UltraHeroix has released its third video, The Crimson Duel, featuring a sexy ninja-inspired character, The Crimson Cat, fighting a massive, muscular madman called The Mauler. The video is full of action and peril, and even while the production values aren’t as good as, say, Next Global Crisis, the video is still entertaining and has a fairly unexpected ending.
We begin with an introduction to the main characters, The Crimson Cat, who stretches as she prepares for the duel, and The Mauler, who lifts a couple of heavy buckets to show his strength and screams menacingly in the direction of the camera. The duel, we learn, will determine who is the better fighter, and there are no rules other than “no weapons.” Soon the fight begins, with The Crimson Cat dominating this early stage of the fight.
Soon, however, the tables are turned, and the majority of the video deals with The Mauler’s beat down of The Crimson Cat. This video features a lot more action and peril than the previous episode, Devla: Vampire Sorceress, and The Crimson Cat really takes a beating (and gets repeatedly thrown down flights of stairs). There are a couple of extended breaks in the action, so the video isn’t wall-to-wall action, but for the most part it’s more action-packed than its predecessor.
We eventually learn that the setup of the fight was a little misleading—it was really a trap to allow The Mauler to beat down The Crimson Cat (in an apparent attempt to kill her for messing with The Mauler’s “big plans”). The Crimson Cat valiantly tries to fight back, which only angers The Mauler more. He ties the weakened Crimson Cat’s hands together and drags her to a basement. She manages to break free, and a final battle ensues. I won’t give away the ending here, but I enjoyed the conclusion.
I think UltraHeroix is getting better with each video, and I enjoyed the increase in peril in this episode. When it comes to production values, I think Next Global Crisis has the edge here, as this looks like a lower budget production. I also think that some of The Crimson Cat’s reactions could have perhaps been delivered with a little more energy (even though I think she looks great). But The Crimson Duel shows a lot of imagination and has a pretty convincing bad guy, so check it out if you want to see The Crimson Cat suffer an extended beat down.