Thank God for quick turnarounds. Cult Retro is back with another entry in the Stormy Tempest series, and it’s a winner. Stormy Tempest: Women of Tomorrow is easily one of their best mixes of story, peril, great FX and girl power, and it’s sure to please fans of the series.
When the story resumes, Stormy is still hiding out from the Gorla Monks at the home of Edward Karbunkle. If you remember the last episode, Edward is being romantically pursued by the beautiful Lacey Slater. In an attempt to impress Edward, Lacey donned a knock off Stormy Tempest costume not knowing Edward had the real Stormy stowed away at his house. This kind of backfires on Lacey as the Gorla Monks mistake her for the real Stormy Tempest.
Back at Edward’s, Stormy is still falling into those peril filled delusions that she was suffering through in previous episodes. It more mental peril as she struggles in vain to reach for her belt. In the delusion the belt is basically a symbol of her self confidence. It’s a simple yet well designed scene and the beautiful Nicola Rae plays it perfectly. The scene ends with Stormy breaking out of the delusion and her confidence is restored.
Meanwhile, the Gorla Monks have a powerful weapon at their disposal. It’s a device that gives the user twenty minutes of Superman like powers. One of the monks puts it on and flies off to capture Stormy.
Lacey shows up at Edward’s house and finds Stormy in a state on undress after taking a bath. A devastated Lacey runs away and she is confronted by the “super” monk. He lifts her by the throat, knocks her out, picks her up in a cradle and flies off.
The Gorla army reconvenes and discovers that they have targeted the wrong woman. The real Stormy is still safe at Edward’s and learning about the pleasures of alcohol intoxication. Lacey is about to be killed when she grabs the device off the monks, granting her incredible powers.
The next scene is the highlight of the film and quite frankly the best put together action sequence I’ve ever seen in the genre. Seriously, I would put it up against anything Zen Pictures has ever done. It’s a wonderful display of what a gifted internet producer is capable of as Lacey absolutely tears apart the Gorlar army. Pretty much every Superman like power is on display here. Super strength, super speed, super breath, flight, laser vision, x-ray vision, super hearing, invulnerability, you name it, it’s in the scene.
The monks attempt multiple times to take Lacey down. Their lasers simply bounce off of her. The hit her with blunt weapons and punches, none of which have any effect. She just systematically takes them down with every power in her arsenal and it’s just magnificent. The actress that plays Lacey, Aliya Hayes, is ridiculously good looking and does incredible work here. I know Cult Retro already has a lot on their plate, but if they ever do foray into the superheroine genre, they have a perfect actress at their disposal.
I was hoping that Lacey was going to fly off and lay the smack down on Stormy for messing with her man. Stormy versus a Supergirl type character would have been epic as I don’t think we have seen any F/F peril in the Stormy Tempest series. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Oh, well. Maybe someday.
The film ends with another display of Lacey’s super strength and a to be continued. The next episode is the finale of the second season and a trailer at the end shows that Stormy gets physically involved more than she has been lately. This was just another stellar piece of work by Cult Retro. Bravo. I swear, five years ago I would have never imagined we would have so many high end producers. I thought fans of this genre were doomed to a lifetime of no talent models fighting each other in a cheap motel rooms. Thank God for producers like Cult Retro.