The first episode of web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy has hit.
What started as a bizarre one-shot trailer with gruesome, pseudo-realistic imagery has evolved into this 10 episode action-packed web series. "Evolved" in the sense that (at least in this first entry,) it has slightly toned-down the grotesque, over-the-top aspects of that trailer from last year and comes out of the gate with more of a solid, realistic action style. As a result, while it still deviates heavily from the style of the iconic fighting game franchise, it simultaneously has more of the feel for the game's mythology.
Check out the first episode just below.
WARNING: Profane language which melts children's ears is used in this video.
So, we have Mortal Kombat original, Kano (Darren Shahlavi), a mercenary, smuggler, and just all-around undesirable human being running an underground robot factory. (Even low-down criminals are embracing geek aesthetic.)
Besides getting an introduction to what will be his famous laser-eye-thingy which becomes fodder for his fatalities, he also gets to interrogate a sexily-chained-up Sonya (Jeri Ryan). Oh, but s*** goes down when Jax (Michael Jai White) runs a rescue operation that results in some epic battles.
I'm actually pretty impressed with this first entry. Last year's trailer was intriguing, but its abundant references to the game in that gruesome-realistic context, almost made it seem that it was trying too hard. This time, the realistic deviation is coupled with more subtle references to the games. (Kano's eye-piece, reference to Stryker, robots likely to become Cyrax and Sektor, and Kano's knives.) Director Kevin Tancharoen was pretty effective in making it all come together nicely this time.
Have any thoughts on this first episode?