(Re)Animations: Mortal Kombat, Defenders of The Realm (1996)

I started this post with the intention of reviewing the sequel to last week’s Mortal Kombat movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. However, if there’s one thing that Mother Strange always taught me it’s “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So… I decided to switch gears and offer up something a bit more digestible (but only slightly).

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of The Realm, which premiered back in 1996 (one year prior to Annihilation), supposedly fills the gap between the first film and the second with story elements and characters from both MK 2 and MK 3 and was part of the same USA Network’s Action Extreme Team block as WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams. Following the film reality of the franchise, Defenders of the Realm saw an assortment of Earth’s greatest “defenders” assembled by Raiden to defeat the forces of evil sorcerers Shao Kahn and Quan Chi.

Essentially, each episode boiled down to the “good guys” versus the “bad guys” in a G.I. Joe versus Cobra sort of battle setup; there were hidden bases, ninja warriors, special vehicles custom-built with toy sales in mind, and plenty of mindless drones for the heroes to kick around (literally). Although there isn’t a particular episode that stands out as my favorite, I have to admit that Scorpion always has been one of my favorite characters from the franchise (mostly because of that one bad*ss move I spammed the hell out of: “Get Ova Here!”). That said, I decided to share the second episode titled Sting of the Scorpion which sees the undead arthropod resurrected alongside an entire army of zombie (okay, skeletal) hero fodder.

Enjoy the show, and stay tuned for our review of the Mortal Kombat reboot later this week!

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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