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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 09:07 am
So, Korra. It's good. Real good.

Keep that in mind going into these, because I get a little nitpicky and I don't want to make it sound like I didn't enjoy it.

- I think I actually prefer The Legend of Korra to Avatar: The Last Aibender, but I like Avatar's characters much better, if that makes any sense. As someone else put it, Korra's characters are a bit "archetypey". They just aren't as fleshed out or iconic.

- It's going to take me awhile to get used to Studio Pierrot's animation. It's good, to be sure, but it's not quite as fluid or attentive as Studio Mir's, and the faces just don't have that same spark of life that they used to. But I do have to wonder if I would have even noticed it if I didn't already know about the change before going in.

- The thing with Korra's father is just odd. He was little more than a background character in the first season, and instead of nudging him into the plot, it's just BOOM! "Yo, I'm the banished prince of the Northern Tribe. Now watch me waterbend a forest to death with my friends. Because I could totally always do that."

- Speaking of which, it's just odd how we have to wait for the plot to virtually reboot from scratch. Granted, a big part of this (and the father issue mentioned above) stems from the fact Nickelodeon only ordered a miniseries and then changed their minds halfway into production. The writers are getting a lot more flak for this than they deserve considering the actual nature of the problem. It's not that they "didn't know whether or not they would get a second season", it's that they did know. They weren't.

- The scene cuts in the first episode are awkward all the way through and don't flow well. The second episode is better about this, though, sans Jinora's scenes near the end. I mean, are they a flashback, a flashforward, or do they play out at the same time as Korra's scenes? I'm confused.

- Speaking of Jinora, I love the fact that she's getting a bigger role this season. The shots of her looking at her grandfather's statue make me realize how highly she must think of him. And then I remember that she never even got to meet Aang...

- The twins bother me. I know they're supposed to sound bored and creepy, but it sounds more like their voice actors just aren't trying, which in turn breaks the immersion because I keep stopping and thinking about the fact they have voice actors. They're also really two-dimensional right now and haven't gone anywhere beyond the normal twin tropes. Hopefully that will change in the coming episodes. A couple shots of them in the trailers give me hope that they will get developed.

- Meelo is too cute and not nearly ugly enough. The new animators do not know what they are doing.

- Katara frowning as Tenzin's siblings tease him is really sad.

- Holy crap, that's Northern Water Tribe's navy? Wow, have they ever militarized. I suppose it makes sense that there's a pre-WWI style arms race going on in the world, though.

- When do we get to see Zuko? In fact, when do we get to find out anything more about the later exploits of the original cast?

Anyway, a few people I follow on Twitter were really being down on Korra and the characters. It's clear they hate the new series, and I'm all for constructive criticism, but it's really depressing when something I enjoy so much is getting constantly ripped to shreds for hours on end.

It's not even like they didn't have good points--I actually agree with a lot of their criticism, and don't forget that I thought the first season's ending was a bit of a let down. But when all that they post and retweet from others is decidedly negative, without any positive counter-points, it makes it hard to stay excited about finally getting to watch the show again.

I think what really bothers me, though, is the fact that it was clearly not a "discussion", so I didn't feel like I could voice my own opinion in reply when I felt there were elements that they missed (which sort of defeats the point of Twitter). Moreso when they made digs against those who do like it. I guess I need to strive to watch myself and not become like that on Twitter myself.

I'll probably unfollow them until the season's over, so meh. [/emo]
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
*is waiting for the DVD set, like he did for Book One*
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Things are still in their early stages for the season, so anything that seems disjointed is probably setup for later events (e.g. the scenes in the Air Temple in episode 2--any questions spawned from that will be cleared up later, I bet). Though personally, I thought the flow of things in episode 1 was fine. As for which cast of characters I like better, that's hard to say. I'm that weirdo who likes everyone and so doesn't bother comparing who's better/more iconic/whatever and who isn't. :P

Also, in a world as expansive as the Avatar-verse, is it any surprise that just about everyone would have their own stories to tell? We're not going to see the adventures of every individual on the planet, obviously; we're focused on the people connected to Korra in some way. So if the story brings her family into play, why NOT include her parents? We need the whole season to see the full picture, of course.

If there's one thing I've noticed about the fandoms of both Korra and the original show, is that it's H-U-G-E. And because it's H-U-G-E, the individual fans fall on every part of the good fan-bad fan spectrum (if you can imagine such a thing). Unfortunately, part of the ugly seems to come from the plethora of people who I laconically describe as faux-intellectuals with easily bruised egos (they're opinion HAS to be the law of the land, see, because their all-negative viewpoints are clearly a sign of enlightenment). The people you describe at the end there seem to fit that description. Honestly, you'd probably do yourself a favor by unfollowing them for good (though that'd be awkward if some of them are also good friends). And yes, it can be awfully easy to sound like one of them if you're not careful.

Despite all that I said, though, it also seems that the fandom at large really does have a very positive opinion on both shows. It's just that the ugly parts have a way of popping to the surface with uncomfortable frequency. I know for my part, I pretty much only peek around a place like Tumblr for any piece of fanart that strikes my fancy and leave almost immediately after. I just don't feel I could really talk about either show to anyone outside of the group of people I already know.
Edited 2013-09-14 08:17 pm (UTC)
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
I would argue that hinting at Tonraq's back story in Book 1 would've been a case of excess info for that season (also, the writing staff may have not thought of his back story details until after the fact). As for things being kept from Korra, Tonraq leaving out the details of why he left the Northern Tribe doesn't strike me as surprising, given how he seems so reluctant to talk about it. He said something about not wanting her to live with his shame, if I recall right. If Korra had ever tried asking before in between all the training she did, Tonraq probably found some way to dodge it. Either that, or he gave her a different answer from the truth. It's hard to say, and either that'll be explained later or that'll remain something to speculate on.

I just know I've seen worse contrivances in other places, and how Tonraq's back story was revealed--or what the details were--didn't strike me as one.