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.
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.
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).
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?
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.]