No matter who you are or what you look like, just remember that Aang thinks you’re interesting and would like to be your friend.#seriously though aang is the nicest guy ever #you can literally try to kill him and his friends and he will still think that you are worth his friendship #no mistake you ever make will stop him from loving you #he didn’t let prejudices (even justified ones) stop him from being friends with and helping the fire nation students #he gave the spirit a second chance even after it attacked him and sokka because he knew what it was going through #and he respected the fact that we all go through stuff and we all need the benefit of the doubt sometimes #and because he’s a kickass avatar #his biggest regret and his biggest fear is letting down the people he loves #he thinks he did it with the air nomads and he was so afraid that he’d do it again #but he didn’t let it ruin him #he went through so much suffering and loss and he didn’t close himself off #he was still so open and loving and he was always there for others#and wow i just love aang so much
I’m not sure this is the right place to say it, but I’m going to say it—
Meanwhile, Korra’s behavior toward Asami, the only new girl she meets over the course of the season: “you look like a girly girl, because you have your hair done and wear makeup. you must be prissy and uninteresting and only interested in shopping and makeup. i don’t want to make any friendly overtures toward you or try to get to know you at all. i turn up my nose at you until i find out that you like racing cars. i approve, so now and only now will i give you some respect.”
Because Korra isn’t just as human as Aang is. Isn’t it crazy that they aren’t the same person? I KNOW RITE
It’s not really a question of them being the same person, at least imo. The way I see it, from a writer’s perspective, is “have you created a likeable character?” There are a LOT of people who dislike Korra for her actions and behaviors throughout Season 1. I watched ATLA through all three seasons and was involved in fandom, and people did not seem to dislike Aang much as they dislike Korra. They didn’t always agree with him, but they didn’t dislike him or the way he dealt with people.
I think the core of it is that people wanted to be Aang’s friend. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know I wouldn’t really want to be friends with Korra, if I existed in Avatarverse or if she was a real person. The first reason is that I wouldn’t trust her not to kiss my boyfriend. The second reason is that, based on her behavior in canon, she would probably take one look at my completely girly-girl, non-athletic self, and dismiss me for the same reasons she seemed not to care for Asami.
Korra and the Worf Effect
Worf Effect: When a (supposedly) powerful fighter is defeated, for the narrative purpose of showing how strong the (usually new) opponent is.
In other words; why Korra does not seem to be as physically strong as she is built up to be, how both Korra and the antagonists’ suffer from their perceived strength, and why the fights scenes deteriorate in quality compared to the show’s predecessor and as a stand-alone action series as a result.
You’ll find people like this person who are like “I CANNOT WITH U PPL WHY R U SO IMMATURE GAWD GUYS GROW UP WHY CAN’T EVERYONE BE LIEK MEEEEEE”
You know, never mind the fact that they themselves are only good at dishing out half-assed insults with nothing to back it up with. Just ignore them. This maitsuwhatsit character won’t matter in a real, intelligent discussion.
Tell me about it. If you want to disagree with the above post then that’s fine, but if you have nothing to contribute other than “OMG EVERYONE IS SO IMMATURE AND I’M A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE” or randomly insulting people who disagree with you, then go away.
The breakup scene was ambiguous and if a good chunk of the fandom wasn’t aware that it was supposed to be a breakup, then it’s a case of bad writing, not someone “being immature”. My dad’s 60 and he wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the breakup. After the finale someone asked Bill Rinaldi (who is on the LOK staff) about the Masami breakup and he thought it happened off-screen. Even some people who worked on the show weren’t entirely sure if that was the breakup.
(Whatever you do, don’t break up with someone like that in real life.)
Even if the Masami breakup was more clear, Korra still got character regression after episode 7. While she’s not actively trying to destroy Asami and Mako’s relationship anymore, she still flirts with Mako in episode 8 and lets Mako fawn over her in episodes 9, 10, and 11. Mako almost kisses Korra before he and Asami break up in episode 11 and the only reason why Korra doesn’t kiss back is “fear of getting hurt again” and not out of concern for how Asami might feel about it.
(I used to think that Korra did think about Asami’s feelings in that scene, but a script reading at Comic-Con confirmed that Korra basically didn’t give a crap about how Asami might feel about it.)
It was a mature and thoughtful thing for Korra to give up perusing Mako romantically at the end of episode 7, but it got undone right away when the writers had to make their pet OTP happen. Even if Korra isn’t actively trying to break up Asami and Mako, she still lets Mako hang all over her and doesn’t seem concerned at all that Mako isn’t looking out for Asami like he’s supposed to. Korra also isn’t that oblivious so she must be aware of the problems that are going on between them, but she just stands back at lets it happen. (And lets Mako hang all over her and never gets called out on for kissing someone else’s boyfriend.)
I didn’t see Korra as flirting with Mako in 8. However, he was rather clearly flirting with her, and she was kind of just accepting it rather than wondering what the hell he was about.
But at any rate, she didn’t gainsay him at all from 8 on. Their vaunted belligerent sexual tension seemed to just sort of evaporate.
I did think Korra was flirting back because her “what a gentleman” line did sound flirty. (Either way, Asami was not happy.)
But even though episode 8 was kind of light on Makorra stuff, the next few episodes are pretty bad. They still could have had a chance for Korra to really give up on Mako and instead of forcing that ship to become canon, actually focus on friendships in the Krew.
That’s a good point about how all their belligerent sexual tension just randomly disappeared. I guess they wanted to make it look like a valid ship where they actually got along, but considering that most of the series involved them bitching at other, I’m not buying it.
Also, they have to use Korra being a crisis to show that Mako cares about her and it just seems like lazy writing to me. In the last series, they showed that the various couples cared about each other in situations that didn’t involve someone being kidnapped or whatever.
As far as I’m concerned?
Truncating Mako’s love confession (not altogether cutting it out, mind you; just interrupting it by having Korra run off a few seconds earlier) and having him respect her wishes to be left alone (thus removing Steam Kiss Redux) would have improved the finale quite a bit (and left more time for other things).
I’d have also preferred if Korra had airbent to save the Equalist Lieutenant rather than Mako (the “selflessness” angle is really easier to buy that way), and if the boat scene had ended right as Tarrlok removed the fuel cap (thus leaving the Bloodbending Brothers’ fate more ambiguous). But that’s personal preference.
Yeah, leaving out Mako’s “love” confession and having him respect Korra’s wishes to be left alone so she can emo it up on the cliff in peace would have made the finale significantly less barf-worthy. I like your idea of Korra unlocking her airbending to save the Lieutenant. I hadn’t thought of that before, but I did always think that it would have been more selfless for Korra to save someone who isn’t Mako (like the Air-family or Asami or Bolin.)
But that’s a really good idea. Korra saving the Lieutenant would have been really selfless since they’re kind of enemies and shown that Korra can feel empathy for other people, even if they’re not on the same side as her.
I don’t know how ambiguous I would want Amon and Tarrlok’s fates to be since it would drive me nuts, but I would have preferred that they lived so they could have an angsty redemption story in Book 2.
And so Tarrlok can build more weird Korra shrines.
“Why don’t you come and find out…”
Let me just sit here…and be sad.
#Lok #Legend of Korra #REMEMBER THIS YOU GUYS #REMEMBER HOW EXCITED WE WERE TO SEE MORE OF THHIIIISSSSSS?! #SO BITTER #that romance really killed it for me #and the nonbenderxbender plot #and just…SIGGGGH #WE ROOTED FOR YOU #GOING THROUGH THESE MAKES ME TEARBEND
WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL!!!!
ROLLING IN THE DEEP!!!
YOU HAD MY HEART INSIDE YOUR HAND AND YOU PLAYED IT TO THE BEAT!!!!!!!
This is like the only fight she ever really won on her own. Goodness.
Remember, Korra can only win if the enemies do not have names. All you have to do is say, “My name is X from Y place” and you are now Korra-proof.
This is one of the few fights in the show that did not have Korra faintbending at some point. It’s sad to see the main character in a show that is named after her get this type of treatment.
Just gonna settle one thing. No, I’m not asking for Legend of Asami.
Legend of Asami wasn’t even mentioned in that post.
But I do believe that the way that Korra was handled and how she was written made her a problematic role model for kids with her regression in character; her regard toward femininity; her regard to people who oppose and annoy her; etc.
In my opinion, Asami (although most likely unintentionally) was shown as a better female role model in those respects and more. Although I do have my own complaints about how her character
every single characterwas written.
So just going to make that clear.
honestly I never asked for Legend of Asami I like Korra and her potential as a character but instead she acted like a jerk most of the season and got rewarded for it and never learned about grey areaseverything is still black and white morality with her