Mortal Kombat: Legacy Web Series Episode 6 (of 9)

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More than a little disappointed by the previous two “Legacy” episodes from director Kevin Tancharoen? Join the club. Who knew a story about two women known for their skimpy attire and ass kicking abilities would end up so … what’s the word? Oh right, overwhelmingly lame. But maybe Episode 6 (of 9) — almost there, kids! — will save the day. After all, it’s all about Raiden, and even they can’t possibly screw this one up, right? Kinda reminds me of the beginning of “Thor”, actually…

The following episode represents director Kevin Tancharoen’s “different take on the Mortal Kombat universe,” combining the perfect amount of gritty realism mixed with a hint of mysticism… When Lord Raiden, God of Thunder and protector of Earth, finds himself in an earthly mental institution in the year 2011, his ‘delusions’ are treated with some rather primitive forms of therapy (involving an ECT machine and an ice pick). Nonetheless, Blue, his beautiful, fragile yet insane fellow inmate, is Raiden’s only hope of escaping the mental hospital and making his way to the Mortal Kombat tournament to defend Earthrealm from Shao Khan.

Starring Ryan Robbins as Raiden, Tracy Spiridakos as Blue, and Peter Hall as Dr. Gadsen.

Previously…

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  • Bwolf!

    They’re supposed to tie in all the videos in only 3 more videos (Where’s Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Lu Kang)? They started off strong and got weaker and weaker. I thought they were going with a more realistic approach to the idea of Mortal Kombat. I think the 30 min special is still pretty cool and I wish these videos were more in line with that. IMO!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    It’s like Ultimate Thor on crack and I love the take. it makes perfect sense in this day and age. Plus I love the fact that they allude to him being weaker in human form. I think that fan bias aside these are pretty decent. is it exactly what we were expecting, no. But it’s a semi-new take on the franchise and it breathes some life into it. What i really want to see is when the director gets to go full on dark fantsy/martial arts/mysticism, which I think he’s holding back for the tournament itself. For that they should give him a film. I say let the webseries wrap, turn the next set into a mini-series featuring Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Scorpion, and SubZero, then move into the tournament for the film. But hey what do I know.

    This take on the franchise, is very much in line with what i had in mind for a Street Fighter film or series. Actually a series following Ryu and Ken, Guile and Chun Li wouldn’t be bad. The Ryu and Ken part can focus mostly on the tournament, while the Guile and Chun Li part follow the crime syndicate aspect with them investingating Shadow Law criminal orginization. Play Bison up as a Lex Luthor type criminal (with a focus on assassination, and weapon running) with an affinity for marital arts, hence the tourney. But its a front for all sorts of criminal activities.

  • Shazam!

    Here are my observations of this series thus far:

    Fans are tired of the same old fantasy story that has driven MK since the beginning – so they jump on board with a gritty, realy world short that fans go nuts over! They then begin producing a series of webisodes based on that short. They then completely drop that approach and dive right back into the fantasy stuff – fans voice their displeasure over the apparent declining quality of the webisodes (and the fact that they aren’t showing anything new, just the same stuff in poor quality – so they dump that format and get back on board with the gritty, real world stuff.

    I’m wondering if this wasn’t footage shot as part of the original short of Jax and Scorpion in the police station – because frankly it looks and feels NOTHING like any of the other webisodes they’ve released.

    Personally, I think they should have run with the original idea of presenting how someone in the real world might try and explain the crazy characters of MK – only for them to find that they’re dead wrong. That way you still get this cool gritty “what if” stories, but don’t erase the established story that fans love.

    Thoughts?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      That’s pretty much what the director was going for even with the short, though they never got to that. He said in an interview that the short was to show some of the chracters in the realworld before it went all crazy fantasy/sci-fi, but fully inteded it to end up there. I think in a sense he’s still doing that, staring with realworld characters and then leading into how it gets into the tournament which is where the supernatural really kicks in. This allows the audience to believe and care about the chracters before all the insane stuff of the story really starts going. He’s basically SHOWING the motivation of each character to be in Mortal Kombat in the first place, and how they got there. The stuff that’s mentioned or only glossed over in the bios of the games.

      • Vim Crony

        Whatever. Just because something is based within the “real world” doesn’t mean I’m going to care about it more or have a deeper/easier connection to it. It’s all about good writing. This episode took too long to get to the climax of Raiden escaping.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          If the climax happened any erlier than the end would’ve been anticlimactic. I agree the writing could be better all around but compared to the live action SF films this is good stuff. As I said he’s getting to tell the stories that were originally only hinted at and most likely would be relegated to flashbacks in film anyway. To each their own but I like it and doubt most could do better, even in Hollywood.
          Sent on the go.

    • Urizen

      No, there were teaser images released for this episode before the web series even began airing and I can’t imagine that this is something they just slapped together in the last week in response to fan complaints. The series has actually been pretty consistent with the tone of the rebirth short with the major exception of those two Kitana/Mileena episodes.There they tried to jam an entire LOTR-like epic fantasy into into a coupple of low-budget 7 minute webisodes and it predictably turned out poorly.

      I think this was one of the better episodes. It’s actually consistent with the story of the first MK game where Raiden is said to have temporarily abandoned his godhood and become mortal in order to take a part in the tournament, and that’s actually a plot point that gets ignored in most of the other adaptations.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Exactly. Well put Urizen. I agree there was too much for the Milena/Kitana eps. I think the use of animation was a good idea, and had they used real animation instead of the motion comic look it woulda been a lot better.
        Sent on the go.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Exactly. Well put Urizen. I agree there was too much for the Milena/Kitana eps. I think the use of animation was a good idea, and had they used real animation instead of the motion comic look it woulda been a lot better.
        Sent on the go.

  • Shazam!

    Here are my observations of this series thus far:

    Fans are tired of the same old fantasy story that has driven MK since the beginning – so they jump on board with a gritty, realy world short that fans go nuts over! They then begin producing a series of webisodes based on that short. They then completely drop that approach and dive right back into the fantasy stuff – fans voice their displeasure over the apparent declining quality of the webisodes (and the fact that they aren’t showing anything new, just the same stuff in poor quality – so they dump that format and get back on board with the gritty, real world stuff.

    I’m wondering if this wasn’t footage shot as part of the original short of Jax and Scorpion in the police station – because frankly it looks and feels NOTHING like any of the other webisodes they’ve released.

    Personally, I think they should have run with the original idea of presenting how someone in the real world might try and explain the crazy characters of MK – only for them to find that they’re dead wrong. That way you still get this cool gritty “what if” stories, but don’t erase the established story that fans love.

    Thoughts?

  • Gamble

    You cant make everyone happy it seems. I like where it is headed and everyone should be grateful that the director takes peoples comments and tries to make everyone happy but their is gonna be some people that love it and some that dont. All I can say is that it is free to watch and I think the director has done a HELL OF A GOOD JOB. Keep it up!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Whole heartedly agree. And if Ed Boon is on board for this (one of the creators of the franchise) who are the fans to argue.