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**Contains Legend of Korra Season 1 Spoilers**

And honestly, I'm not feeling it. Doug Walker (aka The Nostalgia Critic) has been doing a series where he's been vlogging his experience watching the original Avatar series for the first time (Take a look they're actually really good go watch them!… ). He's a new fan to the series and his enthusiasm and critique of the original series has only helped to intensify my loathing and hatred of The Legend of Korra's disastrous season finally.

The more I remember how amazing and awesome the original Avatar series is, the less I am interested in picking up the pieces and following these unlikable characters through another series of exploits, especially after haphazardly killing off the main villain in such a clumsy and awkward way. Not only that, but there's no growth to the main character at all. There's no journey of her learning how to be an Air Bender the way there was for Aang, as her powers are unlocked through lazy writing (more on that in a minute). There's nothing left to really continue with except continuing to force the relationship dilemmas that they've made very clear by the end of the 1st season who gets with who anyway so... there's no real point going on with it.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was lightning in a bottle and their attempts to replicate it but make it "more grown up" with Korra have failed spectacularly in my eyes. It started off with such good promise with interesting set ups and situations, but all of them failed (or worse crashed and burned) during the season finally. Here are my top 4 reasons for hating the ending to Korra.

1. Korra doesn't learn anything. She still runs in and fights head on and doesn't have patience and doesn't learn airbending at all. It gets "unlocked" through some bullshit excuse when her powers are taken away.

2. Aang solves all the problems. After Amon is dead and Korra is left as just an airbender, she walks away and meets the spirit of Aang who then proceeds to give her back her powers (which had JUST been taken away not more than 5 minutes ago) where she then proceeds to go through all the cast who lost their powers and fixes them. EVERYTHING that was being built up as this terrible awful dehumanizing thing that Amon was doing to the world throughout the entire first season... erased. And not just erased, but erased in the last MINUTE of the episode.

3. Amon is dead. Seriously why kill him off like that? You KNEW you had 2 more seasons left to go through, or at least you did before the series AIRED. I can't believe for a second that the producers couldn't have simply removed that scene or called in a last minute edit (which is a very common thing to do with animated TV shows) to keep Amon as a villain. Without him as the great threat to overcome, there's nothing to look forward to in the next season. Nothing to keep the seasons connected in any way except through the main characters.

4. Mako is a jackass. Fuck Mako. Not the voice actor who did General Iroh in the original series. No the stern cold hearted jackass who is Korra's "love interest." Except that Korra already HAD a love interest in the form of Bolin. Also, Mako cheats on his girlfriend to be with Korra. CONSTANTLY. He keeps telling Korra he likes her, while holding on the arms of his girlfriend who he saved from her crazy father and who genuinely loves him back. What a selfish asshole. I don't want anything to do with this guy. By the end of the season it's clear who's who in the roster. Bolin is Sokka. Mako is Katara. Plus it's just disheartening to see such a selfish, arrogant, womanzing, sexist asshole be given the name of Mako, the voice actor for Iroh.

Watching the trailer for the new season it seems pretty clear they don't have any idea what to do next with the characters and are just rehashing already known spirit characters through some contrived war of spirit world versus human world. That wouldn't be a problem for me IF those seeds had been planted in the first season. But they weren't. The entirety of the first season was about Amon taking people's bending powers away and nothing to do with the spirit world. Amon is dead, and the producers have 2 more seasons to make so... well... i guess they gotta come up with something.

I'm making a prediction right now. Season 2 of Korra will be the spirits angry at the world and all the characters fighting back, with some moralizing lesson in the season finally.

I can't do it, Nickelodeon. I can't muster any interest in seeing what happens to Korra or any of the other characters. Probably would've been best to just end it at the first season and skip ahead another 100 years so we'd have a different avatar to start the slate fresh. I'm gonna have to rely on you guys to watch this for me and tell me if I'm wrong or that they might "justify" themselves later, cuz I can't muster the dedication to watch it.
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ButtonandLace Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
So...yeah. Not sure you're ever gonna read this, but: You weren't too far off the mark with your predictions. Honestly, if you were to watch the second season you might give the first a bit more slack. This season had good moments but it took a while to get to them and the storytelling was extremely sloppy. The spirits played a role in things, but we don't see a lot of them until much later in the season. Korra starts off the season by being really unlikeable and remains that way for quite a while. She does have character development, but you'll notice that when she seems to be advancing in maturity, it comes at the cost of rendering the other characters unlikeable. She and Mako break things off with each other in the end, but not before we have to go through another damn love triangle and Mako shows himself to be not only an unlikeable character, but a hypocrite as well. He makes a confession ( during the final episode) but by then, it is too late and I just couldn't stand his character anymore. There's a lot more but...meh. I honestly might just say fuck it to the third and fourth seasons that are coming up. It took too long for these characters to have any sort of development and they all act either unlikeable or utterly stupid until it was convienient to the plot for them to change. Don't think I like these characters enough anymore to bother with the next couple of seasons.
DTJB Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I can understand.  As much as I liked Korra, there were certainly some weak spots and the wrap up was a little TOO perfect.  Could have used a whole second season to relearn and rebuild, but I guess the producers felt we'd only be satisfied with a Hollywood ending.  The whole show felt like a nice little add on to the franchise and I never expected a second season (aside from Nick cashing in of course).  I'll keep my eyes open, but something REALLY needs to happen to recapture the magic.

I will mention one great thing about Korra, Uncle Bumi.
rockpopple Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yep. Totall aree with this too. Along the ride I was into Korra but it wasn't until that disastrous season finale that I realized Korra was a fucking trainwreck. Now we're just hoping that Korra 2 will be decent but.... well...
Sam-SSF Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I didnīt even bother to see the full Season... Got bored pretty son . - . (Oh God, I hate Mako! ... Not the voice actor, thatīs clear ; u ; )
solarisknight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
The way they introduced Korra at the beginning should have been a red light. When I saw that scene, after spending so much time with the humble and likeable Aang...I just had to pause the video and physically facepalm,  thinking "why would the writers do this?!"
Arbiter10123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually really enjoyed the Legend of Korra, although killing off the main villain was a stupid idea, though, didn't they think they were only getting a season?
DragonTurtle2 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015
No, they really didn't know there was going to be a second season.  Nick didn't want to put in the money of commissioning more of the show until they ABSOLUTELY SURE FOR REALSIES felt they could make the money back from high enough ratings.
Caliphos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that the producers/writers/whoever were only slated for one season prior to airing the show and only recently (or after it began airing) that they were going to be given about 2 more seasons? Mind you, I could very well be wrong. But I wasn't impressed with neither the season finale, nor the overall character development (or lack thereof really). One thing they did do well, though, was the animation itself and the action scenes. They looked so darn pretty! However, that certainly didn't save the series from paling in comparison to the original avatar. I could say  more, but the rest is really self-evident and painfully visible through the show itself.
AnonymousGX Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
But what if the spirits DID tell him how to use Bloodbending to remove people's bending? Here's a possibility as to Noatak's past:
Noatak leaves his family at the Northern Water Tribe. Like Ummi, he made his way to the Spirit World. There, he found Wan Shi Tong and his library. Noatak was convinced, either by Wan or himself, that bending and the Avatar was the root of all wars. Since this was a noble goal, Wan Shi Tong gave him knowledge of how to remove a bender's ability in a war-less way.
When Noatak failed, Wan Shi Tong blamed the Avatar, and gathered an army of Spirits that were unhappy at this non-spiritual Avatar and her actions. OR Wan was planning to force the bender-less population into submission, which would be another way to stop all wars.
devoutburrito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
i can agree with you on the end of book one being.... not as satisfying. i mostly mean when spirit aang visits korra and restores her water/fire/earthbending like whatever, and also allowing korra to instantaneously learn spiritbending (or at least enough to restore all the other depowered benders). but there are certain things that i disagree on. the whole point of the first book is watching korra coming into her own as an avatar; she is not aang, and as much as i hate mako (the character), i feel like the love triangle was a good touch to the show. the state of the world in LoK was different than in ATLA in that they do not live in a war-torn world, and so they have the time and luxury to think of things that teenagers naturally think about. it adds a layer of complexity to the overall relationships between each character, and personally, it feels more real to me that way, because as we all know, relationships are not usually that simple.
devoutburrito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
oh, and one more thing. tarlok (because he died, too) and amon/noatak's deaths to me was more about their respective  self-destruction than anything, so i guess i don't really have a problem with it.
KingCrabmaster Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To sum up my entire reasoning for watching Korra here is what I liked about it:  The steampunk/industrialpunk and the look of the landscape/machines.

Yup that is about all I watched it for...the story was quite rubbish and more full of holes than cheese!
Atlantihero-Kyoxei Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   Digital Artist
I loved the idea that Avatar could be set more in the future, but I agree with you, the plot was absolute RUBBISH. Utter rubbish. Yep.
So why am I still going to watch it? XD
SKdune17 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
In the beginning I thought "Maybe im just not into it because I watched Avatar The Last Airbender and I'm still attached to it," but by the season finale I realized its just not a well grounded story. Maybe the show will redeem its self in the next season but for now its a bit disappointing.
RebbieChan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The only real problem with Korra season 1 was that it was rushed, they only thought they had that many episodes so they did what they could with the space they were given, while it could be better in the given situation, I still think they did a pretty good job. I agree that Korra's character development was pretty nonexistant, but Mako and Asami's was actually pretty much on par that most of the development of the original. Mako isn't "stone cold" either, he spent the whole second half of the show worrying about Korra. Amon was killed off because they thought it was the end of the series and now they've been given two or three more season, so you can't blame them on that one.
The original had a lot of problems itself (For example, most of season two or the horridly campy nickelodeon moral lessons in every episode, the music, wonky animations, some of the voice acting), most people seem to just look past them because the show was really the first of it's kind. It's kind of not fair to judge this show in comparison to an idealized view of the other.
Scorpion1813 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I REALLY hated The Legend of Korra. I hated everything about it. I hated all the characters, I hated the love triangle, and hated Korra so much, and I even hated what they had done to the world by post-industrailizing it. Don't even get me started on how they turned Bending into a frikkin' sport!!! The magic and greatness that was The Last Airbender was long gone.

The original series was amazing. Great characters. Great writing. Interesting plots with deep and meaningful messages. But none of that appeared in TLoK. How could they drop the ball so low???

I don't think I managed to get all the way through the first episode before I turned it off in disgust. It took me weeks before I forced myself to watch the rest of the series (after friends telling me it gets better - it didn't), only for the final episode to have one Deus Ex Machina after another. They must have fired all the writers of the original series and hired a bunch of illiterate children that got expelled from school. I didn't think it was possible to write something so horrible!!! Having said that, I have since seen Iron Man 3. -_-
xXDarkwing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
To be honest I'm not really feeling it either. At least, I'm not feeling the trailer. The animation itself is pretty cool, but the "andate molto triste for erhu and cello" they had playing in the background really clashed with the animation.

I feel like the brevity of the program though sort of hung over the animators during production. Perhaps they rationalized that everything just needed to go by faster for the sake of making everything fit, rather than concentrating on the main point of the show and excluding what wasn't wholly necessary (unnecessary meaning stupid subplots, such as the Mako-Korra-Asami thing. ).

However I actually find that the bit Amon and Tarlok really had some potential in terms of story. And it's actually relevant to the main plot.

And another thing, I was hoping for a strong female lead, but Korra turned out to be quite a mary-sue. Go figure.

Idk from what I gather it appears as if they were writing Korra towards a particular demographic rather than for the sake of storytelling. This new trailer serves to support that.

Really the only reason I think people watch it, is that, compared to all of Nick's other programming, the show seems like a masterpiece, when in it reality the finished product barely passes for angsty drivel.
Noxiudis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I don't think that should be too surprising, because the endings of Avatar have always been sort of mediocre, and as someone who's watching Doug's reviews I'm sure you're well aware of that, Andy. The Seige of the North Pole is cliche-ridden, the Capture of Ba Sing Sei does a terrible job of portraying Zuko's emotions and feelings and explaining why he suddenly snaps back to his old personality. (For the record, I think Rob Walker's explanation makes a lot of sense,  but if that was what the writers were going for, they did a terrible job conveying those conflicted emotions in the story itself.) And then Season 3 ends with the ridiculous dues ex machina that is the Lion Turtle. Aang unlocks a new power in nearly the same manner as Korra, its given to him with absolutely no effort or training whatsoever and precedes to "do what he wants" instead of actually addressing the emotional conflict that he was trying to work himself through.

As much as it pains me to say this, I would guess that the seasons conclude the way they do in order to present a "Happily Ever After" story for their target audience, which is supposed to be children. That said, you've failed at a "Happily Ever After" ending when one of your characters literally gets her heart stomped on and smashed by someone that you put your father into prison for. I would be very surprised if Azami doesn't end up becoming the "new" Zuko of Legend of Korra.
worldstraveller Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I do disagree with you most of it (this is a first), I think you're being overcritical about the series.
I didn't found the ending lazy unlike most people, I liked how Amon's died, because it was different and not the stereotypically hero/heroine beat the bad guy, it was the opposite, best part of it, it wasn't naive - I'm pretty sure that was one of the intentions of the co-creators, as for the Korra had her bending back when should follow through the next book and so would give a more humbling experience, I agree just a bit and find an unnecessary complain, it misses 3 books, it's more than enough, arrogant characters with big egos and very self-centered, they have to fall many times to realize they wrong many times, that's how characters like Korra become humbler, arrogant characters are very slow at this and developing as a character, arrogant characters are very stubborn (the perfect example of a character like this is Atemu/Yami Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! manga) -  as for Korra sudden unlocked airbending being sudden, I agree in good amount, the co-creators said at the early scratch, Korra would be able to airbend around eps 9 or 10, in my opinion it would be the perfect moment and timing...but I understand why it was done that way.

unlikeable characters, some of them I can understand such Korra and Mako(they're not-easy-to-like-characters)...but Asami and Bolin? Lin and Tenzin? Meelo? Ikki? Jinora? Pro-Bending announcer? Naga and Pabu?

Korra is just left as an airbender, FYI, episode 1 Book 2, Tenzin said she has lots to work on her airbending, specially the spirituality.
" EVERYTHING that was being built up as this terrible awful dehumanizing thing that Amon was doing to the world throughout the entire first season... erased. And not just erased, but erased in the last MINUTE of the episode."
it wasn't erased, he is the only one who knows how to take bending away through blood, co-creators said what has happen in Book 1, such as the equalists, they will have an aftermath in Book 2 even about Asami and her father, the main characters and the whole world doesn't even know that Amon is dead, only the viewers - us.

Mako, hahaha, the so hated character because he did teenage mistakes because he was confused about his feelings for Korra and Asami, behaved like a little child who wet his bed at night and hid his sheets for kissing back a girl that kissed him from Asami (another words, running away from the problem, everyone does that), when who started this mess on Mako was Korra, I love Korra but I know when someone is wrong and the real guilty. does his mistakes makes him a bad person? no - the same with Korra, and Mako is my least favourite character. there is many characters I really dislike and hate(Umbridge for example) but I don't go around bashing them or dislike series because there is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 characters I hate and dislike.
I do understand how easy it is to be judgemental and disliking a character for judgemental reasons.

there were seeds planted regarding spirituality, becoming spiritual is not about being able to suddenly connect with the spirit world, etc, spiritual is not from your physical you but your inner self, Korra is a very physical person and acts first and then thinks, so it's harder for her,  they were all being planted towards Book 2, when she could finally connect with her spiritual self, the ending of book 1 besides being the closure of the story arc of book 1 but also the beginning towards Book 2.
I can mention the seeds if you want.
Legend of Korra is not the "gotta have a new idea for next season", it only aired Book 1 and you quickly already think that, that isn't how Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino work (is with series with new ideas not seasons and books), FYI, 1st season is Book 1 and 2 but with 2 different story arcs, Book 3 is already being finished to be storyboarded, also after Book 4, they said they will probably make an animated film in the avatar world.
one more thing...Book 1 and 2 in terms of writting and production are different circumstances (Book 1, only the co-creators  were writing- /(also were executive producers/ (different from Avatar The Last Airbender, where there was many writers), Bryan Konietzko being one of the co-creators also was designing with the others artists, so sometimes Michael DiMartino had to write alone and re-read with the other co-creator, and you think this was lazy writing? --- Book 2, 3 writers (2 of them wrote Avatar the Last Airbender episodes and 1 being the co-creator Michael Dimartino, Bryan Konietzko together with the other artists on the designing and visual, in another words, a better job than book 1).
I liked a lot Book 1 but compare to Avatar the Last Airbender which has 3 books and The Legend of Korra with 1 book, is too soon to judge for me.

I may sound defending them in a personal way, I did stated as much as I know, basing on my own analysis, observations, interpretations and as much knowledge as I know of the interviews with the co-creators and Joaquim Dos Santos before and after Legend of Korra Book 1 aired, since it was known publicly there would have 2 Books (at the time were writing, designing and storyboarding Book 2, when Book 1 was close), middle of Book 1 airing was announced 4 books of Legend of Korra and maybe probably animated film in the avatar world.
Sorry for the big text, it wasn't my intention...
pokegirl302 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I honestly stopped watching Korra after Mako got the girl friend because I knew exactly where it was going to go.  He is all gaga over that girl who would prove to not be good for him in one way or another.  Then he discovered that he loved Korra all along leaves the girl and gets together with Korra, I am just not fond of that general plot even if it is a subplot.  It is like Doug Walker's (Nostalgia Critic's) dislike for the liar revival plot point, it is a major deal breaker for me when I watch or read anything.  I am fine when it is set up well but the girlfriend is just so obviously that trope that it just turned me off from the series.
pauljs75 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The problem with the Korra series so far was wiping out the villain too fast after a great build-up and the deus ex machina ending of the first book. Seems like there should be some loose ends to build upon, but there aren't any left. (That we know of.)

I feel in some ways the show's creators bungled it because of low expectations and not planning for more than one season of the show. It was meant to wrap-up as it is.

So what's the next book going to do for plot development when all the interesting antagonists appear to be gone?

I'll still watch it though, they might manage to pull something off because they've done good stories in the past. Even if the new story arc doesn't appear all that great there still might be some redeeming episodes. I'd say not to write it off just yet.
Ticketmeister Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I'll actually defend the show here (to an extent) and say that many(though not all) of the problems with LoK's pacing had to do with the fact that the show was originally a 12-episode miniseries. I get the impression that the news that the series would have two (and later three and four) seasons came at a time when the show's script was already completed and the plot was already set in stone. Thus, as a standalone effort, I can overlook some of the cramped writing (the trainwreck that is Mako notwithstanding) and say they created a great villain and a pretty good followup to the original.

However, I agree that the writers are now grasping at straws for an intriguing conflict to fight. ATLA's strength was always its strong grounding of relatable, believable human characters and conflicts( Zuko has a great evolution over the series, for example), and the fantasy element enhanced the story without distracting. Now that the ever-nebulous spirits are the conflict, it's hard to see how ethical human struggles in the same vein of those that we saw with Aang and Zuko or even Korra and Amon can still be the driving center of the show.

 TL;DR write humans, because they're relatable, and make them believable.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See that's why I DON'T agree with it. Because they had 12 episodes they should've used that very limited time to set the plot up and pace everything nicely instead of cramming everything into the last episode. The badness of the last episode isn't a result of them only having 12 episodes to write the story, but from them not managing the time of the series and just writing a bad ending.
Kuragarikokoro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Writer
I respect the way you voice your opinions a lot. I haven't bothered to watch Korra at all and, though it's unintentional, you're further convincing me that I'd be wasting my time.
supergirl2319 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I read a really good theory on how it would continue before the recent finale, and I completely agree with it.

Basically, Korra loses her bending and the only way she can get it back is by relearning it from the source. It sounds like it would be a much better way to set up the seeds of a war between the spirit world and the living world, and she would be given a chance to grow as a character. Aang wouldn't come along and instantly fix everything.

Because that is crappy writing.
UKhetalia36 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say I agree with you; the finale was completely rushed. I honestly didn't think there was gonna be a second season after that and after seeing five seconds of the trailer I was completely uninterested. (then again I thought the spirts were aliens)
VGDCMario Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nick don't start failing on me now
Princess-of-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
They weren't sure whether or not that a second series would be made until after the first two episodes were leaked.
TAILS-FAN1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I think the ending was bad and sudden and Mako is a jerk. I get that. I know it's not the same as Last Airbender, and you have a point about plot and character development. at the same time, I'm excited. The world of Acatar has been built well enough that I can't just stop following it. I found reasonable enjoyment from season 1, so I plan on watching season 2 when it comes on.
lightningbent101 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Yeah, I'm totally agreeing with you on a lot of this. In all honesty, Korra's lack of character growth freaks me out because she is such a SCARY person, and given so much power. What I loved most about A:TLA was how much Aang grew from a kid to an adult. Part of me wants Asami to turn into somewhat of a villain just because Mako is such a jerk. I'm mostly gonna be watching this next season for the animation, cuz it looks freaking awesome.


Btw, I don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet (okay, they probably have and I apologize), but "season finally" should actually be "season finale". :)

NumberJenn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
The avatar isn't born every 100 years, its right after the current avatar dies. :\
Hypothisos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you on all points but I do want to clarify that no, they did not knoe they would be making a season 2 when they killed of Amon. It was originally going to be just the one season, that's why it was so short and only half a standard season long. 

I still agree the writing was terrible. 12 to 14 episodes is still long enough to tell a great story without everything feeling so rushed and pathetic at the end. 

Also Mako is a jerk and Bolin would have definitely been the better love interest. 
AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd have to agree with you Tom. I'll only stop watching Korra if it gets REALLY bad. Funny thing though I'm enjoying Gene Luen Yang's Promise and Search comics more than the Korra stuff
IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What made Makorra worse was that once Bolin got the gist that Korra didn't like him (and what a douche way to let the poor guy know) he was as good as written out of the show. The only time afterwards he was any "use" to the series was when he accidentally told Asami that Korra and Mako kissed. While he was still dating her.
Sammy-Harlan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013   General Artist
I do agree with what you've said about all of this, but given that only 1/3 of the entire series has been aired, I think it's not impossible for things to change.  I'm confident that Mako will face a massive change in character, for better or for worse, and Korra's learning was stunted by the war against the Equalists.  I do think that Amon's death should have been at the very least post-poned, as it was just plain shocking and seemed to stop the plot.

I'm one of those people who can't stop watching a series unless it gets unbearably god-awful, so I'm hoping that The Legend of Korra can pull itself back together... there's so much potential still left in the story and the characters, I just hope they exploit it properly.
Wyvern-1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013

You bring up a good point about writing. It's all about the characters. Nobody cares about what happens in the story, but everyone cares about who does them or who they happen to. We relate to characters, not events. When a character we relate to learns something, we learn them as well.


Characters aren't just part of the story, they are the story. And when they suck, the story sucks.

TheCuttlefishCaptain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Finally, someone gathered pretty much all of my complaints for this show and put it in one rant! Thank you!
LookingForLoo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes to all of this, Korra and Mako are just about the worst characters, sadly they were also the two that got the most screen time while some how having zero character development. Im sad cause this show had so much potential and so many awesome 'sub plots' (that shouldn't have been 'sub' at all) and the managed to invalidate all of them in like 3 epps and just destroyed the series. I hate Mako so much that no even seeing a picture of him makes me sick, and I shudder to think that he is still a main character and somehow is a cop, which means that not only did he take Bolin's place a a love intrest that would have ACTAULLY MADE SENSE for Korra he also took what little possible chracter development that Bolin had left(Mako isnt even an earth bender....)

Just, these guys fucked up, I've read fanfiction that had a better ending than this show, and I read fanfiction that did this show better than the creators of this show. It sucks, but I dont think I want anything to do with the next season unless someone gives Mako and Korra a good punch in the face and they break up and have character development.
xxZutaraFanxx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
You and me both!
bord2heck Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly never thought it was that horrible. It's impossible to make a show and have it live up to amazing standards immediately. I usually avoid watching avatar water season because there wasn't much character developement. I'm not gonna judge a show because it isn't as good as avatar. I personally enjoyed it, just not on avatar level
BRouse3318 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Ugh. THis show. I was so excited for it but it let me down so much. There was 0 character development. They could've used Korra losing her bending as a spiritual growth experience, but they totally missed the opportunity. 
I also didn't care much for the new setting. I really like everything in the original avatar and wished they would have done more with that. 
I also thought it was strange that When everyone sees that Amon is a waterbender they immediately turn against him. He was still on their side. For someone who is supposed to be super charismatic he didn't do much to save himself at that point. 
Also since Korra was born when Aang died and Aang's grandkids are younger than Korra.... Aang died before he got to see his grandkids! (I'm just generally upset with pretty much everyone from the original series being dead. I wish they would have set Korra further apart time wise from the original)

Angelonight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
We must have watched two different shows, Though I agree with you on some points, like Mako for instance. But the spirt world aspect not being planted in season, untrue and if you will allow me to explain I will. As te Avatar it was her duty to maintain balance not only in the real world but the spirit world as well, but because of her wild nature she was never able to communicate with the spirit world until Amon "broke" her. So she was unable to maintain that balance. So it makes sence, at least to me, that they would be having problems with the spirit world in this season.

That being said I am going to watch the new season and I look forward to it release.
vindurza Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
the ending was kinda poor but it had so much build up it dosen't seem so illogical for the ending to be a lsight let down do to it being only a mini series they really couldn't make it to the grandiose scale of the original and stay with in the restrictive time frame
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorta half-and-half with you on this. Some of the things you say make sense, and some of them are kind of harsh.

Korra could have been handled better, I agree. A large part of the problem is the story simply moves too fast and too intensely for necessary character development and getting a chance to know more than one facet of them. Twelve episodes just wasn't enough time to go through all of the really BIG social, political, and emotional problems they set up for the show. It probably would have done the series a world of good if they had just a few 'filler' episodes thrown in between, to let the watchers have a chance to breathe, and to develop other sides of the characters. This, I think, is part of what makes the original Avatar: The Last Airbender so good, because we have the TIME to learn about these characters. And it could have turned out very badly too, because let's not forget: when they originally pitched ATLA, it was also supposed to be a much shorter series, like Korra is now. The network forced the creators to add more episodes in because they were up-and-coming newbies and Nickelodeon didn't quite trust them yet. This time around they allowed Korra to be shorter and more packed because they figured the creators knew what they were doing.

But that aside, there are some great things in Korra. The whole non-bending revolution is chilling, and when they get to the parts when they start trying to haul non-benders away or give them curfews it smacks of our own history, with segregation, internment camps, and various other deep and dark issues. I think this is actually handled surprisingly well and adds some deeper meaning to both the spirituality and the political aspects of the world as a whole (which we don't go into as much with A:TLA because the plot is basically 'fire guys attack oh noes!' )

And I feel like I need to play devil's advocate with a few of your points, sooo....
1) Korra actually markedly does learn things. She's more patient by the end of the series than she is at the beginning. Remember when she gets captured, and realizes force isn't the answer, and actually sits down to try and meditate things out instead? Or how about the fact that in the final fight she's actually willing to sneak in using a disguise, instead of gung-ho blasting her way in, like she does at the beginning of the series? Granted, her growth isn't extreme, but I think she's one of the few notable characters to get any significant development in the series at all.

As for airbending, I personally found it notable that throughout the entire series she's relatively self-centered with her powers--her first words are "I'm the Avatar and you gotta deal with it" after all--and the moment she airbends for the first time is notably the first time she's not really concerned for herself. Because throughout the entire series it's always "my bending this, my bending that," and bending is really her identity, but it's only when she's really desperate to do something with it for somebody else that her airbending is unlocked. I dunno, maybe I'm the only one who saw this, but that's what I saw in the finale, anyway.

3) Amon is dead. Seriously why kill him off like that? You KNEW you had 2 more seasons left to go through, or at least you did before the series AIRED.
I just want to point out here that they didn't know there would be more seasons when Book 1: Air was created. It was intended to be a single-season series. However it was wildly popular--moreso than expected. I remember there were ratings notices everywhere at the time--"watch Korra, if it gets high enough ratings they'll make more seasons!" Which is why everything kind of feels like a solo arc. This is actually why I was disappointed with a lot of the series, because if they knew they only had a certain amount of allotted time they could have done a better job wrapping up all the loose ends and planning their time accordingly. But the entire season is written as though it's the only season and this is probably why Amon died (if he even did....we never see a body; it's possible they could revive him somehow, cliche as it might be).

4) Oooooh, Mako hate. Alright, so, I have no interest in jumping into a shipping war or anything, and based on what you said it seems like you personally prefer Bolin/Korra. Well, I don't care about the relationship shit at all really (the other thing I really hated about Korra was the blatant shipping that sort of took over the series). But I feel like I need to defend Mako's character a little here, all the same.

Yes, Mako did a lot of really stupid, really nasty stuff. He cheats on his girlfriend, he tends to avoid pretty much any confrontation (especially on the emotional level) that he can, and he's cold and aloof. I'm not denying that in the least. What really ticks me off about the Mako hate is that it always focuses entirely on the love triangle aspect. And here's the thing: he has other defining characteristics. Remember how protective he is of Bolin? At the beginning, when he knew almost immediately that something was wrong with his brother, and looked for him without stopping? Remember how he tells us he saw his parents die, and instead of abandoning his little brother on the streets, he takes care of him, even though it couldn't have been easy and his official profiles tells us he gets into a lot of street fights to protect Bolin? Remember how he's a skilled tactician and leader, able to lead a rookie sports team in a very rough field? Or how about how he's a really hard worker, constantly doing his best to take on his, Bolin's, and later Korra's problems by himself, so they don't have to worry, or how he's constantly looking for work to get money so they can still have a place to live and eat?

See, these are all "good" traits in a person, things that should be commended, and they all happen in series. The problem is, they all happen at the beginning of the series, and by the end everybody is so wrapped up in this stupid love rectangle crap that their involvement in the shipping becomes their only defining character trait. Mako gets nerfed by this a lot but he's not the only one. Bolin had some great setup for gradually growing more independent of his brother and learning to take care of himself, but the writers don't do anything with it because he turns into the Third Wheel in the romance plot that takes over. Asami has a lot of really great character traits too, but by the end of the series her entire character is also pretty much defined by getting stuck in a love rectangle, and it actually shocks me how many people hate her just because she's 'Korra's competitor.'

Ultimately I think the shipping crap is really at fault here for destroying a lot of the great character traits in all four of our mains: Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Asami. They had a lot of potential in the beginning episodes, but the shipping came on too strong, too intense, and too sloppily, and it sort of ruined everything.

Or at least that's my humble opinion.

Sorry for the wall of text. I just find the Korra reactions too interesting to resist, for good or for ill :XD:

Hichcoot Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with you, people tend to forget that people are not perfect, some of the ''bad writing'' could be just people being people. Mako is a character that screwed thins up because that's what humans do.

And by that logic I still don't see a proble with Aang helping Korra to get her powers back. I mean the thing happened when the battle was over and the bad guy totally defeated, so what's wrong with that? What's wrong with a reward?

I mean you see assholes in the real world having a great life despite being horrible human beings and still they get tons of rewards on their life, so why is it so bad to have a good character have a reward after working so hard, fighting, growing and all that?
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you on this, characters need to have bad traits as well as good ones or they are flat personalities. Mako screws up, just like Korra, Bolin, Asami, and other Korra chars screw up, and just like Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Toph all screw up at some point in the original series. It happens. Nobody's perfect.

I think the problem most people have with Aang helping Korra get her powers back is that it seems a bit like a deus ex machina. Which I can understand; it does come a bit suddenly with seemingly no previous preparations in the story. I think the intent was supposed to be that Korra is not very spiritual and has never had contact with Aang before, since she's relied mostly on the physical aspects of bending. When that's removed she has no choice but to approach the spiritual side, which is when she "gets through" to Aang, as it were. It's a good intent, I just don't think it was handled particularly well. But then again, the creators have a history of this--the Lion Turtle and Energybending also comes to mind, which also felt a bit like a cop-out. I think the writers are just very skilled at starting stories and building up to major events, but don't have a handle on 'endings' so much. They're hard, I don't blame them. Again, nobody's perfect.

Hichcoot Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
But I think that overall those are minor flaws in the story, things that you could say are too much of a coincidence but are still plausible.

Aang teaching Korra how to fix the blood bending damage at the end? If that the biggest flaw that anyone can find I still think that the ending was pretty solid.

Everybody needs help sometimes and heros can have rewards too.
WhatJessieSees Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this, I agree with so many of these points! :)
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am happy to help :D

SomaX Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
All of this.
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