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Short Origin stories NOT a movie
on 13 February 2015
Origin shorts of some of Mortal Kombat's icons. The First 2 episodes focus on Sonya, Jax, Kano and a brief appearance from Stryker. This is probably my favourite of the whole show and actually moved it from a 2 star disappointing to what I was expecting. Great performances from Jeri Ryan, and Michael Jai White. The fight between him and Kano was the best of the DVD.
Johnny Cage's story is ok, I think it was casted well, and the fights were pretty good, it does also show his motivation for getting into the tournament, also hey managed to put in a couple of his signature moves.
Raiden: From here the DVD started to go downhill for me. At the beginning of this episode there is a short declaimer saying that this is not the usual MK story but he hope it is still enjoyable. Unfortunately it did not hit the mark for me. They said they wanted to portray Raiden as mortal, I think they took this a step too far, and made his seem not just mortal but helpless.
Kitana and Milleena: This episode was part animated and part live action. The fights were ok, nothing great except the sparing match between the two "sisters". This was the best part of the two part episode for me. I actually think too much time was given to this story. I am sure by increasing the pace of the story I am sure it could have been done in one episode rather than filling two.
Scorpion and Sub-Zero: This was these were the 2 episodes I was looking forward as Sub-Zero is my favourite character. So my disappointment was doubled as this was much more Scorpion's origin story. Mini spoiler there is also a brief appearance from Quan Chi as well.
Cyrax and Sektor: was not really expecting much from this story and it is not much of a story but there are 2 very good fights in it one the human Cyrax and Sektor beating the crap out of the earlier cyborg. Which begs the question why go ahead with the project when the humans won? Than the upgraded Cyrax and Sektor against the complete robotic (boss type) assassin.
There are good extras of how the fights were recorded showing the stuntmen and actors working with the fight co-ordinator. There are other about the locations and how and why things were shot. If you are into these things great. Personally would have preferred if there were a couple more episodes.
There were some very good bits in this they were a lot of boring bit the fights were the same they ranged from good to acrobatic displays that look good on camera but not really effective. This does not really connect together like the Street Fighter series and is just about comes off as ok for me. Really saved by the first two episodes and the last two.