Fail-Safe Sisters from NGC Productions

FSS 1 1 175x98 Fail Safe Sisters from NGC ProductionsThe brand new series The Fail-Safe Sisters from NGC Productions has arrived. Members of the NGC Discount List can purchase the movie now (click here to join the list if you haven’t already). Check out the review, images and trailer below!

The good people at Next Global Crisis have branched out with a new series called Fail-Safe Sisters. The first episode was just released, and I’m happy to report that their reputation for making top notch films remains firmly intact.

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As with every good heroine film, it all starts with the lead actress, and boy did NGC find a winner. Merissa Porter, who plays Shadowstar, is just about perfect in every way possible. To me she has a young Charisma Carpenter thing going on, which I think is a high compliment. On looks alone I’m thinking many fans will happily slide her into that Suki, Angel, Bluebird pantheon of sheer hotness. She’s so good looking it almost distracted me from realizing how talented of an actress she is. Just a great casting.

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This series has a darker, more ominous tone than Next Global Crisis. Here’s a summary from the producers that gives a nice overview:

The action takes place apart from ‘Next Global Crisis’ and is set in a world where a bloody war has just ended, and it looks as though the bad guys won. The Fail-Safe Sisters, five super-powered women who acted as Generals in the defeated army are captives within the walls of the victors capital city – Lockdown City. They now roam this hostile environment trying to survive, while every week on prime-time TV one of them is pitted against a different Gladiator from Lockdown City. Their aim is not merely to defeat the Fail-Safe Sisters in combat, but to slowly wear down their resistance and break their will, something that will give them the ultimate victory.

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So, with a reality television-like format, complete with narration, Shadowstar is confronted by Sadie Paine, played by Jessica Jackson-Smith, who does a tremendous job playing the villainess. It’s way too early to tell, but I liked her in the same way I liked Sebastian Lunar when he premiered in the Training Room series, and he may have become the best villain the genre has ever seen.

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After about two minutes of warm up calisthenics, we are treated to a rather brutal battle. I think this is one of the best choreographed fights NGC productions has ever shot, and they do a good job of occasionally using slow motion to enhance the action.

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The fight consists mainly of kicks, punches of the belly and non belly variety, and several choke holds. We also get what I believe is NGC’s first real crack at FX work and I think those scenes look great. The action is of the back and forth variety, and each character uses her power to flip the momentum of the fight.

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That’s about as far as I can go without spoiling the episode, but know that one of the girls takes a major beating at the end, and the clear winner is left standing. I very much enjoyed this episode, and I don’t believe the producers have even scratched the surface on the storyline. I’m looking forward to see where this going. All in all another winner from NGC Productions.

  1. mantower

    YES! NGC IS BACK!!!! I have missed these guys and can’t wait to see what this new series is like, but it sounds mighty promising and a lot darker than last year’s episodes, I hope to see some good old beatdowns!

  2. mantower

    Whoops, my bad, I just got NGC and TBFE confused in my head, I thought this was an announcement from TBFE. Doesn’t mean I am any less excited about this new storyline, but feeling a bit foolish about getting the two mixed up :)

  3. kingles

    Well, if these superheroines happen to get turned into “submissive wrecks”…I suppose i’ll just have to learn to live with it. Which I will very happily do, cause this sounds GOOD.

  4. Jerkstore

    May I ask if we are going to see Claire Yellowless and some other NGC girls in this or are you going with all new talent?

  5. All new talent for this one. I feel it would get a bit muddled if the main heroine in one production were also a main heroine in another. I don’t rule out henchmen swapping… good henchmen are hard to find.

  6. mantower

    Man, where do you find all this talent? Other sites struggle to find 1 quality actress, you seem to have no trouble finding dozens! But please do put some of them in high heeled boots…

  7. Well, there are a lot of actors in London and luckily we get enough applications to be able to make a choice. We’ve put a fair few in high-heels in our time but it is quite dependent upon the action they are asked to perform. Shadowstar does a fair bit of running and fighting on uneven surfaces. First off, running in high-heels looks pretty awful, and secondly poor ankles can get destroyed and that would mean we’d have to stop shooting. But if the heroine is fairly static we try and do it. Lynda Carter and Helen Slater basically wore low heels or flats for these reasons. I’d like to find a quality supplier of 2 inch heels that were somewhat sturdy but boot diversity seems to be really poor, so it’s flats or a 4 inch stiletto most of the time.

  8. mantower

    Man, I totally understand all the reasons and fully appreciate the constraints of that darned physics, but hey I gotta ask no :). I’ll have a dig around to see if there are any websites with decent boots available for sale, but for a start I would recommend Yoox.com, they have a massive variety of all kinds of boots so you may be able to find something on there. I remember when I was buying boots for my better half that they had an almost endless supply of all kinds and designs of boots.

  9. Mark

    Really like the sound of this new series (is it me, or has it got a ‘Watchmen’ vibe about it?) and Shadowstar is seriously gorgeous – can’t wait for Friday!

    And talking of all things gorgeous – apologies for re – posting this question, but I fear it may have been missed from the previous NGC Side Mission Thread:

    “The second point is a question for NGC – after her recent (and superb) outing for KAK, any chance of the NGC Universe seeing the lovely Alison Carroll? Now that is something I’d love to see!!!”.

  10. Jobber Lover

    Only one question:

    When when when?

  11. Mark

    Shame about that obviously, but I think I’ll survive just fine; I mean it’s not like the NGC Universe has a shortage of gorgeous and talented leading ladies…which seems to somehow keep on growing by the day too!!!

  12. Yes, we’re very pleased with our cast for this series. Although it will take some time before you get to see them all.

  13. mantower

    Holy mackerel! Shadowstar looks INCREDIBLE!!! I am speechless and can’t wait to see her get assaulted and beaten and put in peril… Friday can’t come soon enough

  14. Jobber Lover

    Of course I’m on the list. I buy everything you guys do the the minute I get the email. I actually prefer to buy your stuff without ever seeing the preview. Heck, I know I’m going to enjoy it.

  15. Richard

    Shadowstar = GORGEOUS. Can’t wait, I just hope the action is as hard hitting as other NGC films. Want to see her put up a decent fight, not much of a heroine if she just rolls over and submits!

  16. Steve

    “Or will they turn into submissive wrecks before this evil regime and it’s callous people?”
    Yes! And there better be toying with them, taunting them, etc!

  17. @Richard – I am glad you have noticed Shadowstar’s beauty. A lovely, lovely person to boot, I’m hoping we can shoot with her a lot in future. Very hard hitting I thought. I recommend headphones for this one, or played loud, very atmospheric. And no… I’ve no interest in a pathetic heroine either, or as Loki might put it: ‘A mewling quim’. If she is totally weak then why care about what happens to her?

    @Steve – This production is taunt city, don’t worry about that. Taunting is really important to the bad guys in FSS.

    Just wanted to point out that I will be including 20 extra hi-res photos with this release because we took so many. I’m looking forward to showing it to you all.

  18. This looks like a fantastic setup, and the Shadowstar actress looks like she’s up to the high standards we’re used to from NGC. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    Btw, I respectfully differ from the previous commenter, I’ve always liked that you use flats instead of high heels. Not only does it make the action more dynamic (and I’m sure easier on the actresses), it also makes the scenario feel a bit more plausible to me. I’ve always found it a bit of an immersion-killer when the superheroine shows up ready to fight in ridiculous 5″ stilettos, so kudos for going the common sense route.

  19. jj nailed in on the boots.

    and i too will join the very excited chorus about this release and this incredibly beautiful heroine.

  20. Thanks for the nice comments, stand by your inboxes for tomorrow.

    As far as boots go I’d like to think I’m at peace with both the flats and high heel factions. It really is a question of practicality and safety first. We’ve done both, I expect that to continue.

  21. Mark

    Just purchased and watched the download and whilst I don’t have time presently to go into detail, I’d just like to say ‘OH MY GOD’! If this is any indication of the quality of the FSS Series, then roll on the next releases! Although the ‘basics’ of the episode are quintessential NGC Universe (which is obviously a very good thing), some of these are expanded upon (like the tauting, interaction with the camera etc.), improving things (in my eyes anyway) even more than before (hopefully this is something that will filter back into the ‘other’ NGC releases too)! And that’s before we get on to the whole ‘new element’ (which I’ll not spoil for people)!

    And then there’s the ‘heroines’ (depending on whos side you’re on lol), both of which are fantastic! However, Shadowstar is simply amazing! Absolutely drop – dead gorgeous, great fighter and superb actress!!! How good? Well, in my eyes, step aside Suki and Angel, as this woman has jumped straight into number 2 spot on my favourite chart, just below the ‘gold standard’ that is the brilliant and beautiful Claire Yellowlees!

    I had feared that NGC had become a little ‘stale’ and even started to ‘slip’ a bit lately after two releases that left me feeling strangely underwhelmed, but Jesus, after seeing the last two, I’d say they’re not so much back to where they were, but they’re better than ever! Buy this now!!!

  22. Mark

    Oh, and can I just mention that I loved the inclusion of what would normally be an ‘out – take'; serious credit should go to the actress who plays Sadie to carry on without missing a beat lol!

  23. Jobber Lover

    I just downloaded and watched this as well.
    It’s very good. The stuff NGC has incorporated into this series is refreshing and entertaining.

    I would say this should be a “Must buy” for fans of the genre, if for no other reason but to see the format and the new actresses. I don’t want to give stuff away but it’s pretty darn cool.

    My only minor (and I’d like to stress minor) complaint is I would have preferred a more devastating and definitive final destruction. It ends with one combatant defeated and lying at the feet of her opponent, but in my opinion the victor should have (and could have) really piled on and added insult as well as additional injury to injury.

    I agree with Mark that Shadowstar is smokin’ hot. Although I thought that Sadie was a bit more believable, more powerful looking and I would have bet heavily on her to win.

    I disagree with Mark’s order of NGC hotness which I still contend looks like this:
    1. Angel
    2. Suki
    3. Erica Lynn
    4. SHADOWSTAR
    5. Catherine Marks
    6. Bluebird
    7. Magenta
    8. Athena
    9. Celestia
    10. Power Star
    With Nina Hellfire and Alexa Topaz being by FAR my favorite two heels.
    But hey, that’s my opinion. And you know what they say “Opinions are like backsides, everyone has one.” … “Most people think that other people’s stink.”

    Anyway, I digress. Go out and get this episode. It’s got a bunch of new “angles” and they are executed with the super high quality that we’ve come to expect from NGC.

    Thank you so much NGG, or yet another excellent film.

  24. Jobber Lover

    Mark, I saw the “out-take” too. I figured Sadie was just that powerful.
    Agreed great job by Jessica Jackson-Smith!

  25. Mark

    Jobber Lover, never thought of it like that lol! Maybe the ‘out – take’ wasn’t therefore one after all, and just another one of the fantastic little details that NGC are renowned for adding in!

    And in regards the ending, I must admit that whilst I too may have preferred a more definite destruction of the loser, I don’t have a problem with it due to a) it’s the first episode, and so I’m not sure where NGC are going with this; they may be building up to this type of stuff later! And honestly, I’d preferred defeats to be drawn out affairs; the longer it runs, the more there is to enjoy! And b) I’m hoping that the defeated lady is around for a long, long time to come, so she can suffer many, many more defeats!

  26. Mike

    I liked this flick, but the ending….I mean, come on. Would it kill you to knock out Shadowstar? It wasnt a very definitive victory in the least. She was just lying there moaning and groaning. I figured the only way to win one of these matches was to render your opponent unconscious. Apparently she just needs to be in a “Moaning. groaning” state.

  27. Jobber Lover

    I think we all agree that the movie is very good, but we’d prefer a more definite finish. I would have even preferred some final bit where the victor makes a bit of trophy of the loser, but hey, still a really good vid.

    I assume NGC was focusing more on the new aspects of the series.

  28. Richard

    Great vid, Shadowstar might be my new favourite! I don’t get the fuss about KOs, to be honest, they are great when appropriate but I find a once proud defiant heroine limping off to be more interesting and sexier than just lying there out cold. Eh, different strokes! Yeah, I do wonder how they determine who won but I guess it was pretty obvious when the buzzer sounded! Perhaps humiliation is more important in the show. Oh – and agree about the “out-take” – don’t want to spoil it here, but that girl must not know her strength!

  29. Mark

    Yes, totally agree with you about the ending Richard. While I do like a good KO, I equally love a submission, or as in this case, a defeated fighter limping off to lick her wounds; in other words, variety! And that’s something that NGC continue to deliver more often than not! As I said, I really loved this release, and would highly recommend it! Can’t wait for the next FSS episode…or Athena either!

  30. Markko

    The ‘villainess’ looks a little bit ugly or is just me ^^ ? Not only her face, but also her costume is not up to level …

    She can surely fight and act, it’s already evident from the trailer, but the difference in “hotness” between her and Shadowstar is just … unreal (maybe because Shadowstar is too much beautiful xD !)

  31. Thanks for the comments so far, although I don’t really appreciate people describing our performers as ‘ugly’. If someone is not to your taste then that’s fine, but keep it to yourself.

    I’m quite intrigued by ‘Top 10’s’ however, because that comes from a positive place at least. Jobber and Mark’s are certainly interesting, Shadowstar in at 4 and 2 respectively. I wonder if she made anybodies number 1?

  32. The trailer looked suitably ‘fighty’ to pique my interest, so I picked this up. Sadly (from my perspective), it’s still more of a Superheroine video than a fight video, and so was ultimately a bit of a disappointment.

    I guess as a fight fan, it’s perhaps more frustrating for me, because what fighting there is here is pretty much fantastic. But then it’s ‘spoilt’ by all the superheroine stuff. Instead of a fight, what we end up with is… Bit of a beatdown – losing woman uses her powers; roles are reversed; bit of a beatdown – losing woman uses her powers; roles are reversed again… and so on. As such, there’s no sense of anyone ‘outfighting’ her opponent, but rather just incapacitating her with electricity/power drainage and dominating from there.

    And moving from the spacious area outside the building to the narrowest corridor in it only added to that feeling of this being less of a fight and more of a beatdown.

    As for the end, I wasn’t keen either, but not as result of Shadowstar still being conscious/walking away. For me, it was the nature of Sadie’s victory that was a bit flat. I ain’t a fan of choking, and after all that superbly choreographed action, it seemed like such a dull move as a ‘finisher’ (discounting the extra bit of zapping that followed, which as I’ve said, doesn’t count as fighting anyway).

    In it’s own right, and for what it is, this is a very good video.. But as a fight fan, this was still a bit too ‘Super’ for my own (more specific) tastes.

  33. (Oh, and for the record, in terms of hotness – Sadie edged it for me.)

  34. @Sym – Thanks for the comments. I understand what you are saying but we are undeniably making films about superheroines at this point, as opposed to fights between secret agents or between ordinary people in a ring or what have you. Maybe one day we’ll move into those areas as well and then I would hope fight fans such as yourself will enjoy the whole thing rather than simply most of it.

  35. Chris

    Just downloaded it. Simply superb. Choreography was top notch. I’m a big fan of NGC to start but this series fulfills a need in the superheroine genre. A small backstory and a ton of fighting between two hot heroines. Would have like to see a more brutal defeat of the heroine and some over the knee backbreakers as well. But this first episode is certainly an A for effort.

  36. Markko

    Sorry NGC guy, that why I said “A LITTLE BIT” ^^

    Anyway, Shadowstar is n.1 for me now =) ok ?

    And maybe that’s the reason why the other performer seems so “different” (have to use another word… sorry again, just my opinion anyway)

    Ps. At least do you agree with me that her costume is ‘weird’ ? xD

  37. fabio

    Shadowstar now takes the number 1 spot in my book. I love her slim, petite body. Victoria’s Secret model status. Im not a fan of knockouts at all so Im glad she was left conscious. Seeing her crawling away in pain is SO much sexier. If i wanted to see her motionless id press the pause button. And Markko that’s extremely rude man, there is no point in posting that comment, it doesnt add to anything. Just insult. Sadie was cute and made a perfect bad girl. But Shadowstar OMG… She looked so good in that costume… my eyes turned to hearts. I now dont feel as bad coming in 2nd place in the create-a-character competition to her creator.

    Only disappointment though, is I wish she would have given it more to her reactions, I expected a more painful/louder cry or moan when she was being shocked, I dont think I heard anything come out of her. She acted it out nicely though. Especially the floor one, to perfection. But I just didnt believe the cry she gave. Also when she was punched in the stomach, she didnt really have a great reaction, like the wind got knocked out of her, instead it was just minor groans… to me at least. Angel, Bluebird, and Suki perform those reactions the best, in that order too. Anyways, Just something Id like to see improved from Shadowstar. But in hotness, she takes the cake.

    Heres my Top 10. I even feel bad for 5-10. Theyre honestly all so close to #1.

    1.Shadowstar
    2.Angel
    3.Erica Lynn
    4.Suki Deluxe
    5.Celestia
    6.Athena
    7.Bluebird
    8.Catherine
    9.Magenta
    10.Nina Hellfire

  38. Lake

    Little bit dissappointing, to be honest. Shadowstar delivered some great punches and blows to Sadie, but was never on the receiving end of a similar beatdown. Gadgetry was used to defeat her. On pure fighting, Shadowstar was the clear winner.

  39. Mark

    Fabio, I find it quite interesting that you mention the quality of ‘selling’ from Shadowstar, as this is an area for me that is incredibly important for me to enjoy a movie of this nature (and was one of the main reasons, in addition to stunning looks and great attittude that has made new ladies such as her as well as Erica Lynn both instant favourites for me). This is the main reason I’ve been extremely disappointed in a few of the outings of Suki Deluxe (Season 2 Episode 4 for example – I previously commented that whilst in Seb’s surfboard type hold, she sold it like she was less having her spine snapped, but more like she was having a correction down at the chiropractors). Therefore I was surprised that you mentioned you didn’t think Shadowstar’s reaction to some of the ‘hits’ lacked ‘vocal delivery’! Maybe a little more ‘up’ on the TV volume is needed lol?

  40. Richard

    Sadie is sexy no doubt about it. She has a great look for a villain. Clearly she’s supposed to be menacing, so her makeup and performance reflect that. Also her costume, while not as sexy and expensive looking as Shadowstar’s, looked fine to me though I don’t really buy these things for the villain’s costume. There was a bit of cleavage so win-win as far as I’m concerned! =) I still like a male villain better, the dynamic is more thrilling, but Sadie was still aggressive enough to be a convincing threat. I wonder if we will see any male opponents in future or if they are all F/F…?

    Also I don’t agree that the fighting was “spoilt by all the superheroine stuff”. This is after all a SUPERHEROINE video as stated in the synopsis and trailer – as such the fighters use super powers, more than in any other NGC video I can think of actually. This is the first time I can remember seeing believable special effects from NGC and it has a positive impact, not a negative one IMHO. I understand not all NGC heroines have visual powers because perhaps it would take too long to create them all, but what we have here adds massively to the believability of the characters.

    As for Shadowstar, she’s definitely MY number one now. I also love Athena, Suki, Bluebird and Celestia but as someone said Shadowstar is just Victoria’s Secret standard. Not to knock the others – at this level we are talking the best of the best, the most gorgeous creatures to walk the planet. There’s just something about Merissa in that costume which is like a superheroine action figure brought to life! She’s toned and throws a terrific punch, but is also feminine and slinky. Maybe Sadie’s lines were a bit more believable but that’s nitpicking. Merissa’s reactions were perfect.

  41. Jacob

    I agree that Shadowstar is gorgeous and as usual the fight scenes are great. But honestly i dont see any difference at all between this and the Side Mission videos. This “new world” that it is set in has no setup so you have no idea whats going on,who these heroines or villains are. I wanted to be blown away by this and maybe future ones will deliver but this did nothing for me

  42. I am probably in the minority for what I am about to say but that is ok. I can see why female vs female combat fans will like this video, but it never flipped on my heroine hot switch. It didn’t feel like a superheroine video to me nearly as much as a female vs female combat video. I think Shadow Star’s personality didn’t help because she felt more like a villain which isn’t really my cup of tea.

  43. It’s nice to see Shadowstar getting positive comments. I think in terms of set up I did what I could to explain the situation that they find themselves in. Perhaps a fully blown episode length production might have done that better but frankly this production hasn’t earned that right.

    When we started NGC in 2009 there was no set up for that either, and we didn’t have the money to explain everything in the detail we wanted to, but as it made it’s way we were able to do more in this area. I’m afraid I plan in extremely long-term fashion, I don’t tend to ask people what they want to see in the next film because you get 100 different answers. Besides the discourse on here I get 5 times more email about things which would contradict it. So if someone says “I want you to do ABC” they can get quite offended if I attempt it and don’t get it right, or very offended if I don’t attempt it at all. I hope people can see my predicament. I’m very open on here and honest, I don’t want to be all ‘salesy’ about things and talk to you as if you are idiots, I hope this is welcomed at least as an approach to interacting with a fan base.

  44. Fabio

    Mark,
    I know what you meant about Suki’s reaction to the surfboard move, In noticed that too. But I didnt nitpick it because that was just ONE bad reaction she gave, compared with the rest of them who in my opinion, she did more than just “sell”. She did an excellent job with the belly punches, and even hurting from them after, on the floor AND while she’s walking away unintentionally using her powers… I dont think she could have done a better job doing those scenes, so I decided the one bad reaction to the surf move was fine. But I rewatched this Shadowstar one, and I still stand by what I said, I expected a louder cry when she was being shocked, twice. Like when Bluebird got shock-sticked in Season 2 Ep1. Thats what it should have sounded like if you ask me.
    But I dont mean to be negative or put down this video, this was still a great buy for me and there were too many good things to outweigh my minor complaint. I guess I was used to the excellent reactions Bluebird gave in the last video I saw. But I loved the change of scenery here, it was one thing that set FSS apart from the other NGC films. The battle outside was very nice, but I thought it was even better when it moved into the narrow hallway, not much space to run. The scene where Shadowstar is confidently walking down the hallway taking punches at Sadie, was done perfectly. I loved her confident look before the tides were turned. I also liked how they have visual powers as well, and the use for them. This is a SUPER-heroine film after all. I hope all their characters have some.

  45. Mark

    Fabio,

    I don’t see it as you being negative at all, and I bet NGC doesn’t either. They’ve just mentioned that they do listen to feedback, and although I thought Merissa did an amazing job with the selling, I wouldn’t be upset if she shows a little more reaction and is more verbal next time out…in fact far from it! If I’m honest, I’m a big fan of reactions that go just that step ‘beyond the real’ (hence I LOVED the shock stick selling by Erica in Season 2 Episode 3 for example) without going too far. And again, it’s funny you mention the shock stick selling by Bluebird (my favourite too) in Season 2 Epsiode 1 as although I loved that, I’d have like to have seen a little more reaction both verbally and physically (more like Erica) – strange lol!

    I’m like you, and don’t nitpick if the positives outweigh the negatives. However, that’s where we do differ. Whilst I’m a massive fan of Suki, and she’s delivered some great work at NGC, I’ve been underwhelmed by her ‘selling’ in a both Season 1 Episode 6 (a lot of the stuff in that, like the over the knee action, some of the hits…as the Americans would say, after her Training Rooms, it was like she was ‘mailing it in’) and Season 2 Episode 4 as I mentioned. I’m more disappointed with it due to the fact that I am such a big fan (as she’s a gorgeous and talented actress) and know what she can deliver (loved all her Training Rooms!).

    But even though I say these things, as you’ve mentioned, the good always outweighs the bad by a mile with NGC overall, which is why I always find myself (even after a disappointment) buying any new release straight away! They continue to go from strength to strength, and hopefully will do for a long time to come.

    By the way, I really liked Sadie! Not a fan of her gear (but knowing NGC, no doubt they’re planing an update as I type!), but she was superb! The best seller of head – rocking punches since Bluebird got battered by the two drones, and her general reactions were excellent (dropping to the floor following her ‘draining’, and the follow – up attack was a work of art). A very good fighter and villian too – hope she’s back in the FSS story soon!

  46. AlyAdmirer

    The job of any first episode, in my view, is not to answer every possible question I might have, but rather to present me with enough questions and intriguing possibilities to spark my interest. The launch of this series has done that in spades. I want to know about this society, and see what happens next. If anything, I find myself wondering whether a universe as rich with possibilities as I think this format is can get by with just “Training Room” sorts of vids, or whether it too will need its own full Episodes to fully do it justice.

    As for this episode itself, Shadowstar is a knockout. Sadie has, to use some pro wrestling terminology, a FANTASTIC heel look to me. The fight choreography was stellar, and the narrow corridor might be my favorite location work NGC has ever done. If I have any one minor quibble with the whole production, it would be Sadie’s costume, which struck me as a little more… I’m not sure of what the right term is to express what I’m thinking… probably a bit more haphazard or slapped together than the usual NGC fair.

    Meanwhile, on the subject of Top Tens, I think I’ll play along…

    1) Bluebird
    2) Celestia
    3) Nina Hellfire
    4) Suki Deluxe
    5) Angel
    6) Shadowstar
    7) Erica Lynn
    8) Sadie Paine
    9) Magenta
    10) Catherine Marks

  47. Beast

    I absolutely love it! Shadowstar is my favourite girl by far also with Erica Lynn.
    I love the fx, the fight in the small corridor. My only complaint is that the change of scenery didnt seems very organic. They go from one way to another and it drags the action a little bit. But i think that is the best episode that ive seen so far, It reminds me a lot to the training session of NGC
    About this new format i would like to throw some ideas, maybe it helps. Sorry if my english is not clear. As a tv show it would be cool to see more Tv devices, for example a false tv logo, split screens, replay for different angles or slow mo. You can watch similar tv shows and take some notes. Maybe some kind of ring or stage will be cool ( nothing complicated an underground approach ).Also if this was a real progam i bet that the producers will love to put some traps ( no gore please) like electric fences or that weirds bear traps or something more original ha! i dont know… or throw some weapons to the heroines. Knowing the ideology of the program they can take advantage with unfair moves.
    You can also make the audience participate as a gladiator think, if they want that the defeated survives or not. Or choosing a punishment for the loser,that maybe will see in the next episode. You can makes this community participate somehow. The problem is that i think that we always want that the heroine loose or take some serious beaten, yes we are weird.
    As i said before there is no problem if you take some of this ideas or not becuase i already love it and i know how difficult is to make this episodes ( more now that there are 2 series WOW).
    And about that i would like to know how we are going to see this new series. It will going at the same time with NGC, or we are going to see an episode of one and then another episode of the other. Because there are also the side missions. You put yourself in a lot of trouble you know…. Well thats all thanks again for this amazing work!

  48. Beast

    A last recommendation. Maybe its better not to add more heroines in NGC, they are a lot and i already want to seen Erica Lynn again and magenta ( i dont know if she is still available). Also i am already waiting the next shadowstar episode and if there other sisters are as hot as her GOD it will be amazing

  49. Fabio

    Mark, (we must be getting annoying, lol)
    I do understand what you mean with Suki, I was disappointed with S1 ep6 as well. But I do feel ever since then she’s been very good, almost Bluebird status, minus that recent surfboard scene.
    And its funny you mention Erica Lynn, because although she is high on my list in terms of beautifulness, I thought she also could have done a better job selling the belly punches also. Maybe I expect too much idk, but I think they should all be sold like how Angel(TR vs Nina), Bluebird(all videos) and Suki(TRs and S2 ep4) make them out to be. I did like Erica’s shock stick act but my favorite has to be Bluebird’s, the cries or moans she gave, I didnt just see the pain but I heard it too. and thats what i felt Shadowstar lacked. Anyways..

    Beast thats genius. Sounds like the Hunger Games. The traps sound awesome, especially since they would mainly go towards the superheroines, which is why I love the idea that everyone roots against them. And Yes we do wanna see the heroines get beaten and lose we are weird lol but thats why I like this scenario. Man Im looking forward to the continuation of NGC episode 4 but I also really wanna see whats to follow from this series.

  50. mantowwer

    OK, so this is a bit tough for me because my opinions on this video are split. So let me go with the positives first. As I said before, Shadowstar is just plain amazingly hot and a talented actress as well, unlike Fabio I liked her reactions to the belly punches, she seemed nicely winded and acted out the pain very well, so overall Merissa gets an A+ from me. And she is my number one now, I won’t go into a top ten but her, Bluebird (from her last video with ark hair, wasn’t a big fan before) and Angel are my top three. I would also say that I did not have an issue with her ‘heely’ behavior at the start, in a world where heroines are hated and everyone wants to see them crushed that sort of behavior is perfectly within context.
    The new heel was excellent, I had no issue with her look or costume, and Kudos for not being thrown off by the ‘out-take’, she just got on with it which was excellent. The special effects were excellently done and the location for me was pretty cool, not perfect but not bad either. The fighting was excellently choreographed as always and a nice little story was developing in the video.

    OK, so the negatives. Merissa’s reactions to the zapping were excellent physically but I have to agree that it would have been nice to hear some more moaning and groaning in those scenes. In regards to the fighting, and this is personal preference, it would be nice to see some more wrestling holds in there, if not some episodes that are purely wrestling, Seeing a heroine get punched is fun, but seeing her stretched out in all ways in numerous agonizing wrestling holds is much better for me. As a few other guys mentioned the pained facial expression is very important in this kind of video, and having a heroine in a long excruciating hold gives the producers a good chance to really exploit the pained expression. And, well I love to see women bent in all sorts of unnatural ways – backbreakers, camel clutches, abdominal stretches, chickenwings, shoot throw them all in :D. I too was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of a truly definitive ending, something that could have been fixed easily either by the heroine being knocked out or submitting or begging for mercy. i think most of the people on here would agree that either of those three would have been a great way to end it, as it is now it seemed like the fight was stopped half way through. It would have also been cool to see the heroine dragged away, maybe even in shackles, or something like that after defeat as opposed to her just walking away.
    Honestly, having read the original description of FSS I was expecting a slightly more extreme video with a more definitive end – I don’t need to see the heroine dead at the end (though that is a nice ending :) ) but I expected it to be more violent and one sided. Lastly, as much as the new villain was good, she didn’t appear all that threatening, I mean she is the same size if not slightly smaller than Shadowstar. I personally would like to see bigger heels or a handicap match where two baddies attack the heroine. I hope that sort of scenario is coming in the future as seeing the heroine double teamed would be truly awesome.
    Overall I liked this video even though I was a little underwhelmed by it, I hope that this is just the beginning and it gets darker and more brutal as it goes on, I shall not underestimate NGC’s long term planning and look forward to more FSS episodes. By the way, Beast, every idea you mentioned hit the right notes with me, truly fantastic ways to spice up the series IMHO!

  51. Steve

    I’d love to see one of the heroines turned into a “submissive wreck” then have her agree to join the villain side and be faced against a fellow sister in a subsequent week.

  52. Lake

    “Major beating at the end”. I think not, unless I watched a different movie!

  53. mantower

    @ Lake – agreed, I didn’t see that as a major beating.

  54. Derek

    Thank you NGC for this wonderful and exciting production. We are being spoilt with this purple patch for the genre.
    Your work (and others) are showing the rest how to make this sort of independent production – taking it out of the motel room and actually giving us characters with dimension. Not submissive but determined to fight for beliefs and give their lives in the process. You know the “heroic” things too often derided or ignored. Here, even the villainess is fighting for what she believes in – however it has been twisted by others. Please keep this up, even if my bank balance is taking a hammering with all these movies.
    On the production side, I have been wracking my brains to work out some of the locations in your earlier works as I have recognised them from my previous career. But to have been able to choreograph both the fighting and filming within the narrow confines of Farm Lane Trading Estate without, it seems, actually using any of the units is absolutely heroic. Didn’t anyone have the keys? But seriously, the claustrophobic atmosphere was well served by this and by making it impossible for our heroine to get away, restricting so much of the fighting to narrow areas, really made it work for me. I always enjoy being made to feel the shock or fear of these characters and this really worked.
    Again my compliments to your two actresses. There’s no reason we should feel second best to Los Angeles in the acting pool we have here in London. Merissa Porter and Jessica Jackson-Smith are hugely talented young women who I hope will have many more opportunities to shine.
    The sheer number of e-mails and comments above reflect the interest you have generated here, and I hope they are matched by sales. You deserve to succeed.

  55. @Beast – Lots of nice ideas there and you have a good understanding of what we plan to do with it. Hopefully we will incorporate most of those, but it won’t happen over night.

    I’ve had a few emails from people wanting to know if the new series will take money away from the main NGC series, or be detrimental in some way. It should help to keep NGC coherent in fact, so that by the end of this series we aren’t having to make entirely random side missions with NGC characters that have no bearing on events. I’d like to have about 15-20 NGC side missions in this series. Without FSS that might have been as many as 40, and all the while the main episodes are moving at a slower pace. From a writing perspective it would be extremely difficult, so the FSS will help that a lot. It won’t take money away, when we have money we make a film. I’d love to be able to have the next 20 films already made like Zen or whoever but they have 100 times more money than I do.

    I’ve taken on board points made about reactions. In fact it seems to be mainly about noise in the electrocution parts. Wild screaming does give the sound department a headache (literally and metaphorically) and I also didn’t have a problem on the day when it was acted because often people don’t have the faculty to scream when it’s happening. I once had the misfortune of seeing it happen to someone and they were virtually silent, but I’m agnostic on it, I don’t mind cries of pain during such a sequence in future.

    @Derek – It’s a small world! We filmed a couple more editions there but it’s being demolished in 3 weeks so we can’t go back. I felt the narrow corridor worked quite well, we’d never done such a confined fight before so that made it interesting. Those who didn’t like it need not worry because soon that corridor won’t exist and I don’t have any locations in my head which have another one like it.

  56. @Sid I think, between the two of us, we’ve highlighted how hard it can be for any producer to find the right balance, when it comes to pleasing such an eclectic fanbase! As a heroine fan, you found this video too ‘fighty’… And yet, as a fan of female combat, I find it too ‘heroiney’ for my tastes!

    Talk about a fine line!

  57. Scwank

    I bought this one, and the actress who played Shadowstar blew my socks off. She had the perfect body type for this, and is beautiful on top of it. I’d put her right up there with Miss Freedom as my two favorite characters so far.

  58. Lake

    There are numerous references to this being a ‘superheroine’ movie as opposed to a ‘fight’ movie. Wearing outfits lilke those I have to disagree. They both looked as if they’ve stepped out of a WWE ring or any other wrestling ring for that matter. Superheroine outfiuts, in my opinion, are classy outfits, not leotards with a pattern on them.

  59. @Lake – Well with this one I can only do as the community directs. The Shadowstar costume was created by a viewer, it was placed in a vote against other characters and costumes and it won that vote, so that is what I made. I am very happy with it.

    @Sym – Indeed, and that’s just the people that comment here! But even if this one might be too far one way or the other for your tastes, there will be a new one before long.

    @Scwank – I’m glad you liked it and enjoyed her performance.

  60. Would have liked to have seen a ko to end the film as opposed to her just writing on the floor but Im sure thats forthcoming.

    Question: So whats the next release that you guys are putting out? And when can we expect it?

  61. @Jo – There should be one or two clues that came with the video download. To make it official our next release will be NGC Season 2 Episode 5. In 19 days for members… barring some unforeseen disaster.

  62. Richard

    @Sym & Sid – As a fan of both superheroines AND female combat, NGC tends to strike a nice balance for me. They’ve always had good fight scenes, while the quality storyline, costumes and acting took care of the SUPER side of things. Now they’ve added special effects to really emphasise the SUPER so that’s even better if you ask me!

    @mantower – Speaking as one who is not really a fan of wrestling, I have little interest in seeing a film dominates by intricate holds etc. It just takes me out of the film! Also, while I particularly enjoy the plight and struggle and peril of the heroine, I don’t want things get much more brutal or dark ad you have asked for – death is not a nice end to me! I would like the heroine to be captured, to lose but escape, or to emerge triumphant – punishing them is half the fun but the other half is seeing them beat the odds sometimes! IMHO.

    @Beast – Love the way you’re thinking! Traps would spice things up – maybe even more slow motion too. The more the odds against the heroines can be increased, the better!

    @Lake – Funnily enough I thought (as I said earlier) that Merissa in her costume looked like a heroine action figure come to life! Like I said, I’m not a fan of wrestling so maybe I don’t see the association clearly BUT to my eyes it’s up to the standard of NGC heroine leotards. Especially on Merissa’s perfect form! =)

    @NGC – Thanks again for the new series! Two questions if I may: 1) When and who will the next Failsafe Sisters episode be, and will it have a male villain? 2) What’s the viewer interaction you mentioned before? Many thanks!!

  63. ShadowFax

    Okay um… havn’t got this one yet as I didn’t get an e-mail for the discount this time :( I must have missed one recently but… I have to say I’m kind of baffled at some of the things people are saying about this one. Bare in mind people that this is the FIRST episode of a series. Do you really want to see the heroine thoroughly and completely mind wiped enslaved (mind wipe enslavement by the way is one of my MAJOR turn off’s in a heroine story. I mean if she’s so weak willed how the crap did she become a heroine in the first place?) or WORSE as one commenter went so far as to mention a DEATH ending, which would destroy any possibility of seeing the character in the story EVER again….. after the FIRST episode….

    Shadowstar’s outfit (the fan created one that was revealed AGONIZINGLY slowly NGC :P ) I think is quite awesome, I disagree with you Lake, there are about five hundred superheroine’s in official comic books who are dressed in leotard’s with designs on them as outfit’s to pretty much slap the snot out of the “classy outfits” argument.

    Then there is the “through defeat” thing going on here that is again… in the FIRST episode. If Shadowstar is being just completely humiliated and owned in episode one can we really take it seriously? I’ve seen a few argument’s for this KO being the only one I think feasible, begging and enslavement in a FIRST episode of a series is simply put, eye rolling mind bogglingly off putting in every way. Maybe a one shot (but again, submissive slave characters are the most boring trash a story can manage) but not with the star of the series on episode one! No… just no.

    Keep up the good work NGC

  64. Lake

    @Richard

    Much as I like the NGC movies, I’ve never seen any of the outfits they put the girls in to be much more than glorified wrestling leotards with the exception of a couple, whose names escape me, and who have not featured in Season 2.

    @NGC

    If that was voted for you have to go with it, but I still say she wouldn’t look lost in a wrestling ring wearing that. I maintain she looks more like a WWE star than a SH, but maybe most people would sooner see their SHs dressed that way..

  65. Lake

    PS: Look at The Battle for Earth series for a much better representation of what I think SHs should be wearing. Superianna, Tempest, Trinity, there’s been quite a few who are dressed appropriately to be called SHs IMHO.

  66. @ShadowFax – If you email me I can send you the link mate. nextglobalcrisis@gmail.com, must have slipped through the net somewhere.

    @Richard – The next FSS is shot, it does have a male villain, not sure of release for that one yet though. The interaction was something I devised with one of my regular customers who emails me a fair bit whereby he could put his own message in the ticker bar underneath. He thought that was quite a fun way of making his mark on the film, so that’s what we did. If anyone else wanted to put in their own biting satire or comment I’m happy to listen to ideas.

    @Lake – Oh well at least we’ve done it before whichever character it was, so I guess chances are we’ll do it again.

  67. Larry

    Good God, where did you guys find Merissa Porter? Gorgeous!

  68. Gorleser

    Incredible video, sizzling actresses, great combat, high production values. This is obviously part of a larger story arc. FSS gets put on my automatic buy list. Can’t wait to see a knockout or two!

  69. Redmountain

    Incredible new stuff from NGC!!

    However the only thing I really don’t understand is the premise. It says the “bad guys” want to humiliate and wear them down, but yet in the end they let them just crawl away and roam free until they want to drag them to this tv-show? I just don’t understand that part of it I guess, I mean she gets the snot kicked out of her and then just gets to go free?

    Otherwise awesome stuff and I hope the story is more explained in future episodes. For all those complaining about anything in this vid, you do realize it’s $11.99 right??? I mean $11.99 for this type of production is ridiculously awesome given that 90% of the stuff on Clips4Sale that is so-called Superheroine content is an absolute ripoff for a lot more than that.

  70. kingles

    @Redmountain: I look at it like this. Is it more cruel for the cat to just kill and eat the mouse, or to play with it, bat it around, gnaw on it a little, let it go and then pounce on it again, etc., FIRST? Shadowstar doesn’t really get to go “free”, she can’t actually GO anywhere. I’m guessing it’s not called “Lockdown City” for nothing, ‘Big Brother’ is watching and they could get her anytime, they just choose to toy with her first…like the cat with a mouse.

    Besides, the TV ratings are through the roof!

  71. Golden

    After reading these reviews think I will definitely have to download FSS, looks amazing (and Shadowstar does too).

    To add my ten pence on the Top 10s, here’s mine;
    1) Erica Lynn
    2) Shadowstar
    3) Golden Hornet
    4) Suki
    5) Bluebird
    6) Athena
    7) Alexa Topaz
    8) Catherine Marks
    9) Blitz
    10) Nina Hellfire

    It’s so tight though, too tight too call.

    With regards to Golden Hornet, I remember reading something happened so you could never work with her again, which is a real shame!

    I think it would be great to get some Asian and/or Oriental actresses in to mix it up a little. Are there any planned in the pipeline for FSS or NGC?

    Great job, think i’ll be getting some popcorn for this one!

  72. @Larry – She grew on the ‘Lovely’ Tree I have in my garden.

    @Gorleser – Great to hear, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your support.

    @RedMountain – I think that kingles said it as well as I could, a very fine explanation of the situation the Fail-Safe Sisters are currently in.

    @Golden – That’s a lovely top 10. Alas we tried to get Golden Hornet back one more time but we just couldn’t agree a day, one of the problems with this whole thing. I’m all for getting an Asian actress. It wasn’t a priority in the writing initially because the Japanese production companies cater to that very well but if I can find someone good I will. Can’t say when though.

  73. George

    I thought it was great, acting was pretty excellent and I thought it set a new standard with fight choreography, acting and special effects. The whole running man/gladiator arena thing works, its completely different to the side missions. The whole idea of doing something ‘new’ is underated in a world where everything has been done.

    That said, the only critic I have with this and all NGC’s stuff is the lack of dialogue especially during the battle, something you see more of with TBFE and with Ryes movies.

  74. Dorf

    Nice episode.. I do feel the material is slipping away from what I liked with NGC in the past. Im seeing a trend of 1v1 female wrestling now…

    I think you should make more episodes like episode one this season, where generic thugs overwhelm and capture the heroine. looking forward to more!

  75. Drew

    Well this is looking really great, Love the action in this, little of the intros, good of course, but mainly action, Love it.
    Question though will all of these series have the (my opinion of course) rolling text in them,
    neat little idae, gives that participation aspect, but to me it just caused distraction, and of course covered up up some great looking but shots LOL.
    Maybe it could have been placed during the count down, or via towards the end but its

  76. @Drew – Thanks, I am glad that you enjoyed it. Regarding the text we were very aware that it not roll over anything interesting like a facial expression or other stuff. I think this was broadly achieved bar perhaps 1 or 2 frames maximum. We will continue with it as it’s a useful device for building the surrounding world/story.