The Battle for Earth returns with Episode 14 – The Jailer, featuring the return of Raven Alexis as Shadowgirl (previously seen in Episode 11 – The Homecoming). When we last saw Shadowgirl, she was tied up and being tormented by an evil henchman who resembled Frank Gorshin from TV’s “Star Trek.” Now, she’s up against a new thug who looks nothing like Frank Gorshin, but enjoys tormenting the superheroine nonetheless.
The first several minutes of the video have no dialogue and simply involve the bad guy (“Draggo Vel”) carrying an unconscious Shadowgirl to his couch and tying her up in various bondage positions. Eventually, she wakes up and inexplicably vanishes, causing Draggo to hit the bottle and lapse into an apparent state of depression (I can’t honestly say that I blame him). Shadowgirl surprises him by quickly wrapping a rope around his neck and interrogating him with the classic interrogation questions like, “Who do you work for?” Before he can answer, Draggo passes out.
A few moments later, Draggo wakes up and starts to beat the crap out of Shadowgirl. (Draggo’s body, we learn, heals at an accelerated rate). They fight for a while, but Shadowgirl’s punches have no effect. Draggo gets tired of getting knocked down, so he responds by beating up Shadowgirl for several minutes and eventually knocking her unconscious with a chokehold.
After a brief conversation on the sofa and some more punching, Shadowgirl wakes up to find herself tied to the bad guy’s bed. Draggo slaps her around a little but, and even though the presence of a bed implies sexual overtones to the encounter, there’s no explicit sexual content other than some forced kissing action. Shadowgirl finally pretends to go along with all of this and begins to feign interest in Draggo, which sets up an opportunity for an escape (which may or may not go according to plan.)
Overall, I found this to be a pretty weak episode of The Battle for Earth. Considering how strongly the series started with Avalon and the various incarnations of Superiorgirl, it’s kind of disappointing to see an entire episode filmed in an apartment with very little action and even less spectacle. I realize it’s not that easy to shoot Hollywood style action on a budget that’s low enough to guarantee profitability, but several earlier episodes of The Battle for Earth and just more entertaining. However, as always, I’m sure certain viewers with particular fetish interests will find a lot to like in this episode, including fans of Raven Alexis.