Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 4: Straight Outta SyFy
Episode 4 of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” is out, and this time, the spotlight’s on our second favorite sexy ninjas, Mileena and Kitana (first favorite are Sub-Zero and Scorpion, obviously). This marks the first time that the webseries has ventured outside of the real world and into the mythos of Mortal Kombat. This also may mark the last time I actually give the time of day to this series. Read on to see why.
Okay, so this is basically the origins of Kitana and Mileena. Not being too versed in the Mortal Kombat universe, I’m not quite sure it’s accurate to canon or not, but man, what a stinker. First of all, half of the episode is animated, poorly at that. All of the important action scenes are trimmed down to twenty second montages, and in a barely animated, moving comic book style. I don’t know if they ran out of the money to do all live-action, or they didn’t have enough time to properly tell the backstory with real actors, but yeah, it’s pretty bad.
I have to suspect though that they did that because they realized how God-awful the live-action bits actually were. The previous episodes were interesting, to say the least, because this was being hailed as a “real world, gritty” interpretation of Mortal Kombat. However, the moment they switch to an actual separate universe, it just immediately switches to something resembling a SyFy Original Movie, except without the “so-bad-its-good” elements. The effects are terrible, the make-up is horrid, and everything just reeks of being shot in someone’s spare warehouse over the weekend. The original “Mortal Kombat” movie had better special effects and a more coherent story.
They really should’ve stuck with the original interpretation of Baraka, as presented in “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth”. Having him be this actual Tarkatan monster is just hilariously awful; there’s nothing special about him, as he just looks like another generic orc from Lord of the Rings.
Ultimately, this episode was such a stark difference from the past episodes rooted in the real world, that I don’t even know if I want to bother continuing to watch this. After all, this is only Part 1 of the Kitana and Mileena story, and after this we’re undoubtedly going to have to hear about Sub-Zero and Scorpion’s origins, which look to be equally SyFy-licious. I just don’t know if I can handle another crappy episode that essentially amounts to a terribly produced videogame cutscene.
The things I do in the name of journalism.