(Review by Sidekick) As a guy who usually likes storylines in his heroine videos, sometimes it’s a nice change of pace to see a producer go a little light on story and focus more on people beating the hell out of one another for 35 minutes. Check out my review below.
Since this episode is fight intensive, with six fights in total, we’re going to make it simple and go one by one.
Celestia vs. Cerberus: Cerberus chokes Celestia with his magical powers and pushes her backward. They have a lengthy buy relatively even fight where Celestia is crushed in a bearhug and hit with several stomach punches. But with the power of the Atylcore at her disposal, Celestia prevails.
Mirage vs. Adam and Onyx: Adam and Onyx are hunters. Basically, I think they’re kind of the HL take on both Nick Fury and Black Widow. Both Adam and Onyx take on Mirage one at a time. The fight with Adam is pretty standard martial arts fare, but he does use some pressure point techniques on Mirage which I believe is a first for HL. After using her power to duplicate herself you get two fights going on at once. Its basically more martial arts but Adam executes two atomic drops on Mirage which I believe is another HL first. Adam chokes one of the Mirage clones which has an effect on the real Mirage who passes out. Onyx then proceeds to kick Mirage while she is down and Adam carries her off.
Celestia vs Malek: This is again martial arts heavy and it briefly appears that Malek defeats Celestia with a kick to the face. She was playing possum however and takes control of the fight, eventually knocking Malek senseless with his own weapon. Celestia pulls out the Atylcore, which triggers a reaction in Malek and the next thing you know, Diabla appears in his place.
Celestia vs. Diabla: There are plenty of stomach punches landed by both ladies in this fight. A fight that bounces back and forth between the two. Diabla does land a pretty vicious low blow but things pretty much end in a standstill and Diabla offers Celestia the proverbial devils bargain if she brings Vega to her.
Vega vs. Dragos: Hey, isn’t Dragos dead? Nope, not anymore. This is another martial arts battle that flows back and forth. Dragos does lock in a bearhug and eventually emerges the winner when he knocks Vega out with a powerful uppercut.
Amobea vs. Karma: The fight pretty much goes along the same lines as all of Amoeba’s fights. At the onset, he dominates with his superior size and strength. He puts Karma in a backbreaker and easily wins a test of strength. He then delivers several knees and punches to her stomach. However, Karma battles back with a low blow and drops Amoeba with several shots from a conveniently located garbage can.
The episode concludes with Vega tied up arms over head and being beat on by Evil Allura. She delivers blow after blow to her face and stomach and delivers a nasty low blow with her pointed boot. She then plants a big kiss on Vega. Hey, and incest storyline. OK, not really. Evil Allura suddenly transforms into Valentine. He pulls out a torture device that we’ve seen in other episodes and shocks Vega several times, eventfully knocking her out.
And there you have it. For fans of non-stop fighting, this is a good episode for you to consider. I do have one ridiculous fanboy nitpick and it has nothing to do with this episode. Its actually something I’ve mentioned before in brief and maybe I can expand on it now. I like there to be levels in comic book universes. What I mean by that is I like there to be characters of varying degrees of power and it always feels like the majority of the characters in HL are at or near the exact same power level.
Now I know we’ve been told that certain characters are more powerful than others like Allura. But recently Allura lost a fight to some dude named Moxley. This happened at the same time where Allura pretty much dominated Dark Vega. Does that make Moxley more powerful than Dark Vega, who we’ve been told is one of the most powerful characters in the series? This little flaw hasn’t ruined anything for me. But I’ve always thought it makes for great drama when you know a less powerful character is taking on someone out of their league. Food for thought. Would love to hear some comments on this.