Is there anyone on a bigger roll than Next Global Crisis? The company just pumps out quality episode after quality episode and almost never seems to make a misstep. Well, Next Global Crisis is back with its follow up to the amazing season premier. Will NGC’s hot streak continue? Let’s find out.
Before we begin the review in earnest, let’s go to the site itself for the synopsis of this episode:
As always with Next Global Crisis I want to refrain from spoiling any of the major story points. Storytelling is something they do better than anyone else so I can’t think of a bigger disservice to fans of NGC and the genre in general by ruining the experience of watching a NGC episode for the first time. Instead, I’ll focus on a handful of things that just worked wonderfully in this film.
1. Bluebird/Claire Yellowless – I consider her the Meryl Streep of heroine movies. Well, a super good looking version of Meryl Streep. (No offense, Meryl.) I don’t think it is any surprise that the producers decided to revolve their first two episodes around her. She is just endlessly talented and eminently watchable. Bluebird is a character, and Claire is an actress, that I just never get tired of seeing. I don’t think any recurring character of any producer we cover is more ripe for a spin-off than Bluebird. The solo adventures of Bluebird is a site that I would absolutely get behind.
2. Catherine/Rachel Warren – It appears that the producers went out to their beautiful woman tree and picked themselves a Rachel Warren. She is the actress that plays the new character, Catherine. I don’t know why I bother telling you that NGC cast another beautiful actress. From now on we are just going to take that as a given. If they ever cast an unattractive female, I’ll be sure to let you know. I’m thinking the odds are against that ever happening. Anyway, she can act, and she can fight. Another seemingly great addition to an already stellar cast.
3. The villains – It’s the same group from the first episode, but I don’t think of that as a negative. They do a great job in this episode.
4. The story – There is a good amount of exposition in this episode, and once again my intention is to not spoil anything major. We are reminded that James Roman is still plenty pissed at Elite Force and has a bounty on the heads of all their former members. We learn that there may be others out there looking to get a piece of Elite Forces former members. We also learn that Red Mist may not exactly be the tight knit organization they claim to be. Finally, we learn of a plan that is being formulated to bring the Roman brothers down.
5. The fighting/peril – There has been some early discussion about this on the board, and I’ll get into that in a minute. This is not so much a “peril-heavy” episode. I think that the emphasis is more on fighting and storytelling. There are some things here for the fetish/peril crowd however. Bluebird spends the majority of the episode tied to a chair. Catherine takes several punches to the stomach, gets de-masked, and is strangled a few different times. And as usual the fight choreography is first rate.
One of the reasons I love Heroinemovies.com is because of the people who post most frequently in the comments. Everyone has their own opinions and they are almost always well thought out and respectful to others that think differently. That is rare on the internet these days. Anyway, a great deal of the early discussion of this episode centered around how heroines should be portrayed in these films. Personally, I like to know a heroine can handle herself. I like to know that she can win a fight. I like to see them win fights on a somewhat frequent basis. I just think it makes things all that more interesting when she is eventually challenged by a tougher opponent. Season 2, Episode 1 was a great example. Bluebird looked extremely dominate early on. The bad guys took a pill that vastly increased their strength and the tide turned and you had your peril. It was an episode that felt like it was made for someone with my exact tastes. I loved it.
I consider this the Zen Pictures formula to a good heroine in peril movie. I’m not saying Zen Pictures invented it, but they have come rather close to perfecting it, and so has NGC. Bottom line, although not as peril-packed as the first episode, this was another great effort and I couldn’t be more excited for Episode 3. Great job, NGC.