Mortal Kombat: Legacy Returns For Season Two... All At Once
It's been more than two years since Kevin Tancharoen's web series re-imagining of Mortal Kombat had its first season online. That initial outing was an incredible series of ups and downs, with some of the finest moments I've ever seen in a web series, but also some clear misses.
I was looking forward to the debut of the second season, and got a little more than I bargained for. Instead of weekly releases, the whole thing came out in one big chunk. So no waiting, but the question is, 'Is this season worth not waiting for?"
One thing that has certainly continued to plague Tancharoen's baby is an intense lack of focus. Each episode or pair of episodes is meant to more or less stand on their own. In Season One this resulted in exceptional shorts like Raiden's incarceration in an asylum, and the action-packed crime drama that was the Sonya/Jax/Kano arc.
Then again, the attempts at more traditional MK cinematics like the Scorpion and Sub-Zero feud and the Edenia Saga simply felt like little more than less awful updates of the original Mortal Kombat film attempt.
Unfortunately, many of the latter aspects have managed to carry over into Season 2, further weakening the amazing urban reboot that started it all with Rebirth. The story between Scorpion and Sub-Zero is once again expanded, and there is a bright spot by turning the whole mythology inside-out. The roles that each of the ninjas plays in the deaths of the others have been turned on their heads, lending a helpful twist that keeps things fresh.
That said... these visits to feudal Japan just feel very much out of place. Does the Mortal Kombat tournament take place across time? And if it does then what form does the Lin Kuei that we saw readying their conversion into cyborgs take, and what does it have to do with the feudal Japan versions? Ian Anthony Dale once again does wonders with the part of Scorpion, and Eric Steinberg matches him well as the older Sub-Zero hoping for peace among the warring clans, but there's a miss in the process that neither actor seems to be able to overcome.
It's not that these moments aren't great; they are. It's just that the mixture of them with more modern aspects like Kurtis Stryker and Johnny Cage simply do not go well and there never seems to be any attempt to make them so.
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