Season 2, Episode 2 from Next Global Crisis

Season 2, Episode 1 from Next Global CrisisIs 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:

It looks like the end for Bluebird. After a valiant fight she is now at the mercy of one of Red Mists assassin squads. Subber, the leader of this sadistic cell that he is gloating at the Blue Beauty and her dire humiliation and peril when there is a BANG at the door… Perhaps the plan wasn’t foolproof after all as a new female combatant takes to the stage. Who is she? and more importantly, what is she here for? To steal the bounty? Or to rescue Bluebird? Neither option appeals to Subber and a fierce battle ensues.. will it offer Bluebird a chance of survival?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the reasons I love 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.

45 comments on Season 2, Episode 2 from Next Global Crisis

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I feel I should answer babca11’s question here by saying that Suki returns in Episode 4.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I bought this episode only a few hours after I got the email notification. I didn’t watch the trailer or anything. My new policy with NGC is to just buy them and don’t let the trailer spoil anything.

    Here’s my review: Claire Yellowless is flawless as always. She has always been one of my favorites. She is a solid performer, who looks great during both the action scenes and the acting scenes. Of course she doesn’t miss a beat in this one. The new character, Catherine, Rachel Warren, was great. As anyone who’s read any of my posts before knows, in my mind Anastasyia Breadson and Amy Johnston are in a class by themselves as far as this genre goes. Although it’s only the first thing I’ve seen her in, i think Rachel Warren may end up enrolling in that class as well.

    Let me say I highly recommend this download! One thing I love about season 2 so far is the story. It has some twists and turns, but yet it is simple. I can’t tell you the number of sites out there that put together such a convoluted story that I end up saying “screw it” and just fast forwarding to the fight or peril scenes. I actually find myself into the story with NGC. Kudos!

    I only have two tiny (I wouldn’t even call them complaints, maybe just) suggestions. Even that might be too strongly worded. 1 – I have to admit I miss BlueBirds’ white over the knee socks and white boots. No big deal, she still looks great. But I did like the socks. 2 – Where’s the blood or bruising? One thing I will always love about Season1, episode 2, is to my knowledge it is the only episode out there where the heroine looks like she got knocked around. She bruises. I realize, of course, this adds a level of complexity to the shoot, but I thought it was awesome. In lieu of that, what about some light blood. I mean these people are taking some haymakers- Couldn’t they at least wipe some blood from the corner of their mouth? Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, but I think making the heroines bleed a bit during the fight would improve upon an already awesome formula.

    Anyway, great job NGC, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m buying your stuff sight unseen. I can’t wait for the next installment. Keep up the great work.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    While I think episode 2 helped advance the story (which is the best part about NGC) I just felt like eps 1 and 2 should’ve/could’ve been combined to one episode. Both were very similar in content

    I feel like this one was a little disappointing – however, I’ll grant you I have super high expectations from NGC b/c their videos in large part are so good.

    I’m still a customer and def will purchase the next episode. I like the suggestion for small blood amounts and/or bruises. And i appreciated the light bondage and electro “taser-staffs” Its nice to see other “peril” elements in their videos besides the usual well choreographed fist fights

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the comments. We had planned to do some bruising and we are able to do little bits of blood. My thinking with blood is not to have much. Both of these things are a continuity pain and take time, but worth it if you have time. We were very hard pressed for time making this episode, it was a bit ridiculous in fact. We are changing some of the ways we shoot to counter-act this.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I don’t mind mixing things up with weapons, but I hope you never go away from straight up hand to hand combat for the bread and butter of your peril. You’ve often produced your best fights with heavy amounts of peril with nothing but fists(Suki vs Leadfoot and Angel vs the Drone).

    And like I said in the earlier thread, I thought this was once again a strong episode though not as good as the last one. The new actress looks beautiful. I think in episodes like these, you should consider having two storylines in the same episodes so we can end with some degree of peril. Like bringing in the silver clad brunette in the last five minutes of the video and have her engage her opponent and go through some struggles. This would end the video with the viewer wanting more and finishing with the promise of peril in store for the heroine.

    anyway, great to hear Suki coming back in Ep 4. Miss her.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    My major concern about adding blood (beyond the personal point that I hate it), would be that it often looks fake, it takes away from the “super” part of superheroine and makes it seem like a tragic man beating up a woman scene, and the blood is never wiped off (which seems like something one would do in brief interlude.
    Just a few humble thoughts; I don’t mean to discount other’s tastes but just wanted to add another perspective.


  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Sugarcoater – I agree in many ways. There would be some characters who would be unlikely to shed blood or bruise at all, most of the decisions on that would be character-based/power-based.

    Chris – In principle I agree. If you are able to tell the story the way you want to then that is a better way to do it. We have a couple of problems with it however… Firstly, we will not often be so far ahead of the game to do it. It is only in this current run that we’ve had a few episodes in the can at one time. Usually we would bring one out and not even have shot the next one to be able to add the first few minutes of it to the end. Secondly, while we obviously do recaps at the start of episodes now, we would need to replay in full what we had shown you at the end of the previous film, for people who hadn’t bought it. If you didn’t replay it you’d have confused viewers, and if you did you’d have people upset that they were paying for the same thing twice. Thirdly, if the point of this is to make every film end with a perilous cliffhanger it means I would have to write something like that early in every scene, which would get predictable, I think anyway.

    Another point made earlier by darklord was that we could have combined episodes one and two into one film. This wouldn’t have been possible unless we shot the whole story of 1 and 2 in a single day. This would have cut down everything substantially because we can only shoot at best 18 to 20 minutes in one day, so instead of two episodes you’d get one, of the same length as one normally is. I can’t afford to shoot one episode over two days, not until I have either twice as many regular customers I can count on or by doubling the price, which nobody would pay. The long and the short is that I like your ideas and would happily do them but we need more growth first, which I find very frustrating but have to wait for. There are not likely to be any two-part episodes for a while now as well.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    “My major concern about adding blood (beyond the personal point that I hate it), would be that it often looks fake, it takes away from the “super” part of superheroine and makes it seem like a tragic man beating up a woman scene, and the blood is never wiped off (which seems like something one would do in brief interlude.”

    i concur.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    @NGC: Hmmm, great explanation and very good points. I have nothing more to say, and I’m glad you did agree in principle. But your reasons for why it wouldn’t be possible is extremely valid as well.

    I also do like the way you have done this season in terms of having multiple episodes shot early, rather than one at a time. It avoids any potential “Golden Hornet” situations like last season where I understand you wanted to further an arc with her but booking issues got in the way. At least by shooting a handful of episodes in a row and being ahead of the count, you are relatively in the drivers seat and have a fair amount of videos at your disposal to give yourself some breathing room. Will you be doing this for the second half of the season as well?

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 5:16 am

    This all ties into something I asked on Twitter about a week ago a bit. Which was really how updated do people want to be? Until this season we rarely showed anything until the video was out, now I’m thinking about putting up a few things in advance, even updating during a shoot if the location makes this possible. Would people be interested in this? Would it spoil things? Or make you decide that you won’t buy because I’ve not presented it with the gloss it will end up with?

    Regarding the avoidance of Golden Hornet situations… well that was the most glaring from season one, however, it had to be rewritten in places several times for similar reasons, we just had a better opportunity to solve it. It might have been worse to almost complete the arc and at the climax you can’t use them again. It takes us two years to do a season basically, and our stars are young women in their twenties… “I’m quitting acting”, “I’m moving away”, “I’m pregnant”, “you can’t afford me anymore” LOL! So unless we get the whole season in the can and then release it over time (which we can’t) I think we will always be in danger of that situation. In some ways I like it because my key interest as a writer is plotting, and this allows me to improve as a writer because I regularly have to fix things that become broken with the plot, that is more fun to me than writing dialogue for sure.

    Oh and another thing, our next shoot will be the shorter ‘Training Room’ style films (not the same format, but more straight to action and not as long) and so they would be difficult to tack on the end of an episode because they are more like asides rather than fixed to the episode plot.

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Do you guys have any low blows in any of you videos?! Your girl are the best at what they do and I was wondering if you would be able to through a few cheap shots in your films. Thanks.

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    @NGC – I wouldn’t sweat the whole preview thing too much. I think what happened is you managed to whet everyone’s interest with the season two preview and now we’re all anxious to see the episodes you’ve already shot. I don’t think a change in policy is necessary – you’ve already explained the difficulties in attaching episode previews quite nicely. I’d hate to think you are wasting valuable time on this matter that could otherwise be spent getting episode three done;)

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I would personally like to see some preview shots of upcoming shoots and little preview videos when possible. I think it wets the appetite for whats to come and builds anticipation for your vids, and that can only be a good thing.

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I agree with Mike. I know it’s on a bigger scale buy movie studios release trailers and still photos for a reason. It garners attention. I would love to see things like this from NGC.

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hmm, an actual trailer would be tricky because if we do that early then bits of it may end up on the cutting room floor, possibly a short teaser ahead of time, a couple of weeks perhaps?

    We will be getting back into the swing of a new video every two weeks in the spring so essentially we’d release one and be like “oh and this is next” maybe that is something the list would enjoy.

    How about pictures from the shoots? Not caps but still photos? Perhaps I could spread those around on the blog/twitter/fb etc..

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Yeah NGC I agree with the past two posters. As a regular fan of NGC I’ll be purchasing videos no matter what. But when it comes to producers I’m not that familiar with I make my purchases based on the photos and trailers. If none are available, then its very unlikely I give that producer a chance. I think its a good idea for a marketing purpose to show pics of the next video on your twitter, facebook, and blog. And I think the trailer should be open to the general public and not just us, your regular customers who are on your e-mail list. I’ll still take the early bird discount and pre-release download though :-)

  • Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    And thanks for the great response earlier, NGC, I appreciate it! And I don’t think it spoils anything to keep the fans updated that’s the modern day film era for you. Its how the business works these days. Fans like to be a part of the process and be informed on everything that’s going on. Hence all the social media and blogs following new film productions. Look at how much we can find online about The Avengers movie coming out this summer. And producers like yourself are supposed to do your best to keep the best parts hidden from us while still satisfying the people who want to know what’s going on during production. And its not fair to you guys to have to put up with that, haha. But it does enhance viewership because it makes us feel like we are a part of the experience and it makes us feel like we MUST watch it because we’ve already been on the “ride” with you guys for so long so to speak during production. .

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 1:32 am

    So whats coming next? A side video? I can’t wait to see celestia and especially the brown haired heroine. I think still photos would be great.

    Also when will we be hearing from the Create A Character movie? I’m super bummed my heroine didn’t win:( I put alot of thought into her but I guess the winner sounds like a good one as well so I’ll still be looking forward to it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 2:15 am

    May I thank the producers for another wonderfully crafted effort, especially if, as the comment above, they did so with a very tight schedule. Yes, I would have liked the bruising etc, but not a problem. The sight of Bluebird bound and still fighting made up for that. Why is it that so many producers think that a little rope looped around her wrists will stop a SUPERHEROINE from fighting back? This was a good way to show off Claire’s athleticism, and just the type of heroine we need on these sites. Keep up the high standard of story-telling. If some viewers get impatient with exposition, tough. Knowing about and caring about the characters is what makes this producer’s work special. Keep it up guys.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Fabio – The next release is Episode 3. A bit like with season one, we wanted to get the story underway properly before we brought in the side videos, so that they had a bit more context. ‘The Plan’ is to begin to release them after Episode 4, and then we will be back to our two week release schedule. The shorter films will be shared out with NGC side films and some more experimental stuff like the Create-A-Character films and a new ‘comic’ I want to begin. The first Create-A-Character will be shot late March/early April and out at some point in the spring. I am looking to cast the Shadowstar actress in a few weeks. The costume will take about 3 weeks to make once we have our measurements, then we will shoot. It’s about as quickly as we can do it and keep it good.

    Derek – I’m pleased you enjoyed the film and particularly that part. I agree with what you say and I hadn’t seen it done too often so we were pleased to throw it in there.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 6:13 am

    you said that suki will be in episode 4 and about powerstar ? what s appened to her after nbeing captured in season 1 ?

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Yep Suki will be in Episode 4. Powerstar is hooked up to a machine having all the energy sucked out of her, it’s a bad state of affairs really. If you’ve got episode 7 and comic #3 it goes into this.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

    i have episode 7 so thanks for the resume :)
    does it means nothing with powerstar in season 2 ?
    for me (and for other fan i supose) she is probably your best actress (with nina) really make a good and realistic superheroine … so hope she will be back

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    powerstar the best in NGC? Actually that’s the first time I’ve heard that opinion. Not saying there is anything wrong with her, but usually the picks for the best in NGC is somewhere in a 3 way tie between Bluebird, Angel, and Suki.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I love the episode, i was hoping more peril to bluebird but well we have a lot in the last episode. I think that ngc is more than a peril superheroines videos now, the intense atmosphere, the great performances, the beautiful choreographed fights are the work of a great filmaker is not an easy thing to achieve. Iam waiting to magenta and to the brunette in silver and black from the preview and also to try again in the create a character contest

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Do you guys have any low blows in any of you videos?! Your girl are the best at what they do and I was wondering if you would be able to through a few cheap shots in your films. Thanks for your attention.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    M – No we don’t have any in our films. If there were a point to it, some context perhaps, but there is nothing planned.

    gizmo – I’m glad you enjoyed those two portrayals, stranger things have happened…

    beast – I am delighted that you enjoyed it so much. Sorry you didn’t win Create-A-Character this time around, but hopefully you will try again…that is democracy for you!

    Casting is getting under way for Shadowstar now, plus a few characters I hope will make a splash in a few months time… I’ve also ordered a new costume (first of many) for Angel…

  • Feb. 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    ” I’ve also ordered a new costume (first of many) for Angel…”

    Hey NGC. remember that little conversation we had about “updates”? We. Want. Pics as soon as you can get em’ up! Nothing builds more hype for an upcoming video than Angel in new costumes pics!

  • Feb. 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

    when release date for the 3rd episode

  • Feb. 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Looks good, cant wait. Question though: will chloroform be making a comeback in your films? I know you did that one training room where you established it as a legit wekness to the heroines of the NGC universe, and I’d love to see you dabble in it again.

  • Feb. 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Yeah we’ll do that now and again where applicable. Glad you liked the pics, I will be putting up more plus some caps over the next several days.

  • Feb. 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Nice to see a Villainess!!

  • Mar. 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    One more week! Stoked for sure!

  • Mar. 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I’m going to put some caps on the blog over this weekend as well, so look out for that.

    Plus announcements about more freebies coming your way mid-week.

  • Mar. 5, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I love the new girl

  • Mar. 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, that new girl is gorgeous and cool costume too! About time we had a long cape, it looks splendid. Does she have any superpowers? Besides being gorgeous, obviously. It looks like there’s some two-on-one action, here’s hoping she puts up a decent struggle!

    I was late to the party on Episode Two but I enjoyed it very much. Episode One still wins it for me, purely because Bluebird/Claire was the focal point and she’s one of the best in the biz. But Catherine is a fine addition – very pretty, sexy physique, decent actress. She was quite believable as an action heroine, and her reaction to having her mask removed was perfect – shock, fear, helpnessness, defiance, anger, retaliaton. Brilliantly played!

    Anyway, can’t wait for the new episode! What are the freebies, NGC?

  • Apr. 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Guys, could anyone tell me If there is any bearhug or other wrestling moves in this episode? I’m curious. Thanks.

  • Apr. 10, 2012 at 12:42 am

    NGC producers,

    Allow me to say something:

    I was really disappointed about somethings: The first struggling scene with Catherine was too naive. What about that scene where Catherine is grabbed from behind by hers wrists? By hers wrists???!!!! What was that?!!!! Can anyone really believe that a “superheroine” could be such a bad fighter like that? Who is the second actor? My god, I never saw such a bad actor in my life!!!! I’m really surprised to see these mistakes in a NGC’s movie. The movie is good, the choreography is good, THE ACTRESSES ARE REALLY WONDERFUL!!!!! Talking about actress, Rachel Warren is amazing! The best one in this genre! These mistakes really doesn’t make sense to me. If the actress was uncomfortable to being grabbed in a convincing way , you guys could find other “CONVINCING” options!!!

    Anyway, I recommend the movie. NGC still is on the top to me.

  • Apr. 10, 2012 at 5:10 am

    @JohnHugger – Only chokes from in front and behind in this one.

    @John – Sorry if you thought the wrist holding was a bit naive. It was a way of holding her so that she could receive stomach punches. Remember that this is stage fighting between people with superpowers. If we were to film a realistic fight it would last about 20 seconds, probably involve a thumb in an eye socket, a bite, and a hard punch that the victim basically doesn’t recover from. Perhaps that grab would have been better if Catherine had been weakened more when it happened, you might be right about that.

  • Apr. 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Next Global Crisis,

    Thank you very much for your answer! Thanks for give-me an opportunity to expose some ideas. It’s just an opinion,ok? Allow me to ask one more little thing:
    I’ll hope to watch a full movie for Rachel Warren in the future! She deserves, man! Really liked her! You guys are great. Congratulations!

  • Apr. 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks John. Yes Rachel did a good job and was fun to work with, she is very prominent in episode 2 even if Bluebird is involved throughout, but I expect she’ll get involved again.

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