Episode 7 of Next Global Crisis is the company’s biggest episode yet, featuring a storyline that spans several episodes and several familiar characters making reappearances. While there’s a lot of dialogue and exposition, it pays off with an extremely well-staged fight scene and an interesting twist to the continuing NGC narrative.
The video begins with a clever propaganda-style montage, similar to a political campaign commercial, which describes a little of the backstory and gives us a glimpse into Elite Force’s public relations strategy. This sequence leads to a pretty ambitious, extended shot (apparently one long take, as far as I can tell) involving several of the NGC superheroines. While we don’t necessarily see them all in action in this episode, it’s fun to see them making appearances in Episode 7.
The story is actually kind of complicated and interesting, so I don’t want to give it away here. In a nutshell, the members of Elite Force apparently believe that one of their own—Powerstar—has defected and has joined forces with their arch enemy, Mr. X. Their attempts to deal with this problem cause various complications and result in a series of unexpected twists, especially when some characters’ motivations are not what they first appear to be.
Powerstar, rendered powerless and [possible spoiler] perhaps not as guilty as Elite Force has been led to believe [end spoiler], is forced to face off against a familiar opponent, Sebastian Luner, from several previous Training Room episodes. Looking as though he’s had a much-needed bath, Luner clearly relished this opportunity to get revenge against Powerstar for all of the misery she caused him by beating him up repeatedly in all those practice sessions. He definitely gets his revenge, as he delivers an extended beat-down that is probably the most one-sided battle I’ve seen in a NGC episode, even bordering on the kind of “peril”-intensive territory that many viewers will be delighted to see. This sequence is the centerpiece of the movie, and it delivers. Another aspect that makes this fight sequence as success is that, unlike the Training Room episodes, there’s a lot at stake. This isn’t merely a training exercise, but a fight scene with real-world implications (in the context of the story), so it’s a more intense sequence, in my opinion, and it works really well.
I won’t give away the ending, but one or more Elite Force characters arrive on the scene to save Powerstar, only to be met with another twist of the plot. It’s all really fun and interesting, and I really liked this episode. At this point, pretty much everyone knows that NGC has among the best production values compared to most other production companies, and Episode 7 is no exception to that. As someone who sees a sh*tload of superheroine videos, I feel qualified to say that NGC is several levels above most of their competitors in all technical departments. Check out Episode 7 and leave comments below!