Mortal Kombat: Legacy continues to expand its creative boundaries with its fourth episode, highlighting the origin of "twins," Kitana and Mileena.
As if the last episode's dramatic focus on the life of washed-up actor, Johnny Cage wasn't enough of a change from the bruises and blood from the first few episodes, this one brings the series into a completely different realm -- literally. With this chapter, all of the head-splitting hokum about mystical realms about Outworld and Edenia that's laden throughout the mythology of the Mortal Kombat video game series makes its debut.
We are now quite deep into the fatality-dealing freaky mythology from this point forward, and there is no turning back.
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While this episode is held together by the unifying theme of the origin of Kitana (Sam Tjhia) and her evil clone, Mileena (Jolene Tran), it's also an important gateway to where the series appears to be heading, which is apparently WAY past where one might have initially thought. They actually accomplish this ambitious feat pretty admirably (and cost-effectively, mind you,) with a montage that cuts between live-action and animated sequences.
With our first glimpse of ultimate MK baddie, Shao Khan (Aleks Paunovic), we know we've moved beyond a series about smugglers trafficking robots. While he doesn't look like Lord Zed from Power Rangers as he did in the games, he's clearly a powerful badass that will have his sights set on Earth soon enough. (Well, unlike Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, at least they won't try to tell us that he's Raiden's brother.)
The series has definitely come a long way from the "realistic" character interpretations of the once-mysterious trailer for the series. In fact, we now get to see the most notable liberation from that trailer with the abandoning of the "Mad Scientist Body-Modifier" origin which they attributed to the grotesque, arm-blade wielding Baraka (Fraser Aitcheson.) In here, he's pretty much what he's supposed to be; a rabid, inter-dimensional raider with a lust for power.
Also, if the series continues following the game's canon this closely, then I wouldn't expect this to be the last we'll see of Queen Sindel (Beatrice King).
How are you liking the huge turn this series just made in this episode?