Writer: Kevin Tancharoen
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
To call the first six episodes of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" uneven… is actually being a little bit too kind.
The first two episodes were a solid, if flawed take on Jax and Sonya's feud with Kano. But the rest of the episodes were extremely disappointing, with only last week's Raiden themed episode showing some real promise.
If anything, I believe that this week's episode proves that two of the major problems for this series are screenwriters Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing. Finally left on his own, Kevin Tancharoen delivered an entertaining story about Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Without the Helbings, this series may finally find its legs.
Some of the shots and choreography are particularly well done and demonstrate that Tancharoen may still be the best choice to bring "Mortal Kombat" back to the big screen. The entire episode is in Japanese with English subtitles, which actually gives it a more authentic martial arts movie feel. The opening montage also had a particularly epic feel to it. This was the kind of "Mortal Kombat" story that I've been hoping to see since this project was announced.
Ian Anthony Dale ("The Event") headlines this episode as Hanzo Hasashi, who is better known as Scorpion. Most of the episode centers around Hanzo's relationship with his wife, Kana (Maurussa Tacharoen) and his son, Jubi (Brandon Nomura). The dialog in Hanzo's family scenes is nothing special, but because most of the audience won't be able to understand what was said, it almost doesn't matter.
Dale does give Hanzo a real sense that he loves his family and an emotional sincerity to his scenes. But I have to admit that I was a lot happier to see him take out his Scorpion outfit and suit up.
Of course Sub-Zero (Kevan Ohtsji) shows up and lays a trap for Scorpion while his family is attacked back in his home. The Sub-Zero and Scorpion feud is one of the core storylines of "Mortal Kombat" and Tancharoen wisely gives them the stage for at least two episodes. The cliffhanger also promises some long awaited martial arts action; which has been unfortunately absent for most of this webseries.
The costumes of Scorpion and Sub-Zero are also pretty good, although I preferred their visual appearances in the first "Mortal Kombat" film. However, the new Scorpion costume did seem to work well on Dale while he was briefly unmasked.
This was far from a perfect episode of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," but for the first time in weeks, I'm excited to see the next episode.
Crave Online Rating: 8 out of 10.