Writers: Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Before this week's episode of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," director Kevin Tancharoen has a short onscreen message explaining that this is his more realistic interpretation of Raiden and he "hopes" that fans like it. To me, it almost seemed like an apology for daring to venture outside of the conventional "Mortal Kombat" story. But this was one of the better episodes of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" to date.
Although I do think that Tancharoen should apologize for the Johnny Cage episode.
Anyway, this longer than normal installment finds Lord Raiden (Ryan Robbins) cast down upon the Earth in human form, conveniently within the property of an insane asylum. So naturally, when Raiden tries to simply climb over the walls and escape, the orderlies assume he's one of the patients and subdue him. I've seen so many Thunder Gods in hospitals lately that I half expected Raiden to say "How dare you attack the son of Odin?!"
I actually like Tancharoen's idea to portray Raiden as a possibly insane man who believes that he's the protector of Earthrealm. But it's undercut by the fact that we see Raiden arrive on Earth and that he seems pretty weak for a God. The one time Raiden appears to be truly powerful is when the orderlies make the mistake of trying to take him out with tasers. Aside from that, I could almost buy that he's an unusually strong mental case.
The extra time for this week's show was appreciated, but some of the scripting came up a little short. The therapy scenes with Doctor Gadsen (Peter Hall) were more like exposition dumps than a contest of wills between the Doctor and his increasingly erratic patient. At one point, I actually thought that Gadsen had pulled a Nurse Ratched on Raiden and lobotomized him. That would have been a nice, unexpected twist.
Raiden's relationship with a young girl named Blue (Tracy Spiridakos) also lacks the time it needed to make her final actions towards him believable. Blue's three main scenes are her discovery of Raiden, the scene in which she untied him and the last one in which she destroyed his mortal body and freed him by stabbing him in the heart. I think this could have been more interesting if it had taken place from Blue's point of view and she had to make a leap of faith to stab Raiden at his request. Because we knew from the start that this was really Raiden, there just wasn't any tension when did finally stab him.
I have to add that the origin of Raiden's hat at the end of the show was pretty funny, but once again we have another episode that's heavy on set up and light on action. So I just want to know whose heart I have to rip out to see some real martial arts action in this series.
Is that too much to ask for from a "Mortal Kombat" show?
Crave Online Rating: 7 out of 10.