Heroine Legends’ The Academy, Lesson 1: Tina

by Sidekick

HA 1 175x72 Heroine Legends The Academy, Lesson 1: TinaHeroine Legends is back with some tweaks to its Heroine Academy formula. In fact the series is now simply titled The Academy, and after one episode, I think there are some nice improvements. 

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Review by SidekickHonestly, the original Heroine Academy never truly worked for me. Understand, I don’t think there was anything wrong with the series from a production value or fight choreography standpoint. Those were both strong. I just think the way the scenarios were presented never gave the girls an opportunity to be heroic. For me it just felt like a regular girl was getting beat on with no true endgame in mind.

This version of the series feels a bit different. We meet the trainee Tina who was previously beaten down in an earlier episode. I wouldn’t say she’s dressed like a heroine, but I think her outfit is an improvement over her first costume that was simply workout clothes. I think Heroine Legends would be wise to emulate Next Global Crisis in this regard. We got to know characters in the training room series and they were already outfitted in attire that made them look like superheroines. I think that is the best way to go.

Tina takes on a drone who initially has the advantage. The drone hits her with some stomach punches and a couple of elbows that look like they would be considered low blows. It’s a bit tough to tell. To my surprise, Tina rallied and was able to defeat the drone. The episode doesn’t end here however, as out of nowhere one of those masked martial artists makes an appearance.

They have a nicely choreographed martial arts fight that makes good use of slow motion. The martial artist taunts Tina, hits her with several stomach punches, another low blow, and finally knocks her out with a blast of energy. And that’s where things pretty much end.

I thought this was a well thought out reboot to a series that has potential to be quite entertaining. Even though the girls are just trainees, I think it works better when they are portrayed as heroic figures and not just another damsel waiting to have the hell beat out of her. I think putting them in costume and having them actually prevail in a fight once in a while is a good move. I’m looking forward to the continued evolution of this series.

Purchase The Academy, Lesson 1: Tina at Heroine Legends

{ 11 comments }

1 Sym July 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Look like a step in the right direction. I won’t be picking it up as that drone is still hanging around and the ‘real’ bad guy only appears at the end of the vid and that fight sequence appears to be quite short.. plus the heroine gets KO’d with an energy blast rather than a proper punch/kick.

Still, it’s enough to keep me fingers crossed for future academy vids, which will hopefully see more heroine vs (solo) kung fu dude matches… and less zapping ;)

2 HeroineLegends July 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

@Sym: we are keeping the SITAs as part of “The Academy” because it makes sense with the story. However, the human challenger “Blaze” actually has more screen time than the SITA. Not sure where the indication was otherwise. Yes, the KO was from a special power as we like to keep the variety going. It’s pretty boring when the girls are continuously KO’d the same way. If its been done too many times, it’s beating a dead horse. This is our first “power” KO.

Logan

3 Markko July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Good choose for the power ko, more variety ftw ;)
If it was coming from a villainess, even better lol !

4 mantower July 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

Wow, she looks great, reminds me of Destiny Dumon from Ring Divas. And is it me or are those high heeled boots? If yes, it is a deffo buy for me!

5 HeroineLegends July 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

@Markko: Thank you for the appreciation with the variety! ;)

@mantower: Yes, your eyes do not deceive you! Those are definitely high heels she is wearing! And she wears them well!

Logan

6 Bob July 23, 2012 at 1:15 am

Logan: I sent an email but didn’t hear back. Are the VIP discounts still happening? I went to Payloadz to buy this and there wasn’t anywhere to enter a code.

7 HeroineLegends July 23, 2012 at 2:55 am

@Bob: The VIP Discount is still active. When you click the “BUY NOW” button, it takes you to Payloadz cart… there is a discount code box for you to enter the VIP discount at the time of purchase. I will also check my emails and write back there!

Logan

8 Lake July 23, 2012 at 3:17 am

@Logan

It ain’t a ‘dead horse’ if that’s what punters expect to see and pay their money for. Statements like that are a cool way to lose future customers.

9 Sym July 23, 2012 at 3:28 am

@HeroineLegends I guess it was a combination of Sidekick’s review and the stills above that suggested the second fight was shorter.

And I’m always aware that these are Superheroine videos first and fighting videos second so it’s only natural that there’s gonna be ‘super’ stuff in ‘em! It’s purely personal prefence for me, but any finishing move that doesn’t require physical contact doesn’t really count as a finishing move. As for the issue about variety, it’s a fair point, but off the top of me head, I can’t think of many male vs female, one-on-one fights which you guys have shot so far that have finished with the heroine actually punched/kicked out.

10 HeroineLegends July 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

@Lake: We are never posting comments with an intention of losing customers – that would be silly. We do produce our films to appeal to a majority though. It may be what some viewers want to see, but from the emails I’ve been receiving, the general request is to come up with new ways of KO-ing a Heroine. So that’s what we’ve been doing. This goes back to not being able to please everyone. With over 2,000 fans, it’s nearly impossible to make a film that “everyone” is going to like… but we still try… :)

@Sym: You’re right. That, again, is because of the emails we receive requesting specific things… KOs are usually via our email requested in the form of chloroform or choke outs, so that’s why they usually end that way. Here are the episodes I can recall from memory that include KOs from actual fighting hits:

Episode 1.3: Heroine is punched KO
Episode 1.11: Heroine is KO’d by a head-butt
Agent Files 2: Heroine is KO’d by a knee to the face

There were a few Heroine Academy episodes (now in the Archives section) that also included KOs in this fashion as there were no ‘special powers’ then.

@Everyone: To address the non-superheroine costume in this series – it’s meant to show off a Heroine school. We wanted to go a different direction than every other producer in this genre so we created the school aspect which has been taken very well. Putting them in school uniforms as requested by several viewers made sense… putting them in super heroine costumes, doesn’t. For those of you who were looking for SuperHeroines in costume, there will be a new fight series which will be fighting, powers, and peril in a single 2-section fight available soon. It will; be presented as 2 Heroines or a Heroine vs Villain fighting in a video game format – there will be a very vague storyline, but it will include long fights for those of you who are only interested in fight scenes. We are continuing on and are about to fund-raise for a “Heroine Legends” featuring Thorne – this will be the 1st of a 6-movie series leading to an Avengers-style 6th movie in the “Heroine Legends” universe. Thank you to all 2,000+ of you guys who have been following our series and hopefully noticed our improvements. As mentioned earlier, our email is open to suggestions, comments, and feedback – those of you who have sent us feedback have seen your suggestions presented in our films. Thanks!!

Logan

11 Mantower July 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I bought and watched this yesterday and I must say it is one of my favorite Heroine videos ever. First of all, the heroine was great, she is smoking hot and played the part really well, really nailing all the emotions and expressions required in this film (especially the pain!). The costume was, well for lack of a better word, perfect. Skimpy, booted and just infinitely sexy. The fights were good, most of the video was action packed and contained some interesting moves and I have to say that I really liked the knockout, it was a novel touch and made sense in this context. Overall, a bloody great film, great job Logan!

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