so i *tried* to make a gif from one of Bryan’s colour correction shots!!
Desna’s sister is named Eska, for the record. “Kirima” was a fanon name that was making the rounds before her actual name was revealed.
Mako breaking from Amon’s bloodbending is completely nonsensical.
It was established in the original series that in order to cancel someone’s bloodbending you need to be a waterbender of incredible skill and power, enough for you yourself to be capable of bloodbending.
Neither Aang or Sokka were capable of breaking out of Hama’s bloodbending. Only Katara was capable of it. I can’t say with 100% certainty, but Yakone, Amon and Tarrlok’s ability to bloodbend without the aid of the full moon implies they were significantly more powerful and skilled than Hama. So it also should have been that much harder for Mako and Korra.
We see earlier that Aang later used the Avatar State to break Yakone’s bloodbending as well, which makes sense. Nothing gives a bender more immediate raw power than the Avatar State. Aang is the Avatar, and at that point in his physical prime and a master of all four elements. And HE couldn’t brute force his way through bloodbending the way Mako and later Korra did.
Someone sent us a really good essay on the differences in how lightning generation is used between Avatar and Legend of Korra. The only people we saw use lightning generation in combat against another person were Ozai and Azula, and it was done so to show their coldblooded killing intent. When it was used, it was serious. Iroh even described Lightnign as “precise and deadly, just like Azula.” Getting hit by lightning without redirecting it was considered a one hit kill, as we saw with Aang.
With Mako, it’s really used no differently than his normal firebending. And apparently he can use it non-lethally as well which, based on what we saw in the original series, doesn’t make sense. Iroh refused to fire lightning at Zuko so he could practice lightning redirection. If Iroh didn’t feel confident in his ability to use nonlethal lightning generation I can’t believe Mako could.
Plus, Mako really shouldn’t have been able to use lightning generation in that situation in the first place.
“Lightning is a pure expression of firebending without aggression It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other firebending is. Some call lightning the coldblooded fire.
To perform the technique requires peace of mind.”
That certainly doesn’t look like peace of mind and the absence of emotion or aggression.
Azula was losing it as well, but at least she seemed to calm herself down and focus when she used lightning against Zuko.
With bloodbending and his obvious panic, Mako shouldn’t have been able to lightningbend at all. And this could actually be written in without much impact on the story.
Have Mako try to lightningbend, and as Amon approaches Mako have Mako’s lightning blow up in his face like it did with Zuko, knocking both Mako and Amon aside in the blast. Mako then uses the opportunity to take Korra and flee.
It’s much more believable and follows the rules previously established by the series.
And I agree, Bolin and Asami definitely need to get their share of the spotlight in Season 2. Probably even more since Makorra hogged so much of it in Season 1.
Their fuckin bathing suits match, they are that couple. Lol.
has this been done yet
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some silly Korra and Asami
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Oooh man you have no idea how much I love this question!
Speaking as someone who is a fan of the Mako with interesting potential via Episodes 2-4
(before they bound, gagged, and stuffed him into the back of the trunk of a Satomobile and replaced that Mako with this inconsistent/rash/insensitive/dickish two timing jerk with a nasty habit of not owning up to his mistakes and placing blame on others-of a clone that is Clone-DickMako)this question couldn’t make me any happier!
If there was one thing the show gave us the impression of from the get-go, that Mako was a pretty serious guy. He was more level-headed, and was someone who was forced to grow up faster in order to take care of his brother. He can seem harsh, but he still was more calm and reserved. He was focused, and someone who was more of thinking then acting—instead of the other way around.
He didn’t seem to have much of a since of humor, like say his younger brother. He appeared to be a bit of a stick in the mud in a way (not as much as Tenzin, but Mako did give off that aura).
However then something happened, something that was so exciting because it showed a completely new side to Mako I thought I’d never see.
This serious, focused, mature, calm, reserved, stoic, stiff of a young man…turned into a pile of goo and was all blush-blush-doki-doki the moment Asami arrived.
It was hilarious, to see the “serious” one of the group, transform into a shoujo schoolgirl just struck by cupid’s arrow.
It was a completely different change of pace and something I didn’t expect.
But then of course, through his relationship with Asami, we got to see shades even then still of different sides of Mako. One that is so hilariously bizarre and yet somewhat cute and endearing.
He turns into a total mush, a sickeningly sweetheart, with her. And it just seems so hilarious because he’s the last person I expected on the cast of the main four to turn out that way when in love. (when I first started LOK I mean).
This made me excited, I wanted to see more things go from this direction.
Asami lightening up Mako, and in a way, Mako gets to be “young” again through his relationship with her. By that I mean, growing up without a mother or father and you have to be the one to raise and take care of your sibling (which they should of delved into that a bit more, so the audience can see that pain and connect with Mako, and come to understand his actions that would come back to relate to that pain-good and bad choices), Mako would of been forced to be a grown up when he himself was still a child.
It would of been nice to see the show take the angle that the reason Mako started to become more affectionate and carefree with Asami is because she got Mako to let down his guarded walls, learn to stop and try to enjoy life every once and a while, to appreciate things more, that there is nothing wrong with expressing how you feel and showing some affection for the people you care about.
But at the same time, I hoped through Mako, that with all the positive character developments that Asami can influence on him, that he might be able to be some positive influence on her.
Maybe they could have a heart to heart, and discuss for both of them what it was like to grow up without a mother. Maybe Mako could use that moment to tell his whole past to Asami, and make her understand what it was like for him and Bolin to grow up on the streets all those years without a parent to protect and shelter them or a loving warm safe home to come too, all by themselves.
And Asami, being in the position she is, being the daughter of a very influential and one of the wealthiest men, could decide to try to do something. Raise awareness or a campaign of sorts of the struggles that all the poor on the streets go through.
They could also use that as a perfect way to combat the equalists with their negative tactics and propaganda, with a positive influence. Characters like Mako and Bolin, but also Gommu, and even some of those kids on the streets, as a perfect example to let people see. While Asami can use herself, her father and possibly others (like the CEO of Cabbage Corp), or even the Air Acolytes, as an example as well.
That bender vs non-bender isn’t completely black and white. There are rich and well off benders, but there are also poor and even homeless, benders. There are respected, rich, liked, and well off non-benders, and the same, poor, unfortunate, and even homeless non-benders.
They can use that moment to show, that benders and non-benders can work together, to rise those out of poverty to a more substantial or acceptable living standard in comparison to the poverty. Her and Mako can show people that benders and non-benders aren’t that different, they can work together to create a better city for each other, and that true power comes not from the elements, but from responsibility and leadership-and you can either use those powers to help people, show them peaceful and cooperative way of life, working hand and hand, side by side with their fellow man and woman—or you can let power corrupt and be filled with hate, instead focusing on destruction and revenge rather than recreation and creation, or those who just would take advantage of others rather than give and be charitable.
I can foresee them doing so much good by working together. For bender and non-bender, for rich and poor, for Republic City.
Also another huge thing that I think would of made a HUGE impact on the story.
Is if perhaps, Iroh was off doing his own thing somewhere or maybe fighting with Korra, or something along those lines. (Bolin can either go with Korra, or fight with Asami too idk, either can still work) But if it was Mako that went with Asami, instead of Iroh.
Because of that confrontation with her father.
It would show a huge contrast between the two, for starters (Asami and her father), the man who hates benders so much he wants to destroy them, to avenge his wife at the hands of a fire-bender, letting himself be blinded by his pain-creating prejudice in his heart. Then his daughter, Asami, the one who chose to not hold all benders (especially fire-benders) accountable for the act of one evil one for taking her mother away. She symbolizes the ability to forgive and to move on, to let go. But more importantly, because she fell in love with a fire-bender, in her father’s eyes, she practically fell in love with her mother’s murderer. But Asami and Mako can work hand and hand, side by side, showing Hiroshi just how wrong he is, just how much Mako and Asami care about each other, and just how much of a “monster” he’s become-when the “evil firebender” is protecting his daughter and staying by her side, rather than her own father-who is trying to kill them both.
It would make for a much more interesting, tragic and complex turn of events if Mako fought with Asami against Hiroshi rather than with Korra against Amon.
And of course, I think, thanks to Asami’s influence, and this growing war with the extremists, Mako will have to learn to let go. And by that, I mean of Bolin. Mako will have to learn that he can’t be there to babysit his brother forever and shelter and coddle him. That at some point, Bolin needs to stand on his own two feet, become independent and fight for himself. But he can’t ever do that, if he always has Big Brother Mako always making sure everything is safe for Bolin and that he is taken care of. It would show a great growth and influence on Mako and Bolin’s characters, as well as their relationship if they included that, rather than just make Mako some know-it-all and Bolin the punchline.
It would be more human, more realistic, more connecting and engaging.
Lastly, I think Mako could of made a good influence on Korra, in a way. Being the little miss-charge first, think and ask questions later, that she is.
I kind of hoped there would of been a friendship of sorts between Korra and Mako, in a way similar to Aang and Zuko. Two imperfect people, who through their friendship are constantly teaching each other and learning from each other.
I would of loved to have seen Korra learn from Mako that your first
crushlove aren’t always going to want you back, and from that a very well rounded and developed friendship could of formed around that.
Or heck maybe go really outside the box and maybe have Korra not crushing on Mako at all, and they just develop a good interesting friendship. It would of been totally unexpected and very refreshing if Korra wasn’t the pining crushing heroine over the “mysterious hawt boy”. (and let’s face it, Mako’s out of nowhere attraction then feelings for Korra really made no sense and totally came out of left field it wasn’t needed and it really hindered not only Korra’s, Bolin’s and Asami’s characters and the plot, but most definitely hurt Mako’s character)
It was what I constantly hoped and expected out of Mako and his relationships with the others, but didn’t get squat of that awesome stuff.
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