For those of you looking for the return of Catherine Marks and the introduction of a super hot red head into the Next Global Crisis universe, I’ve got good news for you. Side Mission 5: Catherine Shredded features both—and a rather vicious beatdown of the heroine.[Spoilers!] Catherine Marks, using her position as a Red Mist employee, has intercepted a transmission letting her know that a girl that she has never heard of is in danger. She finds the unconscious red head, Georgina Shred, but is discovered by Tony “the Hammer” Reuben. I imagine this film was shot before the clamoring began for NGC to start casting much bigger, more physically imposing villains. While he’s by no means a giant, the actor that plays Tony is a strongly built guy, and I think he does a good job playing the “heavy” in this episode.
Catherine hits him with several punches that he shakes off rather easily. He lands some powerful looking blows of his own to her stomach and slaps her around a bit. The fights is fairly even until there is a break in the action when Georgina suddenly stands up and reveals her true allegiance. As Admiral Ackbar would say, “It’s a trap!”
It turns out that both Tony and Georgina are Red Mist operatives. Cue the smack down! The two villains play a proverbial ping pong match with Catherine and then things start to turn nasty. There’s plenty of additional stomach punches, a raking of nails across Catherine’s face that draws blood, and some additional slapping. It’s one of the more vicious beatdowns that I can recall NGC ever filming, and that’s where my review is going to have to end. This is one of those Side Mission episodes that is more than combat and peril. Although it asks more questions than it answers, there’s a cool story moment at the end that we won’t spoil.
One interesting thing to note about this episode is a complete lack of any use of super powers. Tony is portrayed as strong and tough, but never superhumanly so. I think it’s been established that Catherine has no powers, if you don’t count he ability to look super hot. Same goes for Georgina. It didn’t hinder the film in any way, I quite enjoyed it. It could be that one or possibly more of these characters has powers; they just weren’t on obvious display in this episode.
Everyone should also be on the lookout for a short trailer for the next Side Mission that features Bluebird. God God, Claire Yellowless has always been attractive, but I swear, never more so than she appeared in this trailer. Whatever you’re doing Claire, it’s working. Side Mission 6 can’t come soon enough.