**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! thatguywiththeglasses.com/vide… ). 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.