Second Opinion | Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 – Not Living Up to the Legacy
It’s something of an accomplishment of the internet that we even ended up with Mortal Kombat Legacy in the first place. Starting off as a movie pitch the video went viral on you tube and social media and popular enough that the green light was given for a web series to be created.
I’d highly recommend watching the video above after reading this article as it’ll illustrate the issues with the series better then text can describe, but anyway moving on…
The first series was mostly a episodic series of short stories featuring different characters in each episode, similar to the popular web series LXD. While the budget, tone and stories of each varied heavily given a very inconsistent series it was a success and for the next season we were promised a cohesive story with characters crossing paths, a bigger budget and a story that took us into the legendary tournament itself.
While everything follows directly from before with returning characters the series has traded up in regards to the cast, replacing the cast from before… who you may or may not have known depending on your love of action shows and smaller productions to ex major movie stars. Actors such as Starship Troopers Casper Van Dian and the original Shane Tsung from the first Mortal Kombat movie Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa appear replacing the actors from before along with original major cast like Ian Anthony Dale reappearing as Scorpion.
This is both a way of showing off their increased budget and production values adding major actors for marketing but also a hindrance as they’ve generally chosen actors not known for their martial arts abilities… not too mention when they have extremely good fighters and dancers (Mark Decascos as Kung Lao and Glee’s Harry Shum Jr as Sub Zero’s younger brother ) they’re given no fight scenes and one is even killed off screen. The exception here is Dan Southworth as Kenshi who gets one decent fight before his character disappears from the story.
This is perhaps the biggest flaw with the series other then its length (which I’ll get to) in that the fight scenes pail in comparison to the previous series; which paled in comparison to the original short. I believe even Kamen Rider suit actor legend Mark Musashi is in one episode and beaten up off screen which is a waste of talent (though you can assume he likely did stunt work as well for costumes fights)
The story is told as the tournament plays out, with flash backs explaining the events leading up to each characters entry in the series, or adding for returning characters showing what’s happened since the previous season. Overall characters appear more outside of their own featured episodes due to increased budget and there’s no animatic style episodes to hide restrictions. The show now has full live action episodes shot against green screen when necessary bad better effects then the previous season had. There’s also funny skits ending each episode but overall the episodes are far shorter then the previous season which is where the budget may have started to run thing along with a supremely noticeable lack of fight scenes.
Over all the show isn’t bad, some characters are very fun to watch (Johnny Cage is played differently to before which works if a little odd narratively) and seeing Cory again as Tsung is a blessing! However the show ends on a cliff hanger moment teasing another season which we may have to wait another 2 years for which after this season may not be worth the wait.
It’s certainly fun, if short and worth seeing for free entertainment! But even the series best episode (Just Tsung and Lui Kang talking to each other in my opinion) is bested by a lot of the previous seasons episodes, so its not nearly as good as it could have been, when is an unfortunately let down.