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.