“Miss Freedom: Secret Defeat – Part 1” from NGC
Could NGC’s Secret Defeat – Part 1, featuring Harriet Moran, Samantha Svenson, and Lexi Jones, be foreshadowing some of what we may get when Season 3 from Next Global Crisis premieres next year? More on that later. For now let’s get to the review (and trailer) below.
[Spoilers] Miss Freedom tracks down two muggers and quickly displays her immense level of power. Remember, this is a flashback to a time when Miss Freedom still had her full array of superhuman gifts. One of the thugs punches her in the stomach, badly hurting his hand. She catches a punch from the other goon and lifts him in the air by his collar and tosses him to the ground. She then uses a short blast of her super breath, knocking the other bad guy to the floor.
Enter the super sexy Pandora Gold, who wants Miss Freedom to come to her side. She tells Miss Freedom that she is impressed by her abilities and considers her to be the second most powerful female on the planet. Miss Freedom takes exception to that and wonders aloud who is first on Pandora’s list. That’s when Miss Suppression enters the frame.
Miss Suppression moves in close to Miss Freedom and the heroine immediately seems to weaken. Unless I missed it, it’s not entirely clear if it’s something about Miss Suppression herself that causes weakness in Miss Freedom, or maybe there’s something Miss Suppression is carrying that we don’t see that caused this reaction. If you recall, these two crossed paths before, but I believe that was considered a non-canon film. In that episode, it was a necklace with an attached green stone that caused the weakening. Again, the stone is not visible in this film, if it is indeed what was causing Miss Freedom’s troubles in the first place.
Either way, Pandora gives the order to attack. Miss Suppression throws a punch but Miss Freedom is able to grab her arm and slow it down. This turns into a test of strength that Miss Suppression wins and she pushes Miss Freedom into the wall. Miss Suppression lands a two handed stomach punch, and follows that with several more one handed stomach blows.
Miss Freedom retaliates and lands a jumping punch that immediately drops Miss Suppression to the ground and apparently out. But it’s all a ruse because as Miss Freedom closes in on Pandora, Miss Suppression is right back on her feet and slaps the heroine in a reverse bearhug.
Later, with MF down on the ground, MS lands several chops to the stomach and grips MF’s midsection with her hand in a claw like fashion. MF gets up and throws a weak punch that MS blocks and turns into a chicken wing hold. MS pounds on MF’s upper chest with her fist, yanks her arms behind her back, and delivers several punches to her side. And that’s where we have to stop, because yes, there are two endings to this film. One where Miss Freedom is victorious, the other where Miss Suppression continues her chiropractic work on MF’s back.
A couple of thoughts…
Harriet Moran/Miss Freedom – I don’t think she has ever looked more beautiful and I enjoyed seeing the cocky and arrogant Miss Freedom again. I also liked seeing her old costume, something I developed a great affinity for, although I very much like the current costume as well.
Lexi Jones/Pandora Gold – I really like this actress. We don’t know all that much about her character yet, but it’s hinted that she runs a substantial criminal organization. I hope we see her a lot more in the coming season.
Samantha Svenson/Miss Suppression – My favorite new casting of 2013 for any producer. Actually, in just a few appearances, she has cracked my top three favorite actresses in the genre, a list that also includes Ella Palfrey and Claire Elise. I imagine she could play any part asked of her, but she has the role of beautiful yet imposing enforcer down to a science. Does this video foreshadow what some of Season 3 may be about? There was a little blurb on the NGC website that reads “Set at a time when Miss Freedom’s powers were at their peak, she never told anyone about this encounter… what implications could it have for the future?” Sounds like to me that there may be more in store for this character. I don’t know what the plan is, but I would love to see Miss Suppression have battles with and run through Bluebird, Athena, Celestia, and basically every other heroine in the NGC universe.