I really loved this scene, although I would have loved it even more if it had been used to teach Korra a lesson about how yes, she IS also the non-bender’s Avatar too, and she needs to protect them from tyrannical benders (ie. Tarrklok, criminal bender gangs, etc.) and not just focus on Amon taking everyone’d bending.
I feel like the Equalists had a really legitimate foundation for their revolution, and the resolution to this conflict was not a resolution at all. The same inequalities that tore apart the city are STILL THERE. But now the non-benders have no leader or hope anymore.
I would really like Korra to have had some serious introspection after losing her bending… she should have lost ALL of it, and then used that downtime to get in touch with her spiritual side and gain each element back one at a time. And during this struggle, she should learn what it’s like to live as a non-bender, talk to both the under privileged ones (the types who get harassed the most by the bender gangs) as well as those like Asami who can get around it by protecting/empowering themselves with technology.
I’d have liked Korra to have realized that as a non-bender, the world isn’t designed for you. Technology relies on bending. There are jobs only benders can have. You are constantly under threat by people who may or may not have invisible power over you. There are places that as a non-bender, you will never have access to. (Like airbender temples, which require airbending to enter.) Benders see non-benders as handicapped, and when they lose their bending, it’s treated like a death. There’s bound to be an element of elitism and segregation that went largely unmentioned in the entire season.
These are all themes that would have been extremely interesting to explore… far more than some terrible romance sub-plot.
Original by Manadyne
This comic just appeared on my dash and I felt I needed to share, whether posted or not, the fact is, if this was an actual scene I feel like I could have forgiven Mako’s character and it would have redeemed him for the most part for me.
The main argument for Mako’s actions is that he’s a teenage boy and he makes mistakes. I think anyone makes mistakes but what most people aren’t realizing is that Mako didn’t learn from his mistakes, he didn’t apologize for any of them, and no one except Asami called him out on his bullshit and then he proceeded to ignore what she says and her as a person until before the final battle.
Mako is allowed to make mistakes, Korra is allowed to make mistakes, anyone on this show is allowed to make mistakes. It’s just how any character plans on redeeming themselves and growing from those mistakes that matters to me. Because Mako sure as hell didn’t redeem himself or grow from his mistakes.
If we had gotten just a brief moment like this in the show it would have done SO MUCH for Mako’s character. Instead, we get an ambiguous good-bye scene that never really clarifies if Mako and Asami actually broke up before he went and declared “omgz luv 5 life” with Korra. God help me, I want to love all of these characters but poor writing makes that so hard.
I’m someone who’s pretty happy with the season and everyone in it (I can’t help it…I just liked it). But a scene like this would have been wonderful and would have cleared up so many things. All of Mako’s poor choices and bad handling? Acknowledged and shown as unintentionally hurtful, but him sorry for the hurt none the less. Asami? FLAWLESS BAMF AS ALWAYS who is sad but not broken over things. The Masami relationship? Shown as a learning experience for them both but left as a failed venture that has given them a friendship instead.
The season would have been so much better with something like this.
…I’ve just thought, if Iroh is in his early twenties (and I think he is a bit older than Team Avatar) then HE PROBABLY MET AANG.
I thought it strange, at first, that he called him Aang and not Avatar Aang, because most people have spoken very respectfully about him.
But then I think that he could have been a toddler/young child when Aang died and he probably knew him as Great Uncle Aang and when Uncle Aang and Aunt Katara would visit Grandpa he would get doted on and would get to climb on Uncle Aang’s lap and be told stories, especially all the ones he never hears from Grandpa Zuko about how much Grandpa Zuko sucked at being a bad guy…
And then I gave myself feels.
There’s a common sentiment that seems to be going around that it’s totally fine/not worthy of criticism that LoK was badly paced and over-cluttered in some people’s opinion, because: “It was only 12 episodes, what did you expect?”
Well, fandom, that’s bullshit. I live in the UK, and as is often joked about, we very commonly have tiny series when it comes to TV. One of my favourite shows, Luther, had a six episode first series and a FOUR episode second series. Sherlock BBC, a very popular show, has three (an hour and a half long, admittedly) episodes a series! A Canadian show I recently finished, for that matter, called Slings and Arrows? Three series with only eighteen episodes overall.
And let’s not even get started on anime, where twelve/thirteen episode series are hardly uncommon. Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Mononoke. There’s a lot more, but those are the critically-acclaimed ones coming to mind.
You know how they did it? They didn’t try and stuff a twenty episode plot into twelve episodes.
Legend of Korra could EASILY have been made better by simply paring down the plot. Cut the pro-bending plot if necessary. Lessen the shipping plot; make it simple, gradual Makorra instead of Makorra/Masami/Borra/whatever the fuck that whole pentagon was. Combine Tarrlok and Amon’s plots more thoroughly. Whatever was necessary. Hell, once the second series was picked up? Transfer some of the plot points to that series if possible.
A lot of people are saying ‘well, it’s half the length of ATLA series one, of course it couldn’t match the scope of it!’. But here’s the thing: nobody is saying it had to be the scope of ATLA. They’re saying that if it can’t match that scope then trying was a bad idea. I didn’t want LoK to be more ‘epic’. I wanted it to be more streamlined and complete, as opposed to what felt half-finished and rushed to me,
The idea that four hours of screentime isn’t enough to make a plot make sense and feel well-structured is absurd. The average film is only two hours long, more or less. Two films’ worth of time is enough to make a solid, well-paced plot work.
So no. LoK being a mere twelve episodes long does not mean that it’s OK that there were some pacing issues, or that the resolution was, to many, unsatisfying. If you can’t tell a story in twelve episodes, then don’t. Pick another story. You tailor the story to the time you have to tell it in! That’s just simple writing 101, and I think that the real issue here is just that it tried to be ATLA in the wrong timescale.
(And you know, even if it WAS somehow inevitable that a twelve episode series would be rushed, that wouldn’t stop it being flawed. It would simply mean that it was flawed for reasons beyond the creator’s control. But knowing that wouldn’t make it any more enjoyable, right? ‘It’s not their fault it was flawed’ does not equal ‘and therefore it wasn’t flawed so stop saying it was’.)
Now, I’m not saying everyone has to think it was rushed in the first place. If you liked it, fine! Have fun! But don’t act like you have some ultimate catch-all to criticise anyone who DIDN’T like it when you point out it was ‘only’ twelve episodes long, mmkay?
I liked the finale and didn’t mind the pacing of the series too much and this is still stuff everyone should know.
Knowing how to fit your story into the time given you, and how to cut it down into only enough pieces that you can tell it well, is just good storytelling.
And again, I actually really liked the finale.
I didn’t think it was any more rushed than the final ten minutes of AtlA oh my god saying this is going to get me slaughtered isn’t it
I can’t imagine dropping my child off at school, and then being home while a tornado hit, rushing back to the school and it’s…. gone. Just, gone.
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