Following up on its very well done premiere, Heroine Legends has just released its second episode, which features many of the same things that made the first one so enjoyable—a stunning lead actress, an engaging story, and some nicely choreographed action scenes.
Episode 1.2 tells the story of Aurora Kline, who is played by actress Lauren Dixon. Lauren makes Heroine Legends two for two in the casting category. She is beautiful, is a tremendously talented actress, and can handle herself quite well in a fight scene. I think it says a lot that Heroine Legends is just not throwing any pretty face in front of the camera. They seem to be taking their time and ensuring these girls can handle all aspects of making their characters come to life, which is appreciated.
Much like the premier, the episode is a little slow at the start. We see Aurora just milling around her apartment for a few minutes. However, sinister forces are gathering. Two men meet in a stairwell and discuss their plan to get Aurora to a specific place at a specific time.
In all honesty, it’s not the most well-executed plan. One of the men just walks into Aurora’s apartment in a T-shirt claiming he is with the F.B.I. Aurora isn’t buying any of it and the two begin to fight, a fight which Aurora mostly controls. She puts her assailant down with not only her martial arts skills but with a flash of light that she is able to generate from her hand. How is that possible since Aurora has not received her aura yet? More on that in a minute. Aurora pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket that leads her to a meeting with the other man from the stairwell.
Although a bit cryptic about bigger picture things, he explains to Aurora that she received her powers by accident. If I understood correctly, an aura hit her mother when she was in labor, funneling the aura through her. Aurora survived, her mother did not, and now a second aura has locked on to her and that is not a good thing. Apparently, her two auras are going to fight for control which is going to make things a little rough on our heroine.
We learn that there are at least two types of auras The Aura of Light and the Aura of Shadows. I can only assume that the second aura that struck Aurora was the Aura of Shadows, as her personality becomes much more aggressive. I thought this was a great creative choice by the producers and it lets them play out kind of a Jekyll and Hyde type scenario which should make for some great storytelling.
Shortly after being infused by the second aura, Aurora is tested twice. She is thrown into a fight against a sexy villainess and then does battle against three men at once. I don’t want to spoil any of the major action sequences but Aurora does face her share of perils. Among other things she is punched in the stomach, hit with a low blow, chocked, and crushed in a reverse bear hug.
This episode did raise a few questions, at least in my mind. Most if not all of these will probably he answered in time. But…
1. There seem to be individuals who know exactly when and where someone is going to get their aura. How does that work?
2. Do the girls have to be virgins in order to get these powers? Episode one made it clear the lead was a virgin and episode two hints that Aurora is in the same boat.
3. I just saw a picture of Tempest from The Battle for Earth series on your website. Same costume and powers. Same name. Does Heroine Legends take place in TBFE universe or are we going to have our first heroine in peril lawsuit on our hands? Just wondering.
These questions aside, if you liked the first episode you’ll like this one. They are similar, although episode two does have more combat. Bottom line, I thought this was another winner. I think I liked it even more than I liked the first and I’m very much looking forward to episode three. I’m also looking forward to not writing the word aura and the name Aurora in the same review for a while. That was getting annoying.