Fight Girl Battle World
The Vampire Cowboys deliver an exuberant and hilarious sci-fi romp.
Fight Girl tells the story of E-V (the dryly ironic Melissa Paladino), the last remaining female human in the Galaxy, who is one of the chief attractions on Battle World, which is managed by Zimlek (Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Andrea Marie Smith), a two-headed lizard creature that's demanding that E-V throw the next fight or else.
At the same time, General Dan'h (Temar Underwood), who looks something like Tina Turner in her Mad Max days crossed with Chewbacca from Star Wars -- and who was responsible for the massacre that decimated the human race -- is looking for E-V. The General now regrets his participation in that massacre and wants to help her find the last human male, Adon-Ra (played winningly by Noshir Dalal), a madman terrorist who is the scourge of the galactic federation, as he stalks planets, savagely murdering members of the alien races that abetted in the extermination of humans. How the General, E-V, and Adon-Ra eventually succeed in meeting and defeating the forces intent on destroying humans is the stuff of much merriment. It involves a particularly snarky blue-haired android LC-4 (played to perfection by Paco Tolson) and the general's chief officer J'an Jah (Maureen Sebastian), a being from Ursa Minor with just a few secrets.
At the head of this intrepid band's opposition are President Ya-Wi (Jon Hoche) and Commander G'Bril (also played zestily by Smith), a red-haired beauty clad in a chic, mid-length white trenchcoat with hamster-like ears and a thick Russian accent. As for President Ya-Wi, he brings to mind heads of the Federation from Star Wars, but he's brought to life here by a puppet that resembles and moves like a Muppet, albeit one that has become particularly power-hungry and vicious.
That character is only one of puppet designer David Valentine's terrific contributions to director Robert Ross Parker's high-adrenaline and often inspired staging, which shrewdly uses a sharp unit scenic design from Nick Francone to create some nifty cinematic effects. Particularly impressive are several chase sequences and a montage that shows how E-V, Adon-Ra, and J'an Jah train for their final showdown with Commander G'bril's forces.