The Battle for Earth has released their latest video, “Timing is Everything.” This film introduces a new heroine, features the return of two villains, and marks the first release from TBFE that Rye had zero involvement in. Rye is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in this genre, and it will be interesting to see how this absence effects the overall quality of TBFE videos. Will they get worse? Will they improve? Let’s go to the review and find out.
We are introduced to Creighton Spawn’s father, Dr. Nuclay. The good doctor has been spending his time working towards two goals. The first is healing the grievous injuries that his son sustained in an earlier episode. The second is the creation of a new female super being that would be ten times more powerful than Nuclearman. We are then introduced to a new heroine named Divinity. Divinity has the power of foresight which allows her to see ten seconds into the future, which aids her in combat.
Back at Nuclay’s lair, things are becoming complex between Spawn and his father. Dr. Nuclay (who apparently has no inner monologue) wonders out loud if his son’s obsession with getting revenge on Avalon is hurting their chances at conquering the world. Dr. Nuclay is then contacted by the disembodied voice of Lor’Cal who promises Nuclay incredible power in exchange for his obedience.
Meanwhile, Divinity is attacked at her home by a thug. Divinity subdues him and decides to follow a signal that will supposedly lead her to missing Superior Girl, who was captured in an earlier episode. However, the signal is a fake and leads her directly to Dr. Nuclay’s laboratory, where she has to fight the same opponent whose power level has been increased after receiving an injection. The film ends on a cliff hanger, so I don’t wish to spoil the fun for everyone.
So, how does the newest TBFE episode stack up to it’s predecessors? Personally, I think very well. Was it perfect? No. Divinity’s costume could have been better. The dialogue was a little clunky at times and some of the attempts at humor fell a little flat. However, I like the new actress who plays Divinity, I thought the fight scenes were well done, and I enjoy watching the actor who plays Spawn. He always does a good job, and rarely gets any recognition for his efforts. The thing that I liked the most was the return to the main TBFE storyline. Many of the characters from episodes past were mentioned and I was especially encouraged by the multiple references to Avalon. I don’t know if that means they are bringing the character back, but I have my fingers crossed. I still think the two episodes featuring Avalon were some of the best work the genre has ever seen. I don’t know if the new creative team intends to interact with the fans like Rye did, but hopefully they will and at some point let us know what is coming up next.