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There Is Now A Mortal Kombat Live Action Web Series Out

Did you guys hear the news? Someone thought it would be a good idea to bring back Mortal Kombat. Youngblood director Kevin Tancharoen– his only major film credit is the awful 2009 remake of Fame— somehow acquired the rights to make a 10-episode web mini-series based on the mega popular video game franchise Mortal Kombat. The first episode of the project, entitled Mortal Kombat: Legacy, was released yesterday via‘s YouTube page and features the characters Sonya Blade, Jax, Stryker, and villain Kano. Check the 12-minute episode below:

Okay, before we eviscerate the living crap out of this episode, let’s start off with the positive (it’s singular because we could only come up with one nice thing to say): kudos to whoever did the casting on this project. Having Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager) play Sonya Blade and Tahmoh Penikett ( Karl «Helo» Agathon from Battlestar Galactica) is a good way to get the nerd fan boys to like your project.

Other than these casting choices, however, Mortal Kombat: Legacy goes all kinds of wrong. First of all, why on Earth would you pick the aforementioned characters to start off your series? Does the director not know that the most popular MK characters are Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Any nerd worth his weight in arcade quarters could have told you that. Wouldn’t it have made better sense to kick off your series with one of these fellas?

Oh yeah, and making your mini-series an awful lot like the second Mortal Kombat film? Did this director not see that abomination-on-celluloid? Yeah, terrible frakking choice.

Then again, it could just be that we’re hypercritical of anything from our childhood that doesn’t meet our standards. What do you guys think? Is it a huge disservice to one of the most popular video game franchises of all time, or is it an adequate tribute?

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