Okay, so maybe that’s not the most appropriate picture to use, but it’s hilarious.
Right, so as the Legend of Korra season finale aired a good five days ago, I can make a post about my opinions on it without worrying that I’m spoiling anyone. Because if you still haven’t watched it and use Tumblr, you’ve already been spoiled.
So! Lots of things happening in the finale. Lots of good, lots of bad. Overall impression of the series was that it was very well done. It managed to keep the humour of the original series while also going a bit deeper into the “darker” (for lack of a better word) aspects of the world. In that sense it was a nice nod to fans of the earlier show, but still something newcomers could appreciate. I hope. I’m actually not sure how those who have only watched Korra and not Airbender see the series.
The biggest thing here was probably the revelation of who Amon really is. I’ll be honest; I did not see that coming. I really didn’t think he would even be a bender, since that went against his whole code. But it was an interesting way to off him. Except…few problems with the Amon bender thing. First, how in the world does he use Bloodbending to seal off bending powers? Their explanation seemed to pretty much be “Bloodbending is the best bending ever”. The whole “take away people’s bending” was a whole other technique that, according to the first series, could be learned by anyone. So…I wish he had gone that route instead. Secondly, after getting knocked out the window into water he decided to make a GIANT water tornado to get out. That’s just…that’s just stupid of him. Couldn’t he have made one of those air bubbles, traveled to some less-populated area, then re-donned his mask and continued his whole war? There’s a lot of little things like that Amon could have done to win this battle, but I guess ultimately this is a kid’s show and he is the villain.
As for Tarlock…I can understand him becoming regretful and such considering he was stewing in prison. But as a viewer, it happened way too quickly. I definitely loved that he was willing to take himself out to stop Amon in the end as well, but his story overall was too quickly done to get a powerful enough feeling. And yes, they only had 12 episodes to work with, but I think they could have kicked off more major plot stuff a bit earlier (instead of putting the focus on the love triangle).
Oh right, love triangle. That worked out…interestingly. I guess the thing to take away from how that turned out is that they’re all teenagers and thus pretty stupid when it comes to things like love. Though I do think Mako’s a jerk, some of the backlash has been…scary. Kind of odd how people side with Asami now when a lot hated her upon introduction. That said, I’d like for Bolin to be able to find someone. Asami could be a potential option since he saved her life and all, but I’d prefer him to find his own girl and not one he might have to fight Mako over. So…IrohxAsami probably makes a bit more sense. A bit.
Speaking of Iroh, he was overall awesome. Watching him fly around and knock out planes and the like was just amazing. I hope he gets more screentime next season. Pretty odd that he has Zuko’s VA though considering how different they are.
Asami figuring out how to deal with what’s left of her life would also be interesting to explore next season. I really hope they don’t go and make her a villain or anything, because she deserves better. Looking into Bolin and Mako’s past would also be fun to explore, as would checking in on Zuko’s daughter being the Fire Lord and all. Basically the next season can’t be based around pure combat since Korra is broken now.
Also, how in the world did she learn to Airbend in the middle of her fight against Amon? If anything that was a time to go Avatar State. And for Amon to get knocked clean out the window like that…Amon seemed to lose his touch or something towards the end of this finale.
OH, right, Korra’s final scene. The fact she was willing to kill herself was…really surprising. But very powerfully done. I liked that she managed to connect to the spirits and learn Avatar State, but there’s one tiny thing I would change; outside of Avatar State she’d still only know how to Airbend. She’d have to re-learn the other 3, but if she goes Avatar State she’d be a master of them all. I think that way she’s not too broken for next season. The way they have it right now is very…conclusive. I can see why they weren’t planning a second season originally.
All in all, I know I ranted about some complaints, but that’s just because people naturally complain. I rather loved this series, and I hope to see more soon. And if they release the DVDs in special “book” box like they did the first season of Airbender, I’ll buy it in an instant.