her knee into Bluebird’s back and yanks her arms behind her. She then picks her up off the ground and delivers a series of chops to the stomach. She then squeezes Bluebird’s head with her hands. But not like Gregor Clegane would squeeze a head. HA! A Game of Throne’s reference. Suck it, HM!
Soon after Katia uses the word “slave” several times, and Bluebird just stands there defenseless as Katia keeps hitting chops to her upper chest. Katia then picks up Bluebird in a bearhug then turns her around and puts her in a choke hold that leaves Bluebird unconscious. We then cut back to the present with Bluebird and Eliza and we are at the point where I can’t spoil the canon ending. Actually, I won’t spoil a moment of either ending as I liked both of them a lot.
I have to imagine that this is going to be one of the more popular NGC releases with fans. Not only does NGC’s most popular heroine get beaten down physically, but you also get small glimpses of months of mental torment as her will is slowly taken away from her. It’s a phenomenal piece of work by all parties involved and the continuation of a storyline that’s been running for a year now.
Every time I take a guess at what I think is going to happen in the NGC storyline, I’m always wrong. But I have to believe we are going to see an evil Bluebird this season. Maybe “evil” is too strong a word but I think you get my point. Does that mean we could see fights like Bluebird vs Celestia? Bluebird vs Athena? Bluebird vs Miss Freedom? God, I hope so.