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The Submission of Emma Marx:  Evolved

The Submission of Emma Marx: Evolved

Released Sep 18th, 2017
Running Time 120 Min.
Director Jacky St. James
Company New Sensations
DVD Extras Behind the Scenes, Fetish Menus, Still Gallery(ies), Trailer(s), Widescreen
Cast John Strong, Mick Blue, Riley Reid, Penny Pax, Van Wylde, Jay Smooth, Damon Dice, Violet Starr
Non-Sex Roles Ricky Johnson, Mike Mancini
Critical Rating AAAA 1/2
Genres BDSM, Drama



Ever since the death of her first dominant, William Frederick, Emma has struggled to adjust to life as a submissive without him. Unable to form lasting connections with other men, Emma chooses to abandon the lifestyle completely. But, her world is flipped upside down when she meets Mariah, a sassy young woman eager to explore the BDSM world. Seeing much of her former self in this young woman, Emma takes it upon herself to educate Mariah about life as a submissive and volunteers to act as her temporary dominant. However, things become complicated when Mariah grows attached to Emma and wants their arrangement to become a permanent one. Will Emma be able to walk away from the life she always loved and a girl who desperately needs her? Or is there more in the BDSM world for Emma than she ever fully realized?


The Emma Marx series has been an AVN Award magnet since its debut, winning Best BDSM Movie for its first volume, then picking up three awards for its second (including Best Actress for Penny Pax) and five awards for the third.

The fourth volume continues to exhibit the same level of excellence that garnered Jacky St. James the Best Director – Feature award, plus honors for screenplay, cinematography, editing and soundtrack. The awards are a measure of just how different Emma Marx is from standard adult fare. For one thing, this is a bona fide series, with a compelling storyline and characters that are worth caring about. For another, it’s not a parody—which sets it apart from other ambitious adult movies. Quietly and professionally, the Emma Marx team holds itself to the highest standards and delivers top-notch entertainment. And it literally is told from a female point of view—written and directed by a woman, and focused on the messy and contradictory desires of three female characters.

Those new to Emma’s search for sexual fulfillment can pick up the storyline here, but they’d be doing themselves a disservice not to first watch at the very least the previous volume, The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, which in this reviewer’s opinion is still the high water mark of the series. But even seen as a standalone movie, Evolved offers great acting from the returning cast (Pax, Riley Reid, Van Wylde) while bringing in a new character to interact with Emma.

Now living with her sister after the death of her Dom, Mr. Frederick (Richie Calhoun), in Exposed, Emma becomes curious about their roommate, the bristly, secretive Mariah (Violet Starr, who is just terrific—both her acting and sexual pyrotehnics). Turns out Mariah’s got a taste for BDSM, so Emma—who has put that part of her life away—breaks out some favorite gear and begins to train the young wanna-be sub. We get to see Starr in two sex scenes: one in which she’s just playing with dominance and submission, and a second one in which she has learned about the deeper meanings of the dom/sub relationship. But it’s not just Mariah who evolves. Emma herself begins to change, exploring at first tentatively the idea of letting her submissive role go.

Along the way, the audience is treated to high-caliber acting and four sex scenes. Reid and Wylde give their all in a hate fuck, Starr sparkles in the aforementioned boy/girl scenes, and the finale is a full-throttle three-way, complete with d.p., that has Pax pummeled by Mick Blue and John Strong. Once again, a quality package all the way around.

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