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Last Season of “Korra” Starting October 3rd?

I can’t stop staring at Bryan Konietzko’s Gymkata T-shirt. Is he a fan of the movie? Or is he a fan of RedLetterMedia’s Best of the Worst series (they reviewed Gymkata among other movies)? Is it both? More importantly, why is the final season of The Legend of Korra going to start airing (on the Internet) in less than a month?

I suppose being banished to the Internet is better than being cancelled, but in many ways it may be just as bad. All that hard work that Konietzko liked to prattle on about will still be available for all who are interested to see. It just won’t be on television, which is probably Nickelodeon’s way of saying they have no idea how to market this show on their channel. Why waste precious time slots for a show they don’t even understand? Besides, the ratings for Korra had been declining since Book Two, and the people most likely to watch new episodes of Korra on television were probably already watching it online in the first time. Why not redirect those people to the Nickelodeon website and make some money from it?

I don’t know why it’s come to this. Perhaps this will be the fate of all “niche” shows on a major cable network if they prove unable to gain a profitable audience. That or they’ll be cancelled. DiMartino and Konietzko got lucky: Books Two, Three and Four were practically produced at the same time, so it makes sense that Book Four is ready enough to start airing so soon. Maybe they didn’t want they didn’t feel comfortable with Book Three’s downer ending, so they want to start airing Book Four as soon as possible.

I don’t know. But I kind of feel bad for DiMartino and Konietzko. All those years of working for Nickelodeon and trying to make the best show they could (erroneously or not), and now their series is coming to an end rather quietly on the Internet. At least they seem enthusiastic about it in the announcement video. Or maybe they’re both just giddy that Konietzko’s cool Gymkata T-shirt arrived in the mail that day. It’s hard to tell.

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23 responses

  1. Were you in a hurry when you wrote this? Because it wasn’t as polished as your usual posts. Or are you just not interested enough? Lol and did I sense a hint of sass in this post?

    September 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    • Very perceptive, Tyler! You’re right on all three counts!

      September 14, 2014 at 12:07 am

  2. Clander

    I can’t believe it’s coming back in just three weeks. It literally just ended. Oh well at least there won’t be a long wait like the orignal series. Not that there is anything to truly look forward to this time around though.

    September 13, 2014 at 5:13 am

  3. Nautilus11

    Nickelodeon must REALLY be tired of Legend of Korra to do this, and just want to get it over with. Which I find weird, because despite its massive flaws, LoK is the best show they’ve got going for them at the moment.

    September 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

    • Absolutely. Maybe in the future, DiMartino and Konietzko will be better off getting a series produced by Netflix. At least then, the trouble of trying to follow the show chronologically won’t be an issue.

      September 14, 2014 at 12:16 am

      • Clander

        I’d be interested to see what they would come up with when Nickelodeon isn’t calling the shots. Possibly even leave the realm of “kid’s show”

        September 16, 2014 at 4:16 am

  4. Nickelodeon give this show some respect please. The faster it starts, the faster the Avatar franchise will end and I believe that both creators are not going to make another Avatar series… Which is a shame because I love the world, and the characters (especially the original series) a little too much.

    September 16, 2014 at 1:19 am

  5. When’s the next plinkett review?

    September 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  6. Grindal

    Well the Book 4 trailer is out, and to sum it up in one word it is ‘unexpected’.

    September 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    • Nautilus11

      Well, they’re not even trying to hide anything now. From this trailer alone I can guess half the plotline:

      1) Korra goes to the Southern Water Tribe.
      2) Gets lost in the spirit world one lonely night.
      3) Disappears for three years. This explains why in the teaser clip, Korra and company all look unchanged from Season 3, while in the trailer, everyone from Jinora through to Asami and Mako looks completely different and older.
      4) Everything goes to shit in her absence, because Tenzin was a total idiot when he thought that the Air Nomads could replace the Avatar.
      5) Kuvira raises a massive army and becomes the totalitarian ruler of the Earth Kingdom.
      6) Her army threatens the world. We’ve had pseudo-communists with the Equalists, and anarchists, guess it was about time Bryke brought out the fascists.
      7) Zuko and company call a council to determine how to deal with this international threat.
      8) Tenzin and the airbenders try to play Avatar and get their asses kicked.
      9) Korra goes through the Avatar equivalent of Rocky’s training sequence while in the spirit world. Most likely trained by Toph, who escaped to the spirit world years ago, and now lives as a hermit. Expect character assassination galore.
      10) Kuvira and her army take on Ozai and the Fire Nation’s role from the original series and start wrecking shit left and right.
      11) Korra gets a spiritual wake-up call, realizes that the world is completely helpless without her, and comes back to kick Kuvira’s ass.
      12) Happy endings galore and Korra learns that she is not completely useless, because the Avatar world is totally helpless without their own version of Superman. All done in your typical, child-friendly style that Nickelodeon audiences love so much!

      As usual, Bryke’s ideas are solid, the execution, usually not so much. We’ll have to see how it goes down in Book 4, and whether they can fix that flaw of theirs.

      September 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

      • Nunouno1

        I wouldn’t count on them character assassinating Toph. With all luck she’ll be just as pointless to the plot of that story as bringing in Zuko was to Book 3. Just another desperate fan tease by Bryan and Michael to keep interest as they pull every single last trick they got to at least have this series end on a high note.

        Also probably to finally answer that whole “Who is Lin’s Dad?” thing.

        September 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

  7. Grindal

    Just one discussion point I’ll bring up:

    In defence of Tenzin, at the end of Book 3 he vows to do what he can in Korra’s absence, he’s not outright going “we are capable of replacing the Avatar”. I believe he finds that this is the way he can repay his debt to Korra for bringing back the Air Nation. Sure, Tenzin and the Airbenders probably will fail, but it is not due to Tenzin’s hubris.

    Anyway I’m excited for the ride regardless of how it turns out. That potential Bryke has to come up with something incredible out of no where is more than enough to say interested.

    By the way are you going to keep up with Book 4 on the site on an episode by episode basis or just when you feel the need to express your beliefs?

    September 28, 2014 at 4:43 am

    • Episode by episode (depending on my schedule, the day of the episode or the day immediately after).

      September 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

  8. Clander

    @Nunouno1

    I wouldn’t bet on that. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the creators were trying to make “who are toph’s lovers?” into the new “what happened to zuko’s mom”

    September 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

    • Grindal

      I think that’s a bit extreme despite being possible. Remember that in ATLA Byrke had a scene ready where Zuko reunited with his mother but they felt it was too straightforward and would appear shoved in at the end of the finale. Yeah they teased us for the next few years driving obsessive fans insane, but in my opinion they delivered with The Search. Unlike The Promise which has a few good ideas but feels generally forced The Search actually had a solid story and conclusion to Zuko’s eventual reunion with his mother that used the pieces ATLA had put in place to deliver an intriguing and above all satisfying tale. I personally much rather prefer The Search to a 30 second scene shoved in at the end of the series. Basically the point of this post is to say that I think it was the circumstances and time constraints of the show that led to the “what happened to Zuko’s mother” fangasms, and I don’t think they would intentionally set out to do the same thing with “who are Toph’s lovers.” Mind you though if they do I shall be very disappointed…

      September 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      • Nautilus11

        Really? You liked The Search? I thought it was just as bad as The Promise, if not worse. Awful characterizations, making Ursa into a selfish, heartless bitch, dragging out the mystery when pretty much everyone and their grandma could have guessed the ending.

        But, each to his own, I suppose…

        September 29, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      • Grindal

        Yeah Ursa’s decision to have her face/identity changed was selfish, but to me it felt justified after all the loss she had been through. I felt for her after her separation from her preferred husband as well as inability to communicate with her family at all, and how that would drive her to make decisions that in hindsight would be selfish. A strange comparison could be how Aang downright leaves his friends in the desert once Appa is stolen; “selfish, heartless bitch” would pretty much describe that. And in a sense her faults make her all the more relatable to Zuko who struggled just as much with his identity. Further it may just be me but I thought the whole Mother of Faces was actually a pretty neat and intriguing addition to the Avatar mythos. Not perfect, but satisfying for me if you give it a chance treat them for what they are: a good natured attempt in comic book form that will be never be as good when it is trying to back-up something as good as ATLA.

        September 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

      • Great, now I’ll have to read The Search so I’ll know what you guys are talking. I never even finished The Promise. There were some neat ideas, but I got bored with it rather quickly.

        September 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

      • Grindal

        Just take it with a grain of salt when reading it, especially The Promise. The ideas are there certainly, but the execution in comic book form is definitely something they struggle with. Hope you can take something positive out of reading it.

        September 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      • Clander

        I’m going to have to agree with Nautilus. The Search, as with the rest of the Avatar comics, is pretty much god-fucking-awful. The Search may be more satisfying than a 30 second scene shoved in at the end sure but the most satisfying thing would have been to leave it a mystery. Having it built up so big for so many years means that it could never have lived up to those expectations. Ever.

        October 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      • Grindal

        The thing is though it was more the obsessive fans that built up the hype surrounding the fate of Zuko’s mom rather than Bryke. They even took jabs at those fans with Jinora asking Katara about it in the first episode of Korra. If the the hardcore fans didn’t go ape shit over Bryke not revealing what happened to Zuko’s mom it would have remained a mystery, but the fact is they did go ape shit.

        October 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  9. “Neat ideas, but I got bored with it rather quickly.”

    Expect a similar feeling when reading the Search. But personally I found it to be better than the Promise, take that for whatever’s it worth.

    September 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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