UPDATED! Fail-Safe Sisters 4 from Next Global Crisis

Fail-Safe Sisters 4 from Next Global CrisisUPDATED with trailer! When watching the latest episode of Fail Safe Sisters I had one question running through my mind. Is Merissa Porter aka Shadowstar an alien that decided to take the perfect female form or is she just a really hot girl from Earth? I wish I was kidding. I’m not.

An on the run Shadowstar is confronted by a new villain named Iceslinger. After a few puns involving ice, we are treated to a little bit of calisthenics before the fight. Shadowstar doing calisthenics. Yeah, count me in. Shadowstar commands the early part of the battle with what I thought were especially well thrown punches and kicks. Actually I thought this entire episode was some of NGC’s best fight work to date.

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Iceslinger tries to go all Sub-Zero on the heroine but is cut short by Shadowstar’s power. Shadowstar seems in full control until she does a little too much talking and catches a hard backhand which swings the momentum of the fight.

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In no particular order, Shadowstar takes several stomach punches, is pushed into a wall, punched hard in the back, strangled, briefly knocked out, bear hugged, dragged across the floor, and in maybe NGC’s best use of special effect work, frozen in place twice. The momentum of the fight swings back and forth a few additional times, and I rather enjoyed the ending where one character savagely beats on the other to finish the fight.

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I tremendously enjoyed this episode, and it’s probably my second favorite of the series after the premiere that featured Shadowstar versus Sadie. We are now four episodes in to Fail Safe Sisters, and I’ve been quite impressed. Several great characters have been introduced, some fantastically talented and beautiful acting talent has been uncovered, and the special effects work has been top notch.

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There was quite a bit of conversation about villains after the third episode was released, and I personally never got a chance to chime in, so I will do so now. There were calls for bigger, more physically imposing bad guys, and I’d like to add my voice to those calling for that to happen. It’s not the current villains are in any way bad, far from it. I just always thought that NGC could use more characters in the vein of Leadfoot. Someone who was so strong the girls would never be able to outfight but would rather have to out-think in order to win. Those have always been my favorite kind of battles, and they’re a staple of almost every Zen Pictures movie. I personally think NGC could pull of this scenario quite well.

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  • Sep. 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love you bluebird but you dont have any chance…

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    *peeks back in

    Does that mean Angel will be back soon?

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm


    @Richard – Consider yourself counted in. ‘Soon’ is difficult to quantify, I certainly like the idea of it but I can tell you that I’ve not shot it yet and would therefore find it difficult to promise as plenty could go wrong. If we can do it then it won’t be too far away. As for the Fail-Safe Sisters the plan is to introduce a couple of new ones now. I’ve cast the roles and feel they will certainly maintain the high level set by Shadowstar and Lady Victory, but I’ve not shot those either.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks NGC, no problem, just wondered that’s all. Problems for Bluebird? Count me in!

    BTW, I rewatched FSS part 3 and noticed the extra scene after the credits – great angle.

    Sorry for more questions but WamPigs reminds me – will we get to see that Angel Luner matchup any time soon? And will the next Failsafe Sisters be more Shadowstar or Lsdy Victory? Thanks.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 11:07 am


  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    @Richard – I don’t want to give away too much but his power enables him to cause Bluebird a LOT of problems. The bad ending should be cool, there is a good ending also which contains some nice action I don’t think Bluebird fans will want to miss. Eliza v Luner… infighting within Red Mist? Surely not….

    @HeroineLegneds – Thank you very much!

    @dkm – Well mate, you are going to love what is coming up later this week if you like alternate endings.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    This one looks awesome but I would have loved it if there was a version to watch where she loses.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

    @NGC – So this Bluebird members only video looks to be M/F from the previews. I don’t recognize the villain, what’s his story? Powers, etc.? The bad ending looks very cool, so can’t wait to see BB on the losing end for once. She’s been lucky one ttoo many times!

    As for 5’10 villains, even though I’ll take good fighting/acting over size any day, I’d like to remind folk that Sebastian Luner and Eliza Rose are massive baddies and feature often, at least so far (speaking of which I’d love an Eliza v Luner brawl – fun to see a cocky bad girl taken down a peg or two). Variety as always is king, so keep ’em coming I say.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I’ve been a big fan of how NGC carries out the continuations of their characters. And though, as some of the viewers have noted, the villains seem to be of the 5’10” variety, they continue to make them stand apart from each other to allow the Heroines to have a different threat each time. Kudos, NGC, kudos. :)


  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for the continued comments on Shadowstar, we’re all very happy that you enjoyed the film and her performance. I knew when we were shooting it that it was really coming together but you never know for certain until the edit is done.

    As for Bluebirds ‘KO’ well I can’t make it more than it is as it’s already been shot. Rest assured that if this is something you want to see then you will have an opportunity to see it a lot over the coming weeks and months.

    We have found ways around her power for this but second wind is a power that saves her from death primarily, rather than just unconsciousness. In pretty much every occasion of it’s use she was in mortal peril which is why it switched on.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for the clarification guys and I would like to tag along with BJOY’s comment, I hope the defeat of Bluebird is ‘proper and total’.

  • Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

    @BJOY: The nature of Bluebird’s power has been a major impediment to that outcome so far. Even if she got KO’d by a single blow, like say Athena in SM#4, by all we’ve seen she would just immediately revive. I’d be interested to see how NGC gets around that(assuming it were to happen).

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Don’t buy these videos often from NGC because I prefer more of a mix of fighting and natural peril over strictly fighting alone. But this episode had me hooked. This Shadowstar is incredibly hot. What a body!! That bearhug scene is well done and love the freezing effect/ Good job NGC ! Please more of Shadowstar!!

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    @NextGlobalCrisis : Please make bluebirds losing video a proper and total KO. I know a lot of fans (including myself) who would be eager to go for it ..if its so.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Marissa is amazing. If I was the devil I would invite her to rule the underworld with me. You gotta admit, that would be a tempting offer, hypothetically.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I guess Shadowstar’s just too damn hot to be defeated by being frozen… Really enjoyed this episode, and the performances were exceptional…even for NGC.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Not much to add, as others have said this was very enjoyable. I wouldn’t have thought it was possible, but Merissa Porter as Shadowstar was even more beautiful than last time, and she believably acted courage, fear, defiance, despair and an air of arrogance which was almost her downfall. A definite improvement I’d say. Iceslinger’s powers were great, but as I said in the last thread I would have loved to see him take his trophy home, even though that would have meant no more Shadowstar. Great creepy acting from him – one of the best villains so far, To be honest I have no problem with smaller villains if they are formidable in their performance and powers. He was still able to bearhug her with ease.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

    @mantower – Just to clarify that what Sym said is correct. The Bluebird film will be out in a week for members only.

    @ceej – I am glad that we were able to convey this change in the character. She is finding it very hard to adapt to being hunted, as I suppose anyone would.

    @Chris – Thanks for your comments, I’m pleased you enjoyed it. I don’t think it will surprise anyone that I defend my right to have unexpected outcomes. I would lose interest in writing this project if the heroine always won or always lost, no question about it.

    @Sidekick – We had a casting about 10 days ago and have got in contact with people who can solve this issue. I can’t make bold promises about films we haven’t shot but the future as of right now looks bright. I think people will also enjoy our next NGC Side Mission, though I take the point about larger than life villains working well in the FSS universe.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think it would be a great change because across the genre we are up to our eyeballs in 5’10 180 pound bad guys. Not that they are in any way bad, it’s just similar fights are happening across the board and this would be different.

    I always reference fights with Oddjob and Jaws from the Bond franchise as some of my favorites. Just a fight that there is no way the hero/heroine could physically win and they have to be a tad more creative to have a chance. Actually, as much as I think this kind of fight is a natural fit for a NGC episode, I think it would work even better for Fail Safe Sisters.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

    And again, I have to add to Sidekick and everyone else’s voice about bigger villains. NGC Season 1 Ep 6 was my favorite episode. It showed Suki, despite her best efforts matched up against a total iron beast of a man and as valiantly as she fought you knew she’d eventually succumb to his strength at some point because of how imposing he was. I hope to see bigger and stronger villains soon!

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This movie was as good as it gets. Except the Heroine didn’t lose. I liked the villain, he was stronger, had a nice ability, and he was the better hand to hand fighter as well. It seemed like Shadowstar had no hope although she was fighting valiantly. The bearhug scene was great. I hope you guys continue to use big villains like the one in this video who can also do a little bit of hand to hand fighting. Shadowstar was particularly the star of this video, like Lady Victory was in hers. Her facial expressions were great and she was hot as always.

    Only problem like i said before was that the heroine didnt lose.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I think this was my favorite FSS episode so far. You could really see Shadowstar start to break down, as I swear there was a moment or two where I thought it looked like she was about to cry. And then the post buzzer action was the real kicker, can’t wait to see how the character progresses (or regresses, as the case may be) to her next episode.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

    @mantower. As far as I can see, you would have to buy this video to see the PREVIEWS (which are presumably pictures) of the upcoming Bluebird episode. The episode itself will then be on sale to those on the mailing list – but it hasn’t been released yet.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Just to clarify, so you have to buy the latest Shadowstar to get the secret Bluebird episode? I am on the mailing list and do check the emails but didn’t see any link for a secret Bluebird film, which is why I ask the question.

  • Sep. 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for the review Sidekick, I am pleased that you enjoyed it, we thought Shadowstar was great in this one – very pleased with her performance. In reference to BIG villains… it is something we are solving and I hope you will see the fruits of that effort soon.

    @Mike – I will definitely post something on my blog this week explaining the Bluebird video and the conditions with it. Maybe something will go up on here as well if HM thinks it interesting enough. Basically it will be a Bluebird film with alternate endings: 1) She WINS!! 2) She LOSES… you will be able to get the ending you want (or both if you are a completist). The only difference with this release is that it is discount members only. If you have never joined the list, or you have but simply never open the emails then this film will pass you by and you won’t be able to own it. It is an attempt at thanking those people who stick by us the most.

    @naveed – Thanks, I am very pleased you enjoyed it… we will solve the big bad guy issue.

    @Paul – It comes with the Shadowstar video download, it is on that list. You may want to relocate the download email. If you re still having trouble email me at: nextglobalcrisis@gmail.com

    @Beast – I’m glad you liked it, we were very happy that Sean Penn decided to work with us and felt this was one of the defining performances of his career. I’m also pleased that you noticed the changes in Shadowstars demeanour. This was on purpose.

  • Sep. 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Love it! Merissa is a great actress ( the most beautiful also) and sold everything. Also the villain ( Sean Penn?) gave a great performance, i think that he is one of the best ive seen in this kind of videos. The fight choreography and the mood of the episode was cool too. The fx also.
    There is true about what other user said in the old post about that we want to see a one sided fight- the beatdown- ( i want that also). But we saw a triple AAA episode in the first one with shadowstar and she cant lose every chapter. This kind of episode keeps the series running and gave the actress the chance to shine more( In the end for example when she beats like crazy a koed opponent)
    Also there are peril moments ( bearhugh, frozen, lot of punches). Shadowstar hasnt the confidence of the previous episode and we can see that from the beginning, That is not physical peril but it is peril.
    Also you cant feel bad to pay to see shadowstar ( dat incredibles shots)
    What i recommend to NGC is to see the girls starting to fight with some kind of disadvantage. Like hands tied or without powers… ( I know that you are saving a lot for future episodes but i say this as a fan) . I think that this TV people can do a better job!.
    Also i would like to know if there will be another heroine comming in this series: For me is ok i love both and i can watch them everyday.
    Love the preview of blue bird also ( There will be realese with another episode of NGC as a bonus or it will be the only video that week?)

  • Sep. 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Where is the Bluebird Preview? I am on the discount members list and I haven’t seen it. How do you get access to it?

  • Sep. 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    This was another excellent video by NGC..I always love their fight choreography and the actresses..and i also call for a more physically imposing bad guy…I know sometimes it might get old but i always love a good old bear hug scene…or a backbreaker…and hence the call for physically imposing bad guys!..But a great episode..and excellent fight choreography and special effects…

  • Sep. 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Solid installment. Question about the next film though: the members only Bluebird short. It looks like it has two endings from your preview material. One where she wins and one where she loses. Would I be correct in that assumption? Whats the deal with this film? And will I finally get to see a solid Bluebird ko?

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