It's been a busy couple weeks for Mortal Kombat with the release of the latest game (read our review at Game Rant) in the long-running fighting game franchise as well as the weekly debut of new Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes from director Kevin Tancharoen.
This week marks the fourth of nine planned episodes in season one of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries - and focuses on Outworld inhabitants Mileena, Kitana, and Tarkatan warrior Baraka.
Following on the heels of episode one and two, which featured the real-world conflict between Deacon City Police operatives Sonya Blade, Jackson Briggs, and Kurtis Stryker as well as Black Dragon mercenary Kano, last week's episode was a stand-alone story focused on Johnny Cage - concluding with a run-in between the declining actor and sorcerer Shang Tsung.
The episode marked a shift in the series - reminding viewers that while Tancharoen brought a gritty, real-world, feel to the franchise, he wasn't going to shy away from some of the more fantasy-based elements of the Mortal Kombat mythos. Episode four continues in this vein with a focus on the fall of Edenia and, as a result, the subsequent stories of Outworld residents Kitana, Mileena, and Baraka.
Check out Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 4 below:
Anyone who has been following Legacy will remember that this isn't our first look at Kitana, Mileena, or Baraka - Tancharoen tweeted out a pair of teaser photos back in March of the lady fighters and the Tarkatan warrior, and later offered a full sneak peek of Baraka in the New York Times.
At the time, the girls were par for the course but after seeing the full Baraka design in the Times (which featured an Orc-like resemblance), some fans were skeptical of the Legacy interpretation (as well as Tancharoen's ability to pull-off fantasy elements). However, the final on-screen Tarkatan may not look exactly like his in-game counterpart but the implementation of his dual bladed fight choreography, however brief, makes up for any unwelcome alterations.
The new episode also gives us our first look at series antagonist Shao Kahn and Queen Sindel (prior to her resurrection) as well as the return of Shang Tsung. Kahn, who appears less imposing in the webseries, is also given a more human story-arc - presented as a brutal but insecure ruler, instead of the heartless caricature featured in the game.
Episode 4 is only part 1 of the Kintana and Milleen storyline - so we'll have to wait until next week to see the conclusion. In the meantime, if you're new to webseries head over to the Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season One YouTube page to get caught up - then check out our coverage, and analysis, of prior episodes:
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 1: Jax, Sonya, and Kano Part 1
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 2: Jax, Sonya, and Kano Part 2
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 3: Johnny Cage
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New Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes debut at midnight PST every Monday night.