Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Vol 3 - The Secret of Quan-Chi

Defenders of the Realm was a 1996 animated series based on the Mortal Kombat franchise. It lasted 13 episodes before being cancelled due to low ratings. One of the reasons it was cancelled was simply because that it made the show accessible to children, therefore all the violence was cut out. The other reasons are that it failed was that the Kombatants were more like GI Joe.

The DVD features the final 4 episodes. Now, some of the more eagle eyed viewers will wonder why 4 and not 5. The reason being: Sting of the Scorpion was omitted, due to the fact it contains the Psykosonik Movie theme and Sister Machine Gun's Burn, again, featured in the movie and not licensed for DVD. The cover features Quan-Chi, with the Kombatants.

The Secret of Quan-Chi is the 8th episode in the series. It marks the actual debut of the title character, before his appearance in MK4 or Mythologies: Sub-Zero. In this, he uses a crystal's power to make the Kombatants fight each other. The episode is lifted directly from the VHS version.

Acid Tongue is the 3rd episode in the series. In this episode, Jax sustains damage to his metal arms and he has to fight without them. He learns a lesson about strength. Again, lifted directly from the VHS. Oddly, the plot is lifted directly from MK: Annihilation too.

Old Friends is the 5th episode. In this one, Sub-Zeo confronts Smoke, Cyrax and Sektor, who are now Cyber Lin-Kuei, He attempts to get them to realise they are still human, before they assassinate Sub-Zero. Taken directly from the VHS.

Fall from Grace is he final episode on the disc and the 7th episode of the series. In this one, Sonya's reckless attitude gets Stryker seriously wounded. Taking him back to headquarters, she's suspended for her actions. However, with the base under attack by Shao Khan's goons and with only Sonya and the injured Stryker left to defend the base, they learn a valuable lesson in teamwork. The episode is lifted directly from the VHS copy.

Despite being major characters in the games, Johnny Cage, Kintaro, Goro, Kung Lao, Mileena, Sindel and Jade are neither seen, nor mentioned at all. I was able to find this final disc for very cheap on the secondary market. The episodes are taken from VHS rips and as such, have low quality and black degradation lines at various points.