Episode 7 of The Battle for Earth introduces the “Superiorgirl vs. Nuclear Man” concept and begins what is planned to be a four-part series involving this set of characters and this storyline. A lot of work and planning has clearly gone into this series, so lots of fans will be wondering about the results. In my opinion, Episode 7 is somewhat flawed but still very entertaining and serves as a good introduction to the “Superiorgirl vs. Nuclear Man” series.
After a recap of the last episode, which saw Dr. Spawn apparently destroyed in an explosion that took out Nova’s super powered loverboy, Kailis (it makes sense if you’ve seen it), the video begins. We meet Superiorgirl early on in the film as she prevents a sexual assault. My first impression is that I really like the actress playing Superiorgirl (she’s credited only as “Aimee”). However, I didn’t really care for the way this sequence was assembled. For some reason, it seemed sort of “jumbled” to me, as if events didn’t really fit together that well. But this is just an introductory sequence and there’s a lot of video left.
Soon after, we’re introduced to the main villain, whom I guess is “Nuclear Man.” (I don’t think he’s called “Nuclear Man” in this episode). He’s a very intimidating looking guy and performs well in the role. Meanwhile, we meet Superiorgirl’s alter ego, Linda. I think the Aimee is great as this character. Somehow, she’s able to capture the “nerdy” quality of Superiorgirl’s alter ego, but we can also believe that she is the beautiful and powerful Superiorgirl underneath. Plus she looks sexy in her black wig and glasses. Or maybe it’s just me…?
The plot thickens when a “kryptonite”-like substance is introduced and the villain pays a visit to Superiorgirl (who is not in her superheroine outfit for the majority of the episode). Superiorgirl is significantly weakened, and the villain takes full advantage, beating her up, kicking her, and applying the usual arsenal of wrestling and fighting moves. (Before you ask, no, I did not see any low blows in this episode, although there is a bearhug :) ).
This beat-down lasts several minutes, and I loved Aimee’s reactions and performance. She’s possibly my favorite actress so far in the Battle for Earth series. The bad guy even manages to remove a few articles of Superiorgirl’s clothes during the struggle. I suppose some viewers might be disappointed that during this entire scene, Superiorgirl is dressed in “street clothes” and isn’t really identifiable as a superheroine. I didn’t mind though, as she is introduced early in the episode as Superiorgirl, so we know that this is indeed Superiorgirl even if she’s in a non-superheroine outfit. Eventually, she manages to break free and change into her proper Superiorgirl attire, and the fight resumes.
Overall, after I was a little disappointed in the early scenes from Episode 7, I ended up liking the movie a lot as a whole. I think Aimee is terrific as Superiorgirl, and there are a couple of really good fight scenes. There may be a little too much dialogue for some viewers, but then again, this video is nearly 40 minutes long (including a recap and dream sequence), so you get a lot of bang for your buck. I think this is a good setup for the next few episodes, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next. I’m also eager to see what you guys think!