Next Global Crisis has returned with a new season, new episode, and newly revamped web site. I won’t spoil anything in regards to this particular episode, but if you haven’t seen Episode 9 from Season 1, you might want to check that out before reading this review.
Season 2, Episode 1 from Next Global Crisis is just about the best thing ever. I’ve really have never seen a better job of superheroine filmmaking. I haven’t seen every film in this genre, but I have seen all the most talked about ones, and I think this is superior to the rest of them.
Being a premiere episode the producers laid things out for viewers who may have forgotten where everyone stands in the Next Global Crisis universe. It has been nine months since the end of Season 1 (and Miss Freedom’s presumed demise); the blast that destroyed her also deeply wounded John Roman, who now lays comatose in a hospital bed clinging to life. His brother James is out for revenge and has assembled a squad of assassins to defeat and eliminate all previous Elite Force operatives and trainees. Some have gone into hiding, but not Bluebird. She has chosen to use her training to do good and fight crime, even though she is hunted. In this episode the hunt finally catches up to her. Will she manage to escape from the clutches of evil? Or will it be “Bye Bye Birdy”?
The episode begins with a flashback montage to key moments in the first season that occurred in both the regular episodes and the training room scenarios. There is also a fancy new opening credit sequence. And that’s where I need to stop. To spoil one second of this film’s plot would be a huge disservice. I think everyone deserves to experience this film spoiler free.
So, what can I tell you? Just know that everything is better, and I do mean everything. The locations are better, the writing is better, the acting is better, the fight choreography is better, the production values as a whole are just better. Oh, and least I forget, the peril is better.
Actually, the peril sequences are way better in this film than any other that Next Global Crisis has ever produced. Bluebird gets tasered, punched in the stomach, drugged, lifted by her throat, strangled, and is subjected to a thorough beating throughout the film.
Of course, peril doesn’t come across well if you don’t cast the right actress. Luckily, Next Global Crisis employs the best (in my opinion) actress working in the genre right now—Claire Yellowless. If there was an Academy Award for best actress in a superheroine film, Claire would win and win huge. She’s just perfect. In this film she plays the confident heroine and the heroine in peril with equal aplomb. She plays frightened, heroic, defiant, bewildered, intimidated and everything else that’s asked of her perfectly. It also helps that she is a 10, and I don’t think she has ever looked better than she does in this film.
I can’t think of a negative other than I wish it was an hour long. The bottom line is if you are a fan of Next Global Crisis, you should probably buy this episode. If you have never seen a Next Global Crisis episode before, you should probably buy this episode. There is something for everyone. Great story, great peril, great performances, and a dynamite ending cliffhanger.