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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.

soooo SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS AHEAD



Okay.

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.)
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Rainpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
agree agree.

I heard that things were being rushed along because things were unsure about a second season.
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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?
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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:
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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.
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Amaterasu16 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student 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.
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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.
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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.
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Rapunzzel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed.
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Emmajh97 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist 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:
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