So, now that we have set in stone that I am a massive fan of the first series, let's discuss the newest/sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra. I was excited to start the new series but was also slightly hesitant because could it really be better or as good as the original tale? I was cynical but really tried to stay open minded.
|Avatar: The Legend of Korra|
Starting off, I could tell it was for a slightly older audience. Not because it was at all inappropriate but because the story line was more complex and it could be a little boring for a younger audience. That's just my perception on it. I think that they tried to make the sequel interesting for the original watchers of the first season (who have gotten older)? Just a guess.
Also, Korra is older than Ang was and so it's more about a teenager than a kid. I was also nervous about how they would portray Korra: would she be whiney? possibly more helpless? I was SO hopeful that she wouldn't and was pretty pleased with how she turned out. She took on her responsibility as the Avatar but still made innocent mistakes because she is still learning. That makes total sense to me though.
The first half of the first season is interesting but moved a little slowly in my eyes. It wasn't bad in any way and it kept me interested just enough to keep me watching. Now, the second half was AMAZING. The story get's really interesting and incredibly tense and you become so fond of many of the Characters (like Lin Beifong, she is SOOOOOO cool, I want to be like her when I grow up. And Tenzin!). I also really love how they incorporated the old Characters from the first season so you can see what they ended up doing as adults. Really cool, I am impressed by these writers.
|One of the best characters ever, Lin Beifong.|
Also, Korra's "animal companion" (that's what I would call it), Naga is a giant snow bear/dog which, you all know, pulls at my heartstrings (just like the sad Appa episode in the first series where I cried the whole time and refused to ever watch again because it made me so sad. Told you I got into it!). Naga is amazing.
|Awesome artwork of Korra and Naga. Via.|
|Naga and Korra|
My complaints? I actually don't have many but 1. (Slight Spoiler):
Why the love Triangle? I have a big pet peeve when writers create a Female main character and there automatically has to have some love triangle. It could be the feminist in me speaking, I don't know. But, at the same time, I realize that the characters are older and it makes it interesting to some people so, I'll let it slide. It's not a blaring fault but I'm always hard on those kinds of things. But, I will say that Korra portrays a strong female who wants to do good and honestly, that's great in my book.
Overall, I am impressed. Would I say it's better than the first? No, because how can you top the original? BUT if you enjoyed the first one, you should give this one a try. For a sequel, it's pretty dang great. You will be sitting at the edge of your seat by the end of the First Season. I guarantee it.
Note: give this series a little time when you start watching it. It's that second half that really captivates you, in my humble opinion.
I cannot wait to get the Second Season. Why do I have to wait so long though!