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Welcome to Republic City
- While I think it's a great moment, and while it does aptly establish Korra's character, it doesn't make any sense by the rules of the universe as we've known them. Indeed, it's the same problem Aang had, taken to a whole new extreme. Where Aang managed to sufficiently master three elements within less than a year, Korra, at a comparatively young age, is demonstrating the ability to use all three.
- Granted, she's not doing so with much skill, but the fact that their igloo is still standing and not melted or in more disarray than it is speaks volumes to the fact that she's already got a firm grasp of the power under her command, not to mention she's got her opposing element figured out. The next Avatar will probably have all four elements mastered by the age of one, going by this kind of progression!
- I do appreciate that they're distancing her characterization from Aang's, and also that they're making her a positive character while still allowing her to have flaws.
- Another thing I'd like to comment on here, in this brief interlude, is that the feel of the show so far is much more polished. In the previous series you had a tendency for the humor to feel jarring, or out of place, even in the later seasons, but in this episode it's worked in far more naturally. They had a much clearer vision for what this show was going to be, and that is very much apparent.
- While the implementation of their idea is naturally going to be quite violent, the argument at the core of the anti-bender movement is not actually terribly unreasonable. In a world like Avatar's, where a small minority have functional magic and a large majority do not, there is bound to be resentment, and there are bound to be benders who misuse and abuse their power for less than ideal purposes. As we see later in this episode, a majority of the law enforcement appears to be comprised of benders; metalbenders, to be quite exact, forming an elite core. While bending is rather obviously desirable in policemen, it does also suggest a bias inherent in the system. While it's hard to say at this point, I do think the movement might be a reaction to said bias. I hope they explore this more, I really do.
- It overjoys me that, for once, they made the police competent.
- Republic City police force's Crowning Moment Of Awesome assigned: Successfully capturing and bringing in the Avatar in competent, efficient fashion. Also, looking really cool while doing it.
Yeah, I agree with you that Korra showing off 3/4 Bending styles was a bit too much. However, the rest of the pilot was very good, and shows that the series has a TON of potential and may very well have the writing to pull it off. The design and style of Republic City is phenomenal. I love how they managed to give it a New York/Hong Kong style and fuse it with the Avatar Universe in such a natural way. The initial portrayal of the Anti-Bending movement, actually reminds me alot of Deus Ex Human Revolution, in regards to the Aug/Anti Aug movement, and for a kids show to be tackling a subject like that is pretty damn impressive. Also liked the Call Backs to the original series, though wasn't much of a fan of the whole "Zuko's Mother" one. A bit too obvious for my tastes. Overall, a great return of one of the best cartoons of recent years, can't wait for the rest of the series.
I loved your Last Airbender LB, plus the Elfen Lied one that was sadly abandoned (well, the manga's better anyway). I'm saving myself for the actual airing so I didn't read beyond the introduction, but I'll definitely be following this.
How did you manage to see this episode before it premieres this April? I'm glad you're the one doing this liveblogging rather than...that other guy who did that godawful "critical" Avatar The Last Airbender liveblog. You know how to "get" the series.
The episode was leaked, thus explaining how I was able to watch it. As for that other liveblog, I would hardly call it godawful; I thought it stood rather well on its own merits and took the show to task on a number of small problems. While it is not the style of liveblogging I do, I thought it was very, very good, and if nothing else you have to respect the effort and analysis that went into constructing it.
It really lost me as soon as he criticized The Southern Air Temple for the A and B plots not being related. Ever think maybe they don't have to be related to be good, and you should try expanding your horizons of what a cartoon's narrative structure can be?
@Eegah: That sounds like a question you should be asking him, on his liveblog, and not rhetorically on mine. :P For the record, I think they're thematically related. But, to address the broader opinion here, the reason you acknowledge Korval's liveblog as 'godawful' and 'poor' is because it challenged a lot of things that you enjoyed about an entertaining work of fiction. In terms of objective analysis, the other liveblog was very clear and forthright about its intention to dissect and criticize its topic. Any of you were free to stop reading an opinion you disagreed with. The real reason it's stuck with you, and the real reason you still remember it so well instead of just letting it drop away, is because it makes you uncomfortable; and the reason it makes you uncomfortable is because, buried under whatever things you might disagree with, there were some honest, valid points that don't share your same sense of suspension of disbelief or forgiveness for the smaller failings of any work of fiction. Korval's writing is intelligent, direct, and ruthless, and while certainly it contains some points of subjective fact that any of us are free to agree and disagree with, this doesn't change the fact that he articulated his criticisms in a way that you cannot simply dismiss out of hand. Or, alternatively, the fact that someone as apparently intelligent as Korval is can find fault in a show you like makes you feel insecure and defensive about your tastes. As fans of Avatar, this bothers you. Notice how two of you have taken the thinnest opportunity to disparage his work on a largely unrelated liveblog - and no, this liveblog simply being a related work isn't enough of an excuse. One comment in particular - "[...] you should try expanding your horizons [...]" - reeks of ad hominem. If you want to argue with him, his liveblog is here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=13083663820B12460100 and I'm sure there are other ways of contacting him. You're free to answer me on this point, but I'd like to ask that my liveblog not be a vehicle for bashing Korval's opinion. He's entitled to it.
btw, i didn't like the critical review either. too much bitchy nitpicking about shit that doesn't matter
Just saw episode 1, and loved it. I actually got tears in my eyes at Katara letting Korra go just like Gran-Gran let her go, and I think she even has the same actress now. I'm also really on edge regarding whether Toph and Zuko are alive.
I don't think either of them are; we've already seen Chief Bei-Fong, and it's my hope that descendants of Zuko will show up, but I'm not holding out hope for the main cast of TLA. After all, it's silly to pine away after Toph and Zuko when we have Chief Bei-Fong instead. She is my personal Ensemble Darkhorse.
I do like the episode. Though I did feels free to take its time (especially since it's not a multiparter the way "The Boy In The Iceberg" was). We get very little of our antagonist or even Korra's actual "goal" for the show other than a vague "learn airbending" and "do... something about republic city". The stakes if you want to call them. That said, it's clear they are saving this for later, and the character building and world building more than makes up for it. I really want to know how Chief Beifong ended up so ... different from Toph. She's like almost the mirror opposite. Feels like it's be a good story . Kinda sad Sokka is dead. Would've loved to see a grown up version of Sokka. Like an older, snarkier version of Piandao. Oh well, there's still flashbacks.
She's not the opposite, she's just has the same type a personality applied to different circumstances, she's just as stubborn about the Law as Toph was about doing what she wanted.
One thing that impressed me: Korra could lift Tenzin + his three kids at once. Girl's got borderline superhuman strength!
Why is this in Anime?
Okay, if I said something wrong about Korval's liveblog, let me clear things up now. Calling it "godawful" was extreme of me, I know, 'cause it did have alot of redeeming qualities and I could understand the mindest alot of the time. However, Robbie Rotten of all people, said it best: btw, i didn't like the critical review either. too much bitchy nitpicking about shit that doesn't matter That's exactly how I felt about it. I hate nitpicking and there's a fine line between it and critical analysis. Far too often, Korval tore apart every bit of character and plot moments that he didn't like or thought logically shouldn't happen and wrote them off as "bad writing" or worse, "Komedy." *cringe*. I mean, wow, way to be a buzzkill about a good show. That is not "intelligent, direct, and ruthless": it's just a pretentious form of Fan Dumb. I am not bashing his opinions themselves, I am bashing the douchey, nitpicky way in which he delivered them. and if nothing else you have to respect the effort and analysis that went into constructing it. This I can do.
^ Not to mention, Korval had way too much character bashing in his liveblog, particularly towards Katara and Toph.
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