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Legend of Korra Finale [SPOILERS!]

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.



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

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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
The anger that nonbenders have for benders will skyrocket now that they know that Amon was really a bender this whole time.:( I knew this rebellion was bogus since day one.

I'm mad about what happened too, but don't worry, I'm sure Korra'll learn the spiritual side of all forms of bending next season.

I feel bad for Asami. She lost her mother, and her father who just tried to KILL HER, and her boyfriend dumped her when she needed him the most...I will forever hate Mako for breaking her heart.:X

Bolin REALLY needs some character development next season. That and he should learn metalbending.

(With any luck, Korra realizes how worthless Mako is and dumps his ungrateful ass next season and befriends Bolin. They're friendship slowly blossoms into a romance throughout the series...just a thought.)
Rainpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
agree agree.

I heard that things were being rushed along because things were unsure about a second season.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like you have the same criticisms and compliments that myself and many others have with the finale. Hopefully spreading the writing duty to multiple writers from now on (instead Bryan and Michael overburdened by it all) will help keep things tighter next season?
FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, Bumi, You are jump-ropeing That same line as King Bumi. :D
ya know, the one between Insanity and Genius. :evillaugh:
Rapunzzel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You took the words right out of my mouth. Because I seriously had a hard time expressing myself after the end of the show. The most I knew was that what I would LOVE to ship (Makorra, as I almost always love the canon romances), I couldn't...because it was so convoluted. Korra was too quick to profess her "love" from the start and Mako was a douche to her for half the series, I couldn't take him seriously. They're both ridiculously immature. Bolin is too, but he's the comic relief. Asami is naive, but she's the most mature of all the teens, really. And I also didn't like the way Korra got her bending back so easily. No time to mourn the loss of it.

So everything else that you said is pretty much spot on and i THANK YOU for it. Hoping for better things in book 2.
artbyamandalauren Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Everyone keeps saying these things too.:( I hope Bryke hears us and Season 2 is better. Mako and Bolin really BOTH needed more development. Then maybe Mako wouldn't have looked like such a twotimer. All the main characters needed more development. Bryke should leave the shipping madness to us.

They sucked all the fun out of it by forcing canon on us and the CHARACTERS didn't feel that bond that the original gaang felt!!!!!We cared about them and their struggles. These guys just. sigh.
Danavia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Also, Zuko's voice for Iroh? Lolno. It was so out of place, he sounded way too young and all I could think of was Zuko.
Danavia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree with all these points. The finale was rushed, the loss of bending was patched up in such an easy way that only took like 5 minutes of the show. The Makorra was really hard to watch, I felt so bad for Asami.... and what the heck happened to Bolin? He just became like a side character for comic relief... he used to be my favourite aside from Korra, but he was just so shafted at the end. And his love for Korra had just completely disappeared for some reason... I want Borra :(

Also, Amon turned out to be such a let-down. He was so intimidating and powerful right up until his mask was off, then he just ran off like a coward.
Rapunzzel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Emmajh97 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I like how you actually gave an anylitical response including cons, instead of "ZOMG IT WAS SO AWESOME BECAUSE-!!"

I do feel like the ending was kind of rushed and they could have adressed some things better, but overall it was pretty good. :nod: It was done so well, in fact, that I didn't even think about it that much till I read this! :XD:

You know, when it comes down to it, the more they leave out, the more there is to look forward to! :D

I hope that Bolin has his own episode, like Sokka did when he got his 'space-sword'. :meow: If they did that, I think it would make up for his lack in character development thus far.

As for Asami, I'm not so shure...
Although, I am a Bosami fan... :eyes:
Pikafaa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed!! i have all of my hopes in the second season now.
Ashrooms Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I loved Iroh and Bumi!!! Lol, why do the fan favorites get the least amount of screen time? I loved the animation as well, simply beautiful and fierce. And when the paint washed off of Amon, HO-LY FRICK. When they first passed Amon with the burn I kept think "Tarlok, you SOB, you traitor, I wanna wring your little waterbender neck like a towel." But, I assume too much XD
I was just GLaD they made Amon's identity along with the story and not just something like, "Oh yeah, he's my old childhood friend gone rogue, didn't I tell you that?"
I literally thought Asamit might've killed her Papa bear.
And I really hope more people will join Team Avatar (Maybe like Tahno? I mean afterall, Korra can give him his bending back right? Plus, he still wants to get back at Amon.)
I also hope there's more Bumi :D
Oh! And maybe in the new season we'll see more of Zuko's past (Zuko is 87 in LoK, and General Iroh's his grandson!!!)
Mouseleaf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Completely agree on like, every aspect :O I enjoyed the finale, but I think they had a lot of room to work with and could've handled things a bit better, 12 episodes or not. I wish they'd known they were going to do a second season before they started the first. Maybe then they wouldn't have so many loose ends and such... Either way, I can't wait for season 2! :D
Iggy-1-55-306 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how Amon blocked people's bending. Think of the show Heroes, where Sylar was able to gain abilities by understnding what made each hero unique. It was basically the same with Amon.
When I saw Bumi, I was reminded of my brothers.
TinkerBe11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Writer
I really liked it. you have to look at the audience tho. It's a kids show, happy endings are par for the course. I mean I even thought they might leave Korra to rediscover her bending in season two, but kids aren't all that patient (and I really wouldn't want to wait that long to find out either). I agree Mako and Asami should have had a little more of a heart to heart, but we still don't know what's going to happen in season 2.
They also only had 12 episodes to work with (unfortunately) how much can you shove into 12 episodes, the first season of A:tLA had 20.
It's a little hard to give each character their own full story with that kind of limit. I just hope we have more Bolin in the spot light in the future. And as for the unanswered questions about the rebellion, I think that's what season 2 is going to deal with.
The big one- Korra and her development. We don't really know what she learned. Aang had 3 seasons to come to grips with things, Korra had 12 episodes. We don't know just what kind of an effect losing her bending had. She doesn't talk about it. We also don't know how well she can control the Avatar state yet, I think the clip we saw was just to affirm she'd reconnected with her past lives and the elements. We won't know the full extent of lessons learned until season 2. Which brings me to the fact that I think that this series is something that has to be judged as a whole. It's to premature to say now.
Obviously it wasn't perfect, but honestly, the problems I found with it were to small for it to spoil my experience.
Dakotaa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student
oh my gosh I just realized how much I wrote. I basically just wrote an essay haha
Sorry about that :XD:
TinkerBe11 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Writer
I'm an English major, no worries. Writing too much is often a problem for me.
Dakotaa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student
[late reply, sorry <33]

First off, going to say you are awesome for staying positive about the series. I'm a bit more of a critical person at times, and it's just that the storytelling in the series has been nagging at me. It's okay to be critical as long as it's constructive, I think. xD;

Now about it being a kids show. This show is geared toward kids in advertisements but you've also got to keep in mind that this is for all ages (well at least they tried. Some parts and especially the finale were pushing it some ways for being Y-7). Also the show has a lot of teenage viewers. It's been one of the top 5-10 shows that teenagers have been tuning into since it's aired. I'm aware that kids aren't all that patient since I live with a few (although they're only 4 and 5 so their attention spans are REALLY short). I still feel that if they ended it with her without her bending back it would've worked out okay for the kids even. As long as they make it clear that there is hope for her and that she has hope for herself even without her powers.

Next, I know it's not something to compare with AtLA when it comes to character development because the Gaang had 20 episodes instead of 12. However, there are other shows that have the same amount of episodes or less and still get in the time to develop characters and answer questions. I don't need each character to have their own special episode, but it would've been nice to have seen them develop bit by bit through the episodes and preferably as a group of friends. The brothers at least had a set-up for character development from the beginning that was never addressed (still pouting about that) that could've been helpful to completing full character arcs. Bright side of that is that I hope it IS addressed next season.

Now, Korra's development. She definitely had less time to really show her development than Aang. The events even in the episodes were only over a few months instead of almost a year of time like Aang's arc was. But I still don't see it as much of an excuse to take away the opportunities to at least show us what she's learned from Tenzin and her past experiences. That she's gotten a better grasp of being patient and clever instead of hotheaded and head-on. In the end, that wasn't shown and it hurt her development as well as the cliff scene with the Avatar State (because of how fast-paced it was).

And you're right, we don't know how well she's got a hold of the Avatar State and how that will be addressed in the second season, but you also have to remember that these 12 episodes were supposed to be all there was for Korra's story. The writers really tried to squeeze things in and wrap up the bending and the Avatar State thing and it definitely feels as though they ran out of time. They weren't greenlit for the second season until earlier this year and that's way past the writing and storyboarding being finished for the series. They might have been able to go back and edit some things about it but it would be cutting it pretty close.

Anyways, my point being that I think it's okay to judge the season as it was and all that, but to keep hope for the next season. In a way I'm glad that they left loose ends like the rebellion and such, but I'm also worried that it won't be addressed at all in Book 2 which would be such a shame. At the very least, I need the characters to have more development and for Korra to become more of a fully realized Avatar. Then I need the brothers to work out their issues which is mostly about Bolin stepping up and taking charge and being more independent, and for Mako to trust Bolin to do so and allow himself to be more dependent.

I still love the series. Don't get me wrong on that. I love the series and its potential and the environment and the characters, and that's why I'm giving some criticism. It's okay to be critical and it's okay to be chill with how things happened. And thanks for sharing your thoughts with me <33
xxZutaraFanxx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I agree with you completely! In all of this, I had the closest connect to Amon and Tarrlok. That is saying something. Though flawed and corrupt in their own ways, I really just wanted them to be alright in the end. Their suicide… Well… I was blown away. I just…Wow. I mean the reason for suicide was so meaningful. It was to stop the cycle of hatred that started with their father… That kind of selflessness…Don't get me wrong, they were bad guys but I still find it very poignant what they did.

Korra on the other hand annoyed me. And this has nothing to do with Mako. Like always, she rushed head first into things and ended up near dead because she does not THINK AND LISTEN!!!! What has been the point of her journey? I know you should follow your gut and all but…Ugh. I just feel that she has not learnt anything. She only managed to airbend because Mako was in danger. It had nothing to do with her spirituality… This annoyed me.

Then there was Mako and his "feelings". I just do not think I shall ever like Mako. He strikes me as indecisive and for what he put Asami through; he seems to have been rewarded which is not cool in my books. Don't get me wrong, he is a good person and all, but I just don't agree with his actions. I have stronger feelings for Amon and Tarrlok than Mako.

Iroh was awesome, I am a bit disappointed that Bumi is not his father but all things considered, it's no big loss.

Let's hope season 2 brings more Bumi, Tenzin and Awesomeness!!
TwoShadesRou Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student
Agree with everything you said. And going back to Bolin, I really hope he gets angry at Mako. I know it would never happen but if I was in his position, I would feel so betrayed. Knowing him though I think he'd roll over and give Korra up which makes me so sad. And Asami? I wonder if she's going to stick around after all this... UGH THE FEELS!
goldenlion23 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree so much with you, its not even funny. My sister and I were just talking about Bolin. I really thought they did forget about his potential. I wish that they would've worked on friendships first like the first season did.
Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Agree with you 100% on all accounts... I was genuinely moved by the scene depicting Amon and Tarrlok's final moments together.

If I had to make a general complaint about the series (that you hadn't already pointed out) it's that poor Tenzin has been knocked out or fainted far too many times; I know he's not as young and spry as the rest of the gang, but I'm beginning to believe that he has extremely low-blood pressure or something.
ChibiFred Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So I'm glad someone else agrees with me lol
Mairelyn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if this will count for Anything, but the same point has been disscussed alll over tumblr (the korra getting her bending back) and someone thought this up and I personally thought it made a lot of sense and didn't made it a copout:

…Okay, maybe I’m the only person who thinks this, but I didn’t think this scene above was Korra’s mastering the Avatar State at all? I thought her entering it at that ending was a confirmation of her finally getting in touch with her spiritual side, not a symbolic representation of them saying she’s done with her journey. She unconsciously calls Aang when she needs help the most; his (and the other Avatars’) appearance was, I thought, meant to represent the importance of that contact, something she’s struggled with the entire season, not to say “good job you’re done” but more to say “this is just the beginning,” and her entering the AS afterwards was more of a result of it, a triggered side-effect of her first contact with the previous Avatars, not her mastery of it. She still needs to master airbending, and after that comes mastering and controlling herself while in the AS during an emotional/traumatic time like Aang did, so no, she’s definitely not done. If Bryke was planning to end here it… idk, it doesn’t feel like a resolute ending like Aang’s story does: they left it open enough in AtlA to give the audience an idea of how the gaang’s adventures continued, while here they (I assumed, at least) let us know that her story (her “legend” if we want to get technical) isn’t over just because it’s the final episode. When I was watching it I wasn’t thinking “Oh yay now she’s a fully-realized Avatar!” (because she isn’t lbr), I was thinking “Oh YES now she’s gotten in touch with what she’s been struggling for the entire season and now she’s ready to start understanding and controlling it.”

(quote by gifbending)

I understand the complaints people have with the show seemingly promoting the “you’re less of a person without your bending” idea but ia with Crystal — for Korra, mourning makes sense. We can’t fault her for that and we can’t really shake our fingers at the writers because it’s true to who she is — true to what she is — that she’d be upset. ((FMAB SPOILERS:)) I’ve seen people comparing this to the ending of FMAB, where Edward was content at the end vs Korra’s mourning, but tbh I don’t think that’s quite fair. This isn’t like Edward Elric losing his alchemy: not only did he give it up WILLINGLY because he realized that he was willing to live without it, but no one — and definitely not the world — relied on him for his alchemy the way people rely on Korra for her bending. If she’s the Avatar, she can’t live without bending the way Ed can live without alchemy. ((/FMAB SPOILERS))

imo I think we should’ve had someone else. Another character (coughTahnoorLincough) showing us that it’s possible to get on without bending, even if they’re not really happy, it’s possible to still keep living. It would’ve been nice. (Time constraints, I get it, but it still would’ve been nice.) Korra isn’t the best person to demonstrate the “you’re still a person without your bending” rule, so I don’t think we can’t fault her at all for being upset at the end; ‘cause she’s not just mourning losing her bending, I think she’s upset that she can’t do the world justice anymore. Any other person, absolutely, please, I would’ve wholeheartedly welcomed and cherished it, and it would’ve been a great addition to the story to have someone say “hey I’m doing all right, I’m not perfect but I’m getting along” to show that nonbenders are still people too (hey how about that), but I don’t believe Korra is the right character for it considering who she is.

This isn’t to say I’m spitting on the “Korra should’ve had to relearn her bending from scratch” theories, but I’m just not on board with the overwhelming amounts of negativity surrounding that scene with her on the cliff.

(By Crystalzelda- tumblr)

just my two cents
Taigan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Yeah, you touched on everything I felt was problematic. It really feels like they compressed the 3rd act of this story in just two episodes. I know it was meant to be a shorter series than original, but given how rushed the ending felt I can't help but wonder if they expected to have more.

At least an episode of Korra being bending blocked would have been nice. Seeing Tenzin and family captured really bothered me. It made no sense, and undercut Lin's sacrifice to let them escape.

But the big one was what you listed first. What's going to happen to the disaffected non-benders? Yes, Amon riled them up, but there was clearly unrest to be riled there. And we never heard the details of their complaints except for "Benders beat me up once." The series ended with me wondering if there wasn't some institutional bender-ism in this world that still needs to be addressed.

What I had expected to happen was that Korra would get air bending but THEN have her bending blocked. That would have gone into the next season where Korra has to deal with being a non-bending Avatar. She starts training on her spiritual side, but also starts living more and more with the non-benders and seeing how life is different for them. By the end of the 2nd season, Korra's spiritual training has gotten to the point where she can restore her own bending, and she's ready to bring peace to the bending and non-bending peoples. Whereas Aang, the pacifist, was called on to fight a war; it would have had nice symmetry for Korra, the fighter, to be forced to become a peacemaker.
Rae-22 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say that i agree with some of your points, I thought the tarlock and Amon being brothers out of the blue was a good plot twist. And I kinda liked that Aang showed up, but maybe instead of just restoring here bending they could have had an in depth conversion that would have lead to Korra restoring her own bending. Kinda like Aang did by talk to the other avatars and the lion turtle for advise on beating Ozai. Overall I think this series is a bit shallow in some areas then the firist. I think one of the main things they are missing is character development like you said. And I am not syaing that romance is bad, but I feel like the focus on it to much in this series, and its to mushy, and butterfilies and rainbows. Mako in my opion was a jerk to both Korra and Asami, and to just say to Asami " I care about you, but i choose Korra" for her to respond with "I care about you to, and a kiss on the check" is just not realistic, break ups hurt and are messy. Its the same for Bolin, how quick he was to forgive, unrealistic. I felt like the romances in the first avatar series were much better, natural, and realistic. But I still like Korra, and plan to keep watching, I hope things get better and not worse.
Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know how you feel. I also felt that Aang showing up out of nowhere and giving Korra her bending back just messed up her character development. It would've been better if they just ended it with Korra crying on the cliff over the loss of her bending. That would've been just another challenge for her. Another obstacle to overcome and I think it would also help her get more in touch with her spiritual side.
I also felt like the relationship between Korra and Mako was a little rushed.
Libradogg Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree with you, besides... this korra legend does not have some of the main things that were part of the last airbender... I saw no spirits going around... people just go around punching and moving hands... and thats it... there is no special kung fu movements or styles... they call that "modern" styles.... well, they look and cause much WEAKER bending... a water bender alone could cause a tsunami.... but not here...
frnnd058 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree :aww:
but I'm letting exitement overtake me instead
Dakotaa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
Good for you! :D <33
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NannerWaffles Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I agree with you 100%, especially when it comes to Korra not really learning anything. She didn't exactly have to deal with the loss of her bending, she got it back fairly quick, making it seem like no big deal. I was honestly hoping she would stay without bending up into the second season and find a way to get the other 3 back in time, but alas everything was squished in that last episode. :T

It's still a lovely series, but far from perfect. All it truly needs is more character and basic relationship development, aside from that I had wished it was stretched out a bit more. They crammed A LOT in those few episodes, hopefully it will be more spaced next season. I'm totally excited for it either way though, the animation and nostalgia factor are enough on their own lol.
Rae-22 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you too, especially on the nostalgic feelings =)
Dakotaa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
Yes! I would've loved that we had left off on that. We didn't need to be told that she had received her bending back or even shown that. I think it would've been more meaningful to her for her to have to live without the other elements and be able to accept it. And Aang still could have made an appearance after she maybe realizes on the cliff that being the Avatar isn't all about being able to bend the elements and with she could connect to Aang and her spiritual side. Aang then could've said his "When we are at our lowest point, we experience the greatest change" but instead referring to her realization and he could have told her something along the lines of that her bending was never lost. She just needs to find it within herself (even if it would sound cheesy as can be).

It's pretty obvious that Bryke had a LOT of ideas that they wanted to fit into the season. They only planned for this to be one season and it definitely shows with the way they crammed things in at the very last 5 minutes. It probably would've been best to have a couple more writers come in and help them out with the pacing and point out the problems with the character development.

Next season has 14 episodes and I heard there might have been a couple more writers from ATLA that came in and worked on the writing, so I'm hoping that'll help balance out perspectives and we'll get the chance to have answers for the questions we were left with this season. I'm definitely returning for the next season. I'm still a fan of all the brilliant concepts they had and the set-up.
TinyMintyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, I totally agree with everything you said in this! Hopefully Book 2 will explain those unanswered questions...and I'm also hoping for more development with Bolin! He's my fav! ;D
Dakotaa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
Damn, I'm probably going to seem overly critical for writing all this.

I just love all the potential they had with this show. ;;
1987man Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
No, you're not being overly critical.

First of all, what you stated, is exactly what's wrong with this show. In all reality, Legend of Korra started off ok, but quickly became a broken down mess. Character development was thrown out the window faster than a speeding bullet. In it's place, we got the shipping wars. In place of a deep storyline, we got a fan service contrivance.

The fact that Korra got her bending back, merely five minutes after Amon/Noatak took it away, pretty much destroyed any emotional value that plot line could have had. Hell, the reveling of Noatak's backstory was good to know, but it was so fast and sudden. There was little to no time to feel for his character.

As for Mako's behavior......... well i will go as far as to say that it borders on misogyny. Look with great detail at the way he starts treating Asami near to the season finally. Furthermore, look at the way he started liking her. He never actually started falling for her, until he found out she was the daughter of the wealthy industrialist, Hiroshi Sato. After her wealth was gone, he started heading back over to Korra. On to of that, during the season finally, Asami's father first disowned her, then actually tried to KILL her. In the end, she had nothing left, and the one person she trusted the most to be there with her, tossed her away like a piece of garbage.

Bolin got shoehorned into the corner. His character was regressed into mere comic relief, and that was all he got. Bryke even came up with a half-assed excuse for why he wasn't gonna be with Korra. "Bolin was over Korra." That's gotta be one of the most wimpy-ass excuses I've ever heard, and it begs the question........ How can Bolin be over her, if he LIVES WITH HER EVERYDAY.

It's as if there was little to no thought put into this show, and that's really sad, because Avatar The Last Airbender was nothing like that.
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