Girls of the Legend of Korra
As was said by many others, the Legend of Korra was a major disappointment in terms of its female characetrs. For a show that starred a girl as the titular protagonist, it greatly lacked women in Book 1. In Book 2, we got a few more female characters…along with a legion of male characters, both new and recurring. With so few female characters to focus on, you would think that, surely, Konietzko and DiMartino would put their energy into developing the few at hand.
Not really. But I guess we sort of expected improvement, anyway? After all, these are the creators of Avatar: the Last Airbender, a series that cherishes and empowers women; maybe they’ll do better next time they try their hand at writing something on their own. Moreover, more writers! Perhaps now that they are working in a team, most of their bad ideas can be filtered out!! Right???
Long-winded, exasperated rant under the cut.
Scenes that never happened but I wish they did: Bumi gets lost in the Fog of Lost Souls and meets his dad.
Bumi’s dialogue is shamelessly ripped off from Civil Wars part 2.
(shhh, leave me alone with my Bumi feels…)
#see part of the thing was#that there was such a big deal made out of the daddy issues in book 2 for the cloudbabies#but only tenzin got to really face them
One of my biggest complaints about the finale was that this didn’t happen for Kya and Bumi as well.
Can someone make one for Kya, too?
I’m rewatching the finale before I review the full season
Writing down all my little thoughts here. Consider this a liveblog, as I didn’t do one this time.
"I did some good things too:
Korra! Who warned you about Unalaq? I did!
Bolin! Who got you into the movers? I did!
Asami! Who saved your company? I did!
Mako! Who got you thrown in jail? I did!”
You know, Varrick’s making a pretty good case for himself.
Pardon Varrick 2013
mako and korra have their first child together
it is a beautiful baby girl
now is the time
"korra…i broke up with you"
korra has died
the new avatar is born
mako, an old man, kneels at korra’s grave, his fingers brushing the engravings
"korra….i broke up with you"
Uh oh, looks like Jinora discovers the spirit library and its guardian in tonight’s new episode.
I wonder if he knows that Aang is her grandfather…
This is actually the thing I was most excited about for Book 2. Wan Shi Tong was a fascinating character and one of my favorite minor characters in the original series.
Book 2 Episode 9
This episode was okay. The love triangle moments were all absolutely awful.
But this episode shows a clear difference in how Mako is treated as a character, and how everyone else is treated.
Korra spend the first episodes of the Season helping out the obviously evil Unalaq. She cut off ties with Tenzin (Which was somewhat justified with the revelation of how Tenzin was one of the people that ordered her locked in the compound all her life.). She inadvertently helped Unalaq further his plans and she helped incite a civil war.
And this episode, she apologizes. She realizes her mistakes, makes up with Tenzin and she’s now actively working to fix the damage she’s caused.
Mako on the other hand is shown as justified, He’s surrounded by petty people, who don’t have his logic and intelligence and are jealous of him. Or hate him or doubt him for no good reason. Mako hiring the Triple Treats isn’t portrayed as something terrible Mako did personally, but was something that was unfortunately exploited by bad guys that have it out for Mako. It’s not Mako’s fault. He did what he had to do. Asami was getting robbed by Varrick. He had to.
Mako’s status as a creator’s pet is particularly evident here. As the A plot revolves around Korra making amends with Tenzin, working with him to enter the spirit world and Jinora’s growing affinity with the spirits and the B plot revolves around Mako having to deal with all the petty, insufferable people that make life miserable for him. It inadvertently creates this Red Light, Green Light effect that demonstrates what I’ve been talking about all this time.
"that’s not true, asami! i’d never do anything to hurt you!"
ARE U KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW
I wish Vaatu could have been the one who gave Amon his powers by becoming a part of him. Then Vaatu’s goal would have been to have Amon destroy the Avatar and mess up the world. But Amon would have disobeyed, being a true believer in his cause. Yes I am aware it sounds almost identical to my fanfic BUT JUST IMAGINE HOW AWESOME IT WOULD HAVE BEEN.
Yeah, probably the best pair of episodes since 1-4 of Book 1.
It helps that they’re so divorced from the problems of the show and are basically their own self contained story.
I’ve personally always liked the air of mystery about the origins of the Avatar. I felt like not knowing makes it more interesting than know.
But after seeing exactly how it happened, I’m happy with it.
I think I honestly would’ve preferred an Avatar: Origins series and not have it contained to only two episodes.
I think an hour and a half long movie would have been the perfect format for this.
This episode was especially...good by Korra standards. The mythos was solid and Wan was very likable. I was actually invested in a lot of went down and how the Avatar chain started, and why its so spiritual. I few shounen cliches here and there but very likable.
I also really liked these episodes. Definitely the best since Book 1 Episodes 1-4. It helps that these episodes are divorced from most of the problems plaguing the series right now. They’re basically one self contained story and that helps.
I’ve personally always liked the air of mystery about the origins of the Avatar. I felt like not knowing makes it more interesting than knowing. But after seeing exactly how it happened, I’m happy with it. I like the mythos and I’m happy I saw how it played out.
The art style was a great change of pace. I liked the Japanese watercolor painting look to these episodes.
The ending was incredibly powerful.
My biggest complaint is that it does feel a bit cliched at parts. Particularly the beginning of the flashback where we’re introduced to Wan. It gave me flashbacks to Disney’s Aladdin.
Never let it be said that I don’t like anything or don’t have anything good to say about the show. When the show does good I give it credit. I want it to be as good as this and better.
Stinky Wan and the Lemur looking spirit are a better ship than Makorra.