Next Global Crisis – Season 2, Episode 7 (Review)

by Sidekick

NGC 2 7 1 175x98 Next Global Crisis   Season 2, Episode 7 (Review)So what the heck happened to Miss Freedom after she was “killed” at the end of season 1? That answer and many others are revealed in Episode 7 of season 2, just released by Next Global Crisis. Read on for my review, as well as lots of images and the trailer… 

At the outset, we get our first look into the dealings of the organization that Celestia is an envoy of. A bewildered Miss Freedom awakens in the organization’s custody, and we are then introduced to the towering presence of Katia, a woman who has an extremely high level of strength.

The leaders of this organization, who are heard but never seen, plan to test Miss Freedom—a test she has to pass in order to be allowed to live. It’s at this point where the episode takes on a bit of a “training room” feel. That is to say two super powered beings slugging it out in the middle of the room but with no safety measures in place to stop a serious beatdown.

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However, at this time, Miss Freedom is bereft of any kind of powers. No super-strength, super speed or invulnerability to speak of. So one of the leaders decides to give her these powers, although only one at a time, and see how she fares against Katia.

It’s difficult to talk about the fight without revealing plot spoilers, but have no doubt that Miss Freedom takes a serious beating throughout. This episode is heavy on blows to the stomach. Punches, chops and knee lifts are delivered with tremendous force by Katia to Miss Freedom’s mid-section on a nearly constant basis. Other highlights include a couple of different choke holds, a full nelson and a reverse bearhug that knocks out Miss Freedom for a short time.

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I very much like the episode and think Miss Freedom looks hotter than ever. I also love the way the producers take a character we haven’t seen in forever and use her in flashback form to further the storyline.

However, I think the person who may deserve the biggest accolades is Hayley-Marie Axe, who plays Katia. She has to be over six feet tall and plays the part of the Amazon enforcer splendidly. Outside of a drug-enhanced Sebastian Lunar, Katia is the first character that is able to stand her ground on a purely physically basis for an extended period against Miss Freedom, (although keep in mind Miss Freedom’s powers are restricted or waning in both of these fights).

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Still, Katia is the kind of character I’ve been waiting to see, and to have her played by a taller, powerfully built actress like Hayley makes her seem all that more intimidating. This is a character that I would love to see match up against the likes of Bluebird and Angel. If she can deliver a beatdown to a powerhouse like Miss Freedom, what would she do to those with lesser power sets?

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When I first started watching movies in this genre, it was all about the heroines for me. But recently it’s become a little more about the villains. Although Katia isn’t technically a villain, she is definitely the antagonist in this episode. I’ve been hoping NGC would introduce an antagonist that is ridiculously strong and virtually invulnerable—a character that lone heroines would have little or no chance defeating straight up in battle. To me, fights like that are what make these films so much fun. The producers don’t take things quite that far with Katia, but they seem to be edging that way. I hope to see more of her and soon.

[Note: References to The Collective have been removed from this review.]

Purchase this episode at Next Global Crisis

{ 25 comments }

1 GigaFiend November 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Looks good, but not a fan of the costume

2 DKM November 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

So … does the heroine die at the end?

3 NextGlobalCrisis November 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Noooooo. It’s not the collective involved here at all. They’ve no clue about any of this, what gave you that idea?

4 Sidekick November 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

My fault! I think I had it in my head that the organization that empowered Miss Freedom was The Collective and just assumed that they were the mystery group in this episode. Apologies all around.

5 Maar13 November 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Love how you mix up flash backs from older episodes with the current story, liked it a lot, Really became a fan of your work since last year.

6 kingles November 11, 2012 at 3:43 am

@NGC: “It’s not the collective involved here at all. They’ve no clue about any of this”

Really? Sounds like you’re in denial about their involvement…They’ve got their hands in EVERYTHING! ;)

7 Next Global Crisis November 11, 2012 at 4:05 am

@kingles – ARGGHH! Then maybe they have?…

@Sidekick – Perhaps there is some flaw in the plotting from my end but to confirm… The Collective are a group of people that the Roman brothers belong to. They sponsored Elite Force in Season 1 but decided to axe the group when Miss Freedom started to turn public opinion against their causes and generally going ‘off-message’, the replacement group was Red Mist. The Collective sanctioned and thought they had carried out a successful assassination of Miss Freedom in Season 1 Episode 9, with the only drawback being that John Roman was almost killed by the blast she caused and is still in intensive care.

In Season 2, James has been given free reign over Red Mist activities, running assassination squads against old Elite Force members AND running Project:Disciple, a drugs program that momentarily mimics or blocks super powers, making assassinations more possible. The Collective have been a little ‘hands-off’ so far this season, but James and his vendetta’s are becoming harmful to the cause, things may not stay as they are.

Meanwhile we have the group that links both Miss Freedom and Celestia. We know from this episode that they powered Miss Freedom from the start, saved her life in S1E9, and now are wondering whether or not to keep using her at all. They are a society that comes in two parts, a dark and a light and they must agree on everything before they take an action. That is all we know about them so far.

8 Beast November 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Hello! i bought it but i couldnt download it. My internet connection is working bad. Theres someway to obtain the download link again?
Thanks

9 Next Global Crisis November 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

@Beast – Yes I can send you another but it is best to direct support questions via the contact form on the website in future. Or directly email nextglobalcrisis@gmail.com

10 Richard November 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

@NGC – I watched Episode 7 before reading the review and never even heard of “The Collective” until now so I don’t think it’s any fault of yours. Great episode, btw. The acting doesn’t get enough praise in these reviews and I thought Harriet Moran and Hayley Marie-Axe knocked it out of the park. Miss Freedom’s pain with her broken back was highly believable and her confidence gradually ebbing away as she took beating after beating was wonderful. Katia was a great villain, she only needed to stand there to be imposing but the part where she whispered in Miss Freedom’s ear about servicing the troops gave her a nice sadistic edge. Also a big fan of the way the story tied together bits from last season and led smoothly into the current story line, pretty satisfying. I’m excited to see what Miss Freedom’s orders are and how she copes with big villains like Luner and Leadfoot now her power so limited. Does this mean her costume gives her powers? So if she were stripped of it, or parts of it, her powers would diminish? Anyway nice work.

@GigaFiend – And there was me thinking the one thing we would all agree on was how amazing the Miss Freedom costume is, LOL. Different strokes I guess, to me it looks as a superheroine costume should. Bold primary colours, perfectly tight fit, the emblem on the cape and belt, matching bracelets and shoulder pads. I dunno what your into but for me this is close to perfection, light years ahead of her old costume IMHO. If all the heroines (and villains) get costumes as detailed as this I’d be stoked. Out of interest what sort of costume would you prefer?

11 Richard November 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

OH and I almost forgot to mention the new Failsafe Sister, WOW. I think I’m in love, her tight red catsuit is crazy hot. What’s her story? M/F opponent?

12 kaptureme November 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I agree with GigaFiend. I think the old costume for Mr. Freedom needed and upgrade, and like the shiny look of the new one, but would have preferred a skirt to the pants. How do you not show off her legs????

13 kingles November 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

@NGC: Sorry, but I just couldn’t help making a conspiracy theory joke about ‘the Collective’, as such entities are very fertile ground for conspiracy theories(like the Bilderberg group for example).

In this case a conspiracy so diabolical that even the person who created the collective, AND the entire universe they operate in, couldn’t accept it. So basically I was using the setup I was given to propose an incredibly ridiculous conspiracy(what could happen in the NGC universe that you wouldn’t know about?), to make fun of conspiracy theories in general. I know nobody asked me to, but I just can’t help thinking outside the box sometimes.

BTW, I loved the episode. It really answered everybodies questions from the last one. Why don’t those guys just send Katia to bust some heads though? She’s pretty bad ass!

14 Scwank November 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Regarding the costume, I’ll chime in too. I know there’s no way to please everyone. The prior costume was one of my favorites too, and this one doesn’t really do it for me. I guess I’m a skirt fan. To me, the new one doesn’t have the femininity of the prior one. But, I see bitching about every costume by some segment of the fan base, and I don’t want to go there. As mentioned, I know that NGC has a tough job pleasing everyone. NGC may have wanted to get away from the Supergirl look, but that’s part of what did it for me.

15 Beast November 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

@NGC yes i am sorry. I was a little desperate to have it ha!

16 Spandex Fiend November 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Do I even need to chime in on what I think of the new costume? I mean, look at my handle here. =P

I love the full body suit of course! I’m also one of the few probably that prefers pants to skirts, as they show off the hips, butt, and crotch more. But it’s more than that, I just feel like a full body suit provides more protection than a simple skirt and leotard combo. Especially given the new information that her suit provides her power, seems to make sense that it covers all of her.

Also the video was great! It really did explain a lot about how Ms. Freedom is alive and well. Guess it’s still too much to ask for a low-blow, huh?

17 Beast November 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

Thanks for the help with the link NGC!
I just saw it and it was a great episode. Love the brutality of the new villain. I love the fight also. When there are belly punches i am the most happy man in the world so thank you!! ha.
I love the costume it makes the character of miss freedom more epic and real.

18 Next Global Crisis November 14, 2012 at 5:55 am

@Beast – No problem, glad we got it sorted out and thanks for the kind words, Katia doesn’t really hold back does she?

Regarding costumes I certainly never expect to please everyone, as long as it looks good for what it is, that is my aim.

19 Next Global Crisis November 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

Introducing: The Dynamite Doll: http://nextglobalcrisis.com/?p=3045

Out on Friday

20 Dillhole November 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

And who will Dynamite Doll be fighting?

21 Richard November 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Wow, Dynamite Doll even more stunning in these portraits! Sexy and ready for action. I too am curious about her opposition.

22 Next Global Crisis November 22, 2012 at 4:49 am

She is fighting ‘Delilah Crunch’ here are some pictures of that: http://nextglobalcrisis.com/?p=3061

23 ceej November 22, 2012 at 6:46 am

Well, I know where I’ll be doing my black friday shopping.

24 Mark November 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Got to say that this is the first time I’ve seen a NGC preview and thought ‘Not for me’! Not sure if it’s the wig or what, but something just doesn’t appeal!

25 Tony Adams November 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

The world needs Angel back (although all NGC efforts are sincerely appreciated)!!

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