It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the next round of Mortal Kombat! Episode 3 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy hit the net during the night and if you’ve been following along thus far, this installment takes viewers in an entirely different direction as we delve into the rough life of a struggling action star looking for work. His name is Johnny Cage and this is his story.
The first two episodes of Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat web series focused on the confrontation between the Outworld Investigation Agency and the infamous Black Dragon crime organization, introducing us to franchise regulars Jax, Sonya Blade, Stryker and Kano.
The pair of episodes maintained the style, look and even the talents behind the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth pitch video which was used to sell the idea to Warner Bros. that MK can be brought back and recreated in a far more realistic, gritty fashion. Acknowledging the limited resources and time in developing the Mortal Kombat: Lgeacy series, viewers still found an element of campiness to the episodes and far too much use of slow-motion.
The new episode, featuring an entirely different cast, introduces us to Johnny Cage (Matt Mullins), a man looking to be taken seriously for his martial arts abilities as he tries to sell a pitch for a new reality TV series:
I love the inclusion of Victor Lucas and his Electric Playground series to help ground Legacy in our reality. While Johnny Cage’s martial arts skills are unquestionable – we even get his signature nut breaker move! – and might be the best of the series so far, this version of the character doesn’t come off as funny and as a result, he’s far less likable and it’s difficult to get on his side. It makes me miss Linden Ashby from the 1995 Mortal Kombat film.
We’re now three episodes in and there are still more characters to be introduced (Kitana & Mileena next week). It begs the question of when we are going to move past the introduction and get into the actual Mortal Kombat tournament. Fortunately, we do get to meet master soul-eating sorcerer Shang Tsung (Johnson Phan) in this installment finally, but the series is 10 episodes long and fans are still eager to meet Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Baraka and get on with it.
What are your thoughts on “Johnny Cage” and the series so far?
If you’re a series fan, check out Game Rant’s review of the new Mortal Kombat. Here are the previous episodes:
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 1: Jax, Sonya, and Kano Part 1
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 2: Jax, Sonya, and Kano Part 2