Retrospective: Episode(s) Analysis Format
(Once again taking a page out of the book of everyone’s favorite Russian music reviewer George Starostin, the format for the episode analyses is a variation on that of his Important Album Series. For example, here is his write-up on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.)
This will include a very brief summary of the episode(s) in discussion.
- This section will focus almost exclusively on the narrative aspects of the episodes. This includes character, plot points, locations, etc., in no set order.
- New characters, new locations, and any new insight into the mythology and inner workings of the Avatar universe are detailed here.
- This is where things get more subjective, in which I elaborate on the effectiveness of the storytelling, action set pieces, animation, music, voice acting, editing, etc.
- Same as “high points,” but for moments and choices I thought didn’t work as well.
- This section is reserved for any loose observations or thoughts that have no place in the previous ones.
- This section will be a bit of a wild card (and likely the most subjective of all), as it deals more so with the “meta” of Avatar and Korra than with the mythologies of either show.
Finally, any final thoughts on the episode(s) will be put in this section.
Keep in mind, too, that none of this is set in stone. As the series progresses, previous reviews can be revised and amended in light of new connections between episodes, and new information and insights about the series. This will be an experiment as well as a retrospective, which means it’s just as liable to reveal new layers to both shows as it is to crash and burn into chaotic nonsense.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Concerns? Let me know. In the meantime, let’s get started and see what happens!
Next week: Avatar: “The Boy in the Iceberg” & “The Avatar Returns”