Random Thoughts on “The Legend of Korra” Finale and the Series as a Whole
(Note: Yeah, I pretty much failed to keep up with my The Legend of Korra reviews, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give a few first impressions. Except spoilers.)
- I’m still on the fence as to whether The Legend of Korra is actually better than Avatar: the Last Airbender or not. It certainly has Avatar beat in terms of technical aspects and consistency. But then, no episode of Korra really reaches the emotional highs of, say, “The Southern Raiders.”
- Korra has not changed at all throughout this series. It can hardly be called progress that the only reason she is finally able to Airbend is because the rest of her Bending was taken by Amon.
- “Skeletons in the Closet” is probably the episode that comes closest to reaching the greatness of Avatar‘s best episodes. Isn’t it strange that the villains are always the ones with the most interesting and moving back stories?
- Bloodbending remains the most horrifying aspect of the Avatar universe. Watching these characters in such agony under this evil power is really nauseating.
- It’s nice to hear Dante Basco’s voice again.
- Is the lieutenant dead? Is Asami’s father dead?
- Isn’t it strange that the villains have the most tragic—and most emotionally affecting—ends in the Avatar universe? First, Azula’s mental collapse breaks me down, and now here’s Tarrlok killing himself and his brother.
- When I saw Tenzin and his three children tied up on stage at the Equalist rally, I literally freaked out. And then they were freed and they escaped so easily that now I feel cheaply manipulated. That’s really low, guys.
- DiMartino and Konietzko come pretty damn close to finally making a large-scale action sequence that works. The battle between the planes and the ships may not be that exciting, but it is so well-crafted that I don’t mind too much.
- We never do find out how Amon (his real name escapes me at the moment) knew how to take people’s Bending away.
- There’s a great line about hobos that needs to be itched in stone for all to appreciate (if only I could remember it).
- Asami has become extremely passive-aggressive. Some “strong female character” she is!
- General Iroh’s take down of those planes is probably the most ridiculous action sequence in the entire series. I felt like I was watching Iron Man by accident.
- That idea to put the Amon mask on the Avatar Aang statue’s face is just silly.
- Finally, the very ending of the finale–in which Avatar Aang appears to give Korra back her Bending–infuriated in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time. Not only did it feel like a deus ex machina, it totally ruins what could have been a great storyline for Book Two, as well as a much deeper meditation on equality and pride.
Bottom line: I’m glad I watched it, but that ending…