Now I’ve Seen Episodes Four and Five of Book Three
You know what I really want to see? I want to see a novelization of The Legend of Korra. Better yet, I want to see the graphic novel adaptation of Korra. There’s more than enough wonderful story material here that could flourish in a medium free from the Nickelodeon executives, free from the demands of children’s television entertainment, free from prejudices against animation as nothing but “kids stuff.” Sure, the joy of movement and vocal presence that animation excels in will be lost, but at least the content could be given the full exploration it deserves. (It might also solve the problem of that crappy dialogue.)
If Korra is indeed the best American animated children’s program on the Internet right now (which it is), then it’s less because it is a good show and more because it provides such a fertile ground for the imagination to roam. It’s got great ideas within it, but they’re rarely allowed to blossom within the confines of television animation for children. Is it a bad sign that some fanfictions can create more convincing portrayals of the characters than the show itself can? (Not necessarily, because the written word can delve into the psyche of individual characters in a way that moving images never could, but never let that fact excuse poor writing on the show itself.)
Thoughts such as these more or less drifted through my mind as I watched episodes four and five. They weren’t bad episodes, as far as I can remember—episode five is probably my favorite thus far—but for the most part, they were boring and unmemorable.
The only thing I can remember from episode four with crystal clear precision is the opening scene where Brother Zaheer and friends break his girlfriend out of prison. Is wasn’t as exciting as the other prison break sequences, but it still held my attention. I was also genuinely shocked when Brother Zaheer revealed himself in episode five before immobilizing Kya and escaping.
I also clearly remember the hostility between Lin Bei Fong and her sister, Suyin. I was certainly not expecting an actual emotional response to much of Book Three, but the ending of episode five took me by surprise. Lin’s cold responses to Opal, Suyin’s daughter and a new Airbender, and Opal’s tearful reactions were bad enough. But to see Lin tear up once Korra left and after telling her she was a bitter lady who would never change? That was brutal! And that was the end of the episode! Now I want to know more about both Brother Zaheer and the Bei Fongs.
These were the only things that really resonated with me, so I’m having a difficult time remembering anything else. I remember that Korra and company helped the captive Airbenders escape from the Earth Queen’s clutches. I remember Suyin’s and Lin’s back stories. I remember Bolin performing a joke told much better in The Lego Movie. I remember more bullshit reasons as to why Korra was isolated during her Avatar training. That’s it.
It’s not so much that I don’t remember much from these episodes so much that I have no desire to revisit them anytime soon. As much as I loved the situations with Lin and Suyin and Brother Zaheer, they only constitute the beginning and the ends of these two episodes. Everything in between was just filler to move the story along. Still, what hit home for me is just enough for me to continue watching and to see where my favorite scenarios lead to. So more fool me, as they say.