Side Mission 2 from Next Global Crisis features a new Bluebird costume, an intense f-vs-f fight scene, and a surprise I won’t spoil in this review. I enjoyed this side mission more than the first one, and I’m really impressed with Claire Yellowlees’ performance in particular.
The first sequence in Side Mission 2 involves some very nice editing as we find Bluebird already in the heat of battle with a male opponent. She’s in “street clothes” at this point; the new-costume reveal comes later. The scene is intercut with a flashback explaining the need for a new Bluebird costume (it’s not just for appearances; there’s actually a practical story reason for this). As Bluebird quite easily dispatches her initial opponent, her “real” adversary appears—Eliza Rose, a female fighter in skin-tight black leather and red boots who wants to take Bluebird down permanently.
The fight begins, and it becomes apparent that the fight choreography, which a few commenters may have found somewhat lacking in the previous Side Mission, is back to its typically high Next Global Crisis standards. This is a very well-done fight scene, with Bluebird taking a real beating (lots of stomach punches, suffocation holds, etc.). Eliza Rose wants to test Bluebird’s alleged “second wind” power and decides to force the issue by trying to render Bluebird helpless as early as possible.
I don’t want to spoil the remainder of the episode, but the fight continues between the two lovely ladies, and it’s a pretty fierce battle. The two characters even get a chance to critique each others’ costumes. Speaking of which, I really like the new Bluebird costume, which makes its debut appearance here. I actually think its an improvement over the previous costume, but I’m sure this could potentially be a point of controversy amongst the illustrious Heroine Movies commenters.
I feel that everyone can agree that both ladies give terrific performances. Anna Wilde, who plays Eliza Rose, is suitably sinister and intense (I love the very slow head-turn towards Bluebird in the beginning). I hope to see more of her as the series continues. And by now, everyone knows to expect great acting from Claire Yellowlees, and she delivers here with the usual blend of sassiness and pureness of heart that makes Bluebird such an appealing character. She’s super attractive too, so that doesn’t hurt either.
Next Global Crisis fans really should check out Side Mission 2. The quality of the acting, editing and fight choreography is very similar to that of the main episodes, so if you’re a fan of the company’s work, I recommend this episode. (If you’re not familiar with NGC’s work yet, this video provides enough background information to explain the scenario for newcomers as well.)