Fan favorite Angel returns (with a brand new costume) in Next Global Crisis’ first Side Mission episode, which sort of resembles the company’s Training Room series only with a more intense fight and higher stakes, in my opinion. How does this episode measure up? Let’s find out…
The episode begins with Angel (Anastasiya Breadson), decked out in a shiny new costume complete with tights (sure to be a point of controversy in the never-ending “tights vs. no tights” debate), ascending a staircase where a bad dude named Snare (Tom Ziebell) awaits her, having just injected a chemical into his neck.
Apparently, Snare is working for Red Mist and has been instructed to fight Angel in a test of loyalty. Snare brandishes a red rope which he uses as a weapon, whereas Angel is unarmed. Unfair if you ask me, and just the way I like it! The fight begins with Angel dodging a few swings of the rope and then moving in for the attack.
Snare gains the advantage by lassoing Angel, delivering punches, and then spinning her to the ground. Snare also seems to have the ability to resist Angel’s superpowers. The fight continues with some back-and-forth action. It’s all pretty well done, nicely choreographed and performed, with a variety of moves (stomach punches, kicks, face slaps, choking, etc.).
There’s even a scene where a weakened Ange has her hands and feet bound with Snare’s rope. In another thread, some viewers expressed some consternation about this since this sequence consists mostly of close-ups of Angel’s bound hands and feet (as opposed to shots of her whole body struggling against the ropes). I thought this sequence was just fine, but you may want to keep this in mind if it’s an important “fetish” element for you.
I won’t spoil the rest of the episode (there are a couple of surprises towards the end), so I’ll just wrap things up by saying I think this episode is wel worth $9.99 for fans of NGC’s work. I don’t feel it’s quite as intense as Next Global Crisis’ recent episodes (which I think are excellent), but as this is a “side mission,” it’s probably not intended to be. Much like the Training Room episodes, this series will apparently focus on training missions and exercises (and possibly other kinds of scenarios) that are secondary to the main NGC storyline. The video is just over 11 minutes long, so the price seems like a good deal to me.