Outside of fully deviating from the original gritty real world feel, most of this week's episode is also done in an animatic format. Did they spend all the money and time on makeup for Baraka and the fantasy sets and just have to make up by hiring a few artists to fill in the blanks? It really seems like the original "magic" has completely faded away now.
Bitching aside, this week's episode begins to tackle the dynamic of Kitana, Mileena and Sindel. It also brings into the story Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung's relationship. All mixed with the Otherworldly Outworldly magic and fantasy. I'm not huge on this happening, but it does beat the movie rendition somewhat. I just have a feeling we will be seeing more of the magic/fantasy that was not the original selling point of the project.
Here's the episode.