The Legend of Korra: A Beautiful Mess

The Legend of Korra: A Beautiful Mess


When it comes to any kind of creative work,
there are few things harder to do than follow up a project that is widely considered to
be a masterpiece. No matter how good the new project is, it
will always be scrutinized against something that people cherish and often view as infallible. And this is the nearly insurmountable task
that Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino were faced with when creating The Legend of
Korra. I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, and since
releasing my video on it, I’ve wanted to talk about The Legend of Korra; because when
it comes to Korra, I feel conflicted. On one hand, it delivers some truly powerful
moments—giving viewers the chance to peer into the lives of raw and flawed characters
who deal with hardships in ways that I still find myself connecting with today; on the
other hand, it moves too quickly and clumsily to earn all of its powerful moments and it
expects viewers to care about things that they were never really set up to care about. When watching I find myself being moved by
the show’s narrative while also feeling frustrated by it, and this stems from how
it is structured. Each season more-or-less operates as its own
story that leads into the next instead of focusing on an single clear overarching plot
the way its predecessor does. The Last Airbender centers around one primary
goal: defeating the firelord to end the war before the Fire Nation wipes out the rest
of the world. To do this Aang needs to master the four elements,
which he does under the tutelage of his companions, Katara, Toph, and Zuko. Sokka helps too. There is a goal for the series and goals for
each season, and as these are met, all of the major characters have substantial arcs
where they grow into the heroes they need to become. The development of the main cast affects the
main plot, which winds up making the rest of team Avatar feel as important as Aang. On top of that, almost every episode ties
into the main plot, giving a sense that any moment is important to the story. The Legend of Korra centers around Korra. Each season has its own arc, but the closest
thing to an overarching storyline is Korra’s struggle to find her identity, something she
inches closer to by defeating each villain she confronts. The most important relationship in any given
season is between Korra and her foe, which is something The Last Airbender explored with
the relationship between Zuko and, well, pretty much everyone, but here it is the focal point
of Korra’s development. Where Aang learns from the people who have
become his friends, Korra learns from her enemies. This is a cool inversion, and I like that
Korra doesn’t follow the exact same path as Aang. In fact in terms of self-discovery and battling
adversity, Korra’s arc is much closer to Zuko’s, which is a good thing because Zuko’s
arc is the best one in The Last Airbender, and honestly maybe in anything ever. While Korra’s personal journey never reaches
the same heights as Zuko’s, watching her struggle over and over to figure out how she
fits into the world is something I found both familiar and compelling. While there is nothing wrong with stories
that focus more on the development of a single character and less on any sort of overarching
plot, the issue is that there isn’t enough time in each season to properly explore any
character’s growth other than Korra’s, but the writers still tried to. Given the greater focus on contained seasonal
arcs, each one requires the introduction of a new villain and conflict, and this ends
up taking up a substantial amount of time in each season, which are only around 13 episodes
long. On top of this, it has a pretty large recurring
cast. The Last Airbender has 13 characters who appear
in 10 or more episodes and have some sort of line or, uh, animal sound. And each of those characters, with the exception
of Momo, I guess, have pretty satisfying arcs. The Legend of Korra has 26 characters who
appear in 10 episodes or more in this way. While not every character in a show needs
to have an amazing story, when so much screen time is spread across this many characters
it ends up making each of them feel less important. A lot of them have interesting concepts, but
most of their potential goes untapped throughout the series. I wanted to see so much more from Lin, Jinora,
Tenzin, and the New Team Avatar, but there just wasn’t enough time. Focusing so much of the show’s limited time
on other characters even hurt Korra’s arc some, especially in the first 2 seasons where
too much time is spent on stuff that has little impact on the main plot. I think the writers wanted to tell a story
that focused on Korra AND her friends, but the constraints of the show’s structure
made it hard to do this. The Last Airbender had time for the characters
to interact without the threat of an incoming plot point, but the Legend of Korra’s plot
is always driving forward. This often leads to Korra going off and doing
her own thing while the other members of Team Avatar have somewhat inconsequential subplots. Bolin ends up having the most to do of all
the side characters, but, while entertaining it often feels like filler. Mako is just kind of boring. After he isn’t being used as part of the
contrived love triangle stuff, he is kind of just there, and only serves to look cool
during fights; in fairness, he does. And Asami…I feel like Asami should be my
favorite character in this show, as some of the most interesting stuff happens to her
but most of her moments that could have been great are rushed. This can be seen in her relationship with
her father, which had great potential, but because the show didn’t have enough time
to develop that thread over the 4 seasons, most viewers don’t care about that relationship,
so when it resolves in Hiroshi’s death, Asami is given less than 10 seconds to react
to it, and pretty much no one, fans or even the other characters, care. Where I bought that Team Avatar in The Last
Airbender were a group of best friends, I never felt the same way about the group in
The Legend of Korra, and that’s because they don’t do a good job establishing the
group’s friendship and the four of them spend so much time apart. However, they are still presented as four
best friends which seems off. In some ways, The New Team Avatar feels like
a holdover from the Last Airbender meant to appeal to fans of the original series. Best friends saving the world together. Obviously there needed to be more characters
than Korra, but I think the approach led to an expectation for these characters to get
the same treatment that Toph, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko got in The Last Airbender, but between
the plot of each season and all of the other characters in the show, there just wasn’t
enough time to give them the justice they deserved. Zuko’s Agni Kai against Azula, Katara’s
face-off against the man who killed her mother, and Iroh’s return to Bae Sing Sae as a liberator
instead of a conqueror are all moments that feel built up to and earned. However, Mako’s attempted sacrifice, Asami’s
loss of her father, and Bolin’s, honestly, Bolin doesn’t even really have anything
like this, but I guess him deciding to leave Kuvira’s army—these moments don’t land
as hard, because the build up was never there. Another area where I feel conflicted is in
how they shifted the established rules and limitations of the world. The Last Airbender does an incredible job
creating an understandable and unique setting with a consistent set of rules that almost
never get broken, and when they are, the break usually has a solid explanation. The Legend of Korra breaks the rules without
providing the same type of context, often leading to a string of questions. My least favorite of these moments comes right
after Korra is separated from the Avatar spirit. She sits in the Tree of Time, turns into a
giant blue projection of herself and is transported halfway across the world to fight Unavaatu. Aang did a similar thing in The Last Airbender,
but that involved fusing with a powerful spirit and using the Avatar state, neither of which
are present here. It made me wonder why Korra was able to do
this. Was it just because she was in the Tree of
Time? Korra was technically no longer the Avatar,
so does that mean anyone could sit in the Tree of Time and turn giant and blue? If so, why didn’t anyone else do that? Why did they just leave it on her? And I know all this might sound like nitpicking,
but it is notable because The Last Airbender almost never fell victim to this sort of line
of questioning. Almost. Not only are there good reasons as to why
stuff works the way it does, but also most things are explained outright. The flow of chi, lightningbending, metalbending,
bloodbending, unlocking the Avatar state: all of these are described in interesting
ways, but The Legend of Korra doesn’t do this as thoroughly. Things like Korra airbending after Amon takes
her powers away or even just Amon’s use of bloodbending to take people’s powers
away make it so viewers have to work out and justify how it fits into the rules and limitations
of the world, which comes off as careless. With all of that said, some of my favorite
aspects of the show came from these big departures. One example of this is lavabending. I don’t fully grasp why it works, and it
adds another point to the long list of why earthbenders are OP, but it gave Bolin an
interesting arc as he failed to learn metalbending, but then observed the style of an enemy to
develop a new skill. My favorite shift came from the resurgence
of airbenders. While I don’t love the explanation as to
why it happened, it set the groundwork for my favorite villain in the show, Zaheer, and
when comparing him to the baddies of both shows, only Azula matches the level of depth
he adds to the narrative. Airbenders are a group that’s always been
associated with peace in the Avatar universe, so using the teachings of an airbending Guru
to reign anarchy across the world, is fascinating. Also, while this could have been explored
after her encounters with either Amon or Vaatu, the confrontation with Zaheer leads to Korra’s
most important arc: finding her place in the world as the Avatar after being broken down
physically and emotionally for being the Avatar. And this character arc is the heart of the
show for me. It is about a girl who fights for a world
that doesn’t give a damn about her. No matter who she helps, no matter how much
she helps, she is always met with criticism and anger, and, part of that is because of
who she is: explosive, irrational, conceited. In her efforts to find acceptance as the Avatar,
she pays tolls no one should ever have to pay. All she ever wanted to be is the Avatar, but
she is hated for it. Time and time again she is told through the
conflicts with each of her foes that the world would be better without her, that balance
would be achieved with her gone. My favorite scene of the entire show is when
Jinora is anointed as an Airbending master. Tenzin gives a speech on how they will all
follow in Korra’s footsteps and help the world in the new spiritual age. Jinora reveals her tattoos, and she looks
just like Aang, almost certainly reminding Korra that, as a leader, she hasn’t made
the impact that he did. While her successes have saved lives, it is
because of her that these conflicts escalated as much as they did. Jinora is a reminder that someone else could
be doing this better, and that guilt weighs on Korra over the next season, as other people
do the work that is expected of her, leading to her doubting if being the Avatar even matters. And I’m not positive that this arc is a
meta-commentary on how fans reacted to the first two seasons, but I am pretty sure it
is a meta-commentary on how fans reacted to the first two seasons. What is important, and it is in the subtitle
of Book 3, is that all of this brings about actual change—to the show and to the character. In Book 4, Korra struggles to find her identity
as she battles with the trauma she’s been put through. Here she actually deals with the consequences
that the previous seasons glossed over, and it culminates in her figuring out that to
move forward she needs to learn from her past while not letting it hold her back, which
she does. The final episode leaves Korra at a really
interesting point, because despite it being the end, it feels like a new beginning, and
although I know there are a ton of mixed feelings on this, I think the relationship between
her and Asami does a good job of showing this. The ending of The Last Airbender ties the
knot on a long-building romance. The ending of The Legend of Korra is just
starting one. I don’t think this is about Asami and Korra
being destined for each other the way Aang and Katara seemed to be; it’s about Korra
getting to a point in her life where she is balanced enough as a person to start a relationship. When compared to her earlier attempts at love,
this shows huge growth in my eyes. I wish Korra’s development had started earlier
in the series, however, the later seasons do an amazing job of showing her growth through
adversity, which I find relatable as hell. Korra’s arc resonated with me, and while
a large part of that comes from everything I just laid out, there are a few other major
factors as to why. First off, the score by Jeremy Zuckerman and
The Track Team is incredible. His work on both series’ deserves more praise
than I think he’ll ever get, and I say this knowing he gets a lot of praise. My point is he deserves more. Also, the voice acting throughout the series
is tremendous; the amount of talent in this cast is shocking, and their skill brings so
many scenes to life. And the animation in The Legend of Korra’s
best scenes is breathtaking. The fights are especially remarkable, and
the choreography of them captures a fluidity to bending that The Last Airbender doesn’t
even match. Along with that, despite a few visual hiccups
and some less than ideal CG elements, nearly every setting is beautifully illustrated and
awe-inspiring. With all of these things combined there are
many moments that evoke an emotional response, even without the context of a scene, and that
speaks volumes on how well the show is able to use spectacle to its advantage. There were even scenes that I felt didn’t
earn the moment, but I couldn’t help but feel that swell in my chest because of how
beautiful everything on screen was. Mike and Bryan set out to continue the story
of their world by creating something distinctly different from what they had done before while
still trying to tap into the heart of what made The Last Airbender so special, and their
efforts led to mixed results. The Legend of Korra makes many interesting
steps forward, but it also trips over itself a little too often. And in a lot of ways, it seems like the show
was destined to fall short of its predecessor. Aside from the mixture of questionable story
decisions and the high level of expectations from fans, a handful of external factors also
affected the the show. Between Nickelodeon consistently dicking them
around with whether or not they’d get more season, cuts to their budget, and even making
the show online only, I have to imagine there was a lot of scrambling in the writer’s
room to get things done in a quick and cheap fashion, which is not an ideal work environment. Based on what I’ve read in posts from Mike
and Bryan, it also seems like the network restricted them on what they could show, which
is most likely why the relationship between Korra and Asami is far more subtle than what
most people would have liked to see. Also, the absence of Aaron Ehasz, the head
writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, certainly had an effect on how this show was paced and
presented—as a quick side note, I’ve seen a lot of people say that Aaron is the only
reason The Last Airbender was good, and they discredit Mike and Bryan’s involvement in
the show because of The Legend of Korra’s shortcomings, and I wholeheartedly disagree
with that assessment. The best comparison I can make is with The
Beatles. They were a creative powerhouse as group,
but their solo careers were, for the most part, a little shaky. The Beatles, balanced out each others bad
ideas, so instead of just getting a bunch of sappy love songs written by Paul, we got
Abbey Road. I think Mike, Bryan, and Aaron are the same
way, and without any one of those three, The Last Airbender would not be the show it is. With that said, I would have loved to see
Aaron be a part of The Legend of Korra, as he is a damn good writer. I don’t bring these things up as an excuse
and I don’t think the show’s bigger issues should get a pass, but I do think they explain
some creative decisions that were made. Ultimately, while plagued with inconsistent
pacing, underdeveloped characters, a lack of limitations, and many, many other problems,
The Legend of Korra, is still a show I find myself revisiting on a regular basis. The Last Airbender is my favorite television
show ever, and even though The Legend of Korra fell short in a lot of ways, it is still the
closest thing out there to it, which makes me care about it in a weird way. It’s finale had a huge impact on me because
I knew it most likely meant the end of Avatar—A show I thought about constantly since I first
saw it as a kid; a world I imagined being a part of; characters I found solace in. To me, the end of The Legend of Korra meant,
in a lot of ways, the end of that world, and that is bittersweet because while I am a huge
believer that when it comes to storytelling less can often be more, I could keep watching
stories in the Avatar universe forever. The Legend of Korra is not told as cleanly
as its predecessor, and there are a handful of seemingly simple changes that could have
improved the show immensely. With that said, it does still have the same
heart as The Last Airbender, allowing it to deliver powerful moments that brought up questions
about life that I never expected cartoons on Nickelodeon to ask. And for that reason, I’ll always love this
show.

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  1. So, this one is a little different than my video on Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was a little harder for me to just focus on one element of the show, so I focused more on the series as a whole and the various elements I liked or didn't like. I also mention at the end of this video that I am going to work on a video that is essentially what my rewrite of Book 2 would look like, so if that interests you, let me know. I am going to make it no matter what, but if there is enough interest in me doing it, I will make it sooner.

    Anyway, have a good one, and I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I'm crying now…
    I really don't like the Legend of Korra for a lot of the reasons you mentioned, especially the underdevelopment of most of the characters. No amount of breathtaking scenery could convince me otherwise. But this, your points on why you still love it, and the ending of the video as a whole… gods… I really miss Avatar.

  3. I agree with most of your points. 🙂

    I could never fully get into Korra bc it's setting felt completly off. Republic city felt too american to be something that would develop in the avatar world, let alone so soon after the original story concluded.
    I also highly disliked how Aang's parrenting was portrayed. Toph, and Katara too for that matter. I feel like the original cast was done a disservice with how they were portrayed. Also there were waay too many dumb fart jokes. That said, I enjoyed a fair few scenes and characters, and for all it's faults and its failure as a sequel, viewed stand alone, it's still far better than the vast majority of kids shows in the west. Maybe we'll get a satisfying remake someday.

  4. I’m probably wrong, but I’m just gonna put the possibility that this show could have been for children? I mean like, 6-9 year ols i guess? Idk. I kinda doubt it because of all the things they were able to get away with kora. Butif you think about it, children at that age don’t question a lot of things. They just accept things for what they are. (This is for kids back then, when the show started airing. Idk about kids these days. Kids these days are weird.)
    Anyways, maybe the reason why there was so much wrong with LOK was because it could have supposedly aimed at children, and children are pretty content if there’s a lot of action.
    Idk tho, I’m probably wrong

  5. Personally as someone who actually sat down and watched all the episodes for both Last Airbender and Korra as an adult in their 20s I found ATLB to be extremely entertaining while TLOK was more relatable as an adult. The love strife, trying to stay in contact with friends but we all mostly have different priorities on normal day to day life, the struggles of mental illness. The depression and PTSD really got honestly. Honestly I hope that if they plan on making another Avatar series they look and all the things that made those two shows great as well as bad and uses those to fuel their next project into something even better. Especially if it takes place before Aangs timeline. I would love to explore the world in an early sense as I REALLY loved how they explored the first avatars story a bit in Korras

  6. This is the perfecte video we needed:
    – It is short enough to watch it
    – You point out why things work differently; why is ATlOK bending the spiritual system, WHY don’t the lion turtles give no more bending abilities, WHY is ATLOK so different?
    – You state the obvious, which is actually pretty important
    – Your edits on this video makes the video enjoyable and understandable.

    – And you have a good voice 😛

  7. TBH i just really like the characters in TLA more. Because a lot of the characters in TLK were just eh to me and even if they got to flesh them out more I don't think I would've cared about them as much either way. I still like Korra but the way the 4th season was handled Left me a little disappointed I mean a lot of the show left me disappointed but especially the last season. But with music like that any show can be good am I right?

  8. Although Nickelodeon gave The Legend of Korra to be born and watched, they are the reason why it got ruined in the first place.

  9. Legend of Korra is imperfect, but in a handful aspects, its great. On a few aspects, even greater than the last airbender. Zaheer is hands down the best villain in the series. Kuvira is Ozai done right. Amon started out great, and had an amazing concept behind it. The end of his arc was rushed, and he left no consequences, so, it fell a bit short. Unalaq had potential that was wasted. I believe Unalaq was supposed to be a person trying too hard to force spirituality and spirits into the world, but he ended up as a mere evil dude in the end.

    Korra is much more relatable as a person than Aang, she's visibly flawed, and has some deep downs you can relate to more so than you can with Aang, though admitedly, in the Last Airbender has Zuko to fulfill this role.

    Despite the limited screen time, I felt genuinely touched by the death of Asami's father, in the end, I could really tell his redemption was genuine.

    Legend of Korra, had it used 100% of its potential, in other words, had it been better executed, would've surprassed its predecessor and, I dare to say, rather easily. However, its rushed moments, inconsistency and, at a few moments, straight up bad writing (later end of Amon's arc, Unalaq), it falls into a still very good show, but worse than the last airbender.

  10. I feel like I should have seen the legend of Korra 😯 this sounds pretty cool, almost feel bad for leaving the series half way.

  11. I remember when the relationship between Korra and Mako played out in seasons 1 and 2, it got a lot of hate. People thought it was cringy, and said that the people working on the show didn't know how to tell a love story and should just avoid it. I was kind of on that side back then, but now I have a different perspective on it. Korra and Mako are teenagers having what is, especially for their personality types, a realistic teen romance. And the cringiest parts are the most uniquely honest, realistic parts of how they decided to tell the story.

  12. Jinora represent light of Fatima. This represents Jinora the innocent heart.
    Jin Djin is Islamic for Spirit Nora Islamic for Light.
    Thus Jinora brings light into the Jinn. Like what Korra could do in the spirit. Korra needed this because she was helpless in the end.
    Secondly lion turtle.
    Raava chose Korra or they where connected. Remember what Vaatu said to Unalaq.
    The connection.
    The only one who could do this was Tenzin/ Zaheer.
    And yes others can turn giant and blue too. And Tenzin didn't know that you could turn blue.
    There is a reason why she is the Avatar.
    Tarlock said Noatack was the strongest bender, isn't that the answer.

  13. Zahir may be my favorite "villain" of all time. One of the strengths of both series is the ambiguity of good and evil.

  14. My thoughts on each season for TLOK
    S1: Big sloppy mess that stickes out nicely, but not for the better.
    S2: Still a mess, but does add some good things to it (AKA Varick & Wang)
    S3: Getting clean with new ways of moving itself forward
    S4: May not have as good as "villian"(but caps her role very well), and have the most drama that goes well

  15. I think most of the shows issues was Nicolodeon. Season 1 was supposed to be it, so they made it self contained and resolve in the last episode. Idk…it had so much potential but was just disappointing.

  16. Korra wasn't thought threw near far enough, I feel like it was being written as "huh, that sounds kinda neet" and threw it in under developed. Even the world is simply a version of our own instead of making sense off of ATLA. It didn't flow.
    Korra? She doesn't fit in her current state. Her arch is one of mostly self destruction. She doesn't understand the scope of her job, and other things. A few tiny tweaks could fix that. She's close but not there.
    And the elders are so passive.
    Plus they should of shown some korra gay moments.

    The things I love I love but the flaws and world building leave me frustrated.

  17. The main thing that Legend of Korra has going against it that it came after ATLA. It really shits on the important parts of its predecessor and the good parts of it don't make up for the shortcomings, imo at least… If there was a part between ATLA and Korra that bridged the gap between the differences between the series then maybe it had been better received, but as is, it's nowhere near as good.

  18. As a child legend of Aang changed my view on the world and as a teenager, legend of Korra changed my view on myself.
    Both have been probably the most valuable piece of media I've ever experienced, in different ways.

  19. As a kid, I loved both. Comparing the two shows will only ruin your perspective. Seeing it as it's own show can really make you love Legend of Korra, even with it's flaws with character interaction and plot conveniences

  20. That’s actually a good way to describe the show. Beautiful in its ideas, art, and acting but messy in execution. A beautiful mess. And to be honest, that has a lot to do with how Nick treated the writers. They gave the writers 12 episodes and then when Nick realized people actually like Avatar they demanded 14 more episodes from the creators to be pumped out quickly and gave NO TIME for the creators to do what they do best and create awesome extensive narratives. Instead everything feels rush and smooshed together.

  21. Shouldn't some things be left to the imagination? Amon blood bends you, and you lose your power. Its scarier not knowing fully how he does it.

  22. Hey there friend. I hope you’re having a good day. If not, stay strong. You’re not alone. Jesus Christ be with you friend!😊

  23. ATLA is like your really cool amazing dad who you loved with all your heart but died in your teenage years and Korra is your equally cool step dad who genuinely loves and cares about your mom and you but you’ll never accept him because his isn’t your real dad .

  24. I loved both series, every time I hear both songs even though korra wasnt amazing it still makes me sad to hear them because I miss them so much…

  25. This moment when you realize that , ITS OVER😭
    Nickelodeon will not have a shows like these. Its done😢

  26. I’m a Korra fan, mostly due to me initially watching the series as a child and Korra being the very first dark-skinned female main character in an action-fantasy series I saw.

    So I quickly grew attached to her character because I could relate to her blunt, and headstrong personality. Meanwhile having huge expectations being placed onto you as I was starting middle school- the shows got a lot of issues. But I still love it and Korra remains one of my favorite animated characters of all time.

  27. idunno i really liked it, i heard it was trash since i finished watching tla, and then i saw like 3 of korra episodes and got kinda bored, but then came back to it and really enjoy it, from season 1 to 2 i tought season 2 was kind of the best, tho i heard it was the worst, but really good show in my opinion
    and the comics are great too

  28. In a nutshell, LoK is just edgier TLA. It's not bad, but it was established to be a more mature sequel when in reality it's just more pew pew pew and added contrived political views, because nothing is a better excuse to make people fight than politics. It had potential to be even better than TLA, but wasn't given a proper treatment.

  29. The biggest issues I had with the series was Korra basically mastering air and the Avatar State with no effort at all and then eliminating her connection to her past lives.

  30. Thank you for this awesome video! I've always loved LOK since I was a little older when I discovered both ATLA and LOK, and it always resonated with me in a different way than ATLA. Korra was relatable to me in many ways, and I full-heartedly enjoyed her journey. I agree with everything you said in the video, LOK isn't perfect and ATLA is still the better show but Korra is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Now I think it's time for another rewatch of the two.

  31. In order of quality in my opinion.
    Book 3
    Book 1
    Book 4
    Book 2
    I loved avatar Won's story but I think they should have had that withought it devolving to the giant spirit avatar vs giant spirit dark avatar. And I hate Mako, he is so selfish and immature when he ruined Bolins chances with Kora even if it wouldn't have happened he could have been let down naturally as apposed to his brother betraying him.

  32. The moment you said the fights in Korra where better I had to laught out loud.
    ATLA may not have these grandios fights between enemies until the end but at least the choreography was on point and top notch on most of them.

    You really have no idea how much the Legend or Korra fucked up bending. Do you?
    Just looking at the bending in Korra gave me cancer and made me throw up.

  33. I…… didn't like the legend of korra. This is because of all the flaws that were mentioned in this vid and that how Korra is as a person conflicts with what I admire a person for. But this video somehow made me respect it more and i might just give it an other shot.

  34. ATLAB felt like a spiritual experience, it opened my heart and mind…. Legend of Korra didn't, I couldn't connect with anyone, it felt like nothing but a fan pleaser. The only character I liked was Janora.

  35. I love both shows, but I tend to find myself favoring TLOK over TLA just a little bit. It's tough though, I prefer the protagonists in TLA but prefer the villains of TLOK (with the exception of Una-Vaatu). I never liked Ozai as the Big Bad. He's kind of just one of those, evil for the sake of being evil kind of villains. Each of Korra's villains (Vaatu excluded) are not fully evil, they are individuals with ideals that they take too far. I find that kind of conflict a lot more interesting.

    Azula is given a bit more depth at least, but I still find myself liking Zaheer the best, and I like Kuvira almost as well as Azula.

  36. IMO, The Legend of Korra was considered a near-masterpiece for season 1…aside from the whole Avatar-Ex-Machina of "lookatme, I got all my bending back just like that!"
    Excellent villain, great worldbuilding, the animation looked more like an animé than the 1st (which I was always fond of)…the love triangle felt rushed but again, it was meant to be only 1 season and for that it did what it needed to do just fine.
    It definitely wasn't The Last Airbender masterpiece, but I honestly thought it was just as great & memorable

    Then seasons 2 & 3 happened and honestly? I always forget the better villain of those two, cause unalok was sooooooooooooooo dumb.
    Big fan of NaziEarthEmpire tho, and who DOESN'T love Zelda Williams playing the BBEG of a show!

  37. Really pissed to hear Nickelodeon dicked them around on whether they would get more seasons or not, because that was what hurt the show the most IMO.

  38. My least favorite part of Korra was always Korra. Also, whenever the writers tried to use Tenzin to tell a joke, but mainly Korra. She was difficult to like early on, and while I want her to recover in the final season, her constant failures are frustrating. I was asking the show to give me a reason to cheer her on, and it kept failing.
    One of my favorite things in the show was when they met the Metal Clan. That was the first time in Korra that we really saw the kind of world exploration we got from ATLA. The world in Korra kinda felt empty, with one or two locations per season where the action was centered, and one of those slots was always taken by Republic City. I get it was a different kind of narrative, but at times, it felt like a bland, contrived world.
    Oh, and the giant robot was just waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much.

  39. I agree with all of this video except at 5:00 you talk about how these characters are still presented as best friends even though they spend a lot of time apart. I know you didn't intend that to be taken as the sole reason for why their friendship seems like not friendship. But it got me thinking, since I've become an adult I find myself seeing my friends less and less and this isn't because I have anything against them but we have busy schedules and they rarely seem to lineup. As adults we have to maintain relationships along with juggling responsibilities of adult life {working, bills, etc.) It just seems more difficult to maintain best friends now than it was as a kid when you saw your friends almost daily.

  40. I understand everything you point out but when you think about it the reason why The Last Airbender worked better than The Legend of Korra was because the last airbenbder's story happened in less than a year so we got to see them grow almost every day, on the other hand the legend of korra's story was expanded throughout a couple of years that's why it feels rushed. Both shows are amazing I love them both obviously I think the last Airbender is better but they are still amazing. The Legend of Korra would be a 4.5/5 and The Last Airbender would be a 5/5

  41. I really wish they could just erase this travesty altogether and give The Last Airbender another three seasons. There's much more growth to be shown in their much more likeable cast. The writing in Korra was garbage.

  42. its a shame that the legend of korra had so many issues during the development. I think that if they got a full seasons shedule from the start, the show will be more consistent.
    Despite this, and the inconsistency between seasons, i just love ATLOA And ATLOK. I cannot be more greatful to the persons who came up with this amazing universe. I cant think about a series that i can rewatch so many times. I still remember the day that i found TLOK on internet. Spoiler, that day, i cant stay out of the computer lol.
    I still got hope for the animated show. I think that maybe some day we'll get another.

    my order of seasons of the legend of korra was 3,1,4,2. Despite a lot of problems that i cant enjoy (and im looking at you, gigant avatar battles) i still love legend of korra.
    Nothing as good as the last airbender, of course

  43. Hey man im a new subscriber, and i find all of your videos accurate and with good explanations.

    Great job man! This channel will keep on growing!

  44. People compare this show way too much to the Last Airbender and thinks it’s a shit show but like just because it’s downgrade to Last Airbender it’s not bad at all and I love Korra

  45. I think if there had been one enemy throughout all of korra then people would have criticized it for being the “exact same” as atla

  46. Honestly this might sound weird but I Thought there was a huge opportunity for character development with Kuvira. Obviously she was in the last season but I feel like throughout the show they kind of said she wasn’t that bad and she had a bad childhood etc. and then the last episode they kinda just chucked that all out the window. Another character I was hoping to have a character arc was Lin. I really liked Lin’s character and I was hoping she had a more obvious character development. Anyway this is just my opinion so yeah.

  47. You're pretty generous

    They destroyed the World Building. What they added was mostly BS, like the stuff about the Yin and Yang ? By pouring western Good vs Evil idea, and having the Good side win after that, it lost all menaing of it. The Yin Yang is about keeping the balance between the two, not having one dominate, and each represent a lot more than simple "good" or "evil"

    And Rava and the evil version, damn, why ruin it ? And why put so many power rnager megazord fight ?

  48. Appreciate the review very much. You successfully addressed the show's strengths and weaknesses in a very critical way, and gave the show credit where its due. Most people just go Aang good Korra bad just because they wear nostalgia goggles failing to appreciate the strengths of each show.

  49. The legend of Korra always just felt shallow to its mother series, living off ATLA for money in some aspects. I'd argue it wasn't given the love, complexity, and attention to detail like ATLA, which made every choice in Korra make me question its respect, believability, and continuation in its world-building.

    I watched through it, enjoyed some, and I know people 'can' like it, but its really clear that it is just a Frankenstein of ideas hodgepodged together with no rhyme, reason or foresight to future events. I do think it's hard to be in ATLA's shadow, but instead of delving deeper into characters, world, and plot than ATLA did, Korra just jumped into it with no planning and expected it to be comparable. It's world-building, questionable pacing, undeveloped characters are a result of bad choices that are hard to remedy, and with no longterm script or goal it left it unsatisfying. Their tonal shifts and major changes to the well crafted, grounded and believable world of ATLA also made me question its storytelling and lore. It undermined ATLA's story and tone to make it's own unique, which made me feel like they were disloyal to its parent material, and essentially taking advantage of ATLA in an unsettling way.

    In my opinion, I'd be happier if Korra didn't exist. It sours the beautiful and powerful ending of ATLA, and tears this remarkably ended journey open with no regard to its nuances, world or characters. Thus making it into a mess of an unsatisfying plot, unfulfilled characters, and massively and questionably changed world. I truly feel like ATLA was taken advantage of, and its memory was disrespected. I can get behind many 'moral lessons' that the show pushed, enjoy some characters, but it really doesn't make its existence okay in my mind. The art, voice, music, and cinematography are all nice, but if the story has no legs to stand on, it all just falls apart. I understand opinion is subjective, and I respect everyone who disagrees with me, but that's how I perceive this graverobbing.

  50. people give "Brike" too much credit. Aaron Ehaz was in many ways responsible for the writing and arcs that people like about ATLA and it shows in Khora with his absence.

  51. You are kinda right about the part with being „best friends” well since it looks like every season is really separated by some time in LoK and they had no idea there would be another villian right? So when they defeat one villian they Pretty much go on with their life. In Aang on the other hand whole story is being told in one year or less. They had no time to get on their lives since they followed Aang in his mission, so did the new team avatar for Korra. But their missions were so diffrent and as i said before the time of the missions were really really reaallllyyyyy divided. We shouldnt compare both shows, for Real guys its impossible to do so.

  52. Korra is a strange beast of a show. I hadn't kept up with The Last Airbender growing up, but my roommates when I first moved out were huge fans so I'd see episodes of Season 1 out of context and hear their frustrations in real-time. When I finally did get around to catching up right before the Korra finale, I found myself having very different feelings than them. I think Korra works extremely well with an impossible to miss caveat. Nickelodeon wanted self-contained seasons. They responded with what I essentially view as 4 movies. When each season is watched start to finish, it is incredibly satisfying. And watching those seasons together helps sell things like Asami's relationship with her father.

    The biggest problem Korra faced as a show was that it has no idea how to do both self-contained seasons and self-contained episodes. The show does not understand how to wrap up episodes, leading to moments that feel forced to be put in place because the format demanded the episode end to hit the necessary runtime. This is apparent when ending on interesting character moments that seem wholly unrelated to everything else or even implying the show was moving a direction that it wasn't. As an audience, we assume beginnings and endings have more weight. Instead, they mostly just swell on top of each other. Taking each season as one extended episode fixes so many of the issues people had with the show. Some things will eternally be dumb, like a lot of Season 2, but Nickelodeon and the scheduling really killed the intricate world and framing the creators set up. It's disappointing, but I am just grateful we got as much as we did and that 3 and 4 turned out so damn well.

    (Also, as much as I love Aaron Ehasz and his writing, it was his wife's episodes that tended to elevate the original. I missed her more than anyone else.)

  53. Personally, I loved the TLoK. It was a beautifully animated story and I think they stayed pretty damn faithful to the world its built in. I have a few story-telling complaints but it didnt get in the way of how much I grew to love the characters. Anyway, JULIE DO THE THING

  54. I liked season 1 of Korra. And Zaheer. And Tenzin. And the Avatar Wan episodes. That's it. All the romance didn't work for me. A lot of the drama didn't work for me. But by god, was the action almost always great.

    Also, lemme just say, I don't have a problem with Korra and Asami being together, I have a problem with how they got there and the subsequent comic that came after — holy shit is that comic garbage.

  55. I'll always love both Avatar and Korra. Avatar may be better. But Korra is still quite amazing and even just thinking about the impactful moments of the show bring in a rush of emotion I have never felt for any other show

  56. THANK YOU for being the only one that has a sane view on this show. Everyone is just outright trashing it and acting as if it's the worst garbage ever coming to TV, even though it definitely isn't.

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