And this is the last episode, THE last episode of this series. I’m not the biggest fan of this series but these last two seasons were great. It’s a bit sad to see this series end after it has finally found itself after two seasons but four seasons is already more than what I would have expected after having seen the first season. I’m certainly interested to see what the next project of Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, the creators of the Avatar-universe, will be. It certainly won’t be Avatar-related and it’s understandable. After all, they started with Avatar: The Last Airbender and then did a sequel of sorts to that. Who knows how their style will translate to a series of a different genre or maybe they will create a new universe for an adventure-like epic story.
The pacing of Legend Of Korra is a real mixed bag. Sometimes I feel like the series should spend way more time on one thing and other time I feel like they should just move on already. I guess, that’s the problem with a series whose strength are its characters. The perception of such a story is bound to be very subjective as it relies heavily on how much you like the characters of the series. Just take the “Korra Alone”-Episode… Many loved that episode and yeah, it’s a great episode. But for me personally, I just didn’t like the direction of that character. There wasn’t enough commitment there for me. If you actually want to show Korra running around incognito in search of a new identity after she had lost most of her Avatar-prowess, I would want to see some radical changes to the traditional Avatar-formula. How about becoming a bender who incorporates technical gadgets into her bending? You know, stuff like that. But instead the arc has been for Korra to somehow return to her old state and her problem really just her lacking ability to be like her old self. Toph and (in this episode) Zaheer may talk about her having to move on but she’s still stuck in the past pretty much. This episode shows at least some progression in that regard and once again it uses its opportunities to focus on characters wisely.
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.