More Miss Freedom, more Celestia, more Nina Hellfire, and maybe more season 2 storyline progression than in any other episode. Season 2, Side Mission 7 features all of that and more. Let’s take a look—check out my review, the trailer, and images below.
[Possible spoilers] First, I want to take a moment and rejoice at the return of Nina Hellfire. I’ve always considered Claire/Bluebird the genre’s best all-around talent. I always thought that Anastasiya/Angel was flat-out the best looking girl at NGC, but my personal favorite character has always been Nina Hellfire. The character has always straddled the line between good and evil, and Jennifer Healy, the actress who plays her, portrays that brilliantly.
Anyway, Celestia and Miss Freedom are tasked with tracking Nina down and finding out what she knows about the Red Mist assassination program. Celestia is the first to find Nina, and they have a lengthy fight sequence that involves more fetish elements than the normal NGC episode. Actually, that’s a trend throughout the entire movie.
Nina uses her power to gain an early advantage and delivers quite a few stomach punches to Celestia. Nina burns her a couple more times before Celestia mounts a comeback with punches, kicks, and some knee lifts to the stomach. Nina is able to recover and has Celestia at a severe disadvantage before Miss Freedom intervenes. They have a relatively even back and forth battle until Nina lands a half dozen stomach punches that has Miss Freedom on the edge of defeat. However, Celestia makes the save and Miss Freedom knocks out Nina with a powerful right cross.
Nina finds herself sitting down, arms handcuffed behind her, and under a full blown interrogation. This is where a lot of story exposition is given, so I’ll keep that spoiler-free. Much is revealed, but the most surprising revelation is the new number one target on Red Mist’s hit list. Once again, I won’t spoil that moment but it raises a number of new questions and possible future scenarios.
The interrogation abruptly ends with a surprise and leads to a chloroform sequence.
This was a great Side Mission with a running time of around 15 minutes but it seems to fly past much faster than that. Stomach punch, knockout, handcuff restraint, and chloro fans have reason to rejoice as all of those elements are present in this episode. And last but not least, story fans get a few answers and some new questions to ponder. There’s just really something for everyone here. Nina is back, Miss Freedom is always a welcome sight, and judging by the response to her appearances, Celestia has entered that Bluebird, Suki, Angel territory of fan favorites.
The only question I have is about Miss Freedom’s powers. In a previous episode they were restored, but only in a Blitz-like fashion where she could use them in bursts. She never really displays any obvious signs of super strength or invulnerability in her fight against Nina, and I was thinking she might not have full grasp of her news abilities. Maybe Andrew can clue us in…
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