Legend of Korra Review: More Like Avatar, But Still Korra

Legend of Korra Review: More Like Avatar, But Still Korra

Book Three starts off strong with a three-episode premiere, but looks to lose momentum with an immediate holiday break.

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Well, I'll just say what I said earlier in a thread on the subject.

I feel that Season 3 is on to a good start. Korra feels like she has grown as a result of what happened last season, but she's still Korra. She still has a temper, and leaps before she looks, but you can tell she has calmed down a little and does listen to those around her. Korra truly wants to do the right thing, of course she always has, but she seems like she has began to truly become the Avatar in more than name.

I like that Asami and Korra seem to have grown closer and become friends. And can even joke about their ties to Mako. Though, I wish Mako weren't being quite so emo. Bolin is still a joy, and it feels like he has more of a purpose than he did is Season 2, where he was just kinda there without adding to the story most of the time. And when Mako and Bolin met their long lost family, I really felt for them.

Seeing Old Man Zuko was just plain awesome and I loved every minute he was on screen. It's nice to see one of the old Gaang taking action in the series. And his comment about "Sparky Sparky Boom Man" brought a smile to my face.

The group that is coming together as villains seems like they need a little more screen time, but their abilities are impressive and they certainly do promise some great fights.

The fight choreography is great as it always was and the animation is fluid.

My only other thing is that the Earth Kingdom seems like it's as bad as it was in Season Two of The Last Airbender. Seriously, it looks like the Avatar will need to do like Kyoshi and completely alter the government again.

I loved the premiere of Book 3, especially compared to Book 2. I kind of miss the smaller feel of Book 1 though. Book 1's story wasn't a big "Save the world" thing, but it dealt with much larger issues than The Last Air Bender. I thought the idea of Korra having to deal with the repercussions of her decision with Harmonic Convergence in Republic City to be really compelling, so hopefully they go back there before too long.

All in all, a great start to the new season of The Legend of Bolin (and His Friend, The Avatar)!

I was really hoping Mako was really gonna jump ship right there. I would have been fine to have just one of the brothers.

Glad to see some fresh faces. I wonder if this means they'll ditch some of the older ones, the cast is getting pretty big.

The Asami and Korra relationship is the one I like best so far in the series.

Doug and Rob said it best about season two. The secondary characters is where the story is at. I have never liked Korra since the get-go but she has matured in the tiniest of bits. The story revolving around Mako's and Bolin's family was awesome and I hope they go back to that. Tenzin finally bringing forth Aang's dream about rebuilding the Air Nation is a promising story line. I feel that some aspects of this season will be by-the-book generic if not handled properly. Things like Jinora having a crush on Kai only to have Tenzin disapprove of that until Kai proves himself. Kai is a theft and will more then likely have to prove himself changed by saving Jinora from something. Mako and Bolin will have to choose between their life at Republic City or staying with their family. This season, like the first, will have villains that I would probably would like to see more of then Korra. But, as far as first impressions go, this season is starting of on a wobbly but good first step.

The 3rd Season episodes were really good, the break of one week isn't a big deal since they showed 3 episodes on the season premiere, which makes up for it by a long run. Korra is a great character. i think she's better then Aang was in the first series to be honest.. i'm not fond of Kai... but maybe he'll get better as the season goes on.

I really like how theyr'e setting this season up. Zuko's lines about 'Sparky Sparky Boom Man' were hilarious, and Bolin actually managed to get a huge laugh out of me for once.

My one complaint would probably be the animation for the first two episodes. They just really didn't seem to be up to par with Studio Mir's usual quality. (EDIT: Having re-watched the first two episodes in higher quality, the animation is much better than my initial impressions).

crazygameguy4ever:
The 3rd Season episodes were really good, the break of one week isn't a big deal since they showed 3 episodes on the season premiere, which makes up for it by a long run.

There is also going to be a one hour special on the 11th. So not only did we get three episodes this week, we're getting two more after the break.

I find Korra to be too moody and immature in general to really like. I mean, ang was incredibly immature but he got moody at things that mattered. Korra seems to stomp around at everything in a way with even fewer redeeming qualities that Zuko used to (I mean, at least he had a valid reason to be moody as a character default, Korra had a loving family and has always been raised as the Avatar).

I'm glad they've introduced the spirit world and it's cool that airbenders are back. But I have a hard time relating to the main group and especially the protagonist. I get the desire to make her tough. But moody isn't tough. They missed the mark.

did anyone else think that the fourth bender at the North Pole was going to be an Aged but still unbelievably dangerous Azula?

Lightknight:
I find Korra to be too moody and immature in general to really like. I mean, ang was incredibly immature but he got moody at things that mattered. Korra seems to stomp around at everything in a way with even fewer redeeming qualities that Zuko used to (I mean, at least he had a valid reason to be moody as a character default, Korra had a loving family and has always been raised as the Avatar).

I'm glad they've introduced the spirit world and it's cool that airbenders are back. But I have a hard time relating to the main group and especially the protagonist. I get the desire to make her tough. But moody isn't tough. They missed the mark.

I think the most telling thing about this series is that Korra's first line was "I'm the Avatar, you gotta deal with it!" Sure, we're still in the world of Avatar but this is meant to be a completely different character. It allows for a new exploration and it's kind of refreshing to see a "super hero" story where the protagonist isn't a (relatively) perfect person or an anti-hero. Korra is far more realistic to me than Aang, and I loved Aang, but Korra isn't quite so destiny-laden and introspective. At the very least, I'd say the showrunners deserve respect for trying something instead of just making the new Avatar another Aang.

JPArbiter:
did anyone else think that the fourth bender at the North Pole was going to be an Aged but still unbelievably dangerous Azula?

I knew it would be the Combustion Woman from the trailer, but I'm still hoping for a return of Azula. I saw someone cosplaying as her at Animazement and I was too scared to even ask for a picture. That character was crazy effective as being terrifying.

Mike Hoffman:

Lightknight:
I find Korra to be too moody and immature in general to really like. I mean, ang was incredibly immature but he got moody at things that mattered. Korra seems to stomp around at everything in a way with even fewer redeeming qualities that Zuko used to (I mean, at least he had a valid reason to be moody as a character default, Korra had a loving family and has always been raised as the Avatar).

I'm glad they've introduced the spirit world and it's cool that airbenders are back. But I have a hard time relating to the main group and especially the protagonist. I get the desire to make her tough. But moody isn't tough. They missed the mark.

I think the most telling thing about this series is that Korra's first line was "I'm the Avatar, you gotta deal with it!" Sure, we're still in the world of Avatar but this is meant to be a completely different character. It allows for a new exploration and it's kind of refreshing to see a "super hero" story where the protagonist isn't a (relatively) perfect person or an anti-hero. Korra is far more realistic to me than Aang, and I loved Aang, but Korra isn't quite so destiny-laden and introspective. At the very least, I'd say the showrunners deserve respect for trying something instead of just making the new Avatar another Aang.

I don't need or want another Aang. I just want a main character that doesn't actively frustrate or annoy me. I actually want to be invested in the main characters and not secretly desire a large rock to fall on her head so we can get to the next Avatar already. With Aang, at least when he was incompetent he had the reason of being young and undisciplined. Korra has been in training her entire life and this is what we get? Brash and arrogant with a significant helping of incompetent bungling. Aang suffered with the power to destroy nations but the mentality for peace while Korra suffers having power with very little capability mentally to take advantage of it beyond what a regular master bender would be able to do.

I mean, just being likable would have gone a long way with me. But I do not sympathize with her and her moodiness. She's had a good childhood with regular training and her family is alive. As far as I can tell she has experienced next to no suffering and completely accepted her role as avatar as a toddler yet brooding is her personality trait? That just makes her out to be a brat and who knows, maybe that's the writer's intention but there's very little I find more annoying than a self-entitled brat who shuns wisdom for little to no reason.

As I stated, Zuko (sp?) at least had the internal conflict of a terrible family life and the desire to restore his honor by accomplishing feats on his own. That's why he was arrogant and shunned wisdom but learned to respect it over time. Korra just jumps back and forth from accepting and shunning wisdom whenever either is convenient. I'd have preferred her to just be an out of touch badass trying to learn how to interact with emotional people rather than a brash and overly emotional brat. So we just get some weakling trying to act tough some of the time but moping around and crying the rest of the time. It's like some sort of joke foil of stereotypical women. I'm honestly surprised that a group with the courage to have made so many positive female characters in the previous book went with this one here. Maybe they thought these internal conflicts would be enough to carry the majority of the show, but they're not.

But she has all the conflicts of a minor villain that Aang might have faced in slightly different circumstances. Someone with the raw talent to be dangerous but without the mentality and emotional fortitude to sustain and focus it. Are the writers poking fun at her being a girl? Seems offensive and yet the other female characters they've created have been superb. hmm

You gotta love when a series replaces plot and continuity with ever more powerful villians that will roflstomp the protagonist until they get bent-ex-machina at the end. I really can't believe this is written by the same people that have written The Last Airbender. At least Korra seems to continue her character development from where season one left off, so there is that.

Mike Hoffman:

JPArbiter:
did anyone else think that the fourth bender at the North Pole was going to be an Aged but still unbelievably dangerous Azula?

I knew it would be the Combustion Woman from the trailer, but I'm still hoping for a return of Azula. I saw someone cosplaying as her at Animazement and I was too scared to even ask for a picture. That character was crazy effective as being terrifying.

Let me rephrase, I meant to ask if Combustion Woman WAS Azula. I mean we now know for sure she is not... but the build up with Zuko made me wonder until the name was dropped.

Lightknight:
*snip*

I get that perspective, it's just not one I share. I don't want to reduce this to a simple "that's just your opinion, man" but I kind of feel that's all that's going on. I absolutely adore Korra as a character and I really enjoy watching her struggle with her brash, stubborn arrogance. It's a very human trait and, for me, it's fun to watch someone this kind of personality work to reconcile that with being the Avatar.

JPArbiter:
*snip*
Let me rephrase, I meant to ask if Combustion Woman WAS Azula. I mean we now know for sure she is not... but the build up with Zuko made me wonder until the name was dropped.

I hear you. Yeah, that would have been cool as hell, but the person in the trailer was far too young, you know? Still, maybe she (or any of these people) are the descendant of a former player.

Mike Hoffman:

JPArbiter:
*snip*
Let me rephrase, I meant to ask if Combustion Woman WAS Azula. I mean we now know for sure she is not... but the build up with Zuko made me wonder until the name was dropped.

I hear you. Yeah, that would have been cool as hell, but the person in the trailer was far too young, you know? Still, maybe she (or any of these people) are the descendant of a former player.

Lets be honest, Azula would not age unless she allowed it.

Mike Hoffman:

Lightknight:
*snip*

I get that perspective, it's just not one I share. I don't want to reduce this to a simple "that's just your opinion, man" but I kind of feel that's all that's going on. I absolutely adore Korra as a character and I really enjoy watching her struggle with her brash, stubborn arrogance. It's a very human trait and, for me, it's fun to watch someone this kind of personality work to reconcile that with being the Avatar.

Right, I agree that it's certainly subjective. I just don't like wanting the protagonist to fail. But we'll see how things develop.

I find it entirely appropriate that she became a whittle baby in the spirit world. That's how I've viewed her for the entire series. She never grew out of that "I'm the avatar, deal with it" baby mode. Selfishness is yet another of the qualities we can add to her list. You may enjoy it, but it's an active distraction for me. I spend most of my watching of the series focusing on literally every other character.

Thankfully this show is filled with a great cast even if the lead role is a bust for me.

JPArbiter:

Mike Hoffman:

JPArbiter:
did anyone else think that the fourth bender at the North Pole was going to be an Aged but still unbelievably dangerous Azula?

I knew it would be the Combustion Woman from the trailer, but I'm still hoping for a return of Azula. I saw someone cosplaying as her at Animazement and I was too scared to even ask for a picture. That character was crazy effective as being terrifying.

Let me rephrase, I meant to ask if Combustion Woman WAS Azula. I mean we now know for sure she is not... but the build up with Zuko made me wonder until the name was dropped.

Yeah, from looking at things it looks like most of the people should still be alive. Aang definitely died young when we think of Korra's age (17-18)and the fact that Katara and Zuko are both still alive.

So she actually should still be alive and likely quite powerful if Zuko is any indication.

Lightknight:
[quote="Mike Hoffman" post="6.853968.21136489"][quote="Lightknight" post="6.853968.21136383"]I find Korra to be too moody and immature in general to really like. I mean, ang was incredibly immature but he got moody at things that mattered. Korra seems to stomp around at everything in a way with even fewer redeeming qualities that Zuko used to (I mean, at least he had a valid reason to be moody as a character default, Korra had a loving family and has always been raised as the Avatar).

I mean, just being likable would have gone a long way with me. But I do not sympathize with her and her moodiness. She's had a good childhood with regular training and her family is alive. As far as I can tell she's experience next to no suffering and yet brooding is her personality trait? That just makes her out to be a brat and who knows, maybe that's the writer's intention but there's very little I find more annoying than a self-entitled brat who shuns wisdom for little to no reason

You know their are other reason to be moody and immature other than having a bad family, or horrible tragedy. Like you said Korra has been in training her whole life being told she more important and more powerful than any one else but never actually getting to interact with anyone but her trainers really. What part of sitting around training being told no one is your equal but never actually getting to make friends leads to a mature individual, or some how is not short tempered or socially inept. Than running into the fact that she is not that great shattering that world view. To me she seems to have plenty of reason to be moody. Having a loving family does not automatically fix all your problems they are not the only thing that matter in you life, especially when you don't see them all that often as she would.

zerragonoss:
You know their are other reason to be moody and immature other than having a bad family, or horrible tragedy. Like you said Korra has been in training her whole life being told she more important and more powerful than any one else but never actually getting to interact with anyone but her trainers really. What part of sitting around training being told no one is your equal but never actually getting to make friends leads to a mature individual, or some how is not short tempered or socially inept. Than running into the fact that she is not that great shattering that world view. To me she seems to have plenty of reason to be moody. Having a loving family does not automatically fix all your problems they are not the only thing that matter in you life, especially when you don't see them all that often as she would.

Oh, I understand why she is moody, sure. I just said she doesn't have a justifiable reason.

She is the arrogant kid on the playground who talks smack and then gets humbled and is moody because they were humbled. Did you like that kid in school? I enjoyed humbling them, I did not like them. It was fun to see them think they were better than everyone else and then failing.

Korra's redeeming quality is that her getting humbled makes her want to get better. But she just keeps falling into the same arrogant trap every other battle. With Aang it felt like he was really growing and his future actions were informed by his previous actions and experiences. Korra has a spiritual enlightenment one moment and then immediately goes back to taking a blunt object to everyone.

Of all things, she is the dumb brash strong-guy archetype. That's not a good protagonist regardless of gender.

First episodes actually made me hopeful: I unironically enjoyed the first and third episodes. What irked me in season 2 was that everybody made dumb decisions all the time, the normally capable Lin Beifong being a particular victim of the stupid. Korra actually seems to have most of her shit together now, so here's to hoping.

What does already annoy the piss out of me is Kai. I want to be proven wrong on this, but I am pretty sure his storyline has been done to death already.

Avalanche91:
First episodes actually made me hopeful: I unironically enjoyed the first and third episodes. What irked me in season 2 was that everybody made dumb decisions all the time, the normally capable Lin Beifong being a particular victim of the stupid. Korra actually seems to have most of her shit together now, so here's to hoping.

Exactly. I'm really hopeful that we're at a turning point where the case of the stupids starts to go away and difficult situations crop up instead.

What does already annoy the piss out of me is Kai. I want to be proven wrong on this, but I am pretty sure his storyline has been done to death already.

Looks pretty much exactly like what you're expecting.

Rawbeard:
You gotta love when a series replaces plot and continuity with ever more powerful villians that will roflstomp the protagonist until they get bent-ex-machina at the end. I really can't believe this is written by the same people that have written The Last Airbender. At least Korra seems to continue her character development from where season one left off, so there is that.

This happened in Avatar too though. Only season 1 didn't introduce any new super benders or special abilities. Season 2 gave us metal bending that made Toph into a super Earth bender. We also learned that, not only can certain Fire benders redirect lightning, they can even create it, as shown by Azula. Finally, in season 3, we find out that Water benders have the literal ability to control other people with blood bending. And Combustion Man is also revealed, and his powers are never even explained. So introducing new super benders isn't out of line at all. It's been happening since the original show.

I enjoyed this, and I'm sure the week break won't hurt the show at all. In fact, I believe the only reason we got these three episodes at all already is because a great deal of episodes got leaked, so Nick decided to up the premiere.

1. Korra goes from cant drive to driving pro in 5 seconds.
2. You have super powerful benders you have to construct elaborate jails to hold just one of them, why not just kill them?
3. Mako makes a big speech to Kai about knowing all about people like him and that he will be watching him, and then totally doesn't. Seriously you let the kid that just stole and lied to you guys walk at the back of the group where he can just sneak off? Makes no sense.

Why does Nick hate Korra so much? They are always willing to show endless reruns of that damn sponge but they can't be bothered to rerun any Korra episodes except on one specific day? Hell, why can't they show reruns from other seasons? Or from ATLA for that matter?

Scytail:
1. Korra goes from cant drive to driving pro in 5 seconds.
2. You have super powerful benders you have to construct elaborate jails to hold just one of them, why not just kill them?
3. Mako makes a big speech to Kai about knowing all about people like him and that he will be watching him, and then totally doesn't. Seriously you let the kid that just stole and lied to you guys walk at the back of the group where he can just sneak off? Makes no sense.

Those first two are pretty nit-picky and can just as easily be applied to 'Last Airbender' as well.

1. Considering Sokka became a master swordsman and forged a sword in what seemed like a few days, I gave it a pass. The Avatar franchise has a habit of making people suddenly learn/master things in an impossibly short amount of time.

I find Korra's learning to drive much less jarring than Sokka practically mastering a martial art and crafting a high quality sword in just a handful of days, when it would normally take months/years.

2. You could just as easily ask why Ozai didn't have Iroh executed as a traitor instead of throwing him in jail. He would have had to know that Iroh was powerful enough to easily break out on his own if he wanted to.

Or, why did the Fire Nation put Hama(Water bender who invented blood bending) and other dangerously powerful water benders from the southern tribe in an elaborate prison, instead of just killing them?

Because the story requires them to be alive... also it's still predominantly a family show.

Tank207:

Those first two are pretty nit-picky and can just as easily be applied to 'Last Airbender' as well.

1. Considering Sokka became a master swordsman and forged a sword in what seemed like a few days, I gave it a pass. The Avatar franchise has a habit of making people suddenly learn/master things in an impossibly short amount of time.

I find Korra's learning to drive much less jarring than Sokka practically mastering a martial art and crafting a high quality sword in just a handful of days, when it would normally take months/years.

2. You could just as easily ask why Ozai didn't have Iroh executed as a traitor instead of throwing him in jail. He would have had to know that Iroh was powerful enough to easily break out on his own if he wanted to.

Or, why did the Fire Nation put Hama(Water bender who invented blood bending) and other dangerously powerful water benders from the southern tribe in an elaborate prison, instead of just killing them?

Because the story requires them to be alive... also it's still predominantly a family show.

Sokka only needed formal sword training, he did have allll those previous adventures they went on to pick up on improvised basics. It doesnt take months/years to forge a sword. You can forge a sword in a few days tops.

Pretty sure Ozai knew that to kill a popular and accomplished general like Iroh despite him being a traitor wouldnt have ended well with the people.

Hama invented blood bending in jail. And that jail housed all the people from the southern water tribes. It was not an elaborate prison to house just one person. If a person is so dangerous that you have to build a special prison to hold them then that person is too dangerous to live.

Kai annoys me. He pops up, and is IMMEDIATELY a love interest? I mean what the heck? He's going to be set up as a golden child or something if he redeems himself over all the annoying junk he does. I'd say I'd hope they don't push him too hard to be a spotlight character, but I'd say it's too late for that now.

The rest was pretty okay.

I like that Zuko is finally back and not just a fanservice like Iroh (I'm sorry, but no one will ever replace Mako's voicework), but I just do not like his new voice. Something about it just seems too playful. Nonetheless I can't wait to see what happens when he meets Korra. Kind of hoping they'll somehow make some kind of riff on Zuko trying to capture the Avatar again. He was one of the most compelling characters in TLA, probably the most compelling especially given how much his story was tied up in the history of the Fire Nation. Also pleased to see the Dai Li coming back, they were some really solid villains back in TLA. Korra's new more mature attitude (more reminiscent, ever so slightly, of Aang's collected temperament) seems more in character with the expectation of the. The new state of the world now that spirits have moved in has brought back a bit of the adventure and mystery feeling of the first 3 Books.

All told, it feels like the show is starting to come full circle and is starting to really figure out how to work with the new aspect of the show along with what made the old show great.

I'm also excited that we might finally get some backstory on the psychokinetic explosion powers that Combustion Man had what with this new firebender lady. I always felt like that was a bit of missed potential there, but I guess the show was already winding down and it wasn't the right time to fully introduce a new character.

And also that 22 year old airbending geek, I kind of hope he comes back. Avatar has gone too long as a series without a token nerd character.

Scytail:
1. Korra goes from cant drive to driving pro in 5 seconds.
2. You have super powerful benders you have to construct elaborate jails to hold just one of them, why not just kill them?
3. Mako makes a big speech to Kai about knowing all about people like him and that he will be watching him, and then totally doesn't. Seriously you let the kid that just stole and lied to you guys walk at the back of the group where he can just sneak off? Makes no sense.

1.) Well driving isn't exactly the hardest thing in the world to learn, and it's already been shown that she can drive, just not particularly well and that, like her struggle with mastering air bending, it was a nerve thing rather than a genuine lack of skill (Asami's encouragement seemed to help). Also, because plot device.

2.) Firstly, because it's a family show and executions, while they have been mentioned in the show, they're something you have to be careful with in that context. They often got rather close to the edge of what was acceptable on a network like Nickelodeon and I imagine they were wary of pushing it. Secondly I don't think the Fire Nation had any intention to exterminate the water benders, just imprison them until the tribes were subjugated. They also already had one genocide and I think from the writer's perspective another would water it down too much.

3.)...okay, yea. I don't think he would be my first choice to bring as part of an entourage for a diplomatic mission either. But it looks like it's going to be important for the plot.

LobsterFeng:
Why does Nick hate Korra so much? They are always willing to show endless reruns of that damn sponge but they can't be bothered to rerun any Korra episodes except on one specific day? Hell, why can't they show reruns from other seasons? Or from ATLA for that matter?

Probably the same way Nicktoons, Nick's other channel, LOVES showing ATLA basically every single day... They just don't give a fuck! /halfsarcasm

OT: Season 3's starting off pretty interesting so far... However, only Zaheer and, especially, Kai seem to be rubbing me the wrong way so far... Maybe they'll get better as this season goes on, but right now I'm not really jelling with these two new characters...

You know I just realise something, has any of the Air Acolytes (the non benders who adopted the Air Normad culture and lifestyle) gain airbending since they are the ideal candidates to be air bender. No offence to those who got the bending since they cannot throw their current life so easily except for Kai.

One thing everybody seems to have a problem with is that Legend of Korra is not The Last Airbender. Guess what? That's the whole freaking point! The one thing you cannot accuse it of being is just a rehash of stuff done by it's predecessor. That's a good place to start a sequel. Now, have they succeeded? No, not entirely. But at least it has the guts to try. And when it works, it reall works. Think about Beginnings being absolutely fantastic episodes. Or taking half an episode to tell the back story of the villains, in the second to last episode. That is where the true genius of the writers shines through. For a lot of stuff that doesn't work, I'm kind of inclined to blame Nickelodeon.

Here's a bit of the story of the conception of these shows: Konietzko and DiMartino spent 4 years thinking of and writing The Last Airbender, before he first episode aired. They then had another year for each following season. The decision to finally go with Legend of Korra was made in late 2009, after Nick first declined the stories that would ultimately be turned into The Promise and The Search. Then Nick complained they didn't want a female protaganist, but ultimately gave in and said they could do one season. After it was announced in 2010, the split between the fans began. On the one hand, the people who thought ''Iceberg right ahead, Prequels all over again'' and the people who were generally excited to see the show coming back. So in 2011 Nick told the creators of the show to also do a second season, when the animation of the first season was already halfway done. Shortly after, they started negociating again afterwards, Nick also agreed to two more seasons after that. So in short: there were 4 years between the first ideas and the initial airing of The Last Airbender, 3 years for the first season Legend of Korra, only 2 for the second season and 3 for the current season.

Hell, the reason Beginnings is so good is because it had been written when Konietzko and DiMartino were writing season 2 of The Last Airbender. They ultimately deemed it too difficult to fit into the existing storyline and shelved the concepts. Instead they wrote the episode ''The Avatar State'', explaining how it works, but not where it came from. Because they were running low on time for season 2 Legend of Korra, they pulled it out again, and with minor modifications managed to work it into the story.

So the title ''Avatar but still Korra'' is something we're meant to take as an insult, but I actually think that's a great thing. It's not like The Last Airbender because it's not trying to be and the start of season 3 really captures that for me. It has the nature of its great predecessor but is very much doing its own thing. It's going for a slow, character focused build up, unlike season 2, which just just throws a ton of stuff at you and then grinds to a halt. (Or as Rob Walker said: throws everything at the wall and hope it sticks, but is completely shatters) It actually has me legitimately excited again, and not just; ''Well, if I have to choose between watching Avatar or Transformers...'' I think this is a great show, taking bold risks and by far the best Nickleodeon show currenly running. Hell, it's much better than a talking sponge voiced by Wheelie from Transformers 2.

Henkie36:
One thing everybody seems to have a problem with is that Legend of Korra is not The Last Airbender. Guess what? That's the whole freaking point

*snip*

So the title ''Avatar but still Korra'' is something we're meant to take as an insult, but I actually think that's a great thing. It's not like The Last Airbender because it's not trying to be and the start of season 3 really captures that for me.

*snip*

I actually agree with you. I love how Korra is done and I totally respect the decisions the showrunners have made. What I was trying to convey in this review is that people who aren't as big of Korra fans and miss ATLA might be happy with the direction this season is taking, but it's still totally Korra.

I can't get over the fact that a clearly anime/manga inspired work is named "korra".

"Korra!" with a rolling 'R' rather than 'L' as in more friendly Japanese is what tough-guy yakuza say to get someone's attention.

Imagine a Japanese show set in a vaguely stereotypical American pioneer setting called "Ey, Yo!"

LOL :D

EDIT; on topic:

I haven't watched much of Korra (halfway through), but to me it seems a logical next step for a slightly older audience while retaining much of the charm.

I'm hoping it doesn't become too much like ATLA, especially after that disgrace of a movie. I wish I hadn't seen that and I might still be more hyped about the original series.

Of course, I'm way out of the target audience so ....

 

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