Probably every Mortal Kombat fan has seen TNT 1999 TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. It was a great show for old fans but also brought in some new ones. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled after only one season. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching it as a lot of you, I’m sure. Let’s remind ourselves of this great TV series and its characters.
Mortal Kombat: Conquest is set centuries before the present Mortal Kombat mythology. The main characters are Kung Lao, Siro, and Taja. Outworld’s wizard Shang Tsung is defeated by Kung Lao in the tournament called Mortal Kombat and that way, the world is saved from the despicable Outworlds’s ruler Shao Kahn. Of course, that isn’t the end. Instead of having a peaceful life with his lovely Jen, Kung Lao needs to fight Shao Khan again. Defeat in the tournament didn’t stop him. He is still eager to conquer Earth And you can guess, King Lao is the one to stop him from doing that. He will have the help from his mentor Raiden (God of Thunder and Earth realm’s protector).
Shao Kahn is constantly trying to kill Kung Lao, making all kinds of schemes. Also, Shang Tsung made his mission to have Kung Lao killed. That makes a lot of trouble for our hero and his friends.
The Main Characters
The Great Kung Lao: The role of the great warrior went to actor Paolo Montalban. This character is a monk who won the last Mortal Kombat tournament. By wining the tournament over Shang Tsung, he saved the Earth realm.
Siro: Starring Daniel Berhhardt, Siro is a former Baron Reyland’s bodyguard who’s now helping Kung Lao training fighters for the next tournament.
Taja: This character is a friend of Kung Lao and Siro. She was a thief caught stealing from Baron Reyland. As a punishment for her crime, she became Baron Reyland’s servant. After his death, she remained at the trading post. She’s helping Kung Lao in his fight against the villains. Taja is portrayed by Kristanna Loken.
Shang Tsung: This evil wizard fought for Shao Kahn in the Mortal Kombat tournament. He had lost the fight and as a punishment was sent to the cobalt mines by Shao Kahn. His mission is to revenge the defeat and kill Kung Lao. Actor Bruce Locke played Shang Tsung.
Raiden: God of Thunder and protector of the Earth Realm. Because he is a god, he cannot fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament but he uses his wisdom and knowledge to guide Kung Lao and his friends. He is Kung Lao’s mentor. Raiden was portrayed by Jeffrey Meek.
Some characters were invented for the TV series. They weren’t originally in the game but they adapted very well. Some of them are the following.