“Luna Starr” from UltraHeroix

I personally enjoy just about everything UltraHeroix does. And one reason is because I enjoy a good underdog story. And I don’t mean “underdog” in any kind of derogatory manner. I just mean that they don’t have a big budget or access to a large LA talent pool, but they always succeed in making films that entertain me. I can’t ask for more than that from any producer. Just entertain me and I’ll be back for more. And I was absolutely entertained by Luna Starr.

To begin, here’s a little synopsis for you from Ultraheroix:

Luna Starr is on a mission to rescue a fellow space agent that is being held by the evil Space Pirate, Zordana and her crew. On this rescue mission, Luna herself encounters many perils in this adventure including being stunned by her own phaser, being in a life and death duel with Zordana, Being bear hugged and clobbered by their strong man. It’s one peril after the other as the heroine is knocked out and captured in more than one occasion in this Star Trek/Flash Gordon inspired adventure! This adventure runs approximately 28 minutes!

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

The film opens with a beautiful member of a space agency that we will not be calling “Starfleet” beaming down to a planet and almost immediately being confronted by a big dude wearing an eye patch. She has no success in fighting him off as her punches and kicks don’t hurt him at all. He hits her with a stomach punch, picks her up in a bearhug and eventually cradle carries her unconscious body off, delivering her to his leader Zordana.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

After the opening credits roll we get our first look at Luna Starr, our heroine, and another great looker. With her phaser at the ready she finds the villains hideout, but before she can enter, she is ambushed by one of Zordana’s goons. The have a fight that Luna dominates with her martial arts skills. Soon enough, a fire fight starts as both take cover and Luna staggers him with a phaser blast and he surrenders. But with her attention all on this goon, the eye patch wearing henchman is able to sneak up on Luna and disarm her.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

But Luna is stronger than she looks as she breaks his grasp and takes on both in hand-to-hand combat. She does quite well for herself but one of the goons gets his hands on her phaser and blasts her with it. She falls to the ground unconcious and we get a long panning shot of her body. The big guy carries her off over his shoulder and just like the other girl, Luna is delivered to Zordana.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

It takes a while but Luna awakens only to find that she’s surrounded by all three villains. Things looks bad, but Luna knows something about Zordana and her people. She challenges Zordana to a one-on-one fight, a battle that Zordana has to accept. It’s like an honor thing for her people. You know what I mean.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

Both combatants are armed with swords and Zordana takes the early adantage and knocks Luna down with a punch. But Luna quickly gets back the advantage and puts her sword to Zordana’s throat. Luna thinks that she has won, but Zordana and her minions pretty much ignore their own code and both goons grab hold of Luna.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

Zordana leaves with the other minion, but not before ordering the eye patch henchman to kill Luna. A tired and weakend Luna tries to fight him off but he knocks her onto a couch and hits her in the face with some punches. He then picks her up in a backbreaker like hold over his shoulder and then puts her in a reverse bearhug. Luna can’t escape his grasp but in a cool twist, the other goon comes in from behind and knocks eye patch out with a blow to the head. Luna is unconscious as well, so the goon cradle carries her off to safety.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

Luna awakens all alone and starts to search her surroundings. But she doesn’t get far as the minion who just saved her comes up from behind and knocks her back out with a neck pinch. When she awakens the goon offers her a deal. He wants to get away from Zordana and in exchange for leniancy for his crimes he will help Luna.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

They go to the roof in hopes of contacting Luna’s ship but eye patch guy finds them and disables the other goon with a few punches. Luna tries to fight him off but she’s too weak. He picks her up in a frontal bearhug and squeezes her unconscious. He then picks her up in a cradle with the intention of throwing her off the roof when the other goon blasts him from behind with Luna’ phaser. But Zordana shows up out of nowhere and kills the goon, and is about to kill Luna but Luna disarms Zordana with a kick and runs away.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

An exhausted Luna and Zordana square off and Zordana lands a kick and a punch that knocks Luna down. Zordana kicks Luna while she’s on her knees and just stands over Luna while she tries in vain to get to her communicator. Zordana puts Luna in a choke hold that Luna is able to break out of temporarily, but Zordana is able to put the hold right back on.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

The girls continue to fight and each crawls across the floor to get to Luna’s communicator. They both get a grasp on it and wrestle for control. Zordana wins that struggle and is about to kill Luna but she is beamed out just in the nick of time and that’s where the film ends.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

It’s kind of funny that this film got released right after the repetitiveness editorial, because I think those of you who think things have gotten a bit stale may find this episode refreshing. Yes, I took the position that things are not getting repetitive, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate seeing something different from the normal heroine fare. You’re not going to be blown away by the production values (although the sound effects were good) but this film definitely has a “fun factor” to it. That’s actually a topic I intended to cover in the repetitiveness editorial, but I cut it out because it was getting a little long. I feel like there’s a distinct lack of fun in many recent releases that I’ve seen. Not a lack of comedy. A lack of fun. I think there’s a difference and maybe that’s something we can editorialize in the future. I just believe you can have fun and peril in the same film. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

I thought all the girls were beautiful and talented. Probably the most beautiful three actresses Ultraheroix has cast. I liked the story. I liked the twist. I LOVED the not “Starfleet” costumes. Those of you who like bearhugs and carries will also find a lot to like here. There’s also no shortage of up-skirt shots which I know some fans enjoy.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

Now, not everything is perfect. Some of the fight scenes are more than a little bit rough, a problem that Ultraheroix has acknowledged in their past films. Actually, when the girls were fighting one another it wasn’t that bad. But when the guys were fighting the girls it seemed like they were really concerned about hurting them by accident and that made those fight scenes less than prolific. This was a shame because it looked to me like the actress that plays Luna has some serious martial arts training. You could tell she knew what she was doing. I totally understand the actors reluctance to go all out, but it did hurt the choreography.

"Luna Starr" from UltraHeroix

Fight scene criticism aside, I really did enjoy this. I hope it sells well and I hope there’s more just like it. Major props to the people at Ultraheroix. It takes guts to break away from your normal routine and try something new, and I think they succeeded in a big way.

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Da Jinx

@tpsh
I’m glad you enjoyed the video! As for the creepy house, I do plan to do a horror themed story later this year and you’re right it’s a great setting.
@hackett2bits
Thanks, the video was a big success! There will definitely be more Luna Starr videos with them in uniform. 🙂

hackett2bits
hackett2bits

Excellent movie. Anytime you make a film available that involves Trek girls wearing the original series uniforms, I will be interested.

Please make many of them.

TPsh
TPsh

So I downloaded this in the end, and I fully agree with Sidekick’s review. I did thoroughly enjoy it, maybe also because my inner Trekkie kinda hoped to see the women from TOS to be more actively involved in some action scenes – watching those episodes from the ’60s nowadays, it’s almost shocking to realize how much the female officers were essentially eye-candy (I think there was exactly one scene over three seasons, where a blonde redshirt kicked a goon in the head – the rest of the time they were hurled “out of harm’s way” as soon as convenient).
I do agree with the “strangeness” of the fight scenes – a bit of a shame as the lead actress has some very good moves, but there is always room for improvement – I would say I wouldn’t mind to see a part 2 of this, or maybe even a 3-4 episodes mini-series; The whole sci-fi/trek theme has an almost endless potential, without involving complicated sets or spaceship interiors.
it’s something new and hopefully will open up the scene to more varied scenarios and themes – afterall, there’s only so much Supergirl and Wonder Woman you can do.

One thing: I don’t know if the house the inside scenes where shot in is an old one or somebody lives in there but…no offense, it looks fiercely creepy on video 🙂
Maybe it was the lighting, I am not sure. It was perfect for the setting and, maybe this is a hint, could serve extremely well for an horror-based story…

rayman
rayman

This video is a real breath of fresh air!
Great action from the lead acteress and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie.

Great stuff!

bogie
bogie

I like that trailer music. And it’s good to see from the credits that Alan Smithee is still alive and kicking.

decendingskulls
decendingskulls

@Sidekick

Bang on. Good call with the Alex Bettinger. Perfect example.

Judah
Judah

I agree with Sidekicks review. I really enjoyed this as well. At a time when the repetitiveness debate has come up. One production company has obviously risen to the challenge and provided us with something new here. I am also a Star Trek and Star Trek TNG nostalgic enthusiast. So it was very interesting to see how this film would play out. I agree about the criticism of the fight scenes but I always admire a production company willing to try new things. I was glad to see a good break from the constant HK’s that CTLE consistently feed us week after week (Yes CTLE are masters of repetitiveness) and indulge to watch something fresh and new. I thought the atmosphere was beyond excellent and the editor did give it a feeling of dread and original Star Trek look. I guess my only criticism would have been to see the heroines in more Bondage but other than that I think it was well done. Wish we could see more swordfights in this genre. Good location work, over the top villains and villainess, great costumes, and beautiful heroines help anchor this film in the right direction. I recommend this film very highly. The actress playing Luna and the villainess are very beautiful hope to see more of them. Congrats to all who helped bring us this wonderful film and a break from the same ol thing

Da Jinx

Thanks for the great review Sidekick! So far it seems like folks are enjoying this video which is great cause we had a lot of fun producing it. I also want to give special thanks to Damien Woods for his excellent editing. He really gave this video the classic Star Trek feel.

Decendingskulls
Decendingskulls

@Sidekick I do understand what you mean when you say you’d like to see heroine peril movies incorporate more of a “fun” element. If I’m understanding you correctly, you’re commenting that modern heroine peril flicks seem to take themselves too seriously. This could be seen as a natural byproduct of catering to an audience interested in the hero losing which is considered “dark” material. But you’re absolutely right: Dark and fun do not have to be mutually exclusive. You can have peril and keep a lighter tone about it. It often lends to the campier end of the spectrum, but that’s just fine by me!

TPsh
TPsh

Uhu…looks very promising. I will certainly be picking this one up – we can’t complain about “repetitiveness” and then pass up when finally something alternative comes out!

As a die-hard fan of Star Trek, I always wondered if and when anybody would pick the tab up on it…those outfits from the ’60s were screaming to be given some good peril roles!

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