“Episode 4″ from Next Global Crisis

When it comes to production values, you’d be hard pressed to beat the videos of Next Global Crisis.  As I’ve said in previous reviews, these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to filmmaking.  Episode 4 is no exception: great fight choreography, editing, lighting, acting, etc., just as in previous episodes.  So if you liked earlier episodes from Next Global Crisis, chances are that you’ll like this one as well.

By now, if you’ve seen previous videos from this company, you probably have a good idea of what to expect.  All of the production and post-production quality is there, as usual.  So that basically leaves the few variables that do change from video to video: costumes, actors and actresses, and storyline.  In this episode, we meet “Athena,” who appears to be almost invulnerable.  Her power is listed as “healing hands,” and no matter what the bad guys do to her (and they do a lot), she’s able to apply her hands to her wounds and heal them.  This presents a problem for the villains.  No matter how often they try to punch, kick, cut, or stab (!), her wounds always heal.

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Yet the female villain Jade doesn’t actually seem to mind.  She enjoys cutting and stabbing our heroine repeatedly.  At one point she says, “I can keep cutting you and cutting you, and you will never heal… maybe I should just kidnap you and keep you as my pet… I could cut you as much as I want to.”  This is as demented an idea as anything you’ll find in a heroine peril film.  (Well, maybe almost as demented).

After fighting Jade for a while (and apparently losing, receiving lots of cuts, belly punches, etc.), our heroine finds herself facing another villain, this one a male.  They somehow freeze our heroine, rendering her unable to move.  Every movement at this point causes extreme pain to our heroine, so the bad guys take their time torturing Athena by moving her around (to the sound of bones crunching).  They also cut her with a sword, causing a lot of pain and suffering.

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I won’t reveal the film’s final plot twist, but in any event, I did enjoy this episode due to the usual high production values of the Next Global Crisis creative team.  If I had to point out any drawbacks (and I do… this is a review, after all), I would say that I didn’t personally find the heroine quite as attractive as in previous episodes.  However, this is just my opinion, and in my review of episode 3, a few of the commentors disagreed with my opinion of the heroine in that episode, so maybe that will be the case here again…  Even so, I think the lead heroine is really good actress, and her ability to “sell” the performance makes her character believable and enjoyable.

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The same goes for all of the actors.  Somehow, Next Global Crisis is able to find actors who know can make it all believable.  They all seem to have acting experience and commit to their parts.  Combine this with really good fight choreography and top notch technical quality, and you have another winner from Next Global Crisis.

I should point out that not everyone will agree, of course.  To some viewers , the content of the video might be much more important than production quality.  You might prefer a less technically assured video with more of a focus on a specific type of peril, for example.  In that case, this video might not be for you.  Next Global Crisis focuses on technical quality and good acting.  So keep that in mind as you decide whether to download.  I enjoyed it.

Download Episode 4 from Next Global Crisis.

  1. Jobber Lover

    I have to say that I enjoyed both Episode 3 and Episode 4. I agree they are worth the download. However, I will also add that the attractiveness of the Super Heroine is on a steady decline. The woman who played Power Star in episode 1 was very good looking. Then episode 2 came out, starring the ridiculously attractive, Anastasiya Breadson and “WOW”. I watched episode 2 and thought “Holy Cow, NGC is going to be awesome!” I couldn’t wait for episode 3. But I have to say the granny panties in episode 3 were a problem for me. This is too bad, because it was a very well done episode with a cool concept and excellent execution. The story Great; The effects Cool, The Heroine Solid, The Granny Panties …. eh?”

    So I anxiously awaited Episode 4. Once again, great story, original concept, very well done, but that gal that plays Athena just isn’t a walking fantasy like Anastasiya Breadson. I found myself enjoying the story but continually wishing they had just put Anastasiya’s Angel character in the spots Athena was in. But again, it was really well done; at least Athena is a solid actress. She is much better than most of the offerings in this genre out there, and she’s not bad looking. She’s just not a walking fantasy. Oh, and I really liked the villains. (That’s true of all the villains from NGC.) For me, Ms Freedom was about as disappointing as can be. Don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone, but for my money, I will probably wait to get any more episodes until they either bring back Anastasiya Breadson’s Angel character, or offer me another heroine who can earn a starring role in one of my dreams.

    Again, the production quality is great with NGC. The story lines are excellent. The execution is spot on. The acting is even really good. But I think their mistake is that once you’ve set the heroine attractiveness bar so high in episode 2, it is difficult and unfair to the ladies who have to follow that.

  2. Good points, Jobber Lover. I think that even if the heroine in Episode 4 isn’t super hot, her acting is very good and goes a long way towards making the episode worthwhile (along with the superb production quality, as you mentioned).

    I don’t know what Next Global Crisis is planning for future episodes, whether any of the previous actresses will return or if we’ll meet a new heroine. I guess we’ll find out… :)

  3. Tim Caine

    I also think Jobber Lover is correct. Ms Freedom was a total disappointment. The actress playing her should never have been put in a “Super-Girl-like” costume. The poor girl doesn’t have anywhere near the body to fill that costume. It looks 4 sizes too big for her. Hunt around the web for chicks dressed as Super-Girl and you find tons of them who can really “fill-out” the blue unitard and red mini. This girl looks like a joke. There may be a thousand different outfits she could have pulled off. The one they gave her was not one of them.

    Again, Athena was good. She isn’t knock-down gorgeous, but she’s good looking enough and sold everything so well that it worked. (She too, may have been better suited for a different costume.) Ms Freedom was at best comical.

  4. Ouch… not a fan of Ms. Freedom, I guess! :)

    Well, to be honest, I think you do have a point. But consider this: in my opinion, there are far less attractive girls appearing in videos of this genre all the time from different companies. The difference here (in my humble opinion) is that Next Global Crisis produces videos that are very well made from a technical standpoint. So when we see a girl we feel is less than gorgeous appearing in a video of such high technical quality, it comes as a disappointment. On the other hand, when we see videos with crappy lighting, bad fight choreography and choppy editing, it comes as no surprise to see actresses who aren’t very attractive, and we don’t feel the same sense of disappointment in the actress.

    In addition, I think Next Global Crisis set the bar very high with a couple of their previous heroines, as Jobber mentioned.

    Anyway, I do understand where you’re coming from. Ms. Freedom didn’t play a huge part in this video, so hopefully, Athena’s performance was good enough that you don’t feel like the video was a waste. That’s how I felt about it, anyway. Hopefully Next Global Crisis will cast more towards your liking in future videos! :)

  5. Darius

    I just had the oportunity to watch Episode 4 and thought I’d chime in on the comments here. Let me start by saying I thought Athena was awesome. I know a lot of folks who follow this super heroine peril thing probably were not big on her Roman-Gladiator-Zena-Warrior-looking outfit. But I kinda dug on it. Plus I thought it fit her body well, and definitely fit the character they were developing really well. I think the gal that played Athena is smoking hot, so I totally grooved on Episode 4. Also, I’m one of those dudes who roots for the bad guys. So, I loved the way Athena got dominated by the baddies. I also thought the chick playing Jade was awesome. She was evil and sexy and bad ass. Because of these things Episode 4 is my fav vid by Next Global so far.
    I will also add that I have to agree that Ms Freedom was totally miscast. To me it looked like it was Ms Freedom’s scranny little sister trying on her bid sis’s costume. When the bad guy ran from her because “She’s too strong” I actually laughed. Even so I still dig episode 4 for the fighting scenes and the story line and the sexy villian. Episode 4 is my fav even tho Ms Freedom is disappointing. So, I can’t wait for episode 5.

  6. David Dicks

    People keep saying Ms Freedom was disappointing. I think NGC should take that as a left handed compliment. That means that all the heroines and villians to that point were so good that people had high expectations of Ms Freedom.

    So NGC, try not to think of it as an insult to Ms Freedom, but as a compliment to all the work you’ve done so far.

    DDD

  7. jerkstore

    I was able to watch Avalon part two and NGC episode 4 recently. I agree with just about everyone on the board. Both were really well done. I don’t even go to other similar websites anymore because they just don’t measure up. I’m not a peril guy. I just want good stories and they both deliver that. There is one issue everyone seems to be talking about and that is the Ms. Freedom character. My opinion, ( and i think I’m alone) is that she is a real good looking girl who played the part just fine. I don’t think she was on screen for two minutes. She probably deserves a longer look in future episodes before we judge to harshly.

  8. deathcake

    I agree with Jobber lover completely, on every point he raised. I think alot of the fantasy comes from an unrealisticaly good looking girl, in a great outfit. I think starting off with the actress in Ep 1 and the actress in Ep2, then following it up ep3 and ep4. It’s disappointing, and i won’t be buying anymore NGC films, unless i see some improvement in that area from trailers and what not.

    The good thing is, i know that, looking at the trailer will generally tell me everything i need to know, as NGC team have great story’s, acting and production.

    Bring back Anastasiya Breadson, or someone a bit nicer looking, and no more granny pants!

    Thing is, i don’t feel like i’m being harsh, as we are shelling out a fair bit of cash :)

  9. I am surprised at how harsh some of the comments about Ms. Freedom have been.

  10. Tim Caine

    Deathcake is dead – on!
    You can’t put just anyone in a Super-Girl style outfit. Jobber Lover said it best “Ms Freedom is about as disappointing as can be.” For those who say she played the role well… I say BFD! I’d rather watch Anastasiya Breadson pick her nose than Ms Freedom perform Hamlet.
    The other thing I’ve heard is that it is hard to find a female who can act, handle the combat and is also good looking. Okay, but they’ve found some who can. Rye found one named Amy Johnston, playing Avalon, over at The Battle For Earth. Of course there’s always Anastasiya Breadson, who (at least in my mind) from now on will be the standard by which all others will be compared. And if you have a gal who can act and can do the combat, but doesn’t have the look… well don’t put her in a Super-Girl outfit!
    I agree with Deathcake, we are shelling out our cash. We are giving honest reviews. I really think that if everyone is honest, nobody liked Ms Freedom.

  11. zebra5

    Uh… I dont get all this negativity. They do the best production around and you want to drag it all down. It isn’t supergirl it’s a different character… does every heroine wearing blue have to look like Helen Slater all of a sudden? I’ve seen loads of sites with girls with brown hair who don’t know what a gym is actually in a supergirl costume, this was better than that. Oh and puh-lease don’t start telling me what my opinion is; “I really think that if everyone is honest, nobody liked Ms Freedom.” So rude. PS: I think this is the ugly girl you hate so much:

    http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/8931/49945e52ebeaf.jpg

  12. Fabio

    Her costume was just retarded.. what heroine wears a baggy ass top like that? Thats the only problem i had w her from the beginning when ngc posted pics of athena and her on the yahoo group i just thought wtf were they thinking w her outfit?!

  13. Tim Caine

    Zebra5, you are right about one thing. I shouldn’t have told you what your opinion is. Maybe I should have said I bet a lot of people were very disappointed in Ms Freedom and are just too nice to say anything. … Better?

  14. Sean K

    Okay, I haven’t purchased episode 4 yet. But I have the other episodes. Is it fair to say I can sum up everything about Next Global Conquest like this:

    Next Global Conquest = Excellent, High Quality, Great Fight Scenes
    Anastasiya Breadson = Hot
    Ms Freedom = Disappointing
    Ms Freedom’s costume = Way too big, looked like crap, horrible… what?

  15. Fabio

    lol you mean next global crisis, not conquest.. but yea pretty much, i mean the costume wasnt horrible it just looked kinda dorky, too dorky, you can see for yourself here and be the judge. It just didnt work for me that was my only problem

  16. Scwank

    Sorry, gotta disagree with the opinions on the girl playing Miss Freedom. She is very pretty, and also looks real. Looks are such a subjective thing, but I thought she was hot.

  17. For what it’s worth, I loved Ms Freedom. I liked Athena, but the part of episode 4 I’ve watched more than once so far was from Ms Freedom’s entrance and forward.

    I agree the costume top is oddly shaped and looks a bit cheap, like they didn’t have time to manufacture a proper costume, but the actress was great. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I wouldn’t mind if they fixed the top though.

  18. Cool! Definitely an overall improvement over the previous version. Unfortunately, they apparently changed the skirt too. That’s disappointing. I liked the really short skirt with the slit.

  19. Thussler

    I think Athena is fit!!! Agree with everyone that she’s a brill actress, but they need to put her in latex and get some cleavage out cos she’s got banging boobs they’re just covered by the lame costume material, it needs to be tighter – like i said LATEX! Same goes for Miss Freedom, I can see she’s got a cracking pair the costumes just not flatterring. Kind of dodgy accent too! But these two were way hotter than Jade. But back to my personal NGC favourite Athena- I think it’s part of Athena’s character that she’s more innocent in her first episode and she’ll become this more experienced and more sexy superbabe as the episodes go on, and so her costume will get sexier and smaller as they go on! Bring on episode 35 she’ll be wearing hardly anything!

  20. Just a heads up HM episode 5 should be out by now for those who beought ep 4. Will you be doing a review of that?

  21. Thanks, Fabio. I’m actually working on the review right now :).