Periscope Depth

little fish, big fish, swimming in the water

If you’re at all interested in the promo trailer for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that bounced across the Internet last week, check out my take on it – and the limits of verisimilitude – at Overthinking It.

The explanations for Baraka, Reptile and Scorpion all have verisimilitude. They may not be the most rigorous science — how likely is a harlequin baby to survive to adulthood? — but the authors tried. The fact that they tried indicates an attitude that prefers naturalism and plausibility. They’re helping us with the suspension of disbelief. They want us to believe that Jax, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero inhabit the same world we do.

The problem: verisimilitude only goes so far.