Just whatever random thoughts that I get. A lot of it is media stuff, and there's a little social justice but not near enough for me to feel like I'm doing my part but I'm working on that! Also sometimes I feel depressed so there will be angst-filled posts as well sorry. I tend to go through stages with stuff, obsessing over it and then ignoring it for a while so deal with it. And um thanks for stopping by I guess?
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So the season finale was kind of, amazingly underwhelming.
Korra had like, no exploration of being a spiritual nexus, and then all of a sudden she was one?
Aang had 3 whole seasons of dealing with and becoming stronger with his spirituality, honestly the Avatar Spirit releasing the rest of Korra’s bending felt like such a deus ex machina.
So if Amon and Tarlok are actually dead then… what?
They didn’t “save” Republic City just by defeating Amon, people joined his cause because they genuinely believed, and they were genuinely opressed by Tarlok, you can’t just leave that and pretend everything’s alright.
I realise with the pacing of Amon’s plans that you can’t have it as focused as Legend of Aang was but at least some sort of plot thread that will keep it exciting please. Honestly you could stop it there and you’d be alright not watching the next season.
Overall though I really enjoyed it, it was a lot more of what made Legend of Aang good.
I’m not sure it’s as good, but it’s certainly in the same ballpark.
I did have the advantage of being able to plough through the whole of Legend of Aang though, so I’m leaving final judgement of the show until it’s over.
But I’m probably going to keep this with True Blood, Dexter and Game of Thrones as “those shows I follow” next year.
Well the thing is, Korra would’ve been “over”. They plotted season 1 as the entirety of the show, and didn’t find out they’d get season 2 until all this was over. The pacing of the series is bad overall- a lot of the fandom I interact with put that on the love triangle. The romance could’ve fit into the time that they had, but not if you throw Asami into the mix.
There’s just a lot of issues with unresolved plots between the characters (Asami/Mako, Korra/herself, Korra/Asami, Pema/Lin) and a lot of telling but not showing (“I like Korra!” says the girl that has one scene of 1x1 interaction) and not enough going into the overall plot. How can Noatok and Tarrlok and Yakone bloodbend without the full moon? Yakone figured it out and taught his sons! Well yeah that’s a why, but not a how. And AtLA did a REALLY good job of putting sympathetic characters within the framework of the antagonist group. Amon is a sympathetic character to a lot of people after the finale, but that is him as a character, not as an Equalist. We got to see sympathetic Fire Nation citizens. (Um if that whole last part makes sense? I’m not sure I’m explaining it right).
And then there’s just a lot that’s resolved too quickly- like Korra just getting all of her bending back, or Mako and Asami’s conflict- that feels like it isn’t resolved at all even though the show says it is.
There’s probs multiple secret passages around the island.
It was probably either so Katara and Aang could go “well the kids think we’re here now let’s sneak off so they really can’t bother us” or “well the kids will think they can explore a bunch of stuff so that gets them out of our hair for a bit.”
Well Mako does actually say “I’m sorry”. I will admit that I missed that when I first watched the finale.
I still hate that he’s not really called out on anything and that he still gets to be with Korra and that the narrative just treats it as one moment and not as a full discussion.
“My grandfather would respect the Avatar’s instinct.”
You sure about that hun?
“Where does Hiroshi find the time to keep inventing new evil machines?”
Well he isn’t spending time with his daughter anymore….
OH fuck there’s some OoTWL guards in the lineup at Amon’s debending thing!
“Lin Bei Fong sacrificed herself and saved the Airbenders.”
FUCK NO STUPID NARRATION
They could only bend whatever they were born into. Then, the second one could do what the first could plus their own element, and so on for each of the first four.
Just because each Avatar is stronger than the last because they draw on their past lives; the first ones could only develop the skills as the Avatar spirit learned them over multiple lifetimes.
Amon somehow captures Tenzin and family.
Okay. I can buy that.
What I cannot buy is the context of this scene.
1. They do not seem shaken by it AT ALL. Look at that gif. They’re all absolutely terrified! But directly afterwards, Meelo is back to his normal self and saying childish things! I don’t want him to be completely traumatized of course, but a bit of silence in the moment would have made more sense than NO REACTION.
2. Lin sacrificed herself so that the Airbenders could get away. Last we saw, this worked. I can understand Equalists catching up to them, but IIRC Lin completely took out one airship and the other one turned away when they captured her. We need a scene establishing that no, the Airbenders did not manage to escape. Because otherwise Lin’s sacrifice IS COMPLETELY WASTED and she does not deserve that.
3. If they weren’t legitimately captured, then that means Tenzin would’ve come back for Lin. I could understand that… if the kids weren’t here. Actually, I could buy it even then, because I imagine Ikki and Jinoora and Meelo would’ve followed their dad. But we know that doesn’t happen because Pema and Rohan are started to be imprisoned too. So the only way Tenzin would’ve come back for Lin is if he brought his whole family back with him, and I CANNOT see him putting them back into danger for that. Thinking he would completely undersells him.
4. Them being here serves NO PURPOSE AT ALL. They don’t do anything to help defeat Amon after this scene. They don’t send Korra into the Avatar State (seriously, if anything was going to put her in touch with her past lives, it should’ve been the loved ones of the most recent life being in danger). None of them lose their bending. All that was needed in this scene, plotwise, would have been someone that could get Korra and Mako to attack Amon. They could’ve used Toza (remember, the guy that let Bolin and Mako stay in the arena?) or some captured OotWL guards, or anyone we have seen the Krew being friendly towards! It didn’t need to be the Airbenders and IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE for it to be them because THERE IS NO EXTRA PURPOSE TO HAVING IT BE THEM.
So why. WHY do you put this family through more trauma, undermining the accomplishments and struggle of YET ANOTHER of your badass female characters, for no specific gain to the story? And no, they tell me it will be “developed next season”, because THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A STANDALONE. 12 EPISODES AND THAT’S IT.