Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mortal Kombat: Legacy Ep. 1 - Review

Web Series! Round One! FIGHT!

Based on the web trailer that hit the net about a year ago, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a series that takes a more realistic approach on the MK Universe. It starts Jax Briggs (Michael Jai White) and Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) as they investigate the strange underworld threats that are appearing in the city. This first episode deals with them hunting down the notorious Kano, who killed Blade's partner and is using stolen technology for sinister means. There's quite a bit of allusion to future characters, as the robotic parts are clearly the Cyber Ninjas that will eventually be built to hunt down Sub Zero. Kano even picks up a laser eye and studies it, hinting that he'll probably be wearing it soon enough.

Kano studying the laser eye.

Jax and Kurtis Stryker discussing their plans to raid Kano's warehouse.

Overall the episode wasn't bad. The story was lean, fast paced, and well produced. It felt like a one hour action TV show and it didn't look cheesy at any parts. The characters do go a bit over the top sometimes, but they're based on video game characters. If anything, this is a way more fleshed out version of the MK Universe than any of the movies. It may prove to be a cool thing to pick up on DVD and Blu Ray after all the episodes are released. I'd recommend checking it out if you ever mashed the buttons of a Super NES or Sega Genesis while trying to take on Outworld's worst villains.

I did see this image, which I can only assume is coming up in the next episode:

Sub Zero perhaps?

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