The Battle for Earth returns with the 24th episode in its long-running storyline with an apparent attempt to clarify things for the fans. Is Episode 24 an effective re-introduction to the series for fans who may have become somewhat confused by the complex storyline?
Seemingly taking a cue from several fans who seemed confused by the current creative direction, the producers at The Battle for Earth have made a course correction. Over four and a half minutes of opening exposition in the company’s latest release end with, “And now, the battle for earth resumes.” This is music to the ears of many fans who have been waiting for a return to their original mission statement: five heroines, five villains.
As happy as I am about the return of the original storyline, this episode did seemingly cause some continuity issues. How? Well, Episode 24, titled Good vs. Evil, features the characters of Superianna, Spawn and Kaid. The last time we saw Superianna, she was taken prisoner by Lor’cal. She is back and there is really no explanation about what happened to her and how she returned. The last time we saw Kaid and Spawn they each were involved in separate fights with Nightgirl. Both fights ended when she set off massive explosions a few feet from each of them. However, Kaid and Spawn are both present and seemingly just fine, with no real explanation as to what happened. Continuity errors, or do the producers have something up their sleeve? Perhaps future episodes will enlighten us.
Regardless, Episode 24 is all about Superianna attempting to create an alliance of heroines to stand against Spawn’s army of super villains. For his part, Spawn’s plan is to do whatever he can to ensure this alliance never happens. When the episode opens, Superianna is trying to contact both Avalon and Nightgirl but is unsuccessful. Somehow, Kaid tracks down Superianna at her hideout and the fight begins. However, Kaid has two trump cards. The first is a familiar green meteor rock, and the second is a device that permanently steals powers. Kaid manages to absorb Superianna’s powers into himself and the beat-down ensues.
Outside of a reverse bear hug and a throat lift or two, there isn’t much of the usual peril involved in the fight. Kaid actually spends most of his time blasting Superianna with heat vision and pushing her around the room with his super breath. Kaid dominates Superianna for the entire sequence until she is able to use his own device against him and steal her powers back. She manages to put Kaid down and the episode ends with Spawn threatening to set off a bomb if Superianna does not come to his lair.
I think it’s fair to say that this is a solid episode and nothing more. It serves its purpose well in that it reboots the storyline and simplifies a plot that had become a bit confusing. I think it could serve as a good jumping-on point for new or returning fans. I don’t think hardcore peril fanatics will find enough content here to satisfy them, however.
This episode also featured a new actress playing the role of Superianna. She did a fine job, and I thought she did as well as, if not better than, the 87 other actresses who have played the character. I do think it’s time to give the character a little break, however. She has appeared in a whopping 10 of the 24 episodes. Instead, I hope they continue expanding on Nightgirl, a character that most fans seem to like. I also look forward to the return of Avalon, who was a huge fan favorite when he starred in the first two episodes of the series