Because fans should be critical, too

Trying to Find My Whereabouts

From a concerned and encouraging fan

Lately, I’ve had a nasty habit of not always appreciating the followers I have so much as I should. This was one of the most touching things I’ve ever had sent to me, and yet it’s taken me this long to show some sort of gratitude. I apologize and am deeply grateful for all of your support. With that, it’s only far to let you know what I’ve been doing for these past few months (aside from finishing another semester and getting myself together).

Actually, let’s start with what I haven’t been doing. I haven’t been working too hard on the finally Korranalysis videos because, frankly, my interest in The Legend of Korra as a whole has faded considerably. I can’t remember the last time I probed Mr. Konietzko’s tumblr for dirt to use against him and his and Mr. DiMartino’s wrongheaded methods of storytelling. I can’t even remember the  last time I felt strongly about Korra one way or another (especially after Book Two managed to evoke within me the same depressing, suicidal emptiness typically reserved for smooth jazz). As a result, this video review became an intellectual exercise more than an impassioned pursuit.

Luckily, however, a friend of mine just finished Book One of Korra after I lent it to him (I also lent him the entire of Avatar: the Last Airbender, which he enjoyed immensely). He hated Book One. Our intense discussion of what he despised about the flimsy plot, the nonexistent character development, the love triangle, the deus ex machina, etc. (which largely matched my own thoughts) reminded me of not only why this show was bad, but why it matters that it was bad. Some bad works of art don’t matter at all and subsequently fade in our memories. Korra, on the other hand, was primed to be this revolutionary follow-up to a great kids’ show and failed miserably (artistically, of course; commercially, the show is still going strong as far as I know, which is another problem). In other words, the Korranalysis is not dead until it’s over.

Other than that, I’ve been trying to get other video reviews off the ground, specifically one for the first season of Teen Titans (the script of which is essentially finished) and one for Frozen, a movie I didn’t like nearly as much as it’s mind-boggling success would make you believe I should have, but which fascinates me nonetheless.

Outside of video reviews in general, I’ve just been trying to jump start my career in numerous areas: I’m still learning to animate and putting together a demo reel for the year’s end; I’ve got the entire summer to write the script for my final film project in school;  my musical project Ricci Musique is coming together nicely, having uploaded a first official single; and on top of that musical ambition, I’ve recently been invited to join a band.

So my life has become incalculably busy, but I haven’t forgotten about this blog or the Korranalysis. In fact, with the onslaught of creative things I have going on, I’m more motivated to finish what I’ve started than before. Fret no further, my friends! I am back and eager to work, especially when those following me are so understanding and supportive. Thank you again!

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7 responses

  1. Dman

    Yes, finally someone else in the world that doesn’t like Frozen. If you ever get around to making the review, I think you could use these reviews as inspiration.
    /watch?v=th_INZqmR0E
    /watch?v=fJUh6dQDNbg
    /watch?v=wQLhXhf5ZC8

    May 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    • Hold on, partner! I didn’t say I didn’t like Frozen. I may have no desire to ever watch it again, but I didn’t hate it. It’s a flawed, awkward, unoffensive, and often entertaining piece of commercial fluff (even if the creators would like to think it’s more than that). I simply find it’s mass success and the charges of its “subversiveness” very puzzling, however, and my review will reflect that. Anyone calling Frozen subversive should be forced to see The Lego Movie, which is about as subversive as an animated family film can get despite being one long toy commercial. (Actually, because it’s one long toy commercial; unlike Frozen, The Lego Movie is 100% honest about it’s existence from the start, and uses that to its advantage.)

      May 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

  2. rosemon

    I don’t blame you for losing interest in Korra, it seems that everyone is losing interest at this point. It’s nice to see that you’re back. I’m sure that the rest of your analysis and other reviews will be great to listen to. Regarding Frozen, its overwhelming success upset me quite a bit, since it takes a fairy tale originally dominated by interesting female characters and a reversal of the damsel in distress plot line and turns it into a male-dominated “comedy” fest with a heavy-handed “take the jerk with a heart of gold over the sleazy handsome guy” message pushing a sister story to the side. Various others have also taken issue with its cultural appropriation as well as its botched “feminism”:

    http://writingfail.tumblr.com/post/69707630396/what-did-you-think-about-frozen-after-watching-it

    View story at Medium.com

    The second link was especially “controversial” on the internet because many Disney defenders, including the Nostalgia Chick, whined about it & provided childish “rebuttals” while proclaiming that it HAD to be progressive because it was the first Disney film that taught girls they didn’t need a man or that it was about sisters (never mind stuff like Lilo and Stitch or the fact that the sister thing only took up around five percent of the film).

    Here is a much better and more Disney-esque take on the Snow Queen (ironic because Disney got rid of many of his workers for supposedly being Communists because they happened to study in Russia) :

    May 15, 2014 at 8:05 am

    • I’ve definitely read that “controversial” post, and many of the rebuttals. Honestly, my only real objection to that post is that it’s way too long: its content does not justify its length, even if I do agree with a lot of the author’s points. Had she toned down the anger and sarcasm (or better yet: made a video!), the piece probably wouldn’t have been nearly as long while still making the same essential arguments. As it is now, it’s much to easy to dismiss the author as another typical angry fanatic with too much time and a blog on her hands. Luckily for her, Frozen is just popular enough and her arguments just strong enough that enough people have read it to respond to it. And that to me (that an actual dialogue has opened up regarding the movie) is the most important thing.

      For a better example of a well-balanced argument, here’s Ed Hooks’ piece on the acting in Frozen, and how that aids/disrupts the storytelling.

      May 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

  3. Meant every word of it 🙂 Seriously would love to have some dialogue with you about Avatar/Korra if you were interested. It’d prob be like Aang and Zuko since I’m relentlessly smiley and you’re gritty and angsty lol. And you’ve seriously made me consider a lot of things I hadn’t before, especially regarding the Ember Island players.

    May 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

  4. rosemon

    One of the writers has recently posted two articles and I was wondering about your opinion, if this information possibly brings any new light as to how the intention of writing may have clashed with the actual outcome of Korra.

    http://mikedimartinostory.com/2014/05/21/writing-the-premise/
    http://mikedimartinostory.com/2014/05/15/your-inner-creative-vs-your-inner-critic

    May 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    • I left a comment on the post about the inner creative vs. the inner critic. I’m curious as to what his response will be (if he responds at all). Personally, I think he’s blowing the importance of creativity way out of proportion. At the very least, he should counterbalance his talks of creativity with talks of craft, because without craft, there’s no way to share that creativity. It’s the different between idea and execution.

      We shall see if he actually addresses craft in the posts about writing an episode (I wish he would have picked an episode from Book One, but no worries).

      May 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

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