Even the very ending can be interpreted in two opposite ways: either Ofelia created a fairy-tale world in her head to escape real life and ultimately committed a form of suicide, or she’s simply an awakened being who saw what the masses bound to the material world cannot see and ultimately completed her process of illumination to become a true immortal. (x)
Yes we can. Laurana had the willpower to conquer the Dragon Orb when Raistlin needed Fistandantilus’s help to do the same thing. Tika was an orphan and a thief who grew up to be a hero of the lance.
And let’s not forget how Kitiara used her sexuality as a weapon and could bring men to their knees before her but could just as easily beat them in a swordfight. And how she convinced a Death Knight to be her ally by how brave she was.
And how Laurana matured from a lovesick girl to a badass general who basically turned the war around because she inspired an entire army. And how she was willing to put her life on the line for the people that she loved.
Am I the only one who thinks season 2 would have made a LOT more sense if they would have switched Unalaq with a “defeated” Noatak who makes a deal with Vaatu for revenge against the avatar and becoming more powerful than her? Something to think about.
THAT ACTUALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY COOL! But then what about the ending of book one? Would it have been Noatak’s spirit?
I liked it how it was but it certainly would have made for a compelling story.
I love how Raava bears Korra up to re-bond at the end of the Harmonic Convergence, because it’s such a different scene that Wan’s initial bonding.
Wan reached out and touched the portal with Raava inside of him as a last-minute act of desperation, because it was the only way he could think of to save Raava’s dying light.
With Korra, though. the bond is made between equals — Raava is no longer small enough to fit in a teacup and barely able to move on her own strength, but a being of great power, and they bond not through passive possession but through physical union.
Plus, I like to think that holding Korra close within the coils of her tail is Raava’s way of embracing someone. =D Raava cares for Korra a lot and still wants to be bonded forever, even ten thousand years after she bonded with Wan.
For example, this is the best quality I could get.
I have to be able to do better than that, right? I just can’t figure out the settings to do it.
Team Avatar - filled with awe at the Avatar's power.
Everybody’s posting videos of scenes from the Legend of Korra finale with Attack on Titan music, so I figured I’d be a rebel and go out of my way to find something vastly more appropriate.
i want a boy to look at me the same way unalaq looks at vaatu
i came in like a wrecking ball (◕‿◕✿)
Kya: You think you’re some savior who has to carry on dad’s legacy.
Tenzin: Who else is going to do it?
Kya: How about all of us?
Bumi: Yeah, we’re Aang’s kids too!
~There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose, and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned…opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin the process, you cannot stop until all seven are open.~
Even though I certainly have my complaints about the finale, I think it absolutely blows book 1’s finale out of the water. The stakes were higher, there was a wider range of characters and more interesting relationships among said characters, there was more variety in the settings, and the visuals were positively stunning. Book 2 had a lot more plot threads than book 1, and they all came together very nicely, with little to no loose ends. They further developed the mythology of the Avatar world, which was interesting to see. They also fundamentally changed the Avatar world. We got fascinating new characters while also learning more about the existing characters. The fight sequences were excellent, the dialogue was great.
Let’s see, what else? The writers acknowledged that as much as two characters may like each other, a romantic relationship might not always work out. Even though Unalaq was a villain, Korra still learned something from him. Varrick does some awful things, but still helps them out in the end. They definitely took more risks with characterization, blurring the lines more between good and bad. Say what you want, but I enjoyed this season a lot more than the first, especially the finale.
Okay I’m going to try and translate my feelings into something coherent.
It broke my heart to see the connection with the past Avatars severed. I think a part of me died inside when I saw Vaatu tear away Korra’s connection to my baby Aang. AANG.
But this is so important to Korra’s character development. In fact it had to happen.
Because all her life Korra defined herself as being the Avatar, and all she could see in herself was disappointment for not being able to live up to her past lives’ legacies.
But in the finale it was HER spirit that held the power, not Raava’s. It was HER spirit that won the battle, not the spirits or wisdom of the past Avatars. She made an unprecedented decision at the end to leave the portals open. She is her own person. She isn’t just Korra, the Avatar after Aang, she’s Korra, a spiritual leader and strong young woman. She finally connected to her inner spirit and found herself.
She’s independent. She’s strong.
The past does not define her.
Aang’s statue being torn down was a necessary symbolic gesture. As much as it pains me to say this, this series isn’t about Aang. It’s about Korra.
Baby I’m so proud of you.
Complaints about this “ruining the mythos” or whatever are just off. The mythos isn’t ruined; it’s entered a new era. And especially people justifiably complained about Korra over-relying on Aang in the previous season, to be all angry at the writers for reversing that dynamic in an unexpected, somewhat sad yet powerful and character-building way.
I haven’t liked this season much at all, but those last four episodes were almost everything I wanted. Character development, great animation, Bolin actually doing shit, Makorra being officially over, it was excellent.
^^^^^ You said this better than I could have. I didn’t even know how to respond to people claiming that they “ruined the mythos” but this is the best response.
It’s surprising how many people are unable to cope with Korra’s severance from her past lives. “It wasn’t necessary.” “They didn’t have to do that.” Fun note: these are what “real stakes” are in a story. Yes, it’s traumatizing, yes, it’s horrible, yes, I would rather it not have happened, but you know what? It did.
Korra had to deal with a 10,000 year-old threat, a threat that came about because of the actions of the very first Avatar. This was an end-of-the-world situation; is it supposed to be brushed aside and forgotten? Is this going to be some minor footnote in the history books? Nope. This villain isn’t like Amon, who pops up, causes some damage, and gets put back down and everything goes back to normal. Everything’s different now; Korra said it herself: the world will never be the same.
This concept is nothing new to the series, either. The show broke Medieval Stasis by ushering Korra into a technological revolution. That was a bold move. And now they’ve made another bold move by bringing the worlds together and making it so that Korra can’t go back and have Aang help her, or even get Wan to help her. She is now the first New Avatar. She’s the Luke Skywalker: not the last of the Old Jedi, but the first of the New. That’s why this show is called The Legend of Korra.
Remember how Aang lost his entire race and they couldn’t bring the Air Nomads back? The same thing just happened here. It’s cruel, it’s horrifying, I’m still unable to look at gifsets of that scene, but you know what? It happened. And that’s the message here: damage has been done. Everything’s different, and you can’t go back to the way things were. But you can push on and adapt and adjust to the new world.
Furthermore, the inclusion of spirits means that we can no longer predict the technological direction of Korra’s world. They don’t have to jump to using computers in the next century. They can go wherever they want, and it will probably lead to a new direction. The world is no longer “real life with magical element-bending.” It’s completely different now. And Korra is completely different.
And when the 10,000 years are over, Vaatu may return, and maybe this time Raava will have to leave the Avatar and return to fighting him for the next 10,000 years. Maybe Avatar #100 will have to absorb Vaatu into himself and be a dual Avatar, wielding both light and dark. Perhaps Ragnarok will occur 5,000 years after Korra’s death, collapsing the Tree of Time and annihilating the entire universe. Who knows?
But Korra is forging her own legend now. And after the show that she put on, well, you know what? I’m ready. Bring it on. Aang can enter a nice, quiet retirement now…it’s time for Korra and her new generation to take over.
Best of season 2 of Korra, in 2 panels.
( Ha ha ha! I should doodle some Zhao everyday, until next Friday when the finale episode airs on Nick…time and work permitting)