I am an unabashed fan of The Battle for Earth. There are heroine sites with bigger budgets and superior production values, but no website in this genre garners more of my attention. Lately however one question keeps coming to mind: What the heck happened to the story?
The website’s original concept that still shows up in the opening credits of every episode was five heroines fighting five villains. It has since morphed in something else altogether and I honestly was having trouble following the plot.
Apparently, I was not alone. A few different board members seemed to be lost and made their confusion known. So, the producers at The Battle for Earth were kind enough to post a “bible” of sorts in the comments section of the review for the previous episode (here). The information they provided cast some light on the motivations of newer characters, touched upon characters that have been absent for some time now, and gave hints at what may happen in the future.
Did this post totally clear up a storyline that had become kind of muddled in my eyes? No, not entirely. However, the producers promised a return to the simpler plot of five heroines facing off against five villains, which sounds like a great plan to me. The post-Rye era has gone well in my opinion, and I think the broadening of the original storyline was the new creative teams only misstep.
With that being said, they have just released their latest episode entitled Revenge. This episode features the return of the character that was once known as Elektris, who now goes by the name of Nightgirl. When then episode opens, Nightgirl is being held captive but quickly escapes by using her ability to draw strength from darkness. Meanwhile, Spawn and Kaid are not getting along. Spawns constant abuse of the serum seems to be driving him insane. Kaid insists it’s Spawn’s obsession with getting revenge on Avalon that’s making him insane. The point is, no matter the reason, Spawn’s going insane.
Kaid turns his back on Spawn for good and seeks out Nightgirl for assistance. Kaid feels that he cannot defeat Spawn alone and believes an alliance with Nightgirl and her ever evolving powers are his best chance to finish Spawn once and for all. However, Nightgirl isn’t in the mood to make friends and a long, well executed fight occurs. Although she is on the receiving end for most of the battle, Nightgirl is able to defeat Kaid.
Nightgirl then tracks down Spawn. After finding out their powers have no effect on each other, Nightgirl decides to hurt Spawn the only way she can—by destroying his yet unfinished creation. She gathers her energy and unleashes it which causes a massive explosion. The episode ends there and leaves the fates of Nightgirl, Spawn, and Spawn’s creation up in the air.
I thought this was one of the stronger TBFE episodes released in the last couple of months. It didn’t feature alternate dimensions, Lor’cal or some of the other things that have weighed down the narrative recently. It instead focused on basic storytelling, solid fight choreography, and some decent peril moments which included bearhugs applied from the front and back, a test of strength, multiple stomach punches, and a chloroform scene. I think it is also important to give credit to the lead actress. She’s obviously easy on the eyes, but she is also very good in fight scenes, and her acting seems to get better with every appearance.
Two final things. The producers wanted us to let you know that they plan to upgrade the costumes of some characters and that the process is already underway. They also wanted to remind fans that they now shoot custom videos and wanted to thank the customers that have already ordered one. You can check everything out for yourself at the link below.