Next Global Crisis – Season 2, Episode 1

Next Global Crisis - Season 1, Episode 2Next 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.

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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”?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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[…] it makes things all that more interesting when she is eventually challenged by a tougher opponent. Season 2, Episode 1 was a great example. Bluebird looked extremely dominate early on. The bad guys took a pill that […]

babca11
babca11
4 years 3 months ago

when suki deluxe return?

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I like that NGC has multiple storylines going, giving every heroine a chance to shine and look important and being integrated into a single unifying story. It seemed after season 1 that most of the main storyline would focus around Suki and Celestia, but after the first two episodes they have built up Bluebird into being a major character after being absent from the main storyline in the first season. This is quite a change from last season where everyone outside of Miss Freedom seemed to be marginalized. Now we have multiple females who are playing big roles in the storyline (suki, celestia, bluebird, catherine, and angel)

Bert
4 years 3 months ago

Agreed. I too am looking forward to seeing the new brunette heroine in action. If her performance is anywhere near the level of her staggering beauty I’ll be a fan for life! I’m also very anxious to see the action involving Celestia. The season 2 preview showed her seemingly helpless at the hands of a villain. It’s gonna be a great year!

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

All that being said, I still thought it was a well done video by a great producer, the best bar none actually, in this genre. For $14.95? Awesome deal.

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

@bert oh absolutely, NGC does a great job, the best of any producer at getting their viewers to like their heroines and root for them. I just wish that in this episode they did not finish with Bluebird and her friend walking off triumphantly, but instead with the new silver clad brunette running into some trouble against her opponent as a preview for the next episode. It should always end with peril I think.

steve
steve
4 years 3 months ago

the series will probably be building up to more dramatic episodes, but ep 2 was good enough. The black canary look alike was interesting.

Bert
4 years 3 months ago

@Chris – Yeah, one of the great things about a producer with a commitment to story telling is the number of things there are to look forward to once you get invested in the story and the characters. That’s why I’m fine with the resolution of ep. 2. I’m rooting for the members of Elite Squad even as I expect them to be in for plenty of tough battles. I thought Miss Freedom’s battles with Luner in season 1 ep. 8 and ep.9 were brilliant. I hope that Miss Freedom has somehow been rescued and is recuperating somewhere. When the time is right, a recovering Miss Freedom fighting it out with Luner again would make me very happy.

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

Glad you agree, and like I said before I still thought it was a great video. And I guess its unfair for us to hold them to the standards that they themselves have set for themselves with great episodes like S2 E1.

I’m looking forward to the main storyline to begin actually with Suki and Celestia trying to avoid Sebastian and Roman. I’m guessing that’ll be the episode after the brunette’s debut. And also most eagerly anticipating Angel’s triumphant return!

AlyAdmirer
AlyAdmirer
4 years 3 months ago

@Chris Fair enough. And actually, I agree with you in regards to the new girl. I don’t think the execution of the intruder (figuratively speaking 🙂 ) was handled in a way that did justice to the concept of the “who’s side is she on?” angle. I, too, never really doubted who’s side she was on in the end, which is a shame. The idea of a villain versus a maybe villain for possession of the heroine was, on paper, outstanding.

That said, I enjoyed this video, if not as much as the last episode. Claire Yellowless continues to blow me away, and it does sadden me a bit that I suspect the earliest I’ll see her back is episode 5.

Oh, and let me second the call for “Next time…” trailers. It was *agonizing* the past month, waiting for the merest hint of what episode 2 would entail. 🙂

Bert
4 years 3 months ago

@NGC – I bought this without even watching the preview. It’s a great episode with plenty of back and forth action and peril for the heroines. I really enjoyed the double teaming action – the new heroine sold the stomach punching really well. If I had a complaint it would be that the action was quite similar to episode one, but I suspect they were filmed together so that is understandable.

If I can offer a suggestion, I would love to see a brief preview of the next episode at the end of the current one if footage is available, which I suspect is the case based on the season preview vid you put up last month.

Great effort again guys. I’m hooked on season two and look forward to upcoming episodes.

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

That said, I’m still fine with this video. I just think there should have been a second part to it, with more danger looming for a heroine. Preferably the silver clad brunette meeting her villain.

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

Peril means where I actually feel fear for the heroines. Where the “probable” outcome is that the heroine(s) will lose. Like in Season 1 ep 2, 6, 9, and 10 or Season 2 ep 1. Where the danger seems extremely real and the heroine is fighting valiantly and at times seemingly close to victory but the odds are hopelessly against her. In this episode I just had a feeling the entire way that with an unexpected intruder coming in to assist Bluebird, that the villains were not in control and they were the ones on their heels and fighting to regain control. At some point or another, Bluebird would get free and the villains would be outmatched. It felt more like a villain peril video than a heroine peril video.

AlyAdmirer
AlyAdmirer
4 years 3 months ago

@Chris I don’t entirely disagree with you. As I said, I would’ve preferred an ending that didn’t tie up the first two episodes nearly so neatly.

I suspect where we probably differ is on a fundamental definition of “peril.” If I’m reading you right, “peril” for you requires that at the end of the day–either today, 6 months or 5 years from now–the good girls lose. And that’s perfectly valid. For me, “peril” is simply the risk and the jeopardy, with the element that makes videos like these so exciting being that, unlike Hollywood output, you DON’T know if the heroine will be able to pull things out in the final reel–not necessarily that she DEFINITELY won’t.

Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

Disagree with Sym, nothing wrong with it taking multiple villains to take down a heroine. I hate when other producers have one super villain whom the heroine can’t even harm and gets completely destroyed by. I like that in NGC there is a very equal sided matchup with the heroine losing at the end. How that is accomplished does not matter. Whether it takes one strong villain or multiple crony villains.

Now as far as this episode is concerned, I tend to agree with Mike. While once again this looks like another strong episode with great acting and great production it does not really appeal to me because there’s not really much in the way of heroine peril in this video. Birdy and her friend winning is fine, but they should have introduced a different heroine at least for the peril part of the video. Trust me, I understand for story purposes they need to have the heroines win once in a while but that could be accomplished while still having heroine peril finish the video. Here’s what I mean. I’m fine with Bluebird and her friend getting away and looking strong, that was cool! They will get theirs eventually. But that should have been just the first half of the episode and been done in the first 10 mins. The other half of the episode should have introduced a new heroine(perhaps the new hot brunette in silver) and have her get into a little bit of peril, like meeting her opponent(s) and trading a few blows with him and finding out that he is rather strong then ending the episode right after that. It would give the peril fans(us) what we want, and also leave us wanting more.

AlyAdmirer
AlyAdmirer
4 years 3 months ago

@Lake The Episode 2 trailer? The one that ends with a looming de-masking? That doesn’t suggest that the heroine has found herself on the wrong side of things? 🙂

While if I’m completely honest I don’t think Episode 2 was as strong as Episode 1–it would have been damn hard pressed to accomplish that–it’s certainly NOT a KAK/BAK style romp for the good girls.

Lake
Lake
4 years 3 months ago

@AlyAdmirer

For the sake of the ongoing storyline I don’t mind the SHs being victorious at the end of the episode, but I do expect them to get a bit of a kicking during it even if they end up triumphant. I didn’t see much evidence of that in the trailer though.

AlyAdmirer
AlyAdmirer
4 years 3 months ago

@Mike Of the three most recent comments, yours is the one I sympathize with most. The thing is, what NGC does more than any other company that I’ve seen, is play a long game–and it’s kind of hard to sustain such an approach if the heroines you base your story around NEVER win.

Now believe me, I love a heroine going down to defeat as much as the next freak. 🙂 But I’ve never understood the complaint of, “Yeah, but she wins!” What kind of heroine would she be if she didn’t, once in a while? Besides a not very good one?

As you say, the storylines coming from NGC are utterly engrossing–but, IMHO, that comes in large part from the drama of NOT knowing which side will emerge victorious at the end of a particular chapter. Personally, “How on earth is she going to be able to overcome this? CAN she overcome this?” is a MUCH more compelling question to ask myself while watching than “How is she gonna go down THIS time?”

It’s kind of the flipside of the issue I have with KickAss/BadAss Kandy: the problem with them, from what little I’ve seen, isn’t so much that their heroines never lose. It’s that their heroines are nearly never so much as threatened. That’s boring to me. But by the same token, so is an on-running story like NGC’s where the bad guys emerge victorious at every… single… turn.

Personally, I would’ve preferred a more cliffhanger-ish ending to Episode 2 than what we get, which while clearly promising more story to come wraps up Episode 1 and Bluebird for now. But I can’t wait to find out what happens in episode 3. 🙂

Mike
Mike
4 years 3 months ago

Just watched Episode 2. I have to say, while it was very well done (a point that seems to go without saying when it comes to NGC these days), I felt that the heroines were too victorious for my tastes. Would love to have seen them fight valiantly but both get captured again. Shame thats not what happens. And I dont see that as a spoiler, I see that as vital info when people are going to buy a vid. Especially if its being advertised on this site, a place where heroine peril is the dominant content.

That being said, will I continue to buy everything from NGC sight unseen? Of course. The storyline is too engrossing and the possibilities for ko’s and peril too enticing for me to pass up. I just hope with the next release the peril craving can be more properly satisfied.

Sym
Sym
4 years 3 months ago

My thoughts too Lake. The production looks amazing, but the content just doesn’t appeal. I ain’t keen on superheroines being taken out by multiple opponents either… It suggests it takes 3 (or more guys) to win, which doesn’t seem all the ‘perilous’ really.

Just saw the trailer for episode 2 too, and the dominant heroine theme seems to be continuing.

Lake
Lake
4 years 3 months ago

Hmmm, bit put off by the trailer. It looks as though it’s the villains that get more of a kicking than the superheroines. May have to give this a miss.

4 years 3 months ago

Sign up quick therefore and you will just make it.

4 years 3 months ago

A very quick heads up that Episode 2 will be released at considerable discount to the list at 3pm local time (GMT) It is currently 1:45pm, so you don’t have long.

4 years 3 months ago

Thank you, that’s a great comment. I know for a fact that Claire read all of these and is very appreciative of people taking the time out of their day to encourage us.

We will have episode two out to the list quite soon.

Redmountain
Redmountain
4 years 3 months ago

Awesome vid! One of NGCs best. Bluebird is smoking hot and I enjoyed the scene where she rips open her shirt to reveal her costume, she looked so sexy in that blouse and the glasses. Wonderful fight sequences with plenty of give and take and I agree with the review that Claire was absolutely incredible in her role as the imperiled heroine! One of the reasons I keep purchasing from NGC is that they have the best actresses in this little genre, even if they don’t do the sexual and risque content, there vids are still top notch due to the acting and fight scenes.

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4 years 4 months ago

We have been putting ideas up and having some discussion here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NGC-Productions/166193443481368

I guess the most important thing is what she looks like and what her powers are, because that way we can plan the scene. You can just give me an idea of costume and I will interpret it, you don’t have to draw anything. Post on FB or send me an email at nextglobalcrisis@gmail.com

Steve
Steve
4 years 4 months ago

regarding sending you guys ideas for heroines, how should we send the information, in what form? Do you just want a description? Are ideas sufficient?

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

Speaking of villainesses. We want Angel!

4 years 4 months ago

We’ve definitely got more villainesses in the pipeline. I’d like to think we’re pretty up front about what we can and can’t do… and more bad girls we definitely can!

Fabio
Fabio
4 years 4 months ago

Lol it wasnt the shirt that made him a good villain, his entire outfit is what i believe showed character. The glasses, the beer in the beginning. He just fit as a villain you know? Or a bounty hunter. He looks like a bad guy you’d see in a james bond movie or something. Id love to see him and Suki have a rematch, this time with nothing holding him back. But since youre writing new villains, Lets also get some more females!!! All these sexy super-powered women and only 3 of them are bad? Come on! 🙂 sorry for sounding like a broken record haha. I just like and take advantage of how you care and ask for our opinions and ideas.

4 years 4 months ago

Yes you can do that, we are discussing 5 or 6 ideas on Facebook as well, so you can see what is already there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NGC-Productions/166193443481368

steve
steve
4 years 4 months ago

so people should send ideas to the NGC email?

4 years 4 months ago

The heroines made by people doing create-a-character will have their own standalone adventure or mission away from the main story. If people like the character then they’ll have a second and so on.

steve
steve
4 years 4 months ago

well I dont mind some use of special effects, but just to get one thing straight, will create a character be used in the missions and not the main story?

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

I agree with Steve, I like NGC’s “real”istic approach to this genre. The superpowers aren’t too crazy and it does have a dark, gotham type of feel to it. Most fights are won or lost after brutal fist fights rather than silly and cartoony superpowers. Overall NGC does a good job of not trying to insult their customer’s intelligence with silly gimmicks and I like that and I hope they keep to this style. Especially what they did in Season 1 episode 2, 6, 9, 10 and season 2 episode 1.

4 years 4 months ago

Chris – I broadly agree but there will always be scope for the occasional one-sided video if that is the right thing to do. I think a character that just smashes everything in his/her wake would get tiring before long though.

Fabio – Yes he did well, Hawaiian shirts okay then?

Steve – I think there is room for magic in small doses. Essentially that is just about origin, we are still talking about people with remarkable powers, it just seems a bit more credible these days to call it a mutation, as if that made it likely! Wonder Woman-style character? In the main story probably not, but there’s always Create-A-Character!

Steve
Steve
4 years 4 months ago

I think the NGC universe is a more realistic take on the superhero world, so the over the top villains and presence of monsters will not happen unless its relevant to the story. I suppose its like Gotham city’s heros as opposed to the world of superman and the justice league, although Batman would still have to face someone like clayface. I was thinking maybe a wonder woman character would be interesting in NGC or a British version of Ms Freedom. Im wondering if characters with magical powers would be relevant, Athena was the closest thing. At the same time I wouldnt want NGC to become like everything else, I feel they created something very unique with regards to the genre and it would be sad to see that go.

Fabio
Fabio
4 years 4 months ago

speaking of Leadfoot he didnt make a bad villain in my opinion… Since we were having the discussion about better male villains earlier…

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

With any drugs or any strength enhancers that villains use in these types of movies, i don’t like it when the villain is overpowered to the point where he completely outmatches the heroine to offer no potential for victory for the heroine. I like the way NGC does mismatches in power, like in Suki vs Leadfoot where even though Leadfoot was stronger Suki was just good enough to make it a very dramatic and intense fight as it should be. Same with this recent video with Bluebird vs her three opponents, where she was able to still make an intriguing fight.

So I hope you don’t make any completely unbeatable villains resulting in one sided fights. These dramatic, back and forth type battles where both sides look to be on the brink of victory multiple times(with the heroine losing eventualy) are much more enjoyable and make NGC what it is.

4 years 4 months ago

Well I’m pleased you liked it Mark, and yes, she did a great job.

While I rule nothing out, a return to the Training Room so soon wouldn’t be something I’m keen on. Especially as we would have likely done a few more but people were complaining that they were bored of the room! While I am probably far less likely to listen to that now, I would still like to try some new ideas.

Beast – Again, your English is good. I think it’s not a bad idea to show the effects of the Disciple drug physically. This might make more sense if the drug itself becomes stronger.

Mark
Mark
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll keep this short and sweet! This Episode was all that I expected of NGC…and then some! It was almost perfection, and clearly shows why that these guys (and girls) are the best! It’s not so much that they are at the front of the pack; they’re operating on such a different level from the rest, they’re top of a field with only one runner in it!

This ‘excellence’ is down to many aspects of their product, and I could go on about the quality of the filming, editing, script etc. But this episode proves the ideal time to wax lyrical about their ‘talent’. And whilst the majority of their actors / actresses are truly amazing, Claire Yellowlees is ‘the’ gold standard! Sure, she’s absolutely gorgeous, but this girl is far more than mere ‘eye candy’; her performance in this episode is an absolute ‘tour de force’! She really is a ‘total package’!

Looking forward to the rest of the season, and hopefully much more of Bluebird too!

Swampy170
4 years 4 months ago

Since the heroines are pretty much on the run couldn’t the bad guys simply bring them to the elite force base and hold them captive – running training rooms, only where the villains have a clear advantage?

beast
beast
4 years 4 months ago

If you ask me Sebastian is a great villain, i think that dark, sinister and real is better. For example sebastian prision outfit was almost like his costume, it give him personallity. In the last episode if these people take this drug in order to obtain superpower it would be good that the drug has an effect on them. Like red eyes or some kind of wasted make up in their face. So the threat will be bigger and the effect too. So for me with more make up work ,bizzarre hairs and real dark outfits will be ok. If you put colourful costumes you will put them at the heroines level and that is not the intention. For the training session videos maybe knowing that the elite force base is in hands of the villains they can make hollograms of the heroines for practice in order to know their weakness. The individual missions is better but the productions values will be more high. Origins stories will be great too, Again sorry for my english

4 years 4 months ago

Should be first half of February, for people who joined the list anyway, general release after that.

Certainly not a big wait, no more of them I should hope.

Bill
Bill
4 years 4 months ago

I loved this episode is there a date for episode 2 yet?

4 years 4 months ago

No it’s really interesting. The point was made above that there is a reason given why ordinary looking blokes can harm the super-powered heroine in the film, because had we not made that clear then Bluebird would have looked a bit rubbish, which is the last thing I want.

We do things in a certain way to fit our particular story, but we can probably go a bit further if it is reasoned. I love characters like The Joker etc.. but he has been portrayed very differently over the years, if we put a version of The Joker in NGC he would look a bit more like Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero, but not exactly either. I’m just curious to know what would do it, be it masks, colourful costumes, or can we just do dark and sinister better? If someone could pinpoint one of our villains where we got closest I would appreciate that.

This could all be very timely because I’m starting to arrange this stuff now anyway. I appreciate that people for the most part like the heroine costumes we’ve done, in my opinion some worked better than others but we can do much better I’m convinced of it. As has also been pointed out, villainess costumes can be pretty simple and still look good, we will definitely be expanding our villainess repertoire.

Manta Ray Jack
Manta Ray Jack
4 years 4 months ago

Guess I’m just an over the top comic book sort of guy. I love me some Doctor Dooms and Jokers. LOL Don’t mind me, I was just throwing my two cents out there.

AlyAdmirer
AlyAdmirer
4 years 4 months ago

Alright, I’m gonna stick up for the current NGC mode of villainy. 🙂 For me, a big part of NGC’s appeal is that it feels more rooted in a sense of realism than, say, Alex Bettinger’s work. And that is in no way meant as a slight to Bettinger & Kennedy–I love their work, too. But it’s two different approaches to the genre, and I can’t help but think if you transplanted the sort of OTT villain that Wolf Hudson or Rifferus specialize in into an NGC video, it would jar massively.

Now, I too would like to see more villainesses in the NGC world. And I wouldn’t be opposed to a less everyday-looking sort of male villain, but I think that is something that would have to be approached cautiously, so that it stays true to what makes NGC’s product, IMHO, the best in the business. 🙂

Swampy170
4 years 4 months ago

@NGC – I think the villains could do to be a little more over the top. They are supposed to be taking down superheroines after all.

Also I don’t think you need to worry too much about improving the heroine costumes – they’re not bad at all!

@Fabio – Admittedly that is a little steep, I’ve paid between $300 and $500 for custom heroine costumes, but still – you do need to pay into the 100’s of $’s to get good heroine costumes 🙂

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