In case you fine FEARnet readers couldn't tell, we've been pretty jazzed for Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Kevin Tancharoen's real-world take on the Mortal Kombat mythology. Well, after that buzz-building viral video last summer and a pretty heavy hype machine leading up to it, the first episode of the series is up, courtesy of Machinima! Check it out, as well as my impressions, after the break.
The premier introduces us to Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) as she infiltrates a robotics smuggling operation, complete with Sektor fan service, led by Kano and the Black Dragons. Unfortunately for her, she is captured by Kano to be used as bait in a trap for her partners Jax (Michael Jai White) and Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett), who come to her rescue with guns-a-blazin' and fists-a-flyin'.
It's still early in the game to pass judgment on the series based off of a premier episode, but there's a pretty even balance between the hits and the misses overall. The nods and foreshadowing are laid on pretty thick to get fans excited, but the overall tone isn't quite there yet. Mortal Kombat is about the tournament, the fighting, and the fatalities, and only the fighting has shown up so far. True, the fighting is fantastic, visceral, and well choreographed, but it's only part of the equation.
Still, the groundwork has still been laid out for something potentially great, and it looks like director Kevin Tancharoen has a lot of genuine love for the source material. As long as he stays the path that he's taking I think Mortal Kombat: Legacy could become the sort of cultish pleasure that its cinematic predecessors were.
Even if I'm wrong, we'll at least get to see Black Dynamite use kung fu on some turkeys, and that's all right, too.