22 11 / 2013
I actually didn’t know season 2 of the Legend of Korra was out until like 2 weeks ago and I just now finished watching it. I personally feel like this series has more potential than the first one did. It’s closer to the kind of stories I love and the kind of story I would have tried to write for this universe if even given the chance.
That being said though I feel like the second season had a lot of wasted potential. Don’t get me wrong I loved it, but the thematic shift from the first season is HUUUUUGE! My favorite thing about The Last Airbender is that there was one huge insurmountable goal that took them a while to solve because it was a BIG deal. The legend of Korra introduces two GIGANTIC DEALS then just abandons them. The stuff with Amon and the Equalists was fantastic because it delved deep into themes that the first half of the second season also tried delve into. Things like social justice, racism, privilege, guerilla warfare, mass media propaganda, etc. Sometimes I found myself wishing this wasn’t a Nick show so they could delve more into these themes (imagine the legend of Korra by the people who made Fullmetal Alchemist…).
Then, they start talking about the spirits and fantasy this and fantasy that. I actually loved that too but it came totally out of left field. If they had just started the show talking about Vaatu and all of the spirit shenanigans since the start of the first season it wouldn’t be an issue, and what’s worse is they solve the conflict and there are two seasons left, meaning that they are potentially going to introduce 2 completely new HUGE deals to be solved making it a scattered series with no direction. Even if they continue with the topics they’ve started with one of the two is going to be left unresolved unless they manage to come up with a damn good reason to combine the two things, but that doesn’t seem likely. All in all I’m enjoying the series but I don’t like that it’s shaping up to be as thematically scattered as it is so far.
14 11 / 2013
"Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become."