Mortal Kombat: Legacy may be close to wrapping up, but the series is going to go out with a bang as the last three episodes are absolutely packed with the goodness fans have been looking forward to. So far MK: Legacy has had its series of high and low points, the latter of which may be attributed to fans simply having their expectations set too high. But now on episode 7 of 9, we have our first episode featuring the backstory of both Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Bringing to life two iconic MK characters may have been a tall order for the creative team behind MK: Legacy, but I think what was offered in episode 7 ought to please all the Team Yellow Ninja and Team Blue Ninja fans out there.
Primarily focused on Scorpion, or rather Hanzo Hasashi, this new episode is entirely set in feudal Japan as we see that besides being a badass ninja, Scorpion is also a family man. Seeing the interactions between Scorpion and his son may not be what gamers want to see out the episode (constant blood, fighting, Lin Kuei vs. Shirai Ryu soap opera drama) but it does offer a nice amount of character building. The moments when Scorpion is teaching his son some life lessons, or at least the life lessons for a ninja, may be slightly sappy, but it is required to help build Scorpion as a character due to the impending horror he’s about to go through.
Sadly, the episode goes by rather quick since it only clocks in at nine minutes and worst of all it ends on an epic cliffhanger right at the start of Scorpion’s fight with Sub-Zero. It sucks that this episode ends on such a huge cliffhanger, but we can at least hope that next week we’ll be greeted with a long ass fight scene and some other potential goodness.
So far what was offered in this episode does seem to be following the core lore from the MK games, which is nice to see since you really don’t need to alter much in the Scorpion and Sub-Zero storyline. A lot of people haven’t liked some of the directions MK: Legacy has taken with characters such as Raiden, so getting a somewhat old-fashioned but updated tale like involving Scorpion and Sub-Zero is extremely nice.
The quality and production value in the episode is rather high as there aren’t any bad wigs/beards and the sets/locations really looked exceptional. I also appreciated the performance of Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion and absolutely loved the music, which picks up considerably towards the end of the episode. We’ve been promised that Sub-Zero will have his ice powers so I expect episode 8 will include some potentially awesome special effects and the episode will indeed include a Fatality of some sort, or at least it did as a teaser image include a detached spine laying on a pile of snow.
Outside of the episode having a slightly odd flow, I think episode 7 of MK: Legacy will likely end up being in the top 3 best episodes of the series once all is said and done. Perhaps that’s just the inner Scorpion fanboy within me being a bit hyperbolic, but I really enjoyed the overall style of episode 7 and it only makes me want to see MK: Legacy characters skins for the new MK game become a reality.