Next Global Crisis’ “Episode 3″ (Golden Hornet)

by HM

1 350x196 Next Global Crisis’ “Episode 3″ (Golden Hornet)The films produced by Next Global Crisis tend to focus less on peril and more on action, fighting, and hot superheroines who aren’t necessarily subjected to torment at the hands of their captors.  So the target audience might be a bit different from fans of SHG-Media and Punished Heroines.  However, with Episode 3, featuring the character Golden Hornet, Next Global Crisis has produced a film which not only has excellent production values, but which also features the heroine getting overpowered by her opponents and eventually defeated.  So Episode 3 should appeal to fans of superheroine fight scenes, but may also interest fans of heroine defeat scenarios.  It’s also very well made in general, so fans of superheroines may appreciate it just for the fighting, costumes, acting, etc.

The plot centers on Golden Hornet chasing a purse-snatching bad guy in an alleyway.  He leads her into a mysterious, dingy room where cameras record her every move.  Golden Hornet appears to have walked into a trap.  From this point on, Golden Hornet faces off against two opponents – one male and one female – who constantly disappear and reappear, gaining an advantage over our heroine.

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Golden Hornet puts up a good defense at first but is eventually overpowered.  The bad guys keep the kicks and punches coming, as our heroine is worn down and defeated.   Finally, she is knocked unconscious.

The bad guys demask her and show her face to the camera, thus exposing her identity to the world.  Although she eventually comes to her senses and walks away, she is utterly defeated in this film.

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Episode 3.  I’m typically a fan of Zen Pictures-style peril and torment, although I also like good fight scenes.  In my opinion, Next Global Crisis has the best production values of any non-Japanese producer of heroine-related films.  All of the technical aspects of filmmaking are excellent here, from fight choreography to editing.  The lighting and costumes are very good, and the acting is excellent for a low budget film.  (I’m guessing that these are all professional actors, as they really know how to sell their dialogue).

Storywise, Episode 3 is very simple and doesn’t waste any time.  It gets right to the point and starts in on the action without a lot of unnecesary exposition.  I liked watching the heroine face off against two villains who use their powers to create an unfair advantage.

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Since the story is good and the technical qualities are top notch, that leaves the actual specific content of the video, and this is basically where a review doesn’t really do any good.  Basically, if you like extended torture scenes, tasering, whipping, etc., you won’t find any of that sort of thing here.  Instead, Episode 3 features lots of fighting with the heroine getting overpowered, really good acting, excellent production values, a de-masking, and more.  The film isn’t really made for peril fans, but for fans of superheroine fighting scenarios.  I really enjoyed it and give it a B+.

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{ 12 comments }

1 DeathCake June 3, 2010 at 12:33 am

I saw Ep 3 of next global crisis, and although i appreciated the effort that went in, it came nowhere close to ep 1 and 2. The heroine for starters. Her costume was… terrible to be honest. Not sexy in the slightest, and that’s why most people watch these productions i reckon. She looked like she had granny pants on, and i just get into her at all. If your going to buy any of next global crisis productions, ep 2 was the best, followed by ep 1, in my opinion. I hope they choose a better heroine/heroine outfit for the next one…

2 HM June 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I haven’t seen the first episode, but personally, I thought episode 3 was better than 2. The costume wasn’t a problem for me (although I kind of see what you mean), and I really liked the heroine in 3. I also liked the fighting scenario better than episode 2′s “simulation,” so the story worked better for me in episode 3.

3 DeathCake June 4, 2010 at 6:57 am

Each to their own and that :) I just didn’t find her sexy. She had no boobs really, and was too covered up. But hey :) I enjoy what they are doing.

4 HM June 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

To each his own indeed :). I’m looking forward to episode 4…

5 jerkstore June 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I love this web site for the various opinions one gets to read. It does make you think about other sides and gives good feedback to the creators. Also, nobody has been mean or vindictive like some other sites. Just honest commentary. I actually don’t know if any creators besides Rye read these comments but I think they can only help. I actually had a nice email exchange with HM last week. I’m not really a peril guy. I like production values and good fight choreography. I liked Episode 3 but I think Episode 2 is the gold standard right now for this kind of movie. Just top notch stuff in my book. Have a good day guys.

6 SMC June 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Are you interested in ep 4? I believe its out already at a discounted price for those who bought this episode. Let me know if you will be reviewing it or even purchasing it so i can wait around for a review or not. Thanks.

7 HM June 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Well, I’ll probably get around to seeing it, but I’m not sure when exactly. If anyone out there sees it or has seen it, feel free to send me your opinion or leave a comment here about it! And if/when I do see it, I’ll be sure to post a review ASAP.

8 Gorleser January 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

I just got around to watching this and thought I would leave another brief opinion.

Pros and cons are much as HM reports. It was rather exciting to see an Indian heroine in peril, which I had never seen before. I suspect if you find Indian women attractive, then the lead actresses body type will not bother you as much as it did DeathCake. I was disappointed with the amount of peril the actress was in (not much). It was cranked up maybe one notch from what you would find in a regular comic book, in my opinion.

On the positive, production values were amazing– rivalling Alex Bettinger’s work. The script was good (with an intriguing plot), the acting was excellent (with authentic sounding British accents), and I have never seen higher quality video than with the HD video option here.

9 the bahar says ... January 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

I really liked the heroine in this one too, I thought she had a great body. I hope the have plans to revisit the character, they’ve put out a lot of great stuff in only one year.

10 Richard January 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

As a fan of Indian women, I’ve often wondered what an Indian superheroine would be like (and not in the Bollywood sense). Thanks to NGC and the gorgeous Kanira Shah, I need wonder no longer! Golden Hornet was quite appealing and I had no issues with her body (the costume, while sexy, could have been a tiny bit more flattering). LOVED the unmasking, totally believable – in fact, the acting was solid throughout. However, a special mention must go to the male ‘villain’ who managed to tread a fine line between nastiness and sympathy. The fights were decent (though I’d like to have seen more of the girl in white, as she was quite cute) and overall production solid. On the downside, the Mumbai setting was rather unbelievable and the story wais left unresolved. Maybe have Red Mist reveal Hornet’s identity to gang of thugs who then ambush her…?

11 Gorleser January 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

Great ideas! The potential for blackmail with this setup is also ripe. Golden Hornet continues to fight crime, but she is thwarted (and submits to all sorts of humiliation) when Red Mist threatens to expose her identity to the world.

12 Richard January 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hmmm… blackmail does seem more likely, I’ll admit. Especially given (SPOILER) the blonde girl’s accidental death and Golden Hornet’s guilt over that (END SPOILER). It WOULD be cool to have a scenario where the heroine submits willingly, surrendering herself to protect her loved ones, as it’s the sort of selfless act which a heroine would naturally do. I find that behaviour – virtuousness, self-sacrifice – very sexy. Equally, I’d LOVE to see an ambush/revenge scenario, with the heroine fighting against the odds, because pride and perseverance are also important (and hot). I take it NGC have not explored either outcome yet…?

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