Vicious. If I had to pick one word to describe the most recent Training Room episode, it would be “vicious.” Training Room 15 is a hard-hitting slugfest that flashes back to the first time the training room was used. It features the deranged Sebastian Luner taking on a character that has been absent for some time now—Athena.
Do you remember Athena? I have to admit that I didn’t really remember all that much about the character, but I did recall that she was well-received by the fan community. We haven’t seen the live action version of the character since Episode 4 of the regular releases, so I went back and watched that video again, and I’m glad that I did. In her first appearance, Athena looked beautiful. Now, she looks even better. I didn’t remember being all that thrilled with her original costume. Well, they made a simple change and it looks ten times better to my eyes.
I have to give a lot of credit to the NGC producers. They are incredibly detail-oriented and are unafraid of changing things that are not quite working. There was a negative reaction to the original Ms. Freedom costume, so they changed it. The character of Magenta was largely ignored when she premiered, so they amped up her powers and had the actress drop her hair down. When she showed up a second time, fans seemed to gravitate towards the character. I know this is subjective, but I don’t think there is much doubt that Next Global Crisis has cemented their position as the second-best producer out there, behind Zen Pictures. I know there isn’t enough peril for some of you in NGC films, but their professional approach and attention to detail separates them from most of the competition.
Anyway, I don’t want to spoil anything, but just know that the fight scene in this episode is incredibly well done. It may be the best fight scene we’ve ever seem choreographed by NGC. Some of the fetishy elements that appear are multiple bearhugs (one from the front and one from behind), a throat lift, an extended strangulation scene, and one of the characters has several of their bones broken. Like I wrote earlier, vicious. There is also a clever little scene where one of the characters is able to overcome the safety protocols that usually lock down unruly combatants in the training room. Remember, this episode shows the first time the training room was ever used. Apparently, there were some flaws in the original system that needed to be worked out.
All in all, another winner from the Next Global Crisis team. Athena has jumped way up on my personal list of favorite characters and I don’t think I’ll be alone in that. Hope you enjoy the episode.