The Battle for Earth has released Episode III – “The Harvest,” which features a new superheroine character who wears a Supergirl-like outfit and takes on a deranged villain who appears to posses super speed and super strength. This production differs from previous episodes from The Battle for Earth. Aside from a different main character, the story is smaller in scale, taking place in one large room rather than the differing locations of Avalon. The story is also simpler, consisting of a long fight between the main character, Trinity, and an evil, super-powered psychopath.
The video begins with a recap of the previous episode featuring Avalon. Trinity, wearing a Supergirl-esque outfit with blue cape, sneaks up on a mysterious man who threatens her and claims to know her secret identity. We’re informed here that Avalon is missing (along with other superheroines). This scene goes on for a while, until the villain (a “certified lunatic” who has been injected with a mysterious serum) makes his appearance, and the fighting begins.
The villain totally dominates his opponent for the next several minutes of the video. If you’ve seen Rye’s recent videos featuring the “SuperiorGirl” character, you know what to expect here. Trinity is hit, punched, thrown against a wall, picked up by her hair, humiliated, slammed against a desk, etc. This beating goes on for a long time, and at one point, blood appears at the corner of Trinity’s mouth (sorry, Yak).
Eventually, with a dirty move, Trinity is able to gain the advantage over her opponent. But she soon learns about a new foe she will be forced to fight, one who is stronger than this episode’s villain and is sure to prove a difficult challenge.
So… is the episode good? Well, it depends. If (judging from the pics and the preview) you like the look of the heroine, the costume, and a lot of heroine peril and fighting, you should like this episode. It features pretty good production values (lighting, editing, etc.) The acting is okay (good enough, in my opinion), and there are a couple of surprising story developments.
On the down side, I personally didn’t care for the actress in the lead role. Her acting is fine and she conveys the right attitude as a confident superheroine character, she just doesn’t have the look that I prefer. (Totally my opinion, I’m sure a lot of you will disagree – it’s been known to happen before :) ). So, as usual, since the production values and story are good, the rest of it is up to everyone’s personal preferences. I feel like Avalon set the bar so high with a terrific actress that it might be difficult to overcome that in future episodes. But in any event, the video is enjoyable and contains a lot of action and peril for fans of the genre.
Also, the video features a preview of an upcoming episode from The Battle for Earth, but I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave it at that… If you download the video, feel free to leave a comment about it here!