Mortal Kombat: Legacy: What If They Threw a Bloodbath and Nobody Came?
Last week we had to wait an extra day for a new episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which we assumed had something to do with the Memorial Day Holiday. This week, there doesn't seem to be a new episode at all, possibly because of the folks over at Machinima.com all being at the E3 expo wallowing in video game nectar and ambrosia.
So to tide us over, we thought we'd do a little recapping for you to gear up for the final two episodes whenever they arrive, and just because we love you and want to help you avoid doing any work on a Wednesday, we decided to embed all the episodes so you can watch them without doing even a modicum of effort.
It all started here, with Kano running a cybernetic black market and Sonya Blade attempting to both arrest him and get revenge for Kano murdering her partner years before. As she scopes out Kano's operation, Jackson "Jax" Briggs and Kurtis Stryker mount an attack on the criminal hideout.
Part 2 culminated in a brutal showdown between Jax and Kano that stands as some of the best fight work shown so far in the series, if a bit one-sided. Jax manages to put Kano down with a punch so powerful that Kano loses an eye, but the victory is short-lived when an errant grenade severely injures Sonya and Jax. Kano escapes and manages to come out on top once again with a cybernetic eye implant.
The first one-shot episode brings us to Johnny Cage, a washed-up Power Ranger attempting to reinvent himself through pitching a Dog the Bounty Hunter-style reality show. He fails to impress his studio, walking away dejectedly until he overhears the executives pitching his idea to a young female star. Enraged, Cage goes on a rampage, only for time to stop and the mysterious Shang Tsung to make his first appearance.
Then there was this... Having stuck to the gritty realism that first brought Kevin Tancharoen on the path to reinvent Mortal Kombat until this point, he then moved into a half-animated, half-live action-pseudo-fantasy that completely failed in introducing Kitana and Mileena. If you liked the original Mortal Kombat films, you might like this, but then again probably not since you don't exist.
The story of Kitana and Mileena reaches its completely pointless conclusion as Kitana realizes that her dictator father and shark-mouthed sister might possibly be pricks, but not in time to not kill her real father on their orders. The only bright point from any of this was a too-short but stellar fight between the girls that is the sole real moment of classic kung-fu filmmaking.
Leaving behind the soggy saga of the last two episodes we finally get a look at the thunder god Raiden in the best episode so far. Imprisoned in an insane asylum after having become mortal to compete in the Mortal Kombat tournament, Earthrealm's mightiest protector is subject to tranquilizers and lobotomies by a sadistic staff until his only friend, a suicidal fellow patient, helps him escape through a violent sacrifice.
The story now comes to the legendary feud between ninja Scorpion and Sub-Zero. In the first part, we find Scorpion the husband and father, not Scorpion the warrior. Dedicated to his clan and his family, he leaves his village to meet the Shogun, only to find he's fallen into a trap.
In part 2 of the Scorpion/Sub-Zero tale, Sub-Zero murders Scorpion and his entire village. However, it is revealed that the whole plot was a ploy by the sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung to resurrect Scorpion as a vengeful wraith under their command.
In the end, the series has had its flaws, but there is no denying that as a cinematic vision of the classic game series it remains the best ever done. What the final two episodes will hold in store we can't say, but we're waiting excitedly.
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