Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TV Series Review: The Legend of Korra (Season 1)

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang's son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Released: 2012
Runtime: 11 episodes/23 mins
Rating: 3/5 stars
Buy: Not Available Yet

How long have we been waiting for this after the announcement? 2 years? I mean after the disaster of the movie we really needed to forget what we saw.

 There are like BIG differences between Korra and the original avatar series. Firstly, what's up with the 11 episodes only? I was a little disappointed with that!
And on the most important parts now...the whole world is entirely different than before. The old characters (Except Katara) appear only in flashbacks and instead we watch their kids. Korra is a badass avatar, who already knows and loves that she is the avatar with the only bending problem she has is with air. She is an amazing fighter and a really strong character.
The story has a lot of action, either against the evil guys either at the bending tournaments, and a lot of romance. The took the whole thing into an entire different level, with some amazing fight scenes and even a triangle for the girlies who watch the show.

As for the actually story, it was really good with mystery and all but it was fast. It ends by the end of the season, while Last Airbender took 3 full seasons for a story. Needless to say there is no character development and you mostly watch for the fun of it. The last 3 episodes were a little messed up. From the way the battles ended, and what happened in general. Even the voice of General Iroh is all wrong. He is too old to sound like that! And not only that, but when they could have give us a cliffhanger and not give Korra her powers back, last minute everything is back to perfect. So at the end you have no evil guy, and really an end to the story. I'm only wondering why they did that?

The main problem for me was how fast it was. As i said there is no character development, and the story goes before you even know. There are so many thing that could have happened and explain the story with Amon way better and take their time but instead they just put them all in 11 episodes. Where, some of them didn't have anything to do with the story at all (ex. an episode fully for the tournament or an episode fully on Korra's lovelife).

Don't get me wrong. The series were good. They keep in a more modern way the feeling of Last Airbender, it has a great story and the characters are fun to watch. But it just misses something for me. I was expecting more. It was a good comeback, but still needs a lot of work to be as deep and special as Last Airbender.


  1. Firstly, I liked the fast story progression, I wanna see action in this series, I didn't really care about character progression, or the feelings of the avatar, like the last series which devoted whole episodes on Aang's psychological problems.
    Then I think that this General Iroh is the grandson of the one in the previous series, and that is why he sounds so young, but I am not really sure about that.

    1. The fact that is Zuko's grandson, doesn't justify the voice. The guy seems like 18-20 and talks like 15...

    2. well the series is american, not japanese, I didn't expect perfect voice acting from the beggining :P


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