Occasionally in ERN chat and ingame channels, Earthen Ring folks chime in with appreciation for these two animated series by writers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Given that the first season of Korra is drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to start a thread on the ERN as we wait one week for the hour finale.
Please avoid spoilers!
As far as ground rules go, any episode that has already aired is free game to discuss - but previews and spoilers posted by Tumblr, Korra Nation, or other sources should be marked with SPOILER tags. Other than that, have at it.
Episode 10 talk below:
Also, please know that Episode 10 finished airing about ten minutes ago on the East Coast, so if you haven't seen it yet, avoid this thread for a little while! I highly recommend that people watch this series in full without spoiling themselves. The plot reveals and character twists are wonderful.
The first season of this series is phenomenal. Episode 10 had me on the edge of my seat, and I'm growing as attached to the characters as I was with the first series. Yes, there is a flaw or two I could nitpick, but honestly - given that this show is airing with the highly-successful TLA as its predecessor and is more than holding a candle to it, hats off to the creators for truly honoring the original series and continuing their success.
As for today's episode - well, Lin Bei Fong is a hero. The scene when she turns back and takes on two airships by herself admittedly made me a bit misty-eyed. It was a wonderful moment where the characters, music, and plot came together. Though captured and now incapable of bending, I imagine she can still wreck havoc. I couldn't think of a better offspring of Toph. I'm beginning to think Lin is more badass than her mother.
The San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, an Avatar panel revealed details of the upcoming Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirit. Link is below - please note that the spoiler rule applies to previews of unaired content. Discuss freely, but mark with a SPOILER tag so fellow watchers of the series aren't spoiled against their will!
We're officially in the "waiting for season two" phase, but there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to Kelaani for confirming this one.
Nickelodeon has purchased a total of 52 episodes of Korra. The book/season breakdown is as follows:
Book 1 - 12 episodes
Book 2 - 14 episodes
Book 3 - 13 episodes
Book 4 - 13 episodes
TOTAL = 52 episodes
There are no specifics about when the next season will premiere, but it's currently in production.
I've been watching this since about episode 5, and I'm pretty much hooked. Before that I marathoned A:TLA in about a week, so that's the context that my thoughts are coming from.
This series has definitely taken a darker turn, and for that I am both surprised and grateful. Seeing this on Nick is a bit of a shock (considering that I think Nick hasn't come up with anything good since A:TLA, and before that, since the 90s), and the events of Episode 10 just pound that bleak message into your face while still giving you a glimmer of hope.
I plan on writing a full review of Episode 10 at some point soon, but I can easily say the most important event for Ep 10 was when Lin's bending was taken. It grounds her character so solidly. She's lost almost everything she's had since the season's start - her reputation, her job, and now her bending - but she still gives everything to her friends and to Republic City. I really hope she isn't sidelined now that she can't bend; I want to see her character continue and find out how she develops without her trademark skills. My secret hope is that she'll teach Bolin how to metalbend to ensure the Beifong legacy continues.
Something I realized was how well the writers (Bryan and Mike, often collectively referred to as "Bryke") have used Amon's ability to remove bending as a plot device: the fandom reaction to Lin's bending loss was on par with characters dying in other shows. But obviously she didn't die. It's clever writing on Bryke's part that they're able to include the emotional impact of enormous loss without killing off any characters.
EDIT: Oh, and Asami is by far the most competent member of the Krew.
Just finished the Airbender series after being heavily insisted to watch it. Was a pretty good series, though I was often catching myself in scenarios (particularly during Season 3) where I was pulled out the experience because it was a Nickelodeon show. Example would be the severe lack of anyone seeming to die ever. Though obviously they were off screen somewhere. That aside, I was very pleased with the experience.
I intend to watch Korra mainly because it'll give me and my sister something to reconnect over.
I'd have to agree, Lin has me convinced she -is- in fact more badass than Toph since she basically, as Sigmar said. Lost and sacrificed everything in the sake of the city and her friends. However I was surprised they used Zuko's voice actor for Iroh (And that they named him Iroh!) But I don't dislike it, it may confuse some people however.- Oh and the fact that Airbenders now Fartbend is likely my new favorite type of bending along with Bolin's only line in the entire episode. "CAR!! Oh no wait... we're good!"
Elizabeth, your comment about Bolin was one of my major griefs with this episode. Freaking Meelo had more lines than he did. It's really upsetting because Bolin is a character with so much potential, but ever since the ridiculous love triangle was (temporarily) dealt with, he's been little more than comic relief.
I hope he moves out of Mako's shadow and starts becoming more independent in Book 2. He's a member of the new Team Avatar - he needs to be more than the joke man.
I agree with Bolin. Along with him, Tenzin, and Lin, I enjoy his screentime. He had less lines than Meelo this episode - not that Meelo's screentime isn't welcome, that kid is absolutely hilarious.
Tenzin, I was also surprised by how awesome he was in this episode. Anyways this is true, I would like to see Bolin step out of Mako's shadow and I didn't have a problem with Meelo's screentime I also agree he is hilarious. - But if you think about it they may be making Bolin similar to Sokka from The Last Airbender. Since, if you do look at it.. Sokka had Momo (Although it wasn't his pet, they were together allot in the series) and Bolin has Pabu, they're both funny characters, a main character, and has a brother/sister in the series. The only difference I can find is that Bolin can bend while Sokka had his boomerang.
*flails* I don't know about the rest of you but. The very last scene. General Iroh. As someone who has been watching since the premier of A:LTA back in '05, I'm kind of flipping out. Just a bit.
As am I fox :) I question though if he's a grandson, since he looks young. But it wouldn't make much sense to be a General then.. Oh the thoughts...
I'm assuming it's his second kid? Because whoever is firstborn is prolly busy being firelord/lady and doesn't have time to go sailing...
Hmm, now that's a thought! I never looked at it that way, heh... Then his age would be around Late or Mid-thirties? Seeing as Tenzin is... Probably fifty to sixty I'm assuming... Then again I may be over guessing it.. Blah, age.
I'm not sure if he's his son or grandson, either. He has to be Zuko's kin somehow, because the idea of Azula procreating utterly breaks my brain.
I hope Bolin gets the Sokkah treatment, too. Sokkah didn't have much character development into later in the TLA series, but it was a good pay off. Sokkah knew that he was the underdog of the original gang, but he turned out as important to the outcome of the series as the others - if not moreso, given that he was the team strategist.
As for Bolin, he's been characterized as a bit of a wimp. :P He appears to want to avoid conflict unless his friends are in direct danger. Which is funny, given that thus far, we as an audience have been trained to consider earthbenders as the badasses of the series (Bumi, Toph, and Lin, anyone?). Having him being a bit of a wimp but built like a brick house is a good way to set up some development later. As Sigmar said, I want to see Bolin metalbending - and I-don't-take-anyone's-crap Lin Bei Fong is the perfect teacher to whip him into fighting shape.
You have no idea how much I am -completely- agreeing with you right now Ari... And Azula... I'm just going to stay out of that one... Brain breaking pretty much describes it.- Also Lin Bei Fong being a teacher is something I'm looking forward to. But I am surprised that they did make Bolin somewhat of a wimp, seeing as he (As you pointed out) Is well built and even solo'd a round in a Pro-bending match. He looks confident in pro-bending, but out of the ring he barely bends at all.