Mortal Kombat Legacy II: Second Season Review

Posted in Action Adventure, Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, TV on October 5th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Behind the scenes with MK Legacy 2.

And here it is. When Kevin Tancharoen first burst onto the MK scene with his revolutionary short, MK Rebirth, fans all over were hopeful that there would be a great resurgence in the franchise’s storytelling. In a way, that has certainly come to pass- the first web-series was well-received… at least, well enough to spawn a second season. Eventually, we expect a full movie, which hopefully will come within sight of the next actual GAME. Anyway, that’s still far into the future; the Second Season of Mortal Kombat Legacy, named Mortal Kombat Legacy II, is here now, released in its entirety online (at Machinima) on the first day of release. What can one expect from the sophomore outing of this subset of the MK mythos?

The first season was ten episodes long, and was composed mainly of single or two-episode character arcs, each one taking on one or two characters’ stories- such as Sonya and Jax, Raiden, Kitana and Mileena, Johnny Cage and so son. Each character arc was more or less a complete story, making the first season an anthology. The quality was overall good, in terms of production value it all looked slick and above your usual live-action fan flick. I even found myself really into the unusual treatment of some of the episodes, such as the quite disturbing episode starring Raiden, which put the thunder god in a mental institution where we all questioned his sanity. Some were by the numbers or expected, but it all came off as a good-natured, well-meaning MK romp. They were all prequels and served to enrich the existing mythology.

Now, MK Legacy II. The schtick here is, the second season is not an anthology anymore- all 10 episodes tell one linear story, and is set in the time of an actual, or in this series, the current MK Tournament. This IS the game, within this corner of the MK universe.
As expected, both the champions of Earth Realm and Outworld are being gathered- by Raiden (David Lee McInnis) and Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) respectively. Of the fighters, there are changes to the casting from Season 1, with key characters Sonya and Jax missing in action during the actual Tournament. The good guys include Johnny Cage (newly-casted Casper Van Diem), Kurtis Stryker, the New Sub-Zero and Kung Lao (Mark Dacascos). On the Outworld side are Kitana and Mileena, a demonic and feral Ermac, Scorpion (returning Ian Anthony Dale) and Lui Kang (Brian Tee).

More on MK Legacy 2′s Behind-the-scenes.

Yep, Lui Kang. Perhaps following the events in the game, MKL2′s Champion of Earth Realm is a disillusioned, bitter and violent, given to drinking and brawling. Oh, and he apparently works as a paid assassin. Not quite the thing expected of a supposed Hero and former member of the White Lotus. Well, having your fiancee murdered can expectedly change you. The scene though where the fiancee is apparently killed is pretty vague (how did it happen and why couldn’t Lui Kang stop it?). Given as well that Kung Lao and the White Lotus have become Jedi-like in their intolerance of human love and relationships, you perhaps can’t blame him totally.

There are sadly glaring problems in MKL2. The first being the cast seems full of holes and ragtag, with no one to really root for. Lui Kang has turned evil, while Kung Lao is so vapid and cold in his purity that he is borderline unlikable. Johnny Cage remains clueless until it’s too late, and Stryker is… well, Stryker and Sub-Zero… well, he’s spineless. Heheh.

Aside from that, it’s readily apparent that each of the episodes is short on content. At about eight or so minutes for most, an episode seems to contain one main scene, a tease of the next scene and that’s it. Add to this padding of recap footage from the previous episode, or one of the various pace-slowing flashbacks and the final ‘Next Episode’ teaser footage at the end and you have just a very bit of actual real time action to chew on per ep. I think that’s the main reason why they released every episode of Season 2 all at once- watching just one episode a week is too lacking in content and oomph. There’s actually basically just barely enough for a feature film before us, and even then, it finishes with the main fight that was being built up for the whole time STILL not happening. On the bright side, at least we get quite a few fatalities, even if the fights themselves (and the tournament as a whole) seemingly feeling and looking… small.

Still, the series looks great, with good fight scenes and decent to very good performances from most of the onscreen performers. At no point is it ever too slow or boring. But I just want more.

On the one side, I guess it’s good that the season leaves us wanting more and expectant of the next installment. Do we have to wait another year till Season 3? MAN. On the other, I hope that director Kevin T. returns to making the eps. each more substantial and perhaps less seemingly by the numbers. I’ve seen better from this franchise, and I hope it gets even better from here.

Mortal Kombat Legacy II Entire Season Now Online!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on September 27th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Ready for a new season of GET OVER HERE?

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but the vigil has paid off. Mortal Kombat Legacy by Kevin Tancharoen is now on its second season, and Machinima once again brings us the goods. The webisodes are a separate entity from the upcoming movie (also directed by Tancharoen), and will tell a cohesive, linear story unlike the single or two-part character vignettes in the first season. Me, I’m still waiting for news of the next game though.

Anyways, in a pretty unprecedented move, Machinima has released ALL the episodes of Season 2 today. You read that right- ALL episodes. So no more waiting for the next installment of MK Legacy 2 every week (unless you want to). Me, I’m going on an MKL2 Marathon over the weekend. WOOHOO!

You can find the whole Season 2 Playlist here.

Mortal Kombat Legacy 2: New Trailer, Release Date!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on September 13th, 2013 by thelonegamer

It has beg- well, it will begin later this month.

Yep, you’ve been wondering haven’t you- like me as well. Wonder no more… Mortal Kombat Legacy 2‘s debut has been given a date. The continuation to Kevin Tancharoen’s MK web series returns on September 26, on Machinima. The new, 3-minute trailer above shows off quite a bit of new footage and quite a lot of characters. We can see quite a bit of action and it seems that this season will surely top the first in terms of blood and secrets. Can’t wait!

Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 ‘Fight’ Clip

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on July 4th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Looks like Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 starts off kicking.

Here’s a quick peek at the action that will be Koming soon, via director Kevin Tancharoen’s second stab at the Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat Legacy’s second season sees several new faces even as we say goodbye to some old ones (Sadly Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White won’t be back this time). Mark Dacascos and Casper Van Dien join the cast as Kung Lao and Johnny Cage, respectively, as two of the main heroes of Earth guided by Raiden (David Lee McCinnis). Meanwhile, Shang Tsung (played by the one-and-only Cary Tagawa) is also gathering his forces, including, surprisingly enough, a certain fighter named Lui Kang (Brian Tee).

Anyway, the fight scene above portrays the vengeance of Scorpion on Sub-Zero (who was sadly framed by Shang Tsung in Season 1), and the fighting looks aces as ever. According to Director Kev, this season will portray the actual MK Tournament, and thus will have more action and fatalities portrayed onscreen. Can’t wait!

Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 Trailer!

Posted in Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, Playstation Vita, PS3, Xbox360 on February 18th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper


We’ve all waited patiently, and over the weekend director Kevin Tancharoen made the internet’s collective mouths water in anticipation. Well, the wait is over and it’s HERE. More Mortal Kombat Legacy (well, a taste of what’s the come at least) in the two minute plus trailer above.

What do I think? The trailer looks fantastic, as trailers go. I expect a lot more action this time, as the events go into the actual tournament instead of just focusing on individual characters and their origins. Pretty sure there will be some cringe-worthy bits as well as the expected lip service (‘Get Over Here’ was used one too many times though heh) that makes this an MK series. In any case, this got me excited in MK again, and perhaps warrants a look at the first season to refresh my memory at what worked, what didn’t, and what I hope to see. In any case…

IT HAS BEGUN. Mr. Tagawa is THE MAN. Heheh.

Mortal Kombat Legacy: Prepare Yourself!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on January 16th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Best MK Cosplay ever?

The pic above was posted by director Kevin Tancharoen on his Twitter recently, and it shows off most of the performers for the second season of the highly-popular MK web series. Turns out that KT hasn’t been just tweeting online all this time- he’s been working on the new episodes, and the show is ready to debut this coming February 17.

The official cast for Season 2 includes Ian Anthony Dale (Hanzo Hisashi/Scorpion), Sam Tjhia (Kitana), Darren Shahlavi (Kano), Harry Shum Jr. (Kuai Liang/Sub-Zero 2), Cary Tagawa (Shang Tsung), Brian Tee (Lui Kang),. Mark Dacascos (Kung Lao) and Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage).
Performers who appeared in Season 1 who are MIA this time are Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage), Tahmoh Penikett (Kurtis Stryker), Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade) and Jolene Tran (Mileena).

Expect to see the following characters in action in the coming episodes: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Jax, Sonya, Stryker, Kano, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Mileena, Baraka, Ermac, Shang Tsung, Quan-Chi and Kenshi.

I really, really liked the first season (some episodes more than others), so I’ve got high hopes for this. Can’t wait for February!

Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 Info!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, Movies on December 17th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Cary ‘Shang Tsung’ Tagawa is ready for Season 2.

Kevin Tancharoen has been pretty active lately on his Twitter Account, showing off several teaser images for next year’s Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2. The images include stuff like Kitana’s new costume, the original Shang Tsung, Cary Tagawa as the shapeshifting sorcerer, a flag with a very beastly version of the MK logo, and more. Aside from this, info on both returning, new and non-returning actors for the new season has been revealed. Season 2 brings in a couple of well-known names into the roster- Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) takes over the role of Johnny Cage from previous actor Matt Mullins, while Mark Dacascos (Crying Freeman) debuts as Kung Lao.

More info on the Cast, what MK Characters we can expect to appear in Season 2, has been nicely posted by Fighter’s Generation. I have to say I’m pretty excited for this- I love this show, and I can’t wait to see more and better. All this plus a new MK movie! Sadly we can’t count on a new game anytime soon, but we can’t have everything…

Headed for the Big Screen: Dead Island, Mortal Kombat!

Posted in Action Adventure, Dead Island, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, Movies, Survival Horror on September 30th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Some recent game-to-movie news. Survival Horror Hit Dead Island will be coming to theaters care of Lionsgate Films, while Warner Bros. has given MK Legacy Maven Kevin Tancharoen the Go Ahead for a Theatrical Reboot Release of Mortal Kombat.

Fast Tube by Casper

To star Adrien Brody and a CG-youthenized Dakota Fanning. Kidding.

Zombie movies are all the rage these days- will that still be the case in a couple of years, when Dead Island’s theatrical debut hits? Probably. We’ve seen so many permutations of the shuffling/stalking/running undead/infected genre (still quite a few coming, like Juan of the Dead and World War Z), so what does Dead Island have new to offer? Bikini-clad zombies is a good start I guess, but then according to a press release by the L.A. Times, the film will feature “family ties and non-linear storytelling”.

Based on that, my impression is that they’re going to take that emotional debut trailer as inspiration, which I feel is kinda off the mark. Downer films just don’t hit it with me- and really, that story of the tragic family in the ad? It’s been told, and it’s DONE. Do we need to see an hour and a half version of that? Perhaps a more tongue-in-cheek Zombieland (Zombie Island?) approach would be better.

Fast Tube by Casper

The short film that started it all.

As for the future Mortal Kombat film, Kevin Tancharoen’s web series was mostly awesome, so this is pretty great news. He’s supposedly going for ‘more realism”… well, as real as a story with ice-throwing ninja and thunder gods-in-the-flesh can be. With a bigger budget (but less than 100 million, supposedly) perhaps we can have awesome scenes in Outworld without having to resort to animated cut-aways.

With the next MK movie due in 2013 (supposedly coinciding with the next MK game), there’s really no reason to worry about this till the first trailer hits. Anything is possible, I guess. Let’s cross our fingers that this next theatrikal release avoids Annihilation.

Mortal Kombat Legacy, Episode 9: Cyrax and Sektor, Series Afterthoughts

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on July 25th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

The first season of Legacy ends on an particularly strong note.

Aaand it’s back! Now up officially on Machinima’s channel, here’s the finale of Kevin Tancharoen’s groundbreaking web-series. It’s been a ride, with episode being anticipated by MK fans the world over. In the end, I think that the series has been a success- while it has it’s highs and lows, overall it was well-shot and excellently thought-out, with several standout episodes (Raiden, Johnny Cage’s and the Cyborgs). For me, this series worked best when Tancharoen allowed himself to play a bit- what I found so intriguing in the original Mortal Kombat Rebirth. Some episodes played out too predictably, which watered down their appeal to me. This final installment, with a simple, direct-to-the-point storyline, impressed simply from the production values and brutally impactful fight scenes.

Though I understand this series was probably made as a support to the game’s marketing and a prequel series, it would be awesome if it were to continue, but on the other hand as it is, it’s already something special and something that MK fans can always enjoy, and an aspect of the franchise that can always be looked upon as a mark of quality. Whether it continues into a second season or not, this Legacy has already proven its worth.

Mortal Kombat Legacy Episode 9 @ Comicon!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy on July 22nd, 2011 by thelonegamer

The Mortal Kombat panel at Comicon, which had MK Legacy director Kevin Tancharoen and series creator Ed Boon present, debuted the episode 9 of the web-series Mortal Kombat Legacy. This time we see the origin of the Cyborg Ninjas, Cyrax and Sektor, as they are transformed from human assassins to the mechanized war machines we know.

I was fortunate enough to see the episode uploaded on Youtube, but it has since been taken down. Machinima, which has the rights to it, should be posting it on their own channel eventually. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of these particular fighters, but this episode is easily one of the best in the whole series. The pacing is quick and tight, and the two fight scenes show off the best action I’ve seen in the show so far. Visually as well, the production of the episode is very impressive and consistent.

Good to see Legacy end with a very good note and hopefully we’ll see this web-series continue onwards to a second season. Thanks to TheWushuFan for posting this!