season one Korra proves me wrong again (legend of Korra review)

Topic started by Elfenlied1012 on June 24, 2012. Last post by Elfenlied1012 2 years, 1 month ago.
Post by Elfenlied1012 (557 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Korra, Korra, Korra… Alright I’m just going to admit it, I have a shockingly uncharacteristic anime crush on that woman, I mean just…damn, but as M I must put that aside to review season one of Avatar the Legend of Korra and review it just as harshly as I would anything else. So let’s, my vice friends, move past my rather embarrassing feelings for the fictional character she and get this started.

Let me make this clear, Avatar: The Legend of Korra is a sequel to Avatar: The Last Air bender and for this to be enjoyed to its fullest it is to be seen as such and expects you the viewer to have seen the Last air bender. Which as you can read here is actually fantastic so if you haven’t seen it first don’t start with Korra, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice, but to those that don’t know it follow the adventures of Korra the new avatar over 70 years after aang as she masters air bending in the 1910s themed republic city all while under the threat of Amon an anti-bender.

A while ago I wrote a blog post to speak to my feelings on the first few episodes of Korra before the series ended, the heart of it all was that I was very worried about if and when the series was going to go anywhere and in short it’s ironic to say that it did literally the episode past my impressions, almost jarringly so shit gets very real very fast in very little time and only gets realer and realer. Legend of Korra, if you have not read my blog, bests its predecessor in a few very noticeable ways, the most noticeable one is with Korra herself, she is by her nature a much better and more interesting character then Aang, she is arguably the best character in the show which is almost never true with a main protagonist, more so the show succeeds in its maturity, Avatar the last airbender has a sort of fame for acknowledging death and then having death within the show, Avatar the legend of Korra goes further with politics concepts of law and equality, moral grey with your enemy and even suicide. Korra was made for us the teenagers that watched avatar, the world and the characters are all older to reflect this. These seem like the most logical improvements one can make to Avatar as a whole, even minor things like natural conversation and a more mature take on humor show a growth, as a whole the parts of Korra are superior then Aangs story so much so it’s worth noticing. Oh and visually its cleaner and more well produced having a easily larger budget then the first season of avatar the last air bender.

I think it’s important to note the difference in story Legend of Korra and the Last air bender. The Legend of Korra is like a single novel with a set beginning and end and as such performs a story excellently. The last air bender was a three book long Epic (literal sense) and as such has a lot more time to flush out the world and the story, the stakes are simply higher in a 100 year war built up over three seasons then a conflict that can be started and ended in one. I do feel that simply nothing (mild spoiler for last air bender) can match the intensity as the final match between Zuko and Azula or Aang and the Firelord. The simple build up just makes for a more meaningful show in the end, however comparatively I feel stronger about Korra then any one season of Last Air bender. This does not however make Korra without flaw. The nature of it forces a rush that’s a bit undeserved the characters change their feelings and build relationships in a almost jarringly forced way that makes you so aware that Korra was assumed to only have one season (now new seasons will be made) The 1910s theme is poor in my taste as is the terrible recreation of New York in republic city, the setting of New York is overused and bored to begin with. The cultural homogenization as well as the bending homogenization is meant to symbolize the unity of the four peoples but really just robs them of their uniqueness, and while the old benders do not most of the new ones just use I kid you not boxing over the unique and culturally link martial arts that was painstakingly real and well choreographed. Most distasteful of all bending has for the most part been made near moot point so much so lightning bending the ultimate one hit kill for anyone in the series is now no more powerful the a solid punch to the chest, no joke a character gets hit with it and gets up and walks away like not 30 seconds later with no healing involved.

Korra as a single entity I feel confident in saying is better than Last airbender if by nothing else because of Korra herself. I look forward to what else is to come and hopefully I can say that with more time and a tone change this is exactly the Avatar I wanted. Well all said and done I can give with comfort Avatar: The Legend of Korra 4.5 Polar-Bear Dogs out of 5.

This is M reminding you everything is not improved by New york but everything is improved with fedoras.
This is M reminding you everything is not improved by New york but everything is improved with fedoras.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,640 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I'd like to watch this series, but is there isn't a legal streaming option. I likely never will. I also barely watched any of the first series.

Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,694 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@FoxxFireArt: Nickelodeon is uploading them in it's website to watch it online

Post by Haofan123 (3,675 posts) See mini bio Level 13

eh, this show is ok. its predissecor was much better IMO and the series finale was utter ass

Post by Elfenlied1012 (557 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I actually liked the finale, and while I agree as I stated in my review I felt the comparison in my opinion is only fair if you compare it to a single season of the predecessor and at that it is a far better single entity.

@FoxxFireArt: I would advise watching the first series its a bit slow but it speeds up a lot by the the second season, its available on netflix streaming.

Post by takashichea (11,691 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@FoxxFireArt:

You'll love both series. I guarantee it.

@Elfenlied1012:

Great review! The homogenization of all the bending and cultures in Republic City has to be the effects of the the Promise comic book series. I only read up to volume 2. I think the creator did this to distinguish Legend of Korra from its predecessors. Remove the sense of exploration and the arts. Despite Legend of Korra being rushed, I find the series did a good job in catching its new fans faster than Aang's series.

Some parts of the show I did not like is the romance. It felt superficial and rushed. They could have kept the suspense longer with the love triangle. For the ending of the season, I'm at a crossroad with it. There not much to cover now that Amon (Noatak) is gone. I enjoyed his character as a villain.

Korra is a great character who stays true to her self. I really loved that about her.

@Haofan123:

I agree that the ending is not that great.

Post by Elfenlied1012 (557 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@takashichea:

I know the homogenization is thematic and part of the whole evolution of the world and was part of their idea, it just so happens that their idea is stupid. I actually loved Amons final scene so damned much but I thought korra was going to take a VERY dark turn during the last scene

Where korra seems to be contemplating killing herself to allow a new avatar to be born with all their bending

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,228 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I like the show, I got into more faster then the other one. But I have four problems with it

1. Korra feel like a Mary Sue, she is right about everything and it feel like everything is handed to her

2. It was way to fast, everything feel rush. Think it would have been better if they just use the two seasons for the Equalists arc, since I really doubt they will top that (but I can be wrong)

3. I really wish they would have give Amons back story a little earlier

4. Didn't like the romance subplot

Overall I enjoy Korra, but it didn't get me hype for next season. Since all the plot lines I was interested in was wrap up in this season

Post by takashichea (11,691 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Elfenlied1012:

She did? I need to recheck that scene and read between the lines.

Oh yeah, are you the female account or the male? It was confusing to write about you in the Legend of Korra wrap up blog.

@Destinyheroknight:

Are you okay with Amon being a bloodbender? I found Amon a great villain until that point. Oh well. I felt like they gave no hint or foreshadowing when Tarrlok told the truth about Amon.

Post by Wales (133 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@FoxxFireArt: As stated, go to nick.com. All the episodes are online (mind you there are some issues with the last episode)

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,228 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea:

Yes, I was okay with Amon being a bloodbender. I got the hint on episode eight, I guess who he was and got it right LOL! I just feel that his back story was jam into the story and a little rush

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@Destinyheroknight:

What..., there was a hint I missed? I don't know what's wrong with me. I need to check that episode, too. I feel like a noob.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,228 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea:

Well, you don't have to feel bad. I just like to dig into things

Post by Elfenlied1012 (557 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@takashichea: I'm the M F is off in Russia somewhere shes on hiatus indefinitely. as for the my suggestion for what happened in the last scene I mean consider it...leaves alone to a cliff after yelling for everyone to go and attempting to kill off a potential relationship ...a sharp cliff...at the edge...crying....

@Destinyheroknight:

I agree I do feel its rushed and I did like the romance subplot till the last episode Her not getting the guy seemed like a pretty interesting way to handle it

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