Category Archives: The Legend Of Korra: Book Of Change (S03)
And so the third season of Legend Of Korra ends. I’m still feeling surprised by how good this season has been. I mean, it’s not like this is the first series that took its time to become good. There are plenty of those out there. But despite that it’s still always a surprise (albeit a pleasant one) when you watch this series that shows no signs of being good or improving for that matter but then all of a sudden… it actually IS good. Look, as a media-savvy person it’s easy to see the potential in certain plot-hooks, characters and whatnot which leads to certain expectations and that then leads to disappointment when the series doesn’t deliver (by either making those expectations come true or actually surprising me). So, the series is bad. There’s no way around, you gotta admit to yourself that this series you had high hopes for is kinda bad. You keep watching and all of a sudden the series gets good, REALLY good. Well, the question then becomes: What do you think of the series as a whole? I mean, I like this third season – but would I recommend the SERIES to anyone? After all, mathematically two thirds of this series are still not that great. Well, personally I think I actually would NOT recommend the series. This third season is great and all that but… the previous two seasons definitely aren’t the sort of thing I would recommend. In the end, the third season just has really bad timing. The sort of quality it has brought to the table really has come far too late.
Zaheer really doesn’t make a good case for anarchism, does he? Apparently mankind’s first instinct is looting when an important government-figure dies. “The tyrant is dead! Long live the reign of ‘survival of the fittest’!” may be a fitting slogan for Zaheer’s little “revolution” but you certainly won’t earn any peace-Nobel-prizes with that kind of philosophy. And then Zaheer goes on to threaten the “Air-Nation”, the only nation in the whole world without any significant hierarchical problems. Seriously, he better has some big-ass plan as to what he wants to do with the Avatar once he has captured her or otherwise he’s kinda pathetic in terms of being some sort of “political visionary”.
I actually think Asami is going to die. Bear with me. Look, I know there’s NO evidence for her dying within the series but I would like to believe that the series has something more up its sleeve for its finale than some rowdy anarchists. And the way the series treats Asami these days I don’t think she’ll stay relevant much longer anyway without a dramatic death-scene. I mean, it can’t be just Korra kicking Zaheer’s ass in the last episode of this season, right? There needs to be something more for that conflict. And the death of a person close to Korra is exactly the kind of stuff that would spice things up a little.
Three seasons. The writers of Legend Of Korra had three fucking series – and they STILL haven’t learned how to write good villains. The villain of the first season appeared to be somewhat interesting but ended up being a disappointing fake. And the one in the second season was SO obviously evil, it was just stupid how Korra had even trusted him for a second. And the third time around? Well, they’re obviously evil but that’s not really the problem. The problem is them running around most of this season for whatever reason and doing nothing noteworthy. They’re just the setup for a finale that hasn’t happened yet. Who knows if they actually will be able to carry the finale for this season…
This third season has been really good so far. Although after that ending of the 2nd season I really would’ve expected spirits to play a far bigger role than they have done so far. I mean, the spirits play a VERY tiny role so far, although the frequency with which people now meet spirits should have a far bigger impact on human society than is shown in this series. How should humans respond to all these new sentient beings in their environment? Originally I had expected this season to be about that. But what this season has delivered instead seems to be more interested in the personal change of various characters. And trying to tackle such personal issues really has helped this season to create some interesting little stories.
A nice reminder why Lin Beifong has been one of the more interesting characters since Season 01 of Legend Of Korra.
Legend of Korra really seems to progress at a breakneck-pace this season. And it really shows how meandering the last two seasons have been that this fast-paced season is all the better for not being paced like the previous seasons (so far at least…). Also, I wonder if Korra trying to deal with a new airbender in some exotic place will be the setup for all the episodic stories in this seasons until the finale comes rolling around. There’s nothing wrong with that and the start of this Metal Clan arc looks promising but at some point it has to start looking foolish to find and recruit new airbenders just via Korra finding them, right?
Now that spirits are such an integral part of the human-world again, the series really should give spirits a more prominent role in the story than just letting them pop up like this from time to time.
The third season of Legend Of Korra is here! After the somewhat dull second season I really hope the third season can at least reach the quality of the first season again. I mean, the first one wasn’t that great either (especially compared to the original Avatar-series) but hey, the start of this new season looks promising.