What kind of metal is Kristina Hess made of? I swear, she is the only human being I’ve ever seen that has a shine to her. She’s either made of some type of metal or the glow she emits is just a side effect of being so damn hot. Either way, she’s back in the latest Heroine Legends release.
Confusion opens up where Episode 1 ended. Sara Thorne is down and out on the rooftop, but everybody else that was there before has disappeared. Instead, she is confronted by producer, martial artist, actor, director, and creator of Heroine Legends, Logan. At this point his characters name is not revealed, but we learn he wants to recruit Thorne to join a team of super powered individuals. Thorne refuses, and they have a short fight. Thorne takes a huge punch and wakes up back in her room.
She is joined by her friend that she met in the park in episode one and she seems to have no memory of the attack that took place that day. Thorne doesn’t completely understand what is happening so she decides to go see her sensei for advice. This time she runs into a man who used to possess an aura before it was taken away under unknown circumstances. He attacks Thorne in hopes of stealing hers but she puts him down in a well choreographed martial arts duel.
Thorne returns to her apartment where her boyfriend is waiting. Neither acts as if they have any memory of their fight on the rooftop and Thorne reveals to him what’s been going on. He makes a verbal slip up which clues in Thorne that he knows much more than he is letting on and they have a short fight. He starts the process of stealing her aura when she suddenly wakes up in the park more confused than ever.
She sets off to go meet her sensei again when she runs into two more goons. This girl really can’t catch a break. They fight for a while and Thorne holds her own rather well when they are interrupted by the bad guy from the premier episode. Thorne is able to escape and finally makes it to her sensei’s residence. However, she finds that her boyfriend is already there and catches him in the middle of a tense verbal exchange with her sensei. The sensei teleports both himself and the boyfriend away leaving Thorne to wonder what the heck is going on.
This was another good effort from Heroine Legends. Kristina Hess is just terrific and there aren’t too many actresses in the genre right now who do a better job portraying a heroine as well as she does. The fight choreography is well done and the action in this film comes rather quickly. It’s not what most of you would categorize as a peril film however, as most of the action is contained in four separate back and forth fights.
I did have one concern. Not really a concern more of a cautionary note. The Heroine Legends universe is getting big. Really big. Now, I have no problem with big storylines or big ideas but in the last two episodes several new characters have been introduced and there has been very little revealed about who they are and what they want. I’m all for mystery and plot twists but I think it would be wise to not overwhelm the audience with too many characters and not reveal their motivations. An audience shouldn’t have to make too much of an effort to understand what is going on and I found myself having to look back at the other films to remind myself who some characters were.
This is a problem that the producers at The Battle for Earth self-admittedly ran into and have promised to avoid when they kick off their second season. I think it’s way too early to worry about the same thing happening to Heroine Legends, but I thought I would throw it out there. Agree? Disagree? Let your voice be heard below.