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I Immediately Regret This: A Brief Thought on My Second Full Viewing of “Korra”

I honestly thought (read: hoped) that re-watching the entirety of Book One of The Legend of Korra would ultimately be beneficial. I gave the series a pure, unbiased second chance, looking for answers to pestering questions, redeeming qualities, and basically just a rebuttal to the notion that the finale ruined the series. Or, if the plot and characters were not going to grab me, that the series was still visionary and entertaining enough as a whole to make up for its narrative weaknesses, much like Akira, that revolutionary feature-length anime that also had poor writing and characters.

But I still love it.

What I was not expecting to conclude after all of this was that, not only was Korra much worse than I remembered, but it was never even that good to begin with. It’s honestly mind-boggling  just how much creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko fucked up their own story. This is probably the worst follow up project I’ve ever seen since Seinfeld co-creator Larry David followed up the finale of that brilliant show with his horrendous directorial debut, Sour Grapes.

So does that mean that Book Two of Korra will be their Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Argh. With the video review in the works, I can’t really elaborate just how intricately bad this series is on this post. But I can say this: the finale didn’t ruin the series. The series ruined itself, and the finale was merely the final straw.

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11 responses

  1. maidou

    You, sir, are not alone in this. That’s exactly how most people felt after critiquing Korra.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  2. TexasHammer

    So since your feelings towards Korra are unequivocally negative (not a complaint, just an observation), are you planning on making this video your last analysis of Korra, at least until Book 2?

    January 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

  3. maidou

    What do you mean by “Book 2 will be the Curb your Enthusiasm” of avatar? I guess I just do not get the reference…but maybe I can come up with a reference almost everyone knows-Book 2 will be the Attack of the Clones of avatar, calling it now:)

    January 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    • I’ve heard the Attack of the Clones reference (I believe I also alluded to it once before), which is, naturally, extremely pessimistic. Me saying Book Two would be the Curb Your Enthusiasm (one of the most brilliant shows ever) to Book One’s Sour Grapes (a horrid waste of everyone’s time), both of which were created by Larry David, is about as optimistic as it gets. Will such a turn around happen? Probably not, but it’s nice to dream.

      January 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  4. maidou

    I say attack of the clones only because I’ve heard book 2 is supposed to be all about romance or something, so i fear we’ll be treated to anakin and padme-esque “love.”

    January 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  5. Dan

    It’s been confirmed that Book 2 will focus on the romance even further, so I’m not expecting anything close to decent from Book 2.

    Also, Akira is awesome. It’s been years since I watched it, and I really need to see it again.

    January 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    • (heavy sigh) So much for optimism…

      Akira is definitely one of the pinnacle viewing experiences. See it again on as big a screen/projector as you can find!

      January 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  6. maidou

    So…when will this analysis video come?

    January 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    • No time soon, I’m afraid. The tentative date I have in mind is March 1st, which is about enough time to hopefully finish the entire time before Book Two comes out (there’s no official date for that, but I’ve heard things about late March and early April).

      Sorry I have to keep you waiting, but this definitely has to be thorough.

      January 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  7. Grindal

    Hey Mark I was re-watching the series for the fun of it (it’s the summer holidays in Australia) and I noticed something I had never noticed before which relates to Aluza’s downfall, a moment which you claim to be the finest in the series. During the moment in ‘The Guru’ when Azula, Mai and Ty Lee are disguised as Kyoshi Warriors and are talking to the Earth King, Aluza mentions to the Earth King that “It’s horrible when you can’t trust the people closest to you.” Behind her Mai and Ty Lee exchange looks. I had always noticed this, but assumed it was due to the fact that Azula was lying to the Earth King. But now it has a new meaning to me. Please bear with me as I explain.

    Your detailed review of Azula’s downfall was in my mind at the time, and for the first time ever I linked this line to the ‘Boiling Rock’ when Mai and Ty Lee betray Aluza. This foreshadowing had never occurred to me for some reason, but it made me rethink Azula’s downfall completely. I started looking for moments before ‘Sozin’s Comet’ which showed signs or hinted that Azula was one step away from losing her sanity. There are the obvious ones in ‘Southern Raiders’ after she is betrayed, but I was most draw towards ‘The Beach’, where we unquestionably see Azula at her most compassionate and sometimes even empathetic. The truth is I’m not sure exactly what it is, as I don’t often do these types of things, but there are so many little moments in ‘The Beach’ where I can’t help but feel we are seeing an extra layer of Azula that gives more reason to her downfall.

    In conclusion, seeing as you see this to be the best moment in the series (my favourite, and I get a lot of flak for this, is Roku’s shared past with Sozin, but I’m a guy who likes the mythology) I was hoping you could weigh in on this, and maybe even write an article specifically on Aluza’s downfall. I know I haven’t done the best job of explaining myself but it’s something that has been nagging me recently. All the best and keep courage with Korra, you will survive (barely).

    January 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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