MK: Legacy Commentary (All the Videos in One Place)
I’ve loved Mortal Kombat ever since I was way too young to play it, so when I heard the newest title was going to stick to its original roots of badassery I was thrilled. The game met my expectations of gruesome finishers and over-the-top entertainment. Even the fact that I suck at fighting games hasn’t deterred my amusement yet. That said, I was equally excited for Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a web series that debuted in conjunction with the video game as an alternative adaption of the Mortal Kombat universe.
Videos and opinions await you below… WATCH!
Mortal Kombat: Legacy emerged from director Kevin Tancharoen’s trailer Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which debuted in June of 2010.
The trailer brought the Mortal Kombat fighters into the real world. Characters like Reptile and Baraka had no supernatural powers, yet they were still true to their roots. The original video was such a hit that Warner Bros. gave Kevin Tancharoen the okay to make it into a web series, although he initially approached them about a film adaption. Warner Bros. should have backed up his film ideas instead, given the trailer’s intriguing premise. I’d love to see how it would have compared to the original Mortal Kombat film.
There are currently 6 episodes of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and all of them serve as backstories to their designated characters.
Episode 01: Jax, Sonya, Kano (Part 01)
This episode had more gunplay action than fighting, although it was still an okay video. I wasn’t blown away, but I saw some promise in there… somewhere.
Episode 02: Jax, Sonya, Kano (Part 02)
This episode was more entertaining and had better fight scenes, although I would have preferred Sonya to kick butt without using the guns at all.
Additionally, I do want to address a common complaint I’ve read about this episode. Many people believe Jeri Ryan is too old to be playing Sonya Blade. Technically, Sonya is 26 years old, so compared to Ryan’s current age of 43 it is a stretch. However, I personally believe the people complaining just want more… well of this:
But with the director’s aim for realism, having an older woman play Sonya given her lieutenant position in the police department is a better fit.
Episode 03: Johnny Cage
Surprisingly, this episode did not come off as cheesy as I initially thought it would. It was ‘comic relief’ done right. And it just goes to show that rap music can make any fight scene more intense.
Episode 04: Kitana and Mileena (Part 01)
I liked the animated route they took with this episode in order to show more brutality. The narrative voice fit quite well too (I wish I had a voice like that!). As for the actual story behind Sindel’s suicide, I was a bit confused as to the importance of merging her soul’s with Kitana’s considering Shao Kahn raises Kitana to do his bidding anyway. Also, that baby morphing scene haunted me for a few nights.
Episode 05: Kitana and Mileena (Part 02)
The fighting was okay. This episode seemed to drag on just to fill up the 8 minutes it ran for.
Episode 06: Raiden
All the other episodes elaborate on the characters’ motivations or conditions prior to joining the tournament. So what was the point of this episode? Raiden was going to the tournament regardless; he constantly screams it at the mental health practitioners. I understand Raiden loses some of his power should he enter a realm not native to his, but he was once a protector of Earthrealm, why can’t he just teleport? Fly? Why does he need a bolt from a Taser to get him going? I understand the approach to realism, but he’s still a god.
As launch444 noted in one of the YouTube comments,
“I thought it was going to be like his clever hideout between tournaments, but it was just sad that the protector of Earthrealm could be made to suffer like that just because his GPS teleported him to the wrong location.”
Overall, the series is okay but it’s not astounding me like I believed it would. The episodes always feel like they cut away right when things are about to get better. There are still more episodes to come, and Tancharoen is pushing for a second season that will take place in the actual Mortal Kombat tournament. Warner Bros. is even considering a TV deal.
However, if the webisodes remain short and don’t progress on a comprehensive story, I’m going to put on a Kitana getup myself and start hurting people (I got my steel fans ready). At this pace, I’m going to remain hopeful that the original Mortal Kombat:Rebirth trailer one day becomes an actual movie.