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TV execs should take note of how well Mortal Kombat: Legacy II showrunner/director Kevin Tancharoen can do what they're paying millions of dollars for, using in this case what looks like six bucks and a couple of colored filters. The script here is not great ("If you only knew how fucked-up it's been!" Yeah, that sounds intense, bro) but the budget fight choreography is surprisingly good and more or less everything in the first episode of Machimima's Mortal Kombat sequel is a trick shot or a really smart practical effect. Things take a turn for the more expensive once the supernatural characters get deeply involved in episode 2—Kung Lao, Raiden and pals appear and disappear in neat-looking flashes of black smoke, and there's some good makeup and monster effects—and as a small-scale version of some of the sillier action movies (say the Underworld franchise, for example), it's fine.
The pressure's on. After Season 1 of Machinima's Mortal Kombat series evolved into a monster hit—to the tune of 70 million views—expectations are high for Season 2, which premiered online last Thursday. And with Machinima fresh off a round of layoffs, the multichannel network could use a bit of positive news. But it has been about two years since the last season of Mortal Kombat hit the Web—an eternity in Internet time.
In Web video, can you catch lightning in a bottle more than once? Is there a such thing as a highly anticipated sequel online? Machinima and Warner Bros. are about to find out.