The episode opens up with Spawn talking on the phone and, conveniently enough, providing the audience with a little exposition. He seems confident that the superheroine alliance that has been forming since the middle of season one is quite fragile—if not already broken. He also gives a little update of the statuses of Superianna, Avalon and Nightgirl.
Meanwhile, both Kaid and a new henchman that works for Spawn, named Barkley, are in search of Stealth. They both track her down at the same time in a forest. Barkley tries to subdue her with what I assume is a chloroform soaked rag; however, Stealth is able to get away, albeit temporarily. She finds a safe spot and changes into her costume, but still only has a rudimentary grasp of how to use her abilities.
Across town, Tempest is engaged in a fight with the same two henchmen from the previous episode. Early on, she does rather well for herself but is eventually overpowered. She takes quite a beating from both henchmen and is knocked out.
Back in the forest, both Kaid and Barkley find Stealth, but she uses her power to turn invisible. However, as stated above, she doesn’t have the control necessary to stay that way indefinitely. She reappears and after a game of cat and mouse, all three start to fight. Kaid and Barkley form an alliance and work over Stealth for a minute or so. The alliance is short lived however as Barkley is able to buy enough time to get a hold of Stealth and teleport away. The episode ends back in Spawn’s lair, with a little twist that I’d rather not spoil.
Whereas the last episode was more story-centric, this episode was more about peril. There is some story but the emphasis of the film is two beautiful, busty, blondes, being severely beat down for a great deal of the episode. Among other things, you get plenty of stomach punches, a reverse bearhug, a heroine lifted by her costume, a backbreaker and a de-masking. Plenty of stuff here that I think peril fans will enjoy.
Now, with the review out of the way, and the end of season one close at hand, I thought it may be a good time to take stock of where we are at with The Battle for Earth. I’ve looked back at the last 15 or so TBFE reviews, and they have all been positive. I have tried to re-watch most of the episodes recently, and there is a great deal to like. I have been a big fan since episode one and I still enjoy the work they are doing now. I do have one issue, however. I’m lost. More specifically, storyline-wise, I’m lost.
I could very much be alone in this. If I am, I apologize. And please don’t take this as any kind of attack on TBFE. As I mentioned, I’m a fa,n and I’ve given positive reviews to just about every episode. I just have some questions that maybe the producers can answer as long as it doesn’t spoil much. I just think the narratives for three major characters are kind of confusing.
1. What is Spawn’s endgame? Is it world domination? Is it revenge on Avalon? Is it to revive his wife and make her into an unstoppable force with the serum?
2. What is Kaid doing? I know he is recruiting heroines, but for what purpose? Is he doing it to fight Spawn? Is he doing it for is own evil purposes. Is he even a villain anymore? Why do his attempts at recruitment always have him punching the girl he is trying to recruit?
3. What is the deal with Lor’cal? What are his goals? He shows up every once in a while and gives a voice over that I usually don’t understand. If I could editorialize for a minute, I think Lor’cal needs to go away at some point. Sooner rather than later. To properly portray an omnipotent character, I think you need to have an omnipotent budget. I’m all for big thinking in these films, I just don’t think the character has ever come across well. My opinion only. I could very well be in the minority.
And that’s it. If one of the producers at TBFE could answer some of these questions, I think it would clear up a bit of confusion.
HM here – I’d just like to mention a couple of quick things: First, The Battle for Earth is going to be having a sale in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. Second, full trailers for The Battle for Earth’s films are available only on official Battle for Earth web site.