Today is a special day for Mortal Kombat fans. Not only is the 9th iteration of the successful and violent video game franchise hitting store shelves today, but episode 2 of director Kevin Tancharoen's re-imagining of the series origins has also released online.
The first episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy introduced us to Stryker, Sonya and Jax as they attempt to take down Kano and Black Dragon's 'Cyber Initiative.' Episode 2 concludes the events of the warehouse trap and action sequences, starting the transformation of two key characters into how we know them as from the games.
This episode is the second of the 9-part series and when combined with the first episode, can be considered the introduction to the story. No new characters are introduced just yet, so watch and enjoy more of Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Michael Jai White), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan), Lieutenant Kurtis Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) as they attempt to take down Kano (Darren Shahlavi).
Sonya is finally able to step into the action now that she's escaped, and pretty much everyone else is dead. Jax's ignorance of "protocol" got a lot of people killed so I don't feel too bad he's losing his arms. His replacements will be much cooler anyway.
The defining moment of episode 2 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy is undoubtedly the punch that tore Kano's face apart, beginning his transformation into the metal-plate-faced villain we know him as from the games and Mortal Kombat film.
Visually, the show is looking good and it features a cast we can all rally behind. Despite what Jeri Ryan told us about Legacy in our interview, there is still "camp" to be found, from her firing the gun backwards at her fallen opponent to her intensely long slow-mo staredown when she escaped the room at the end of episode 1.
If you were fighting Kano, would you turn your back to him for this long?
Despite the camp factor, I'm very excited for what comes next as we meet the new (and improved?) Jax and Kano. I think I can speak for everyone in sharing anticipation for the introduction of other key franchise characters who reside in the Netherrealm (Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Baraka, etc.)
If you're a series fan, check out Game Rant's review of the new Mortal Kombat.