The latest episode of The Battle for Earth features a new superheroine, Shadow Girl, fighting an invisible opponent named The Shade. This episode is very peril intensive, and I found it entertaining despite a few flaws that keep it from reaching its full potential, in my opinion.
In the opening scenes, we’re introduced to Spawn’s latest henchman, The Shade, who (we later learn) has the ability to render himself invisible. Our suspicions that this might cause problems for our heroine are proven correct later in the episode. But for now, all we know about The Shade is that he looks and acts really weird. His makeup—which divides his face down the center with black on one side and silver on the other—reminds me of that one “Star Trek” episode where Frank Gorshin (TV’s The Riddler) wears similar makeup. Anyway, this character is really weird and the actor has an unusual way of delivering lines, but that was his performance choice, so there we have it.
We then meet our heroine, Shadow Girl, played by the quite lovely Raven Alexis. She studies at a library, and when she makes her exit, we discover that The Shade is following her. (He even messes with her by slapping her handbag out of her hands. What an invisible jerk.) She makes her way home and discovers to her absolute horror that the refrigerator door is open. This is played for broad humor, and I do think it’s funny, but I’m not sure it’s worth a fairly cheap laugh in the context of the video. It’s not really consistent in tone with the rest of the video (but I’m probably just being too picky here).
As Shade looks through Shadow Girl’s mail (how rude), Shadow Girl changes out of her clothes in her upstairs bedroom, stripping down to her underwear. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Forget what I said earlier about an inconsistent tone or whatever. Shadow Girl admires herself in the mirror (I would do the same thing with a body like that) and then does some shadow boxing for our delight. She then decides to take a shower, and that’s when The Shade starts messing with her.
Now, I’ve seen heroine peril movies with an “invisible” opponent, and usually that means that the producers didn’t have an actor there that day, but that’s not the case here. Occasionally, we see Shade even though Shadow Girl doesn’t, and the scene is actually pretty clever and well done. Shadow Girl is kicked, punched and beaten for a really long time.
Eventually, she changes into her superheroine uniform (based on Bat-Girl), but she isn’t able to mount much of a defense against The Shade. This is essentially a very peril-intensive episode, so you shouldn’t expect a tough, back-and-forth battle with both sides getting their shots in. Episode 11 is pretty much about the torturing of Shadow Girl. Eventually, Shadow Girl is chloro’d and then tied AOH for more torture.
I would estimate that about 60% of the video involves the beating and torturing of Shadow Girl, with the rest being devoted to plot exposition, just so you know the “golden ratio” of this video. I enjoyed the video even though I had a few problems with it. I thought a few scenes went on a little too long, and some of Raven Alexis’ reactions were a little overwrought for my tastes. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Rye wasn’t present for the production of the video, so that might explain some of the inconsistencies. But like I said, I did enjoy it, mostly because Raven Alexis looks great, and I’m a fan of peril. What do you think?