29 June 2012 @ 10:56 pm
why the legend of korra finale sucked  
Also known as "why Mike and Bryan suck at writing".

In reality, no matter how much I adore ATLA, it (and all of its spin-off series/comics) will always be the subject of my criticism.  I feel as though most people probably think I have a deep secret hatred for ATLA, but I really don't.  Only for Mike and Bryan.  And it's not much of a secret.



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I'll start off with what I liked, first.  This section will be brief in comparison:

I enjoyed Tarrlok & Amon’s background very much. But aside from the story itself, I disliked how there was no build-up to it. It felt kind of random. Also, I felt cheated that Tarrlok just knew Amon was his brother. But okay, that’s just nitpicking.

The part at the end though, where he blew up the ship. It was unclear, but fantastic nonetheless. I actually sympathized for Amon. He seemed humanized for a moment, especially with the thought of starting over with his brother. It shows he does care, somewhere underneath that malicious facade. Plus, Tarrlok. Geez, I take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about him. I expected him to just attack Amon, rather than kill them both, but I was content with their end, no doubt.

Now onto what I didn't like:

Mako did not officially break it off with Asami. Make did not fucking end his relationship. He told her he cared for her, and we were supposed to infer that they were done. No, Bryke, you stop beating around the bush, and you end Masami before Mako starts pronouncing his love to Korra. This was the final straw for me. My ideals on this ship have completely altered throughout the season, but now I’ve officially walked off the plank. I guess I am now floating in the ATLA sea, waiting for a new ship to fish me in.

And Mako

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I’ve given him so many chances. I’ve held onto him, hoping that maybe, he would become a better person. But he’s still a jerkbender, and that interfered with my ability to respect him as a powerful bender. Lightning is difficult, and his scenes were epic, but I just couldn’t jump out of my seat because Mako doesn’t deserve my respect. Like you know how Katara said Zuko should’ve been given the “not as much of a jerk as you could’ve been” award. Mako is the exact hypothetical jerk in Katara’s complaint. He needs a personality check, and it pisses me off that his actions are brushed aside as acceptable. They’re not. I’m just so seriously done with his character. And please, no one give me this BS about how he’s just a teenage boy and that’s what teenage boys do. Well, teenage boys at my school have done stupid things, things that have gotten them arrested. Just because we’re in the supposed “rebel phase” right now, doesn’t justify some of our actions okay. /rant over.

The loop-holes, though. And the conveniently timed airbending. I get that the whole season, Korra needed to master airbending, but the Avatar State would’ve been more ideal for that particular situation. The Avatar State is a defense mechanism, and triggered by strong emotions and feelings. It just… doesn’t make sense to me that airbending was the skill she resorted to. And what bothered me more, is that she mastered the Avatar State in one day. Aang went through Hell and back to achieve the ability, and Korra just has to talk to Aang, and then it’s okay. The Avatar State is not given from Avatar to Avatar, it is earned through learning, unlocking your chakras, and attaining spiritual balance.

I don’t think Korra did any of that, and to be honest, Season 2 should’ve been her focusing on her spiritual side—beyond her ability to airbend.

About the cop-out way of restoring Korra’s bending—I didn’t think her bending should’ve been restored this season. She clearly showed that she feels being the Avatar is her only sense of identity, and that nobody would like her if she was just an airbender. To be honest, I never saw any hint of such feelings throughout the entire show, but whatever. The point is, she needed to cope with being a regular bender and realize that her friends love her no matter what before getting back her bending.

Not only this, but also, the whole scenario was less dramatic, because what, she lost her bending and regained it all in a span of five minutes?

I’m comparing this situation to Lin Beifong. If Lin’s bending was restored immediately after Amon took it away, the effect would not be as powerful. People wouldn’t be crying their eyes out. (Though I do have to add that her sacrifice seemed pointless after finding out Tenzin’s family did end up getting captured.) Korra needed time, to mourn, to grieve, to accept, to learn. Giving her bending back right when she lost it—I felt cheated. I felt there could’ve been so much more potential, so much more room for much needed character development.

And of course the whitewashing. Your skin does not change with age if you are naturally dark-skinned, no matter how much shade you’ve been in. Unless you have a physical condition that deliberately removes the pigment from your skin, you will have the same skin tone, okay? I was disappointed with that, especially because I’ve always put ATLA in high regard for having their main characters be POC.

 
 
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