FightGirlz has just released a movie called Nemesis, which features lots of hand-to-hand fighting like the company’s previous videos; however, this episode is a little more fleshed-out and polished than the company’s previous efforts.
A couple months back, the FightGirlz story canon established that a team of women called The Covert Operatives Group was in the midst of trying to take down another team of women called The Evil Girls Gang. This episode resumes that storyline with Jacqui Weston, played by the popular Michelle Kira, getting orders to apprehend Evil Girl Nikita Carson, who is played by newcomer Rochelle Cassidy. Along for the ride is another newcomer, Olivia Gibson, who plays a trainee named Lucy Lee.
Jacqui and Lucy track down Nikita to her hideout, but things don’t go smoothly. Lucy is a bit of a bumbler and is quickly knocked out. Jacqui and Nikita fight for a while, and it is very much a back and forth affair with neither one really gaining an advantage. Some sirens are heard in the background, and Nikita makes a break for it. During a chase through the woods, there is a bit of gunplay. Lucy is knocked out for a second time (by her own trainer no less) and Nikita is able to get the drop on Jacqui and escape.
Personally, I have always seen a lot of potential in FightGirlz, and I think little by little we are seeing them grow. Their earliest movies consisted of girls punching each other back and forth across a room. I understand there is a place for that kind of video, but in order to garner a bigger audience I think people want and expect more. With Nemesis, FightGirlz2000 delivers more.
It’s nice that they are telling bigger stories. I liked the Repo Girl series, but boat repossession doesn’t deeply engage the viewer. Two spy girl organizations duking it out—that does engage the viewer. I hope they keep telling bigger stories like this. I do have one criticism, and I know they are working on a solution. They need to shoot in other indoor locations besides the same house. They film in a cold weather state and finding quality locations at an affordable price is difficult, but until they have some variety I think they are going to top out production value wise. Basically, they need more space to stage their indoor fights. There just isn’t enough room for the fights to flow.
Before I finish I wanted to discuss the actresses. Michelle Kira has been around for a while now and has garnered a good fanbase. I liked Olivia who played the trainee, although she was used mostly as comic relief in the episode. I’d like to see more from her before passing judgment, but I think she has a lot of talent.
The girl I think most fans are going to gravitate to right away is Rochelle. Wow! She was really good. She is a great actress and knows how to flash an attitude much like Cholo. Where she really excels is in her ability to pull of a fight scene. She is a real life martial artist and can throw good looking punches and kicks. She is also fast. Really fast. There are times in the film where the other girls were having obvious problems keeping up with her speed. She was very impressive and one to watch.