The Battle for Earth has just released the season one finale. Is it a worthy conclusion to a story that has taken 31 episodes to set up? Let’s find out. (Note: I personally won’t spoil anything in my review, but we will post a synopsis from the official website that was written by the producers and is available for anyone to see. Caution. Spoilers ahead…)
With Night Girl and Stealth in Spawn’s hands, and Tempest forced to play by Spawn’s rules to save her daughter, only Superianna is left. Avalon has all but disappeared; likely dead, along with Trinity, Nova, Divinity, and Shadow Girl. Spawn sees an opportunity. Superianna is not easily beaten, but instead, he decides to begin the groundwork to humiliate and destroy her status of righteousness in the public eye. He needs Tempest close to her, so he orders Tempest to track Superianna down and join her, still following orders. Just in case, he sends Fero in pursuit to observe.
Kaid sees opportunity as well. the crystal’s powers have been fusing with the serum and his dna, and have been amplifying attributes and characteristics in his persona. He is now rich, powerful, and continues to build his heroine army while realizing the expanding powers of his crystal. He can sense Tempest is near, and decides to track her down. He doesn’t realize Spawn has her under his control. Using Diamond and Draiken for help, he tracks Tempest only to find Superianna. A fight between Tempest and Superianna against Draiken and Diamond ensues. It’s never quite that simple though.
See who switches sides, and what twists take place as good vs evil in the season finale, “Standoff”.
So there you go. After watching this episode multiple times I think the producers had three goals in mind:
1. Explain the storyline – This video is about 26 minutes long, and the first nine minutes serve as a “previously on The Battle for Earth” type retrospective. Guess what? This needed to happen. I understand some may not like 1/3 of a video being used for this purpose, but I thought it was done exceedingly well. If you’ve been with The Battle for Earth since the beginning, it will explain some parts of the storyline that got a bit muddled. If you’re new, this flashback sequence gives a good solid foundation that will let you enjoy the finale and not be totally confused.
2. Go big – And that’s just what they did. The main action sequence was shot on a rooftop location ,and it involves multiple characters in a huge brawl. It’s well choreographed and just flat out bigger than anything TBFE has previously done. I was impressed with the sheer scope of it. The fact that it was well executed is just a bonus.
3. Set up season 2 – The way the episode ended set up a lot of possibilities for future plot directions. New alliances are forged, and I think the ending might surprise you. I thought it was a bold choice by the producers, and it makes their options for season 2 plentiful.
Now, it’s important you understand that this is not a big peril-fest like many of the other TBFE videos. Well, I shouldn’t say that. Once again, it’s all in how you personally define “peril.” If it’s just a heroine in a fight, then this is a good video for you. If you’re looking for the more hardcore peril elements that TBFE is known for, they are largely absent from this episode. The only fetish elements that I can recall are Superianna being bearhugged from behind and Tempest being strangled for a short time.
Bottom line: this was a well done film, and I think their most ambitious effort since the premier episode. All the actors brought their “A” game, and all of the girls looked terrific. I thought Tempest stood out the most in this regard.
Are there any shortcomings? Well, I would have liked to see both Nightgirl and Stealth. Neither is seen in this episode. I think Nightgirl was my favorite character introduced in the post-Rye era, and Stealth seemed to garner a lot of love from fans in her appearances. Some may be turned off by the nine-minute flashback, and I understand that. However, I think the producers edited this sequence together as well as humanly possible. It had to be tough to encapsulate hours of video into a few minutes. It’s hard to imagine anyone doing a better job.
(Note: The Battle for Earth is offering a package which includes the Season 1 finale along with bonus footage, outtake, and other extra material. Or the episode can be purchased as a standalone video. See the web site for details!)