Mortal Kombat Legacy II officially drops tomorrow, picking right up where the first season left off and despite the many casting changes and slight shift in direction it doesn’t miss a beat. This season brings us Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Cyrax, Ermac and the younger Sub-Zero. Not appearing this year are Jax, Sonya, Shao Kahn, Baraka, Kano, Quan Chi and Queen Sindel. New actors for this season include Casper van Dien (Johnny Cage), Eric Jacobus (Stryker), Michelle Lee (Mileena), David Lee McInnis (Raiden) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung). All told you get ten episodes of high-octane enterainment. Not to mention blood, broken bones, a few cuss words and lots of fatalities.
MK Legacy II is still full of the energy and spark that revitalized the franchise and continues to breathe new life into it. The gritty realism spin that superheroes, et al, undergo in this new millennium is exactly what’s needed: no more cartoonish stylings with a wink and a nod to the audience. Liu Kang is no longer the Noble Hero, instead portrayed as a borderline sociopath hell bent upon vengeance. Kung Lao is more akin to what Liu Kang’s character used to be- noble and self-sacrificing yet no longer living in Liu’s shadow. He’s the big brother in the relationship, and their conflict pushes Liu Kang towards the one person we’d never thought to see him with.