Mortal Kombat: Legacy continues to be a crowd pleaser on the Internet. The first episode is nearing 10 million views, episode two and three are about to hit 3 million - and last week's Edenia/Outworld-centric episode has almost reached the 2 million mark.
This week we've got eyes-on the fifth of the nine planned episodes in season one of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries from director Kevin Tancharoen. As expected, episode 5 continues the story of Outworld inhabitants and "sisters" Mileena & Kitana.
As mentioned, last week's episode chronicled the fall of Edenia - which resulted in the dispatching of King Jerrod as well as the forced marriage between Outworld Emperor Shao Kahn and Sindel, Queen of Edenia. Unable to bear her "imprisonment" at the hands of Shao Kahn (and out of fear the Emperor would corrupt her daughter), Sindel took her own life to protect the soul of the infant Princess - but not before Shang Tsung used Kitana as a blueprint for Tarkatan-human hybrid (and loyal Shao Kahn disciple) Mileena.
The episode drew mixed reactions, due in part to Tancharoen's heavy use of voice-over narration and stylized animation in place of live action shots. Some fans thought episode 4 was a cool change of pace, while others felt it was a cop-out - especially after the production-value bar was set so high during the CGI-infused battle between Jackson Briggs and Kano in the first episode of the series.
Fortunately, while part 2 of the Kitana/Mileena story does utilize similar animation sequences, it also features one of the coolest fight sequences in the series so far.
Check out Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 5 below:
Episode 5 seemingly concludes the Kitana and Milleen storyline - so we'll have to wait until next week to see which kombatant takes center stage in episode 6. There are still plenty of characters we've previously confirmed for the webseries that have yet to make an appearance - including fan-favorites Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden - as well as the Lin Kuei assassins turned robo-ninjas Sektor and Cyrax (who were hinted at in the first episode).
Until the next installment airs, 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
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 4: Kitana and Mileena Part 1
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New Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes debut at midnight PST every Monday night.