Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Netflix
In the beginning, the universe and its realms were in harmony, but even gods are not immune to power and greed. This balance was soon thrown into discord. The power-hungry gods challenged each other over the fates of their respective realms. They battled to the death in tournaments alongside mortal champions chosen from each realm. For millennia, Shao Kahn—the Emperor of Outworld—has successfully expanded his domain by defeating other realms. Edenia was the last realm to lose the tournament and fall to Shao Kahn. Ten years ago in the last tournament, Outworld and Earth-realm's warriors clashed, and Liu Kang emerged victorious. Earth-realm was spared. But now Shao Kahn's challenge has come again, and a new war is about to commence. The fate of Earth-realm and its inhabitants rests upon the outcome of this tournament. Let the kombat begin.
Runtime: 10 minutes
Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Jax (Mortal Kombat) - Netflix
Jax is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games. Since his playable debut in Mortal Kombat II as the physically-imposing United States Special Forces superior of Sonya Blade, he has become a mainstay in the series canon, appearing in nearly every subsequent series installment, in addition to being the protagonist of the action-adventure spinoff title Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, and was one of the eleven characters representing the series in the crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. His most distinctive features in the game are his metal bionic arms, which first appeared in Mortal Kombat 3. Jax has featured prominently in alternate Mortal Kombat media such as the two feature films, comic books, the 1996 animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, and official series merchandise. General and critical reception to the character has been mostly positive, but reactions to his Fatality finishing moves and other aspects of the character have ranged from negative to mixed.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Characterization and portrayal - Netflix
Complex included Jax among the fifty greatest soldiers in video games, placing him at 47th in 2013. WatchMojo.com ranked him sixth in their 2015 list of the top ten video-game cyborgs. “While a first glance choice might have been Sektor or Cyrax [to represent MK], Jax is the only cyborg who can literally make the earth shake by punching it.” Meagan Marie of Game Informer named him among the “biggest beefcakes” in video gaming in 2009, alongside the likes of Duke Nukem and Kratos. In a 2008 feature on the stereotyping of African-American characters in video games, The Escapist criticized the “ridiculous” attributes of black characters from “violent” fighting games, citing as examples Jax's “Machine Gun” special move (from Deadly Alliance and MK vs. DC Universe) and T.J. Combo's “Target Practice” finisher from Killer Instinct 2 in which he pulls out a gun and fatally shoots his opponent. Ken Begg of Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension praised Jax's portrayal in the first film in that he “spoke and acted like ... a highly trained and well-educated tactical police officer,” but criticized him as “stereotypical street-black” in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation while opining that a scene therein of Sonya clashing with Jax about the Earthrealmers' mission “could easily be seen as an exchange between the audience and the screenwriters.” Eric Snider of Film.com said of Williams' performance, “Since he’s The Black Guy, the movie makes him say things like 'That’s what I’m talkin’ about!' and 'Let’s do this!'” Blair Marnell of CraveOnline praised White's performance in the first episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy: “White really carries the piece as Jax ... this is a Jax that I can buy as a main character.” IGN described White in the series as “doing what he does best—kicking some serious ass.”
Mortal Kombat: Legacy - References - Netflix