“Man has not known a power he does not crave.”
Mythica: The Darkspore is the second in a quintet of films. Picking up exactly where Mythica: A Quest for Heroes left off, recently rescued Caeryn (Natalie Devine, Mythica: A Quest for Heroes) leaves the group in order to take a shard of the Darkspore to a safer place. The rest of our heroes are contemplating some well-earned R&R but before things are able to settle down Caeryn is killed by Kishkumen (Ryan Palmer, Dragonfyre), a yellow-eyed necromancer in the service of Szorlok (Matthew Mercer, Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals), the man who we learn is the real boss behind the yellow-eyed guy who has so far served as our bad guy. Szorlok is after the Darkspore because of the ultimate power it represents even the power over death. The Darkspore is the heart of the Lich King and it was broken into four pieces by a team of sorcerers which included Gojun (Kevin Sorbo, Andromeda) and the pieces were spread across the four corners of the world. Now Szorlok’s lackeys are after the pieces in order to reunite them and thrust their boss into the role of world conqueror.
To make this straightforward story a bit more complicated however is what’s going on with Marek (Melanie Stone, Christmas for a Dollar). Once again the focal point of our story Marek is struggling with her newly discovered powers, specifically that they seem to be rooted in evil. She learns she’s a necromancer, using the same kind of power that Kishkumen does and this means she’s going to have to struggle against it controlling her. Thankfully our band of heroes are aided this go around by newly acquired compatriot Qole (Rocky Myers, The Adventures of Roborex) who is impervious to dark magic and thus helps Marek from becoming completely overrun. He also serves as the third point in the obligatory love triangle between Marek and Dagen (Jake Stormoen, War Pigs).
Mythica: The Darkspore definitely feels less like a self-contained movie and more as a continuation of Mythica: A Quest for Heroes. Even though the main plot wraps itself up by the end of the movie there’s still a sense that there’s definitely more to come. I feel you might be able to get away with putting on and just watching Mythica: A Quest for Heroes alone, it definitely has more of a one and done vibe to it.
Remember how I said Mythica: A Quest for Heroes was billed as a movie starring Kevin Sorbo and that was completely misleading? Well, be misled again or rather don’t as I clear up the confusion and tell you that though Kevin Sorbo appears about 200 percent more than he does in the first movie he is still not the star by any stretch of the imagination. And it’s even more of a shame this go around because we actually get a taste of that potential for his character I mentioned in my review for Mythica: A Quest for Heroes. In fact I would go so far as to say there’s a prequel movie here which revolves solely around Kevin Sorbo’s character. The addition of Rocky Myers to the cast is a smart choice as his portrayal of Qole is the highlight of the film. Not only super easy on the eyes Qole is a more silent character which we need in this group to help us further diversify everyone else. Once again we have some nice scenery, well-choreographed action and actors who bring life to their roles.
When discussing technical specifications I’m going to echo and summarize what I said for the first movie in the series. The 1.78:1 transfer has nice looking visual effects (once again helped by a Kickstarter campaign) which transcend the typical B-movie level. They’re also bits of shaky cam as well as day for night scenes which I feel don’t work as well visually speaking. However in terms of technical issues like lack of focus, excess scratches, pixilation, anything of that nature is mercifully absent. The audio side of the equation holds up as well with the Dolby Digital 5.1 track giving a nice broad soundscape without issues.
In terms of bonus features we again have a music video, trailer and a behind the scenes featurette.
If you enjoyed the first film, you’ll enjoy Mythica: The Darkspore as well. Just be prepared for a sort of unfinished feeling when the credits roll.