Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 3 Now Online

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Mortal Kombat Legacy Episodes Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 3 Now Online

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:


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  1. That was pretty neat, but I still think each episode needs to be longer than 10 minutes, I feel jipped here. All of this is great stuff and it feels like a remake of the first movie, but with more character depth. Maybe they’ll push the time limits of each episode the further along we go? I could only hope.

    • jipped? You’re watching this for free. I mean this is a treat no matter how you look at it.

      • Maybe not jipped, I know I shouldn’t be complaining about getting something for free because I am rather entertained. Maybe it’s the feeling of blue balls? You get so into the episode and the climax is practically the last minute, but then it stops short and ends. I want more, these 10 minute episodes could be 20 minutes at least.

  2. “What are your thoughts on “Johnny Cage” and the series so far?”

    I’m an old school Johnny Cage fan from back when the games first came out all those years ago. I have to say I don’t think they did a good job at all with this episode. The first two episodes were amazing though.

  3. Rob,

    I have to disagree. This makes you miss Linden Ashby? Really? That guy was a total cheeseball, who in real life couldn’t fight his way out of a paperbag (stunt/martial arts double absolutely required). Who cares if Linden Ashby’s Johnny Cage spouted off some nice zingers every now and again. Mortal Kombat is about fighting, and Matt Mullins is the real deal. Nothing ruins a martial arts movie more than to know that the actor can’t even perform the simplest of martial arts moves without requiring a martial arts double (speaking of you Linden Ashby). In my opinion, the first three episodes of this series are already many levels above the ridiculous 1995 Mortal Kombat movie.

    • I loved the first Mortal Kombat film, but I definitely agree this series is a step up.

    • I agree 100%.

      And I’m holding onto the hope that the leaked image of Baraka will NOT be the Baraka we see in the series.

    • Completely agree. 100%. I despised Cage from the first Mortal Kombat movie. While I agree that he COULD be funnier, he doesn’t need to be for me. It’s a 10 minute clip. I don’t want to see jokes. He did enough clowny faces anyway. Plus it’s hard to set up a joker when the guy’s life is falling apart.

  4. I agree that the episodes need to be longer there isn’t enough time to relate to the characters should at least be 30 minutes

  5. First 3 episodes 6 players next 3 episodes a further 6 players this leaves 4 eps (40 mins) for some proper toe to toe battles well hopefully.

  6. Really wish they kept the tone and fighting the same as MK rebirth. Feels like their holding back.

    • rebirth was his fan made thing (though he wanted it to be the style for the actual movie), legacy is sorta like a prequel to the movie he’s been green lit (which is basically the 1st MK movie but more violent and ‘darker’) and is allegedly gonna be released in either 2012 or 2013.

  7. True but you can’t please everybody

  8. I loved that episode. “What do you mean it’s fake? It’s an f-ing movie” lol

    Anyway, I think it’s a little obvious they’re just building up to a movie by having Shang Tsung gather the warriors, and have a movie pick up from there. Just me speculating.

    • I agree. I posted a similar guess after the last episode. We saw the “origin” of Kane and Jax, now the setup for Johnny Cage entering the tournament since he has no other way to prove his ability. I don’t think we’ll get more action than we’ve seen. Maybe a bit of feuding between this and that character but the substantial Kombat will be left for the movie along with the tournament.

  9. I personally thought it was the better of the three so far. Even though I am a Johnny C fan I tried to look at them all evenly. And it seemed like the most realistic one of the three as well, since that’s what they are aiming for.

  10. duration wasn’t that bad (not as bad as ep 2), what i hate is the cheesy ‘cliffhanger’ endings he gives us, it gets annoying with the short run times.
    does anyone else think the actor for shang tsung looks/is to young for the character b/c the shang i know has facial hair and is either a guy that look like he’s in his 40′s or a really old dude.

    i would have loved to have seen jax with the metal arms, i hope they at least show him with them in the last episode (the ending of their arc felt rushed and incomplete).

    • I agree 100%. I figured it was him when I thought about it for a minute. But I was expecting a much older, kinda wise looking guy, ya know?

      • I understand what your saying completely but it seems like this is something Shang would do. Perhaps he just changed his appearance to look like a younger, richer studio exec because he sees what Johnny is going thru. Maybe he is hoping that he can get johnny to be more trusting if he appears to be someone in a power position in the entertainment business since that is what Johnny is struggling with. I feel that we will prolly see many faces of Shang thru out the series

  11. Man, I hope they give this guy the go ahead for a MK movie in his vision of the story. I mean he isn’t working with a lot of money and all the other elements that come into make a mini series for the television or film. It’d be great to see him with all these resources to use.

    I mean it sucks that they are only 10-12 mins long but for how long they run, they have depth and feeling to them. And I completely agree they got rid of the stupid,trying way to hard too be funny Johnny Cage. Like it they basically made him a washed up actor looking for any type of gig.

  12. Awesome, best episode yet.
    Isn’t Johnny Cage going to die before the tournament though? (according to the original short)

    • The original short has nothing to do with this series

  13. Cool. Can not wail until next week.

  14. Cant wait till next Tuesday! This series is making an old MK fan become a new MK fan all over again!

  15. And again no kombat at least not any good fighting I guess maybe that happens next week, But hey at least I got to make fun of the pink Power Ranger.
    Go Go Johny Cage! you splittin nut shot Johny Cage! LMAO

    Oh and HEY it’s Joe Lupo!

  16. Am I the only one who’s favorite character is Liu Kang? There’s no talk about him. Is he going to be involved in this series? We need the cool characters to show up now.

  17. I thought it was a lot of fun :) A definite change of pace from the other two but it really can’t follow the same format. I would have liked to have seen a bit more “cheeze” and Hollywood glitz in Cage’s personality though (He’s MKs version of Booster Gold) but overall I thought it worked……oh and WHERE are the trademark sunglasses?!

    My only real question though is……will Cage get a green ball attack or his signature shadow slide? :)

    I also agree with others and that the episodes feel a bit short. I am just getting into things and *zip* it ends.

    and it seems no one has caught the Easter egg in this episode!? All I will say is you are a “nooB” if you missed it ;)

    • If you’re referring to a certain Ed’s cameo, yes I’m sure some of us caught it. But I didn’t feel like going back through the previous 20-something comments to see if anyone had mentioned it.

      Wonder if “saibot” will appear?

      • I would bet 99% of the people who know MK don’t have a clue what what the creators look like. ;)

  18. Apologies if this has been brought up already, but a Mortal Kombat…Web series…with bleeped out profanity?

    Are you F-in kidding me?

    What’s next? Sweat flying from the fighters’ faces instead of blood?

    That being said, I actually am enjoying the series itself so far, and I look forward to the introduction of Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

  19. I think this was definitely the best of the three. It’s got me primed to see what comes next week. Cage as a Power Ranger, lol!

  20. Years later and Mortal Kombat still faces horrible dialogue, great acting (that last scene had me really pumped) but the dialogue really fell short.

    I’m really hoping that mysterious man at the end isn’t related to scorpion in anyway.

    • the guy in the end is shang tsung. it was both mentioned in the last paragraph of this article (along with the actors name) and is made somewhat clear (him appearing out of nowhere and all).

      • Honestly this seems to be following the original MK movie, just without all the hokey crap. I wouldn’t even be too surprised if Jax and Sonya aren’t lured into the tournament similar to the first MK movie. This isn’t a bad thing either. The original movie’s base plot was a pretty good one, it was just plagued with lackluster acting/MA sequences, meh FX and other cheezy parts (like the Raiden/Liu Kang side story).

  21. It feels like they’re almost completely following the plot of the first MK movie so far, short of Shang Tsung killing Liu Kang’s little woefully out-matched brother. First we had Sonya chase after Kano, now Cage having trouble with his career.

    I guess that’s how the characters’ backstories are like in the games though, but… it’ll be good to see what Mileena and Kitana does in the next episode. Something a bit different.

    • well it is rumoured that the new MK movie will be similar ot the old one but ‘darker’/more realistic. its been green-lit and is scheduled to come out around 2013. i really want them to step away from liu kang and stick with rebirth’s plot – scorpion going into the tournament to kill sub zero and everyone in between.

  22. the creator of the Mortal Kombat game series is in this episode YO!!!!!

    • Ha, yeah that’s what I thought. That Ed Goodman guy from the beginning is Ed Boon isn’t it?

  23. snore zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  24. through out the episode I kept thinking that I’ve seen that guy before somewhere, then I checked his name and notice he was on a power rangerish show on Saturday mornings that I saw a few years back.

  25. Johnny Cage kicked ass, Shang Tsung did not look convincing, can’t wait for next week

  26. one thing i really liked was how the films johnny filmed had alot of shaky cam, which imo was the teams way of making fun of todays action movies.

  27. I thought from the way that Boon and Tancharoen were talking about the series, it was only going to be the introductions and how they get invited to the tournament. I didn’t believe that any of this “season” was going to take place in the actual tournament, but Rob questions otherwise. If I’m wrong please correct me because I’m a big fan of this so far and would love to hear that.

  28. I’m disappointed that they brought back Johnny Cage, i mean the story of Rebirth was so good! Johnny Cage dying was so dark, showing how powerful the villains are! Anyway, i hope they keep scorpion as the anti-hero of legacy.

  29. MK rebirth was the route they should’ve went. It was a whole new look. Personally I think it was better then these episodes. They should’ve stuck to that plot line. A scorpion movie instead of a Lu kang …way better.