What better way is there for Mortal Kombat: Legacy to say goodbye to season one than with experimental surgery on ninjas?
After a rather long hiatus, the final episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy has made its ways online, and rather appropriately it’s one of the best episodes of the season. The season finale introduces us to Sektor and Cyrax, letting the audience see their transformation from willing – well, willing-ish – human test subjects, to the mechanical assassins we know and love.
The episode takes the Robocop route, showing the process in slightly disjointed snatches. There’s also some Clockwork Orange-esque mental programming, with the Lin Kuei scientists attempting to replace emotional responses with logic and pure obedience. The cyborgs themselves have had a subtle redesign to make them look more realistic, and while the effects aren’t going to win any Oscars, they’re pretty impressive for a web series. A word of warning though, the episode has some surprisingly graphic scenes of the two assassins being cut up and “augmented.” The scenes aren’t massively gory, but if watching people being operated on makes you feel uncomfortable, this might be something to skip.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy has been a rather hit and miss series, with some very impressive episodes – such as Raiden’s stint in a mental hospital – and others – such as the two episodes with Kitana and Mileena – which were significantly less so. Of course, the Mortal Kombat games are such a bizarre assortment of influences, with magic and monsters rubbing shoulders with sci-fi, it makes sense that getting a cohesive whole out of it might be tricky.