UPDATE: Episodes 2.4 and 2.5 reviewed below! Episode 2.4: Exchange from Heroine Legends has been released, and it contains characters who are some of the favorites of the Heroine Legend fan community. It also reintroduces a couple of characters not see in a while.
Sidekick’s Review of Episode 2.5: Broken Thorne
Heroine Legends has been basically flawless with their new castings this season. Allura, Vega, Dark Vega, Diabla, the new Aurora and a couple more who are waiting to be introduced. But make no mistake, Kristina Hess is the first lady of Heroine Legends, and if the pilot episode that revolved around her didn’t work as well as it did, we may not even be talking about the characters mentioned above.
When we last saw Thorne in the season premiere she was absolutely destroyed and apparently killed at the hands of Fusion and Crimson. However, Thorne awakens in the same room she was left to die in. There’s no sign of the knife wound she received, but her costume is still more than a little torn.
Not sure what to make of the situation, she slowly de-boots herself, removes her arm bands, and then stretches out. The stretching scene goes on for the better part of ten minutes until Fusion returns.
Fusion wastes no time and punches Thorne directly in the face. Thorne defiantly stands her ground but Fusion blocks every punch that she throws and lands another of his own. Fusion holds Thorne’s arms over her head and punches her repeatedly in the jaw, stomach, and in the small of her back.
Thorne attempts to battle back but Fusion once again blocks everything she throws and crushes her in both a reverse and frontal bearhug. She is able to break his grasp but he just slams her to the ground, delivers a series of face punches, and drops her with multiple low blows.
The fight continues when Fusion pulls Thorne to her feet and just keeps on nailing the heroine with punches. The beating keeps on coming as Thorne is hit with more stomach punches and low blows, and has her head rammed into a wall over and over.
Fusion then bitch slaps her several times and punches her in the breasts. Honestly, at this point I don’t know if I have the words that describe how thoroughly Thorne is beaten down in this episode. Along with all of the above she is also given a back breaker, is rag-dolled, and hit with multiple kidney punches.
With Thorne down and out on the floor, Fusion watches as the long awaited transformation takes place. Throne’s costume changes from the classic blue to a deep red and she is suddenly revived. Going forward, I believe this is going to be referred to as her Excel form. Thorne gets up, quite easily beats down Fusion, and promises to return for some answers after she heals.
Again, even though she ends up victorious, I don’t think I can do justice to how badly Thorne gets beaten down here. In my opinion, it’s much worse than the premiere episode. The interesting story note here is that the hunters seemingly wanted this change to take place. Why? We aren’t told but I’m sure we will learn why in the future.
So that’s it. This is a low blow, belly and boob punching festival of an episode. If you liked Episode 2.1, you should enjoy this episode too.
Sidekick’s Review of Episode 2.4: Exchange
[Possible spoilers] Let me start the review with an observation: Vega’s life kind of sucks. Ever since she crash landed on Earth, she has been attacked, beaten on, tortured, and occasionally has visions of enemies thought to be dead. This episode doesn’t improve on her condition as she awakens in chains in front of Evil Allura. Vega is again tortured with Hyperyite, repeatedly punched in the face, and then shock-tortured while lying helpless in a running shower.
And then in the middle of the shower scene, things get weird. Evil Allura just disappears after being summoned by a sorcerer named Cerebus who is hanging out with Diabla. It’s at this point where the story takes some confusing turns, and as I write this, Logan has been kind enough to jump in the comments and explain that the events that you may not grasp now will be made clearer in future episodes. With that being the case, we’ll stay primarily with the action and let the story play out on its own.
Anyway, Cerebus magically sends the Evil Allura persona to the past which leaves good Allura in her place. Allura immediately attacks Cerebus and throws him to the side. Diabla steps in and Allura punches her square in the face, but this only hurts Allura’s fist. Diabla delivers several knees to Allura’s stomach, then holds the heroine as Cerebus delivers a dozen or so body shots. Allura gamely fights back, but it’s not enough as Cerebus ends up teleporting her away.
The story then cuts to a car garage where Aurora encounters Valentine. Valentine telekinetically pushes Aurora around a bit, which eventually enrages the heroine. The fight starts, and it is mostly dominated by Valentine. He slaps Aurora in a reverse-bearhug and stretches her arms behind her back. Valentine eventually knocks her out and carries her away.
Exchange features great fighting action, a big storyline, and no shortage of beautiful ladies. In fact let’s discuss all four.
Vega – Still my favorite recent casting in the entire genre. Just a perfect actress to play a heroine.
Allura/Evil Allura – Again, perfectly cast. Plays a heroine and a villainess with equal aplomb. I totally get why a large section of the fan community is in a tizzy over Cayla.
Diabla- Loved her performance here. She has more to do in this episode than in her previous appearance. Loved the part where she took a punch from Allura without even flinching. This kind of thing is still my only request for Heroine Legends. I think they need a virtually unstoppable, bad ass villainess. The kind of enemy that it would take multiple heroines to defeat. I think Diabla and Dark Vega could both fill that role nicely.
Aurora – Correct me if I’m wrong but I want to say this is the third actress to wear the green and white. Her appearance is brief but I’m completely on board. Beautiful girl, talented actress.
And that’s where we will leave things. Actually, no. One more thing: earlier today, Logan hinted that he may release Agent Files Case 5 today. That happens to be the episode I’m most keen on seeing. But then he changed his mind. Rude. Later on today, I plan on writing a strongly worded e-mail excoriating him for this decision. He did promise a trailer so I’ll be on the lookout. Don’t crush my hopes again, Logan.