Updated with review! “That felt a little like Avalon.” That was my initial reaction after watching Episode 26, New Direction, from The Battle for Earth. It wasn’t until after watching the episode that I read the synopsis at the official website and discovered that an Avalon-type feel was exactly what the producers had in mind.
I think one of the reasons we have such a friendly community of fans on this site is that we all realize and accept that everyone has individual tastes and preferences. The original two episodes featuring Avalon hit on just about everything I like to see in these movies. It had an engaging storyline, a beautiful lead actress who could pull off a fight scene, and a good mix of a heroine dominating and being dominated. There is some of that in New Direction, an episode that clocks in with a lengthy 35-minute run time.
Do you remember the heroine named Nova, who premiered all the way back in Episode 5? Well, to put it bluntly, she’s dead. R.I.P. Nova. She died sometime in the past at the hands of Selena, who recently died herself when she was incinerated by Superianna in Episode 25. This episode features the debut of Nova’s sister Aurora, who is out looking for revenge against Selena, not realizing that she is already dead. Got all that?
The episode opens with two thugs searching the superheroine hideout for the crystal that removes Superianna‘s powers. One thug works for Spawn the other for Lor’cal, and both have been injected with Spawn’s serum. After initially trading some punches, they form a bromance and start to search for the crystal together. A lot of this scene seems geared toward exposition. We’re reminded that Spawn is still out for revenge against Avalon, that he is in the process of perfecting his invincibility serum, and that he is trying to raise his wife from the dead.
Enter Aurora, in her civilian identity. She interrupts the thugs search and they quickly leave. Aurora searches the hideout for Selena, but of course she is nowhere to be found. Aurora decides to wait and engages in some impromptu calisthenics. After being threatened by both Spawn and Lor’cal, the thugs return to the hideout to resume their search. This doesn’t sit well with Aurora (now in her bra and underwear) and she takes out one of the thugs. She engages the second one in battle, but things don’t go as well. She soon finds herself on the receiving end of a beating from both bad guys.
At about the 29-minute mark, she transforms into her costume and the fight resumes. She does a little better but once again she can’t handle both baddies at the same time. Things look bleak when she gets help from an unlikely source…
There is a lot to like about this episode but I don’t think it’s for everyone. It may be best to break this down categorically to help you decide whether this is a buy or not.
The Heroine – Aurora is another great addition to TBFE roster. She is beautiful, a solid stage fighter, and a good actress. The producers are on a roll with casting right now. I think they finally settled on a Superianna, who most seem to like. Nightgirl was a tremendous find, and Aurora is someone I look forward to seeing again. They have one open slot for the fifth heroine to cast but I think the biggest thing they could do is bring back the original Avalon. With her skills, that girl was born to play a superheroine. Fingers crossed on this one.
The Peril/Fetish Material – Probably not enough for hardcore fans. Aurora gets throat lifted, bear hugged from the front and back, punched in the stomach, and given a backbreaker over one of the goon’s knees.
The Costume – I liked it. You can see it in the trailer. She wears it well and the scene where she transforms into it is well done. Just note, she only wears it for about six or so minutes of the video. The good news is she spends a great deal of the video in her underwear.
The Storyline – It takes a while to rev up. The first nine minutes plays more like a comedy routine between the thugs than a “heroine movie.” We don’t even see Aurora until after the nine minute mark. The opening does serve a purpose, however. There is good exposition here, and if you are a new customer looking to jump on board, this may be a good episode to do so.
Kaid – What a good decision by the producers to have him as a kind of wildcard character. You never know who he is going to be an ally with.
Anyway, this review is getting longer than the episode itself, so I’ll end things here. Hope you enjoy the movie!-