The Web series Mortal Kombat Legacy achieved moderate success during its run in 2011; the premiere episode sits at 18 million views, with the following eight episodes of season 1 averaging out at about 5 million views each (give or take). More importantly, director Kevin Tancharoen managed to reintroduce fans to a live-action Mortal Kombat universe in a way that breathed new life into the cinematic side of the franchise – resulting in a new Mortal Kombat movie on the horizon.
With Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2, Tancharoen and co. appear to be going bigger and bolder – but is it better? Watch the trailer above and judge for yourself.
Check out the synopsis for Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2 below:
The Mortal Kombat Legacy continues in Season 2 as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kenshi, and Ermac join the ranks. The rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors will unfold as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. The epic battle for Earthrealm has finally begun.
It appears that – despite some flashback segments – season 2 of Legacy will be a more serialized storyline as opposed to the more episodic origin tale format of season 1. Those who kept up with season 1 will also probably notice that some of the returning characters – Raiden, Mileena, Kurtis Stryker, Johnny Cage - have been recast; though star Ian Anthony Dale is back as Scorpion, which is a good thing in our book.
For those who are TRUE film buffs: Yup, that’s Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprising his role as Shang Tsung from the original Mortal Kombat movie (1995), and Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien taking over the role of Johnny Cage from Legacy season 1 actor, Matt Mullins.
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For fans who felt the more grounded marital arts action of season 1 was underwhelming, it looks like season 2 has upped the ante on the “kombat” factor, with more brutality (see: Stryker’s face-beating rampage) and “powers” involved (Sub-Zero’s ice blast, Scorpion’s rope-spear, etc).
But will the more streamlined storytelling approach be as creative and interesting as season 1 was, with episodes that were animated (Mileena vs. Kitana); offered interesting narratives (Raiden’s time in a mental ward); or inspired visual composition (Scorpion’s origin story)? We’ll soon find out.
Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the second quarter of 2013, exclusively on Machinima.