Harriet Moran, Samantha Svenson and Lexi Jones—that’s a trio that’s hard to beat. Here’s my review of Secret Defeat Part II, which opens with Miss Freedom on the ground regaining consciousnesses and finding she is still in the presence of Miss Suppression and Pandora Gold.
Miss Suppression throws a punch that Miss Freedom blocks and the heroine lands a few shots that drive Miss Suppression backwards. Miss Freedom then turns to Pandora who she drops to the ground when she lands a kick to the back of her leg and then lifts a knee into Pandora’s face.
But just as Miss Freedom seems to be returning to her confident self, Miss Suppression gets behind her and slaps on a reverse bearhug. Miss Suppression holds Miss Freedom for a long while, which lets Pandora put a rag over Miss Freedom’s mouth, slowly making her unconscious. We don’t see the rag get drenched in chloroform or anything, but I think we can make that leap that there was some kind of substance on it.
Miss Suppression holds Miss Freedom for Pandora, who delivers several stomach blows to the still-unconscious heroine. They then reverse roles and Pandora holds Miss Freedom for Miss Suppression who delivers a series of powerful stomach punches of her own.
They then ping-pong the heroine between each other with punches, and then the villains each grab one of the heroine’s arms and yank them painfully backward. Things looks grim at this point, and that’s when NGC splits things off into two different endings. One where Miss Freedom wins the day, and one in which she winds up on the losing end, out on the floor, the rag jammed in her mouth.
So one question still stands in my mind. What the heck happened to Miss Freedom in Part 1, when she suddenly seemed to weaken? Was a hidden kryptonite-like substance making her weak? Are we to take the name Miss Suppression quite literally? Does her very presence suppress or weaken other superhuman powers? Or is she just flat out stronger than Miss Freedom? I’m kind of hoping it’s the last one. I love the thought of an evil “Supergirl” type taking on the NGC heroines, and I’ve become a major Samantha Svenson fanboy. I literally can’t get enough of seeing her.
But let’s not forget Harriet Moran who has never looked hotter, and nails every line of her performance here. And let’s also not forget Lexi Jones as Pandora Gold who is crazy sexy and, in limited appearances, has become one of my favorite characters. Great job by all involved.