“Standoff” – Season 1 Finale from The Battle for Earth

TBFE Finale 1 175x98 Standoff   Season 1 Finale from The Battle for EarthThe 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…) 

SYNOPSIS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

Buy “Standoff” at The Battle for Earth
  1. Sugarcoater

    Love the model in the sky blue outfit (Diamond, I think), but the model playing her partner–“Superiana”–doesn’t look the part unfortunately. That’s just a personal reaction on viewing the trailer, but TBfE has had a number of attractive models donning the Supergirl-type outfit, and this most recent model doesn’t seem to compare well to the others. Just an initial thought; I would love to see the Diamond model take over the Superiana character and wear the Supergirl outfit!

  2. I like the models and the costumes. My problem is that there seems to be no thought or energy put into the villains. Most of there movies are superwomen getting knocked around by guys t-shirts and jeans. It’s a little too cheesy for me.

  3. Perilforpussycats

    I agree with Lumpy, costume’s are integral to any superhero feature, specially a big finale such as this. Casual clothed super villains?.. come on..

    From the trailer the action looks good but where is the story?, something I have always found with this producer is it is more about the fights and the peril that the actual story (but that is just my opinion) and the story should always come first.

    I really do hope things improve for the next season.

  4. I love Superianna’s outfit and how the wind ctaches her longer skirt. Very sexy.

  5. I pay for peril and action, not dialogue and stories. I watch the TV for the latter.

  6. Hey everyone!

    @sugarcoater – Interestingly enough, before next season launches, we were actually going to do a few short movies with Tempest playing a “supergirl” like character. With her hair straight, she looks the part pretty nicely!

    @ lumpy and perilforpussycats – True as far as the villains were concerned – none of the thugs are dressed in anything more than street clothes because… well.. they’re supposed to be lower class street thugs. As far as Spawn and Draiken – Spawn was in his typical suit and Draiken is in his “public” attire which will consist of something casual/dressy for the future episodes.

    We’ve purposely not introduced villains with complicated costumes to keep costs low. Just as perilforpussycats said, we focus on either the peril or the fight scenes and the superheroines first and foremost. That being said – when we do introduce a cyborg for example, we’ll want to have a full custom costume. Also, Fero will likely become more “animalistic” and likely get either makeup or something convincing as far as a costume is concerned. That will all happen next season.

    Basically, when we introduce a reoccuring villain that calls for a costume, we want to make sure it happens convincingly. That usually involves some cost and we’ve been likely to apply that budget towards the superheroines first!:) Point taken though. Certainly don’t disagree.

    @perilforpussycats – As to the comment about the storyline – that’s actually the first time we’ve heard that we don’t focus enough on the storyline lol. Ironically, one of the major complaints we’ve received this season is that the storyline was too complex. Not sure if maybe I misunderstood?

    Anyway, just hope everyone has something they can take and enjoy from this ep!

    Always enjoy hearing the comments!

    Allen
    TBFE

  7. Perilforpussycats

    @Allen,

    Please Don’t get me wrong I enjoy your work (peril has become tiresome for me, the fight scene’s are good and are improving all the time) and appreciate the effort but in all honesty I personally do not find the stories enjoyable anymore. That’s just what I think.

  8. @perilforpussycats

    Oh totally – that’s all right. I gotcha. What types of elements make the stories enjoyable for you?

    Allen

  9. Keep up the great work Allen!! Looking forward to the Supergirl short movies you mentioned:)

  10. Question: What happened to the model who played Superianna in Episodes 20-25? I thought she was gorgeous, and would love to see some scenes of her using superpowers and dominating her opponent (but losing in the end).

  11. For my comment above, I meant the model for episodes 20,21, 24, and 25.

  12. @Brad,

    Her name is Britney Amber. She’s an adult actress here in LA. She didn’t happen to be available for this particular shoot, but we’re certainly not opposed to filming with her again. Any comments from anyone else on that idea?

    Allen

  13. I personally was not a fan of that actress. She’s attractive, yes, but she has a more sultry look if that makes any sense. I prefer my heroines to look more innocent and have that girl next door look. Brittney Amber does not look innocent at all.

  14. deathcake

    I didn’t much think she looked the part. Agree with Jose. Sultry, but doesn’t look like a superheroine tbh :)

  15. MassEffectMan

    Hey,
    I was wondering, on Season 2 are you guys going to do any Wonder Woman videos? I love Supergirl but I really like to see Wonder Woman. I think it be really cool if you are going to make any of those videos.

  16. @mass

    Yup – the plan is to at least shoot a few vids with a “Wonder Woman” type of character; regardless of whether she’s involved in the episodes, or if we film short movies with her!

    Allen

  17. Warpedtime001

    Hey what’s the name of the actress that plays Tempest?

  18. MassEffectMan

    That is so cool. I can’t wait to see Wonder Woman in action. Thanks