The Legend of Korra: WHOA

Note:  bigtime spoilers here, if you aren’t fully caught up.

I watched episode 8 today (both times it was on!) and am completely floored at what’s happening here.  The show is moving through plot at a breakneck pace, and just when you think they might take a breather, BOOM, Tarrlok and Korra fight.  And for Tarrlok to somehow bloodbend without a full moon, well, something is definitely up.  This page has a very interesting theory on what is happening in the flashbacks (though he extrapolates a bit much, and I don’t think everyone in the room is being bloodbended or is that bloodbent?).  My thought for the next episode is Beifong rescues Korra, but not until she finally gets some real meditating in, and gets some plot info from Aang in spirit form.  Or at the very least sees the whole picture of what she has seen only bits and pieces of so far in those flashbacks.

Other random thoughts:

  • I love the airbender kids.  The fartbending was a bit much, but Meelo and Ikki were both fun.
  • The Asami/Korra dynamic is great, though I would’ve thought Asami had noticed something between Korra and Mako earlier, so Ikki’s spillage wouldn’t be such a big reveal to her.
  • It was good to see Team Avatar be effective, seems so many times they’ve been disabled or defeated pretty easily.
  • Moving the show up to 20’s era society makes things quite interesting.  Will benders be like the samurai, with ever-dwindling prestige in society as it becomes more technologically based?
  • We need Katara back in the mix, I think.  Perhaps she will teach Korra how to defeat bloodbenders.
  • Is it Saturday yet?
Featured Media Review

The Legend of Korra

This is a notice to those of you who wax nostalgic about the cartoons of your youth, and claim nothing they make these days can compare.  I bet you’re not watching The Legend of Korra, the follow-up series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, on Nickelodeon.  A:TLA was well known for being an excellent show, and not just for kids, and The Legend of Korra seems no different.  If you don’t know what the deal is, basically this world has ‘benders’ who control one of the classical elements of Fire, Earth, Water and Air.  There is always one bender, however, who can learn to control all four, and they are the Avatar, destined to keep balance in the world.  The previous series followed Avatar Aang and his quest to re-unite the nations and tribes after Fire Lord Ozai tried to take over.  The Legend of Korra skips ahead 70 years, with a Republic established and relative peace.  The new Avatar, Korra, is a powerful but hot-headed young woman from the Southern Water Tribe.  She follows Tenzin, Aang’s youngest son and her would-be airbending teacher to the capital, Republic City.  She’s in for quite a culture shock, as Republic City resembles a modern-day metropolis, with a wide mix of benders and non-benders from all tribes…and a building anti-bender sentiment amongst certain people.  Behind all of that, there lies an even greater threat to bending itself.

The makers of the show have successfully advanced the world as you might expect, taking the Steampunk elements and moving them forward to exist in a 20’s to 30’s sort of world.  The first cars are appearing, they use newsreels to do the “last time on” montage at the beginning of each episode, and Korra has to deal with the media.  Korra herself is a very interesting heroine.  She’s tough and wants to do good, but frequently leaps before she looks (sometimes literally).  She has real fears and feelings, and with an older Avatar, they writers can bump up the maturity level of the storylines a bit.  This keeps up with the age of the kids who grew up watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, while keeping it accessible enough for new fans.  I’m enjoying the show immensely, to the point where I’m actually worried about the characters.  The danger they are all facing is terrible, if true (I have theories!), and I don’t want to see them hurt.  Previous knowledge of A:TLA is helpful but not required, and you can go through the Nick site for Korra to get some of the background.  Hit up the comments or the forums if you want to discuss the show!


Things our kids won’t believe

For sports:

  • Baseball was played mostly during the day.
  • The only way to track the stats of your favorite players was through the box scores in the newspaper.
  • There were no Russians in the NHL.
  • The Mets were good and the Red Sox were perpetual losers, often in heart-breaking fashion.

For media:

  • MTV showed music videos.
  • Nobody got famous because of reality shows.
  • UHF/VHF dials on your TV.
  • VCRs with wired remotes.
  • The best cartoons were on Saturday morning.

For video games:

  • You could play all day in an arcade for a couple of dollars, provided you didn’t suck at gaming.
  • Also, arcades.
  • The only handheld gaming device weighed as much as a brick and was black and white.
  • If you wanted to play against a friend, he had to come to your house.

For computers (mostly DOS/Win):

  • Command line and ini file editing.
  • Boot disks and memory managers for specific games (Wing Commander).
  • Sound beyond the PC speaker was a revelation.
  • 5 1/4 in. floppy disks, clipping the other side so you could make them double-sided.
  • 8 character file names.
  • WordPerfect was king.

What else do you have for this?