Because fans should be critical, too

First “Korranalysis” Video Is Up and Running

Here it is. I hope it’s worth your twenty minutes. At the very least, watch it before it gets taken down and give me your thoughts and criticisms thus far. They’ll be greatly appreciated.

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14 responses

  1. kuru

    When will the second part come?

    March 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  2. Grindal

    Exceptional. Your review is almost a parallel to DIKE’s efforts with Avatar. Although I don’t think history will remember your reviews as masterpieces, from this one effort you seem to have completely redefined what a video review used to be about. You think, you relate, and you understand what you’re talking about, rather than some crazy fan or another just telling you what was cool and whether or not you should like the show.

    Anyway onto a few thoughts. Don’t rush to meet deadlines. I’d rather watch thoughtful stuff like this than something with less quality because you didn’t have the time. As for criticisms, I honestly mean it when I say none so far. Maybe that’s because you haven’t got into tearing Korra apart, as I still think it’s a good show DESPITE it’s horrible ending. But we’ll get there later.

    Finally, from what you’ve shown I’m guessing your reviews wont be episodic but rather focus on the different aspects, like plot, characters, positives, negatives, etc.. Is this right? Anyway, that was exceptional.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      I originally planned on making the review episodic, but that became tedious very quickly. Focusing on different aspects per video is much more efficient.

      P.S. Who is “DIKE?” Or did you mean “DIKO?”

      March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      • Grindal

        Yeah sorry meant DIKO. Gotta get used to your terminology I guess 🙂 Good luck with your upcoming reviews!

        March 4, 2013 at 4:45 am

  3. JMR

    Channeling a little Plinkett here, eh?

    As far as criticisms of the… critic, the main thing is that you need to watch your audio levels. They were all over the place, so sometimes I could barely hear you and then a couple other times you seemed so close to the mic it was distorting the sound.

    The only other thing is that when you mess up, you should probably re-record and edit out the problematic spot. It just sounds “unprofessional”, for lack of a better word, to leave that stuff in.

    Other than that, it was fine. I get the feeling that we were in somewhat similar places going into this show. Personally, I was super pumped for the Equalist plot, especially after Bryke teased in an interview that the show wouldn’t have a “clear line drawn in the sand between good and evil”. I thought we might just get a show about how sometimes complex socio-political issues can’t be solved by punching faces. How life usually isn’t simple enough to let us immediately pick out the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. A show that might seriously ponder questions like, “What does it mean for two obviously different people to be ‘equal’?” Instead, we got obviously evil Amon leading his hate group cult on a path of domination over a city that was more “background painting” than “living, breathing metropolis with a vibrant and diverse culture”. His group has no ideology beyond “benders suck”. And to add insult to injury, it’s revealed he was apparently just making all that oppression talk up. Yeah.

    And then Korra defeats him by throwing him out a window. The End. Blech.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • A little, yes. I also made the fatal mistake of recording everything while tired.

      I’ll definitely work on the sound levels more thoroughly next time, in addition to not leaving in mistakes.

      And don’t worry. I’ll take about the black-and-white morality, the Equalist Movement, and that whole sha-bang in due time…

      March 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      • JMR

        Good to hear. Needless to say that’s the segment I’ll be looking forward to most!

        March 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  4. TexasHammer

    Good review overall. A little heavy on music references for my taste, a few gimmicks were overused (such as the mushroom cloud/Hiroshima bombing), but solid for the most part. I have to admit that my feelings about the video format are tepid. The pros and cons of your other reviews are still evident, and your frequent use of pictures in your written reviews is just as effective as having a video. Personally, I’m ambivalent about the two mediums, but since this one purportedly took so much labor, the written reviews may be the way to go.

    On what you say in the video- I felt a little too much time was spent on TLA, and that maybe relating each of its four virtues to flaws in Korra may have been more effective. Anyway, I agree with the first three of your points, and have honestly never thought about the fourth. Between them, they explained the positive aspects of TLA fairly well.

    As for why Korra was so anticipated, your bases are covered pretty well. I look forward to the next video as you tear the show apart (presumably).

    March 2, 2013 at 12:04 am

    • I’m glad you liked it. [I’ll work on my humor (how ironic), but I can’t promise the music references will ever go away, though.]

      Between video reviews and written ones, I love both formats, but honestly, if I had to choose between the two, I’d rather do written reviews. They’re so much more flexible, especially online. Hmm…maybe the two can be combined…

      Yep, Korra will get its beating from here on out (although the positives will definitely get mentioned)!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  5. Ian

    Really good start dude, I like how indepth you REALLY go into. Although if I had a few complaints you need to really work on some of your delivery with jokes and some like the bombing joke just kinda fell flat,over and over again… I do enjoy the video though and I cant wait to see just why you hate the show so much. I honestly do not get it. For me I can watch legend of korra episodes 2,3,4,6 and 8 without getting bored once. I just LOVE those episodes. Heck episode 3 “The Revalation” is one of my favorite episodes in the avatar franchise period. And besides I like Amons backstory and thought he was awesome the whole way through, Sure the season had, that ending, but I dont think that compromises the whole season from the good it did have. And who knows, maybe book 2 will answer some of those buring questions the first left with like what happens to the equalists, is there anyside effects of people getting there bending back, ect ect. eh, oh well even if we disagree I like seeing the other sides of the topic and different views. Cant wait for the next vid.

    March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

    • It’s kinda funny that I lambast Avatar for its sense of humor and my mine isn’t really any better. Such is life.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part. I’ll be getting into Korra from now on, so expect your pondering to be rewarded.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  6. Anthony

    I had a few problems with the format. Basically, the clear Plinkett inspiration and occasional troubles with the line reading, but I’m sure that with more time you will become more successful with it. Otherwise, I take a few issues with your reading of TLA anyway, but I find your reviews and thoughts really interesting, so I’ll wait to see where you go with this. Good first start, and pretty solid editing too.

    March 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    • Ugh, Plinkett…I brought this on myself…

      I’ll definitely improve by Part Two, so don’t worry. Thank you for watching and responding!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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