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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Over-tiredness is something very relatable.
No problem anon!
Um? The random Fire Avatar before Roku was in AtLA season 2, episode 1. They specifically show him. I just find it silly that fandom is just NOW exploding over him when he was in the group shot with the other Avatars? The joke is just that he looks like Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin.
Is that what you meant Anon? Sorry but your question seems worded awkwardly to me.
also something that i dislike is when people say “well hopefully it’ll be explained next season…” or something to that extent to justify issues.
no, it really should have been resolved in this season so that the season can stand on its own.
BECAUSE SEASON ONE WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO STAND ON ITS OWN.
THERE WAS NO ~SEASON TWO~ THAT WOULD EXPLAIN WHAT SEASON ONE FAILED TO WHEN IT WAS BEING WRITTEN
I am going to make a comic.
Where Korra’s walking out after barking that things aren’t going to be okay. You see Mako start to follow her -
And then suddenly Lin is there, planting her hand on his chest. And she’s like, “Not this time,” in a really grave voice. And Mako starts to protest but Asami grabs his arm and holds him back and he looks all annoyed and upset but Lin goes out.
And she calls for Korra’s attention and Korra stops without looking back at her. And Korra says she failed. She’s not the Avatar anymore. She can’t help anyone anymore. She’s worth nothing.
And Lin turns her around and glares down at her and is like, “Do you think I’m worth nothing now that I’ve lost my bending, Avatar?”
And Korra looks up all teary-eyed and shocked and is like “N-no that’s not what I - “
And Lin cuts her off with one of those badass handslashes that say SILENCE. And she says, “You are still the Avatar and I am still the Chief of that godforsaken city. Bending doesn’t make you an Avatar” And she prods Korra in the chest with her finger and is like, “It’s the choices you make.”
And Korra gets all weepy-eyed again and Lin pulls her into a tight hug.
They pull back and Korra shudders a sigh and is like, “I…need some time alone.”
So Lin lets her ride away on Naga and she’s at the cliff again, teary eyed, looking more angry than distraught.
And then she says softly. “I am the Avatar.”
And then she screams it, throwing her arms down.
“I AM THE AVATAR.”
And she blasts the huge air that shakes the cliff and blows back water and she’s panting and shit and then she rides back on Naga with a determined expression on her face and a new outloook.
Verdict: Problematic as fuck in many, many ways.
Korra feels like she is nothing without her bending. She can’t accept Mako’s (half-assed as it is) love because she defines herself totally by her bending. Without it, by her standards, she’s not worthy of love.
And instead of addressing this and showing Korra that she is in fact a full person even without her bending, they totally play into it and reinforce her feelings of inferiority! She is only able to accept Mako’s declaration of love when she feels she is worthy, which can only happen when they’ve given her back her bending.
Yes, Korra was given her bending back. She was totally robbed of the chance to make herself stronger and to actually make a connection with the spiritual realm. We didn’t see her attempting to make that connection. And writers? It’s not being at your lowest point that makes you stronger. It’s climbing your way out of your lowest point. It’s healing that makes you stronger.
Korra was interrupted in the middle of crying, in the middle of working things out, in the middle of beginning to heal herself.
Being broken doesn’t automatically make you stronger. Overcoming. Loving yourself. Radical self-love. Learning that you can lean on family/friends. The process of surviving. The process of healing. Korra was totally robbed of the chance to heal. She didn’t get a chance to work out her issues regarding her self-worth.
Korra literally feels as though she is not the Avatar without the ability to bend, and just giving her her bending back without addressing those issues is reinforcing that complex.
This is important. The loss of her bending also showed us a ton of emotional complexes and trauma that Korra has surrounding her bending. And Korra also needs to heal and learn from *that*. She never got the chance to come to terms with herself, and to learn who she is outside of being a powerful bender.
She was literally taken by surprise by the fact that she was able to get in touch with Aang, because she wasn’t attempting to. She didn’t try to get into the Avatar State, she didn’t struggle with her inner demons (which are totally real and totally exist!). She was just given her bending back, which sure, solves the problem of not being able to bend, but does not at all heal the emotional complexes that Korra has regarding herself and her bending.
On a less serious note, I also have pretty serious problems with Makorra. Mako needed to break it off with Asami a long time ago. Like, an episode and a half ago. Not breaking it off with Asami? Telling her you still care without being totally honest about how you feel about Korra? Dick move.
Also, I have seen no evidence, no evidence at all that Mako and Korra are in love with each other outside of these grandiose declarations they’ve made that almost seem to come out of the fucking blue.
Think back to ATLA. The relationship between Katara and Aang was beautifully developed, even though we practically knew they’d be endgame from the beginning of Episode 1.
Here? We’re basically told that Mako and Korra love each other, although I’m pretty sure we have never actually just seen them enjoying spending time with each other. Korra and Bolin have more of a solid basis for a relationship, being that they play and laugh and seem to actually enjoy each others company. Hell, Korra and Asami have more of a solid basis for a relationship.
And this isn’t even touching on how I feel about the Equalists. The Equalists have a totally legitimate complaint. Very small example: the Council contains no non-benders. Non-benders have no political representation, although I’m pretty sure that a very large proportion (possibly even the majority) of people in the Avatar universe are nonbenders. (I mean, there are 4 airbenders. Four.)
But that’s another post. This is just my ranty feels about LoK finale, and how I feel it failed in a very few key, crucial ways.