The LEGEND OF KORRA season finale was a grand culmination to the very short but epic 12 episode story arc. It was solid storytelling, and left us with everything answered.
This show is built not only on action but wonderful character development. There are a couple of cliche aspects, like the love triangle thing, but even that was treated with a sense of maturity for a kid’s morning cartoon.
Korra is the Avatar, the one person that can manipulate or ‘bend’ all four elements – Fire, Air, Earth and Water. There are other benders in this world, but the Avatar can master all four.
In this season, Amon is the leader of The Equalists. A group who say that the benders abuse their powers and oppress non-bender people. He shows just how much of a threat he is by being able to take a person’s bending away for good.
I will get to the finale in a second. I just wanted to recap the highlights that made me like this animation so much. The number one reason is that the Hero is a woman. Well, an older teenager. She has a strong spirit and determination. Korra is undoubtedly one of the best role models for young girls today. Another point was that the story was set in the industrial age of the 1920′s, or there about. The first Avatar series was more rural and village based. Republic City, the haven that Ang and Zuko helped to build, is the setting of this season.
SPOILERS PEOPLE, SPOILERS
The 1 hour special starts out with Korra and Mako going undercover to find out what the Equalists are doing. The terrorist took over Republic city, and Korra and her friends have to lay low until General Iroh and the United Forces come to fight them.
When the fleet arrives, Korra and the others wonder where Amon’s airships are. As the fleet ships approach, water mines surface and explode. Then suddenly airplanes come flying from the distance and start dropping bombs on Iroh’s fleet. They try to battle, but the planes do major damage. Korra uses her most natural Element, being from the water tribe, to take out some of Sato’s ‘Evil Machines’ as Bolin calls them.
Korra decides to put this insanity to an end by taking Amon head on. Mako goes with her, first apologizing to Asami by telling her that he didn’t mean to hurt her. I think Asami might be okay if she hangs around with the young General Iroh for any length of time.
As Korra and Mako break into Amon’s establishment, they come across Tarlok, the councilman that tried to take over the city himself. He tells them a story of his past. Korra then finds Amon in a rally for the Equalists. She tries to reveal that Amon has been lying to the people, but Amon displays hard evidence that Korra maybe the one lying. Then Amon challenges Korra by presenting Tenzin and his children as his next victims of his bending canceling ability. This is where the major action begins. And this is where I have to stop. For me to spoil the rest of the finale would be a travesty. If you’re a fan of the show already, there is very little chance you will be disappointed. The one thing I can say is that you do see the man behind the mask.
This first season of Legend of Korra was a full and satisfying tale. Every element (no pun), from the animation, to the musical score, to the voice acting were superb. The performances of Janet Varney (Korra), J.K. Simmons (Tenzin) and Steve Blum (Amon), as well as the others, brought out the real drama of the series. Reportedly, there are 26 episodes of the show. 12 have been shown with a complete story arc, so I’m excited to wonder what creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have in store for us next. I have to give shout outs to my kids for getting me to watch the original AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER several years ago.
I’m sure they will repeat the show on Nickelodeon, but for now you can also go to their site and watch the the series leading up to the finale. Maybe they already have to finale included.
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