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Announcement: Plans for the Future…

In addition to actually responding to the numerous comments that have accumulated over the past few weeks on the last episode’s review, this is my new game plan:

1) Re-watch and re-review The Legend of Korra. Since I already know how it ends–and since we all know how I feel about it–watching the series with that in mind is more than fair. In fact, I’m sincerely hoping the series improves with that ending known.

2) Go back and rewrite reviews for episodes whose reviews either weren’t completed or weren’t up to par. This will definitely take a very long time, so don’t expect even the most noted episodes to be updated any time soon.

3) Update the blog every five days instead of three. This is the only way I can effectively update on a timely basis. (And that effectively starts now. If there’s not an update on the established date, simply assume that a dire emergency is the cause.)

3) Set up another blog focused entirely on animation and music. If anyone’s been wondering what the more frequent album references were for, this is partially it. Hopefully I can dedicate just enough time and effort to each blog.

Until next time, here’s hoping everyone has a happy holiday!

– Marshall Turner

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2 responses

  1. a-variable

    Sounds like a good plan!

    Great work on the Finale review, Marshall. Azula’s arc really did carry the emotional weight of the ending. Obviously the Gaang was going to succeed (although it was really convincing that Toph was going to fall!), so most of what I felt during Aang’s battle and the rest was sadness that the journey was finally coming to an end. Azula’s downfall, on the other hand, kept me and so many others wondering the whole time, up until the very end, even now.

    I can applaud the entire series for everything that made it great; likable characters, subtlety in everything (the plot, scenery, the characters, the culture), and very effective voice acting and animation that got the viewer to feel for what they were watching. In the case of the finale, it was Azula’s arc that defined the series epic conclusion. It caught me by surprise, it was believable, and it seemed to be treated with such seriousness and quality by the characters. It was blatant that the writers were all of a sudden creating dimensions for Azula, but because it was done so effectively and with such quality, it ended up adding so much meaning to the finale and quite honestly to the entire show.

    I would not consider the finale to be entertaining, in the same way as Avatar’s darker, more serious episodes are. It’s tough to watch Azula’s sudden downward spiral when you buy into the idea that her motivations quite possibly are not what we have been led to believe. It is a story unlike anything else previously in the series and it adds so much to the themes of war, ambition, and family that are behind the subtle aspects of the show (Iroh’s loss of Lu Tn, corruption of the Fire Nation’s principles from the war, Zuko’s arc of finding what he stands for). Without Azula’s meaningful defeat, the finale would not have added much to the story.

    I like your interpretation of the darkness of Azula’s final scene, Marshall. Because we never see her again, it really does create a feeling of hopeless. How many times have things in Avatar ever seemed truly hopeless… and STAYED that way? All I can say is that is heavy stuff.

    Mike, Bryan, you guys really need to give more credit to Azula’s arc. It is one of the shining examples of the Avatar world’s potential depth and the quality of your guys’ work.

    Seriously, please create more brain candy like that.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • Actually, that’s a very good point you make about the finale not being entertaining in the same way the other darker episodes usually are. Fascinating might be the better word, but you’re absolutely hard: watching Azula’s downfall is very hard to watch given all we know.

      I think DiMartino and Konietzko kind of know where their talents lie. I suggested they have a fantastic ability to suddenly make us sympathize with villains, something that definitely gets carried over into The Legend of Korra with Amon and Tarrlok. The problem–as far as I’m concerned–is that they don’t always do the same for their heroes.

      December 20, 2012 at 1:56 am

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