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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 14, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: Avatar Roku, an Avatar incarnation, died in a volcano incident and soon after the Fire Nation invaded the world. The Fire Lord at that time, Sozin, wiped out all of the Air Temples knowing that the next Avatar would be an airbender. 100 years had past, and the Fire Nation was winning theAvatar Roku, an Avatar incarnation, died in a volcano incident and soon after the Fire Nation invaded the world. The Fire Lord at that time, Sozin, wiped out all of the Air Temples knowing that the next Avatar would be an airbender. 100 years had past, and the Fire Nation was winning the war. The new Avatar, Aang, was discovered in suspended animation in an iceberg by two Water Tribe siblings, Katara and Sokka. It was Aang's destiny to stop Firelord Ozai, a decedent of Sozin, from using a comet's power to end the war once and for all. To halt the advances between the Fire Nation versus the rest of the remaining nations, Aang had some help from friends in his quest to master the elements that were left: water, earth, and fire. One was Katara, a waterbender from the Southern Water Tribe was his waterbending teacher, while Sokka was her older brother. Toph was a blind earthbender who taught Aang her martial art, and Zuko, Firelord Ozai's son, originally hunted down Aang to restore his lost honor with his father, but later helped Aang bend fire.
    70 years have past, and Aang, the previous Avatar incarnation who was the last airbender has passed on. A waterbender from the Southern Water Tribe is the now the new Avatar. Her name is Korra, a girl who is rebellious, alone, and ready to take on whatever issues or battles she must face. It is Korra's destiny to protect the world as it was for her predecessors. She has three elements mastered: water, earth, and fire. The trouble is, she needs to master air while there are very few airbenders left. Tenzin, Aang and Katara's son, is the only person who can teach Korra how to airbend and it is her mission to find him or risk losing the new world's industrial melting pot, Republic City, to crime and anti-bender revolts.
    Can Korra live up to her past life and keep the world in balance?
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Kids
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    10
    An entertaining season. Not as good as book 1, but still a decent follow up. Korra remains one of the strongest animated television showsAn entertaining season. Not as good as book 1, but still a decent follow up. Korra remains one of the strongest animated television shows airing right now. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    An amazing, satisfying season that was character focused and emotionally satisfying. Beginnings was some of the best world building I haveAn amazing, satisfying season that was character focused and emotionally satisfying. Beginnings was some of the best world building I have ever seen. An excellent season of tv. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2013
    10
    I really like The Legend of Korra, obviously it isn't better than The Legend of Aang, because Avatar: Aang is probably the best cartoon i'veI really like The Legend of Korra, obviously it isn't better than The Legend of Aang, because Avatar: Aang is probably the best cartoon i've ever seen, and Korra it's only a sequence. If you like Aang, you will like Korra Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2013
    8
    Okay, season two is done and-again, this isn't Avatar.
    I know that people can't really separate the original series from this one, but people
    Okay, season two is done and-again, this isn't Avatar.
    I know that people can't really separate the original series from this one, but people should. This isn't about Aang's world, this is the one that he built and again, I like it.
    The problem at the moment with this style of storytelling is the disjointed style of writing, when they get it wrong-dear god do they get it wrong, but when they get it right, it's amazing!
    There were parts in this season that I loved, call backs to the original series, expansions of the universe and brilliant backstory built into it.
    Season 3 is going to be a very interesting thing to watch, I only hope that they finally give up on the useless 'Korra needs a Man' plotline and focus on seeing more of the world.
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  5. Dec 30, 2014
    7
    The Legend of Korra continues its course on becoming one of the most beautifully animated TV series of the decade so far. But thematically,The Legend of Korra continues its course on becoming one of the most beautifully animated TV series of the decade so far. But thematically, Book Two: Spirits—which has Korra as a fully realized Avatar that must understand why the spirits from the mystical “Spirit World” are attacking and also learn about the history of the Avatar lineage and mythology—is an overall less than stellar continuation of character development and storytelling, where Avatar Korra and a multitude of other characters receive little to no proper progression. It’s easily the most disappointing—or more appropriately, “filler”—season so far. But there are definitive highlights that any Avatar fan shan’t miss.

    The episode “Beginnings”—which tells the story of how Wan, a charismatic Robin Hood-esque boy, became the very first Avatar by fusing with Raava, the spirit embodiment of peace and light, and defeated Vaatu, the spirit of darkness and chaos—has a unique animation style and sense of storytelling of its own and is one of the most essential and beautifully told stories within the Avatar franchise as a whole. The setting and spirits—very reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s most acclaimed work—take the series back to the heartwarming nature of the first series (Avatar: The Last Airbender, for anyone who’s not familiar). Another episode, “A New Spiritual Age”, which has Korra and Jinora get lost in the Spirit World, also has a welcoming warmth to it and even has a cameo from Iroh, one of the most beloved characters from the first series—I experienced “tearbending” for the first time since Avatar. When Book Two genuinely takes a broadened interest in its spiritual theme, it’s one of the most excellent examples of creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko’s necessity to animation altogether.

    But elsewhere, everything else either misses or ends on a mixed note. The main antagonist, Unalaq, Korra’s uncle, uses Korra to open the spirit portals and become the “Dark Avatar” by releasing and fusing with Vaatu. Though many have referred to his initial motives of releasing the spirits as an example of “theocracy”, it’s more or less a stereotypical lust for power that contrasts Book One’s Amon’s more relatable goal of achieving equality. The subplot involving a Civil War arising between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes aren’t thoroughly explored and the scenes between Bolin and Eska—despite being voiced by deadpan extraordinaire Aubrey Plaza and delivering some of the season’s funniest dialogue—are filler and meant to force the series’ need of comic relief. Newer characters Kya and Bumi—Aang and Katara’s daughter and son and Tenzin’s siblings—are a charming addition, but the true star is the eccentric inventor Varrick, who even garnered a fan-base as soon as his character was announced. The most developed character this season altogether was Jinora, Tenzin’s oldest daughter, who represents a lot of Avatar’s Aang’s most charming qualities.

    The finale, “Light in the Dark”, is a visually striking yet clichéd Godzilla sized battle between Avatar Korra and “Unavaatu” (Unalaq and Vaatu fused together) in the bay, which ends in another disappointing display of the creators’ use of deus ex machina, where Jinora comes in and uses her spiritual powers—that aren’t even fully explained until Book Three—to defeat Unavaatu before he completely defeats Korra altogether. It’s worse when the creators don’t even acknowledge that their main character wasn’t the one who saved the day. Next to the forced love triangle that is Korra, Mako, and Asami—which is fortunately broken up before Book Three—it’s an awkward conclusion that only worsens when the season deviates from its supposed focus on the spiritual side of the Avatar universe. Book Two: Spirits isn’t completely disposable and it has many, many highlights that could’ve took it into an opposite direction. Any actual character development exists in side characters and doesn’t quite reach its main character—at least not to a significant or satisfying extent.

    Overall rating: 7.0 (only because "Beginnings" is a must-watch for any Avatar fan and gets a 10 all on its own)
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  6. Dec 11, 2013
    4
    This season basically has two really good episodes (the Wan episodes), and then a bunch of average episodes, and then a few totally cringeThis season basically has two really good episodes (the Wan episodes), and then a bunch of average episodes, and then a few totally cringe inducing moments spread all throughout the series. A lot of the actual dialog that the characters say is just really stupid, and not fitting with what the character is supposed to be like in terms of their supposed emotional intelligence, background, etc. Korra has a lot of good setting full of dumb characters.

    The season ending was a cool series of fights I guess, but pretty predictable in terms of how it unfolded, and in retrospect I think I expected more than just a fight where Korra punches a thing super hard with spirit-hulk powers and then the bad stuff goes away.
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  7. Jul 25, 2014
    0
    Two good episodes (Wan´s story) and then 12 mediocre 20 min episodes with no plot, but with a lot of plotholes, giving us the result of aTwo good episodes (Wan´s story) and then 12 mediocre 20 min episodes with no plot, but with a lot of plotholes, giving us the result of a forced argument and weak character development. Does Korra has ADHD or she can´t just learn from past mistake? Expand

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