Because fans should be critical, too

Here is the Podcast I Appeared On

They are AvatarLegends.net, and they invited me to comment on the Book Two premiere based on the merits of the Korranalysis (which is still wrapping up, by the way). I had a nice time chatting with them, and that alone makes me willing to endure more of Book Two (which means I’ll stop when and if they kick me off the podcast). All-in-all, we’ll rather ambivalent about what’s in store this season.

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11 responses

  1. JMR

    I’ve actually been rather surprised by how generally apathetic the fan reaction has been to the season premier. I fully expected a repeat of Season 1’s “handful of critics vs. the world” situation, but it looks like even some of the truly Korra faithful are giving Season 2’s opener a big “meh”.

    September 17, 2013 at 8:13 am

  2. rosemon

    It got half the ratings (2.6 million) that Book One’s premiere did (4.5 million), wow. Though I’m not that surprised that fan reaction has slowed, first due to a long wait and second due to the fact that more and more people seem to realize that this show blew and still blows.

    September 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • Amonymous

      don’t forget the timeslot change and the low ratings that nick has been getting in the lead up to the premiere

      September 18, 2013 at 5:39 am

    • I think the dampened reaction had less to do with the long wait (Korra‘s Book One release date changed many times) and more to do with, as you say, more people realizing that the show isn’t really that good. I predict that by Book Three, the emperor will finally be seen without his clothes.

      September 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  3. JMR

    So while Korra’s personality hasn’t changed a bit since the last season, they’ve apparently decided Aang needs to have done a total 180. I mean, he was already something of a bland non-entity during the flashback scenes of the first season, but now a favorites playing jerk that left his other two kids at home to take Tenzin on trips, presumably because they’re not airbenders?

    The side of me that’s still trying to be optimistic about this season and give it a chance is saying that the situation probably isn’t what it looks like and that it’ll be explained when what we have is more than a little clip, but the bitter side of me is saying aaah you assholes Aang wasn’t even my favorite character or anything but WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING TO HIM?!

    September 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    • I generally don’t watch any of those sneak peeks into later episodes. Without their contexts, they can be very misleading. Plus, in the podcast, the others mentioned that they can potential spoiler future developments in the show.

      Having watched it, though, I think your concern is very real. As someone who saw for himself to consequences of favoritism (in seeing how Zuko and Azula turned out), you’d think Aang would try to avoid that deliberate favoritism. Then again, he couldn’t have been malicious to Kya and Bumi let Ozai was to Zuko. Still, Aang is also the last person I’d expect to be negligent as a parent: he was just as protective of Katara and friends as he was of fellow Air descendants Appa and Momo. But maybe now that he has a real live Airbender to talk to and even raise, he…

      See, now I’m speculating way too much. I’ll wait to see if the show has an explanation, and if it doesn’t…I’ll complain. Like always.

      September 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      • JMR

        Yeah, that’s what they want though, isn’t it? That’s the whole point of little clips like that, to get you all riled up to make sure you tune in next time. It was just such a “whut” moment that I felt compelled to share. It’s one of the few times I really do hope there’s a tweest in here somewhere.

        September 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  4. JMR

    Arrg I’m sorry I’m already back to rant some more. I need to stop… reading things.

    So at the end of the first season, one of the major things for me was that I believed was that if they were going to try to tie up all the loose ends of the Eqaulist plot in Season 2, they needed to really cover it and give us a solid understanding of what exactly happened. The other choice was just to let the sleeping dog lie and leave that whole mess alone. The worst thing I thought they could possibly do was give a five second “and then all the Equalist stuff was taken care of” blurb.

    And then I had to go reading again.

    From Konietzko’s blog:

    “While we’re on the subject of world leaders, I saw a comment on my dashboard after the Barnes & Noble signing from someone who was dissatisfied with the fact that we didn’t continue the Equalist plot in Book 2 and wrote something to the effect that we were just keeping the bending oppressors in power and sweeping the plight of the oppressed non-benders under the rug. This is definitely not the case. Our idea was that the Equalist revolution forced the United Republic Council (Tenzin included) to face the fact that the majority of the population was not being represented. As a result, they disbanded the council and held open elections, and Raiko, a non-bender, was elected as the president of the United Republic. Looking back, I do think we could have made that clearer, but I think we were probably trying not to bog down the premiere episode with what we refer to as stuff that’s getting too “Trade Federation-y,” since there was plenty to pack into that episode as it was.”

    You “could have been clearer”, Bryan? “Could have been clearer”? “Could have been CLEARER?! That two second snippet from the Previously On segment of the first episode briefly breezing over the entire reorganization of the city’s government system was the explanation of what happened in Republic City after the Equalists? And all you have to say is that you “could have been clearer?”

    Jesus Christ, I think we need to start a fund to buy this guy a “Fiction Writing for Dummies” book. Just. God. Dammit.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

  5. Ben

    The only part in the two episodes that wholly had my attention was Jinora (or whoever it was) walking around the hall of Avatar statues. THAT actually had my heart racing. I am legitimately interested in that plot line and hope it is more central to the rest of Korra.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  6. rosemon

    http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/61619863383/ktempest-bryankonietzko-the-legend-of-korra

    It’s stuff like this that reinforces the idea that Bryan K’s a hack writer and a subtle sexist/insular rich American at that. A “progressive” man who doesn’t really commit to the idea of equality and who lies back on his default male, white, privileged background to tell his stories. Why bother put details like the presence of women or the president non-bender in an extra tumblr snippet if he’s not going to show them in the show? I could rant about LOK’s sexism as a whole, but that’d take too long. Still, I’d like to know what you think of the show’s sexism (subtle and obvious instances)…? Sexism could be a separate video, I guess.

    September 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

  7. Ian

    Marshall, what did ya think of Civil wars part 1? I thought it was great!
    Bolin was funny, the north and south debate was interesting, Tenzin and the sibling rivarly was good because it depicts aang with flaws as a parent, and Korras reconciliation with her parents was so touching, I love how she apologizes to them and just goes into her fathers arms, it was much needed cause I would have been really mad if it was just the typical Im sorry without any real emotion. I love how Korra actually fought the southerners and actually did try to beat them with as little property and physical damage, if this were book 1 korra she would have blown all their heads off with fire. I also enjoyed the fact that she wanted the men to stand trial instead of just sending them right of to jail. I think Korra is really developing 🙂

    So what are your thoughts?

    please reply

    September 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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