The first episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, director Kevin Tancharoen's web series spawned from his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film pitch, has finally hit the Interwebs. These initial 12 minutes are already the coolest iteration of the classic fighting game series that's ever been committed to film. It feels as though Tancharoen pulled back from some of the gnarlier bits that typified his initial concept, but the action-packed first episode is heavy on the gritty style.
Since there's a story to establish, don't expect too many nods to the brutal hand-to-hand combat that the video game series delivers (and will deliver again on April 19, when the new Mortal Kombat game ships). You do get a little bit though, along with a fair amount of gunplay and some lovely visual effects. No spoilers; just watch the thing:
Unfortunately, there is still no word on when the other eight episodes in the web series will air. Hopefully we can look forward to weekly updates from here on out.
There's a very "made-for-TV" vibe to the series as we see it in this premiere. More in the vein of Fringe though than, say, Babylon 5. Seeing some familiar faces helps. Jax (Michael Jai White), Striker (Tahmoh Pennikett), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi) all put in appearances. No sign yet of fan-favorites Scorpion or Sub Zero, but we'll surely be seeing them soon. Get a sense of what else we've got coming as well in this newly released trailer: