Some Brief Thoughts On Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe Episode 1

ninjak vs1.jpgThe day has finally come when Valiant Entertainment and Bat In The Sun have released the formerly highly anticipated first episode of the webseries Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe. In fact, there’s a chance that the second and third episodes will be out now, too, due to the daily release schedule. To judge this against other comic book live action properties edges upon the unfair; the production budget is a fraction of those that the MCU or DCEU movies receive, and the acting isn’t on the same level as the performances of Chadwick Boseman, Hugh Jackman, or Gal Gadot – nor should you expect it to be.

Does one compare it to the live action television offerings we have received thus far? Does Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe hold up against the likes of Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Constantine? Even though some of comic book TV from the past five years has had its up and downs, the first episodes were more than likely made with a higher budget than the entire Ninjak Vs webseries has.

No, instead if you’re looking for a comparison then one should look to prior projects from Bat In The Sun. And when you do that, the first episode was alright. So allow me give you my thoughts on the first episode in bullet point form.

  • Ninjak is English. Michael Rowe doesn’t try an English accent. This bothered me more than anything.
  • The acting is about on par for a webseries
  • The plot is thin, and is solely a device to have a superhero beat down. Sadly there are numerous plot inconsistencies, and you really need to suspend your disbelief.
  • Fortunately, the choreography is actually pretty good and lends the fight scenes a weight that is missing from those in Arrow.
  • Archer and Armstrong are the highlight in terms of reflection to the source material. Watch it for their scene and Ninjak fighting.

Again, you really can’t judge this against any comic book movie or TV show – and when you do that’s where the webseries starts to fall to pieces. The title alone gives you all you need to know about the first webisode – this really is just a more complex superhero beatdown than we’re used to seeing from Bat In The Sun, and so long as you go in expecting that you won’t be disappointed.