Watch the Second Episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Kano Gets Laser Eye Surgery
Over five million people have watched last week's premiere episode of Kevin Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series -- an impressively-shot introduction to baddie Kano (Darren Shahlavi) and heroes Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Jax (Michael Jai White). The second episode picks up right after the explosive cliffhanger of the debut with even more eye-catching camera work, striking action, and general badassery on display, as the show dives right into the origins of Jax and Kano's infamous bionic accoutrements.
Warning: In Episode 2, director Tancharoen really turns up the gore. We're talking blood splatter, surgical slicing, lots of the red stuff (Mortal Kombat: Legacy is rated TV MA).
After a minute and a half of rehashing the events of Episode 1, the action picks up with flourishes that highlight Tancharoen's visual sense: speed-ramped fights, the poetic beauty of ash falling mid-air between two grown men pummeling each other to (near) death, a few gorgeous lens flares.
(Incidentally, seeing Jeri Ryan head-butt a bad guy with a gun in her hand and her arms chained together is a thrill; watching her saunter out of frame with a casual swagger after dispatching a poor guy with a no-look bullet to the head is a giddy sort of pleasure. More, please!)
By the time Tancharoen gets to the climax of Episode 2 (all too soon, only insofar as this episode lasts about six minutes if you subtract the opening montage and closing credits), we've already seen more distinctly cool sights than in the first episode. And once shady doctors begin hovering over an unconscious Kano and head toward his Jax-damaged eye with a scalpel and a robotic peeper, it's definitely game on for O.G. Mortal Kombat fans.