Let there be a fatality!
What They Say:
When Jax realizes time is of the essence to save Sonya, a fellow lieutenant in the Outworld Investigation Agency, from Kano’s deadly hand, he holds nothing back in this action-packed, two-on-one battle to keep a shipment of stolen Robotic Defense Program material out of Kano’s hands. But can Jax and Sonya do it? Kano is a ruthless, evil leader of the “Black Dragon” international crime organization, and anyone who’s tried to take him down has never lived to tell about it!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The opening episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy fairly well underwhelmed me since it wasn’t all that much about the mortal combat or anything, which to some degree is understandable since you want to connect with the characters and build it up a little. It had a significant action sequence which helped, but there wasn’t enough to really hook you and say, “Come back, there’s more good stuff like this still to go.” In some ways, while the actors did a good job with what they had, you’d almost expect a bunch of amateurs to do it just a little bit better since they’d go right for the costumed fights, the buzzwords and so forth. The decision to go this route instead isn’t necessarily a bad one, but with the short form storytelling, it didn’t demand you return for more.
With the second installment, clocking in three minutes shorter and with a brief recap of the first episode at the start, we do get some good action from the get go as Jax and Kano start really slugging it out as they pile on the intensity. It does give us the key moment for Kano about why he has the metallic face, as Jax pounds the crap out of him pretty well (if comical at times in slow motion), as there’s a brutal piece that shreds the skin from his face. It’s a decent moment, one that really does show that the series won’t shy away from the harsher moments with the blood and guts, and that’s the first reassuring part of the series for me.
The character moments here are small, such as with Sonya in recover or watching how Kano is being rebuilt, but they’re decent for the low budget that this is. Kano actually gets to be interesting towards the end and we have the exposition of why Jax is going to get the changes that we know he will in order to be who we’re familiar with. The thrust of this installment is all about the hand to hand between the two men though and overall it works well enough, but it’s still struggling to make sure I want to come back for more. This one ups the ante a bit just because of the brutal moment that showcases the blood and guts, giving us an approximation of a fatality, and that’s enough at the moment to say that they’re on the right track. But they’re still missing something that’s required for the short form storytelling to really get you hooked on it.