Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Legend of Korra - First Season Finale Thoughts
After going over the notorious letdown that was the finale to "The Legend of Korra: Book One", I feel I gotta say this: I can't completely agree with all of the mass complaining over this storyline and its' finale that I've been seeing recently 'cause most of it reeks of a whining Unpleasable Fanbase.
- "The Equalists weren't morally ambiguous enough!" - Well, they're the antagonists: try as they might, it's kind of hard to make their side look justified over the side that the freaking Avatar is on.
"Amon being a bender cheapens his character!" - No, it doesn't. Noatak being a self-loathing bender (a bloodbender at that!) trying to rid the world of what he saw as a great corrupting evil due to his Freudian Excuse and backstory makes him very interesting and complex to me. Sure, he was wanting to take over Republic City and be the only bender in power, but he was also well intentioned from a certain standpoint: he wanted everyone to live as equals and for no one to suffer like he did.
"Korra learning airbending and the Avatar State were Dues Ex Machinas!" - Yeah, 'cause the Avatar series has NEVER had those before, and it's not like that second one was kind of a literal "hand of God" or anything. And what's really funny here is that the airbending thing DID have an explanation: it just wasn't stated. It was all in the spiritual subtext of this season's entire story and Korra's character arc. Think back to the chakras explained by Guru Pathik. Then think of the nature of chi and blood, and the bending/blocking of it. Then look back at this story, and suddenly it will all start to add up. As for the Avatar State and the restoration of Korra's bending...yeah, they really could have flat-out explained it better rather than having Aang just show up, say a vague line, and then give her back her bending/open up her connection to her past lives: that sort of development needed a full extra episode. But I don't see what other ultimate resolution there could have been.
"This whole show is such a poor sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender! The cast is inferior, the
pacing of the story is bad, barely anyone or anything developed, the whole thing was rushed and disappointing and awful! These characters suck, bring back the Gaang!" - First off, if you honestly went in expecting this to equal or surpass the first series (a three-season long epic animated masterpiece), then you were deluding yourselves. Secondly, said first series was a show with three 20-episode seasons. This is a 12 episode arc of the first season that could have been the whole series had a second book not been green-lit. Bryke didn't have alot of room for developing all the characters because much of the plot needed to be told particularly in the second half of this arc where the Equalists were a regular presence, and we should feel happy that there's going to be a continuation at all 'cause it means possible new development for plot points and characters who received little this book. Don't act like the show's over already! And also, if you want the Gaang back (even though their story has long been over), go read "The Promise" and see how you like THAT.
*Asami Sato rolls her eyes at all this.*
HOWEVER, there are two major quibbles I have. One is with Mako and the Makorra romantic pairing, which I agree with everyone about. I do not think Mako's the horrible person fans have made him out to be, but he has made terrible mistakes in his love life due to his misaimed White Knight complex. He got a lot less likable in the second half of the story due to being a macho douche who made so many schmuck moves that the narrative has failed to address (which I do NOT think was intentional on Bryke's part), and the romance itself reeks of two unprepared romantic partners getting Strangled By The Red String and had no business being shoved to the forefront so much when that time should have been used for better, more important things. Korra has bigger issues she needs to work out, she does not deserve an awful boyfriend like Mako, and they have no chemistry whatsoever. It was a total Romantic Plot Tumor, plain and simple, especially in these last episodes.
The other issue is (WAS) that we still have no idea when things from the original series that fans want to be addressed (Iroh's visit to the Spirit World, Koh the Face Stealer's return, Azula's future fate, and of course, Zuko's mother) will actually be addressed. This whole storyline (which again, could've just been a mini-series) has gone by and they've gone almost completely unmentioned. If Bryke really considers them unimportant and wants to leave them behind, then they shouldn't have included them in the first place only to leave them hanging. I mean, they got tired of hearing questions relating to Zuko's mom? Then you shouldn't have even had that scene where Zuko asks the question in such a dramatic fashion before leaving it unresolved, dumbasses!
*Ah, FINALLY! I can't wait for this to come out!*
Now if you thought I was harsh here, just wait until you see my entry on "The Amazing Spider-Man"!
Oh, and I have to show this, don't I?
* WOOOHOOOOOO! BEST DEATH EVAH!*