Confession: I think after a bumpy start, “Legend of Korra” became a better overall series than “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” For the record, I think both shows are the pinnacle of animated television in terms of visuals, storytelling and character development. But there’s one thing that “Avatar” never would have dreamed to do that “Korra” went for with almost reckless abandon in its finale. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Korrasami.
“Korra” has taken a different path with each of its villains. Amon almost escaped before being killed in Tarloq’s noble murder-suicide (that’s a weird sentence). Unaloq was just power-hungry and needed to be killed in order to stop his reign as the Dark Avatar. Zaheer did the most damage to Korra, yet he was kept alive and even helped Korra reconnect with the spirit world.
Korra is back! Or should I say, the old badass Korra has returned. It took nine episodes and more spiritual journeys than it probably should have, but Korra finally seems to be over the mental block that was holding her back from being the avatar. With Kuvira gaining power and harvesting spirit vines to create her ultimate weapon, the world has never needed Korra to be at full strength more.
Cartoons aren’t supposed to be this good. They aren’t supposed to be able to elicit such visceral reactions from adults. And yet, the two-part “Legend of Korra” Book Three finale took me on a rollercoaster of emotions while sporting some of the best action sequences I’ve ever seen, live action or otherwise.
We began with Team Avatar trying to figure out a plan of attack for rescuing the captured airbenders without giving up Korra to Zaheer. They settled on an idea that more or less involved using Korra as bait. Clearly they didn’t plan on Zaheer using platinum shackles (apparently you can’t metalbend out of platinum?), because that made getting her out of such a dangerous situation much more difficult.Continue reading
Well that was dark. “Korra” has been known to depict death before, most notably when Tarrlok blew up the boat he and Amon were escaping on in Book One. But watching Zaheer suffocate the Earth Queen to death in a way only an airbender can was downright terrifying. I thought he might just lock her up, or if he killed her it would be offscreen. But they showed the life draining out of her. No wonder they won’t air this show on Nickelodeon anymore.Continue reading