watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Okay so after watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (see: mastodon.technology/@ashfurrow ) I’ve started watching The Legend of Korra. It’s uhhh different haha 😅

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Things I dislike:

- The technology progressed, like, several hundred years in a snap. But that’s part of, like, suspension of disbelief or whatever. Still.
- Polar Bear Dog is creepy.
- Feels very... season one-y so far.

Things I like:

- J.K. Simmons

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

I’ve finished the first seven episodes and it’s such a different show from The Last Airbender. Not worse or better, necessarily, but different!

TLA introduces characters slowly, easing into a serialized format. Korra is going into serialized mode right away, and a lot of these early episodes are just introducing all the characters, their motivations and goals, their relationships. It was a bit disorienting tbh.

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Seems like the creators looked at the audience from TLA, projected how far they’d grown up, and tried to make Korra into a show aimed at this (now slightly) older audience. I think they did well, though some of the antics are more appropriate for younger characters imo. I dunno.

And I like that the setting is different, too. The world has really changed from TLA and that’s cool; they’re telling a new story so they needed a new setting.

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At this point in TLA, we had: Aang, Katara, Sakka, Zuko, Iroh, and Malfoy’s Dad.

In Korra, we have: Korra, Bolin, Mako, Asami, Tenzin, Lin, Amon, Tenzin’s rival on the council, the car inventor, Tenzin’s family... not to mention the various groups like the White Lotus, the council, the triad gangs, the equalists... its a lot of context to deliver.

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But anyway! I like it so far. I like how it took ideas from TLA and extended them:

Toph invents metal bending -> it’s now a tool used widely by the police.

Benders being bullies in Zuko Alone -> gangs of benders now extort businesses for protection money.

Some firebenders can shoot lightning -> this is now a source of electricity for the city.

Aang took away Ozi’s bending -> Amon is now trying to take away everyone’s bending.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

I’m, uhh, a bit nervous where they’re going with the class conflict. Like clearly the non-benders *are* being oppressed by benders and the police aren’t stopping them? And the city council is only benders? But we see benders being oppressed economically, too, so there’s an opportunity for solidarity.

Amon is creating an out-group, blaming all problems on them, making them appear simultaneously weak and strong... basically doing a fascism.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

My theory so far is, Amon used to be a bender but Aang took it away. Amon claims that a firebender took his parents and then took his face, but only one other character takes faces...

I think Amon went to the spirit world and traded his face to Koh for the ability to take away other’s bending, in retribution for having his own taken away. But we’ll see!

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I find it suspicious that everybody’s backstory is “firebenders killed my parents” (Bolin+Mako, Amon, Asami, someone else I think?) so we’ll see what happens there.

It’s a fun show! And a welcome distraction from some problems I’m going through rn 😅

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oh cool the “good guys” are doing fascism too keen to see which plays out

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

like why *is* there no non-bender representative on the city council

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theory: bloodbending doesn’t work on Amon because Amon has no blood 🤔🤨🙃🤔🤔

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Book one was good, I’m keen for more.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Started season two.

So why does ONE GUY control all global shipping lanes? hmmm?

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

freaking, bender capitalism man. tsk tsk

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

why can’t they just both be Korea’s teacher

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

banished: to the south pole

pretty clearly depicted as “the bad pole, the poor pole”

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Korra has a pretty legitimate grievance about how now one told her about like spirits and stuff

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Bumi is pitching Varrick on a new invention: a jump to conclusions mat. It's a mat with conclusions on it, that you can jump to.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

really don't like how they keep cutting between intense, end-of-the-world action and slice-of-life bullshit with Tenzin's family

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season two just has too much shit going on, season one was much more focused. I was really keen on th spirit world stuff but it's honestly just exhausting.

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Tenzin wants photos of spiderman, on his desk, by morning!

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Okay so season two is done and I’ve realized why this show *feels* so different from The Last Airbender. TLA was one story that all built up to a single conclusion – it’s a great example of economy of storytelling. OTOH, Korra feels like regular TV that has independent seasons which each tells its own story. The scale of everything feels different.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Also: neither is an anime, but Korra is obviously much less of not an anime than The Last Airbender.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

I’m near the end of season three and I am kinda disappointed.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

Earth Queen is killed (sorry! “taken out”) and “rioting and looting” breaks out immediately 🙄

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow I swear there was, must be mistaken.

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@gudenau hmm there is in flashbacks...

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow I don't remember, did they do the amon thing already?

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@gudenau yeah it’s wrapped up

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow Did you ever guess what he was?

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@gudenau no, it was neat trying though! I *did* predict that he’d take Korra’s bending, but then she’d airbend and eventually get it all back.

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@ashfurrow That's kinda the obvious one.

Don't know how to mess with something you never see.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow To be fair the last one figured 90% of that stuff out and before that there was a 100 year gap.

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@gudenau nah it’s just weird to me that he knew he was raising The Avatar, bridge to the spirit world, and didn’t even mention the like, everstorm or anything.

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@ashfurrow

BUT... HENRY ROLLINS!

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@ashfurrow I don't think they expected Korra to do so well for some reason. They didn't even air it all on TV.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@gudenau @ashfurrow Nickelodeon only promised them one season at first, and the second was tentative. Their budget kept getting dropped and the whole thing was basically being crushed by Nick's bad decisions. If anything, it was good in spite of Nickelodeon's sabotage.

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@gudenau @ashfurrow I don't think it's what it could've been, and I refuse to acknowledge any of it as canon because I want them to go back and completely rewrite it from square one.

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watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow Do you want to know how correct or wrong you are? :^)

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@ashfurrow But yeah, all in all I think ATLA is a bit better.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@gudenau no! I’m trying to avoid spoilers :) I had a bunch of theories while watching TLA and I regretted not sharing them as I watched.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow Well I won't say what's up with him, but I really don't know where his power came from.

watching The Legend of Korra for the first time 

@ashfurrow Just thinking about it, the "introducing everybody all at once" thing does fit the story of Korra going into the city for the first time.

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