A washed up movie star and a sorcerer in the same room? Yep, it’s Mortal Kombat alright.
Another week, another slice of Mortal Kombat flavored face-kicking action. In this week’s installment, Sonya, Stryker and Jax are warming the bench, and struggling movie star/action hero Johnny Cage is taking center stage, showing the events that resulted in Cage joining the Mortal Kombat tournament, and giving us our first proper taste of Shang Tsung’s power.
Just as Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan reprised their roles from Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Jax and Sonya respectively, this episode sees the return of Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage. In Rebirth, Cage had gone undercover for the police, trying to hunt down Dr. Alex Zane – also known as Baraka. Unfortunately, for Cage at least, he found him, and came to a rather sticky end. In his Legacy debut he fares a little better, but not much better. This episode also features a cameo appearance by Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon as TV producer Ed Goodman.
I must admit that this episode came as a rather happy surprise. It still has that gritty and grim edge to it, but it breaks away from the very po-faced action movie feel of the first two episodes. The opening montage, which intersperses real footage of Mullins – who is a five-times martial arts world champion – when he was young, neatly tells us what we need to know about Cage without going taking up too much time.
The episode has its swearing censored, presumably because of complaints about previous episodes. Interestingly, it seems that Warner Bros. has also toned down some of the earlier episodes as well; Jax’s eye-popping punch from last week’s episode is gone, for example. It’s a little jarring, but not so much that it spoils the episode. An uncensored version of the episode will air on Friday though, so if the lack of cursing does spoil it for you, then you’ll be able to get your fill of f-bombs in time for the weekend.