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Mortal Kombat: Legacy 

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 Johnny Cage 9 episodes, 2013
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 Hanzo Hasashi / ... 6 episodes, 2011-2013
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Kim Do Nguyen ...
 Ermac / ... 6 episodes, 2011-2013
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 Shang Tsung 5 episodes, 2011
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 Kung Lao 4 episodes, 2013
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 Kurtis Stryker 4 episodes, 2013
Eric Steinberg ...
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Andrew Chin ...
 SWAT / ... 3 episodes, 2011
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 Liu Kang 3 episodes, 2013
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 Shang Tsung 3 episodes, 2013
David Kim ...
 Lin Kuei Clansman / ... 3 episodes, 2013
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 Narrator / ... 2 episodes, 2011
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Jolene Tran ...
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 King Jerrod 2 episodes, 2011
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 Lt. Kurtis Stryker 2 episodes, 2011
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 Quan Chi 2 episodes, 2011
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 Technician #2 2 episodes, 2011
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 Narrator 2 episodes, 2011
Victor Kimura ...
Matt Reimer ...
Yoko Tatara ...
 Japanese Translator 2 episodes, 2011
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 Edenian Knight #1 2 episodes, 2011
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 Edenian Woman 2 episodes, 2011
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Colin Decker ...
 Edenian #1 2 episodes, 2011
Lee Henderson ...
 Black Dragon 2 episodes, 2011
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 Edenian #2 2 episodes, 2011
Don Lew ...
 Tarkatan Warrior 2 episodes, 2011
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 Kuai Liang 2 episodes, 2013
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 Young Hanzo Hasashi / ... 2 episodes, 2013
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 Young Kuai Liang 2 episodes, 2013
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 Hanzo's Father 2 episodes, 2013
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 Armed Gunman #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Bryan Thompson ...
 Armed Gunman #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Shane Warren Jones ...
 Cyrax / ... 1 episode, 2011
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 Johnny Cage 1 episode, 2011
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Peter Hall ...
 Dr. Gadsen 1 episode, 2011
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 Action Star 1 episode, 2011
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 White Coat #1 1 episode, 2011
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 Technician #1 1 episode, 2011
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 Grand Master 1 episode, 2011
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 Queen Sindel 2 episodes, 2011
Victor Lucas ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2011
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 White Coat #2 1 episode, 2011
Ed Boon ...
 Ed Goodman 1 episode, 2011
Brooke Graeff ...
 Computer 1 episode, 2011
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 White Coat #3 1 episode, 2011
Shaun Himmerick ...
 Shaun Lo 1 episode, 2011
Lyndsay Malchuck ...
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The first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a prequel to the original game, explaining the background stories of several characters from the series and demonstrating their reasons for participating in the upcoming tenth Mortal Kombat tournament on which the first game was based. The episodes are non-linear with minimal continuity and each devoted to the story of a specific character or characters. The second season covers the tournament itself. Written by jimmy singh

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Filmed from 7 February to 3 March 2011 in Vancouver for Season 1. See more »

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Referenced in Mortal Kombat Legacy: Expanding the Netherrealm (2011) See more »

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Review of Season 1 and 2
8 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The famous ultra-violent video game franchise gets a "Dark Knight" styled make-over. This is Mortal Kombat revised. Mortal Kombat redone.......as yet another live action iteration of the fantasy fighting game. Originally conceived to be realistic remake which cleverly replacing the more out-of-this-world concepts with gritty real world explanations, MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY drops that ball right into its second episode where we have mercenaries firing plasma weapons. Two episodes later, we are right back in familiar fantasy territory of other realms, monsters and magic. This is Mortal Kombat rehashed, Mortal Kombat repeated with merely cosmetic changes, and Mortal Kombat recast in such a haphazard way between its two seasons.

This web series, originally debuting on the Machinima youtube channel, consists of 6 story arcs over 9 episodes for season one. Season two comprises an ongoing story arc of the tournament plus three origin stories told in flashbacks for a total of 10 episodes. Each episode is so distinct in tone, style and entertainment value that they are almost like mini- movies unto themselves. Two things that permeate the both seasons seems to be director Kevin Tancheroen's indecisive directing style and the annoying music. Tancheroen seems to be copying the style of other directors like Zack Snyder's slow motion speed ramping, Neveldine and Tylor's high speed shaky cam digital photography, and Luc Besson / Paul Greengrass's hyper fast cuts. All these stylistic touches seem thrown in at random and overdone in many instances. Much of the fight choreography for season one is fantastic. But it is done great injustice by Tancharoen's quick cuts, extreme close ups and shaky camera.

The first two episodes of season one go into the back story of Sonya Blade, Jax and crime boss Kano presented in a familiar "Cops and Crime boss" setting. Sonya is taken prisoner and Jax leads a special forces team to take down Kano's gang. This is a strong start, with a look not unlike modern Hollywood action movies and a realistic gritty tone. Next we get the tale of washed up action star Johnny Cage trying to pitch his latest production. Again, realistic and right in place in our real world, done very creatively in the form of a TV documentary.

Now after that, in comes some hokey fantasy. Kitanna and Mileena: a tale of sibling rivalry and teenage identity set among the CGI mountains of Edeina and the dark Canadian- looking woods of Outworld? Our first dud of season one, the Kitanna / Mileena arc spans two episodes but half of the second episode in this arc is a flashback to events in the preceding episode, making the actual runtime of content a lot shorter. Flash animation is used to pad out the story almost like a motion comic.

Thankfully the subsequent episodes return to the more realistic setting and more ambiguous fantasy. Take Raiden for instance. How would people, realistically in today's world, react to some dude claiming to be a thunder god? The highlights of the season are of course Scorpion Vs Sub-Zero arc and the final episode about the Lin Kuei Cyborgs. Scorpion's backstory and ensuing vendetta against ninja leader Sub Zero is explained via a beautifully shot period piece, seemingly set in feudal Japan. Characters speak Japanese, authentic Asian actors play the roles, even the costumes seem true to the feudal period. Lastly, the Lin Kuei cyborg segment. This is real eye candy here, featuring cutting edge CGI and motion capture work, creating one of the more brutal bouts in the series.

So after a generally enjoyable season one, disregarding some missteps here and there, season two comes around. Season two showcases a little more backstory of other characters like Kung Lao and Liu Kang, as well as finally showing the start of the titular Mortal Kombat Tournament.

It may have well been a completely new show altogether as only a couple of returning faces and story elements bear a resemblance to season one. More than half of the roles have been recast with new actors, there are many continuity inconsistencies, the special effects look cheaper, and so do the costumes.

For an example of cheapskate costumes and inconsistencies just compare the stories of Scorpion and Sub Zero across the seasons. Season one was simple yet effective, giving a production design of outfits that may have been plausible during feudal Japan. Season 2 reveals that our feudal japan period piece actually takes place in modern day; a modern day where Japan never outgrew its swords, samurais and shoguns and everyone suddenly speaks American English! Season 2 also downgraded the ninja outfits from realistically plausible to ripoff Power Rangers and pyjamas. Lacklustre fights which lack the gritty brutality of the previous season lead up to one disappointing conclusion that is all build up without any payoff.

With season three set to veer off into adapting characters and concepts from the recent Mortal Kombat X video game, MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY's first two seasons ends off on a low note. The episodes of Sonya/Jax/Kano, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Scorpion/Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei Cyborgs Cyrax and Sektor stand as true gems. Featuring feature film-like production quality and design, brutal fight choreography, as well as cleverly reinterpreting the established mythos in a fresh manner. Downer episodes include the Kitanna/Mileena and most of season two (except perhaps the Kenshi Vs Ermac episodes).


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