Mortal Kombat: Legacy leaves behind the animation from the last few episodes for what would have to be considered a completely new take on the story of Thunder God, Raiden. (Or "Rayden" if you never stopped playing your Super NES.)
Right from the get-go, we are treated to a disclaimer from creator, Kevin Tancheroen, which explains that this would contain a "perfect amount gritty realism mixed with a hint of mysticism." While it may be an attempt to preemptively silence potential haters before unveiling a pretty bold interpretation, it's also an important reminder about the overall objective of the series.
You'll find many things about this episode that are oddly similar to a current box-office hit, which also depicts the arrival of a Thunder God on our planet. Yet, within the confines of this web series, it becomes another important piece of the narrative puzzle as we explore the event which will bring all the characters that have been profiled together.
This episode would be best described as "conventionally innovative." It's undoubtedly an original take on Raiden (Ryan Robbins,) but at the same time, the whole "imprisoned in a mental institution at the hands of sadistic doctors" premise is a hopeless cliche. It certainly doesn't help that its framework is also eerily similar to that of Thor.
That being said, I would give the folks behind this the benefit of the doubt and assume that the handful of plot similarities this ended up having was just coincidental. The task of shaping the character of an ultra-powerful Thunder God into believable protagonist with obstacles to overcome only has so many roads. (Even though one can't help but snicker at the fact that they even brought a taser into the story, too.)
Much like most of these episodes, the character ultimately ends up in a place and form familiar to fans, ready to take on whatever grand, sinister deed Shao Kahn has in the works. (Outworld Rave Party?) Raiden, is certainly no exception, and having broken free from his visit to "Thor meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," he's supercharged and ready to electrify, teleport, and "ali-babba-layyy" through the forces of evil.
What did you think of this new interpretation of Raiden?