In 2011, director Kevin Tancheroen launched his original web series ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ reinventing the characters from the classic video game in a grittier, more realistic world. The first series was set before the original game, setting up the origins of the various characters and the mythology.
The new season almost seems like a complete relaunch, with much of the original cast replaced by newcomers, including Casper Van Dien (‘Starship Troopers’) replacing Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage. Other new cast members will be playing characters all new to the story, such as Brian Tee (‘The Wolverine’) as Liu Kang, Mark Decascos (‘Hawaii Five-O’) as Kung Lao and Harry Shum Jr. (‘Glee’) as Kuai Liang. Perhaps the two biggest names from the first season, Michael Jai White (Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs) and Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade) are not returning and their characters will not appear. Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion) and Samantha Tjhia (Kitana) will reprise their roles from season one.
The original game was released in 1992 and almost immediately caused controversy over the gory game play featuring splattering blood and of course those violent finishing moves. Of course, controversy often leads to success and the game quickly spawned a live-action movie, which was successful enough to spawn a sequel ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’. There was also a television series, ‘Mortal Kombat: Konquest’ and even a techno theme song that was a hit in clubs!
Check out the trailer for season two:
As you can tell, the series looks to be a nice blend of requisite ninja battles and human drama. If you’ve seen season one, you’ll notice that not only has the budget for this season clearly been bumped up, but Tancheroen himself seems to have really blossomed as a director, bringing a nicely stylized look to the series.
Unlike the last season, all of season two will be released at the same time, on September 26, 2013 on Machinima‘s Youtube channel. Will you be tuning in?