The episode opens with both Kaid and Nightgirl watching the same news report. The disappearance of Bridgette Banks, a.k.a. Tempest back in Episode 27 has become national news. Why? Because Spawn has offered $10,000 for any information about her disappearance. I thought this was a pretty cool story moment. There has never been any indication previously about how Spawn is viewed by the general public. It seems that he is a well respected scientist/businessman when he is not tormenting superheroines. Sort of like the comic book version of Lex Luthor.
The offer is, of course, bogus since Spawn already has Tempest tied up in one of his hideouts. Both Kaid and Nightgirl have an interest in finding Tempest. Kaid is still recruiting for his army, and Nightgirl is still helping gather a team of superheroines to stand against Spawn. Kaid and Nightgirl show up at Spawn’s lair, but Spawn isn’t home. However, it’s not long before punches are thrown between the two. There is also plenty of sexual innuendo thrown around and big hints are dropped that an attraction is developing between them even though all they seem to do is punch each other. Hey, didn’t Kaid have a similar moment with Superianna a while back? That guy gets around.
The fight is well choreographed and features a ton of fetish material. You get a reverse bear hug, a throat lift, a test of strength, a front bear hug, stomach punches, low blows, and a back breaker. Nightgirl has also gotten herself a new costume. I seem to be a horrible judge of what constitutes a good superheroine costume so I will let you decide for yourself whether it‘s an improvement or not. Oh, yeah; I almost forgot, before the fight, there is a scene where Nightgirl does a light workout in a pink shirt that is about three sizes too small. This kind of scene is becoming a TBFE staple. Can’t say that I mind.
Although Nightgirl has her moments, Kaid dominates the majority of the fight and knocks Nightgirl to the ground. There is another moment on innuendo, and Kaid teleports away. The story then briefly flips over to Tempest. Spawn is still attempting to break her. He hasn’t been able to as of yet, but the episode ends with Spawn thinking he has the leverage to do so. There is one thing I purposely omitted, but I should mention it. [Spoiler] There is an appearance by Lor’cal in this episode. Not really an appearance, but a voice-over. A voice-over I didn’t really understand. It didn’t seem to have an impact on the episode. Maybe it was just a bit of foreshadowing of what’s to come. I really don’t know. Maybe Allen can clear this scene up. Sorry everyone, I wish I could explain this more clearly; I just couldn’t wrap my head around the purpose of the scene. [End spoiler]
Otherwise, this episode was entertaining and had a nice story/peril ratio going on. It felt like it was an episode intended to start taking the narrative towards a conclusion. Turns out there was good reason to feel that way. In the episode description on the official website, it is stated that season one is coming to a close. I think that’s probably a good thing. Most popular American television series run anywhere from 13-26 episodes. The Battle for Earth is just about to hit the 30-episode mark. It’s been quite a run, but I think it’s time to introduce a new storyline. Kaid and the superheroines have been recruiting for a while now, and Spawn has been working on that serum since the beginning. It’s time to get some closure and move on to something new. I look forward to finding out how the producers intend to wrap up what has been an incredible first season.