Journal Entry: Wed Jun 27, 2012, 6:08 PM
Wow I haven't written a journal in forever.
I thought I might as well write a bit on my thoughts for the finale just because.
soooo SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS AHEAD
I loved a lot points in it but I was disappointed.
I was disappointed that they left so many questions unanswered such as what will happen to the nonbenders after they found out Amon was really a bender all along. The unrest of the people won't just simply fade away because Korra can give back bending powers. The nonbenders must be feeling extremely oppressed now that they know they were being conned and I hope they address that in the next season because that's really an important point that was forgotten about.
Also was disappointed that with the ending they didn't leave it as Korra without her bending but with hope that it will return in time. I always thought that what Amon does to the bender is mostly just a mental block and you need to look inside yourself and rediscover your inner element and your drive for that element. Still unsure how Amon even accomplished severing connections between the elements in the first place with bloodbending.
Instead you have Aang come in and give her her bending back and more. And also it feels like by doing it this way, that Korra doesn't realize that being the Avatar isn't all about fighting or bending. It's all about her spirit. There's more to being the Avatar besides the physical side.
It didn't feel like Korra realized that at all and in the end it hurts her character development because it feels like she's back to square one with her character. She's still hotheaded and impatient and takes everything head-on without thinking her actions through. She accessed airbending when she so desperately needed it but she doesn't seem to have grasped the mindset of an airbender.
Also can't help but feel a little disappointed that she only used punches of air instead of the actual airbending forms. Poor Tenzin's teachings all wasted.
And I know the romance shouldn't factor in, but since it played such a predominant role in the show, I have to say that I didn't like how it was handled. Character development was shafted all for the main couple. Bolin and Asami seemed to only serve as springboards for Mako and Korra's relationship (Also does any else feel like they were planning on doing something for Bolin in development but completely forgot about him through the latter half of the series?). Mako didn't even really talk to Asami and fully admit to his mistakes. And a lot of the time Team Avatar didn't really feel like friends. Everyone was so alone at times. Episode 8 was great for team bonding but outside of that there was always drama or loneliness.
I wish that there had been more of a focus on the friendships and the romance coming second to that. Maybe with getting Makorra established in a relationship they'll drop it next season and focus on friendship bonding. I cannot stress enough how important that is.
BUT I must say that I loved the animation which was spectacular as always. My favorite part of the episode has to be with Tarrlok and his story about him and Amon being brothers. I feel there should've been a little more foreshadowing on Amon being his brother since it felt so out of the blue, but I still loved it and it was probably the strongest point in storytelling in the end. It also gave of so many sibling and brotherly feelings. I wish they had taken more time for Mako and Bolin's brotherly relationship.
They had issues to work out between them that had a lot of potential, okay?
My heart stopped at Tenzin and the airbabies being captured.
I was not expecting that.
I also loved General Iroh. That man was pretty damn BAMF. (IROHMAN!)
And Commander Bumi stole the show really with his one single scream. xD