Awesome: The Legend of Korra
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- Awesome Music: The show has nothing but. Only the first season has had a soundtrack released, but fan demand for more was so great that the composers released several sought-after tracks for free.
- The finale takes this Up to Eleven. The tracks that play during Korra and Kuvira's final confrontation, Mako's almost-sacrifice and the final scene are among the best in the entire series.
- Regardless of your opinions of season 2, there's no denying the majestic serenity that is Jinora's Light.
- On the Lam, the main combat music for season 1. A blood-pumping, fast-paced jam that sounds like a Swing Jazz band got in a scrap with some Chinese street performers.
- The Red Lotus Theme. Appropriate that the scariest antagonists get the most Creepy Awesome theme in the series. Starting out slow and menacing, building in intimidation, until the percussion kicks in and you know these psychos aren't messing around. And here's a metal cover that preserves the scares in a different way.
- She Really Can Act:
- Suffice to say that Seychelle Gabriel's work as Asami was far better received than her previous addition to the Avatar franchise. note
- Steve Blum has never been regarded as a bad actor per say, but was extremely pigeonholed as the go-to, over-the-top badass kind of character. In this series, he's terrifying as Amon as well as very charismatic (while still being badass to boot), commanding the screen in every scene he was in, and both he and Dee Bradley Baker had one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire season at the end.
- J. K. Simmons, typically the Largest of Large Hams, gives a subtler and extremely well-done performance as Tenzin.
- Before being cast as Korra, Janet Varney was mostly known for her work on various comedic projects (such as Rifftrax). After being cast, however, viewers got to see what she could do when given dramatic substance (in particular many critics have praised her acting in Book 4 for her realistic, and heartbreaking performance of Korra suffering from PTSD).
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Finale Reactions and Related Meta Moments (spoilers)
- Throughout season 4, and especially in the show's final scene, the creators did everything in their power to give us a canon romantic relationship between two women while still getting past the censors. A big step forward for representation of same-sex couples in animation and media in general.
- To say nothing of how it's also a representation of mixed-race couples, and seems to avert No Bisexuals given both of their pasts with Mako.
- And apart from Nick's S&P forbidding overt same-sex relationships in their shows, the network was fine with it (key word: overt).
- This article gives an insightful and beautiful description of how and why The Legend of Korra is one of the first cartoons to show the things most TV shows, animated or live-action, don't always do, and even when done, usually not very well: Racial representation without diving into stereotypes and Stock Aesop; Accurate depictions of realistically body positive females; Badass women who can still be vulnerable, aren't over-sexualized, and aren't over-exaggerated for either being too girly or too tomboyish; The complexity of differing political views and religion; No agenda of showing that "only girls are awesome", but both genders can be equally as awesome. And probably the most significant impact: The portrayal, if subtle one, of two women (Korra and Asami) of different races becoming an Official Couple.
- Mike and Bryan confirm the ending for anyone curious, which is a moment of awesome in and of itself.
- Plus, the rebuttal to accusations that the pairing was Pandering to the Base, as a Makorra ending would be just as "pandering" to those fans, and one group of shippers was going to be happier than the others no matter what the ending was; similarly, there's a fairly blunt rebuttal of those objecting on grounds of homophobia.
- This Google Analytics◊ image comparing the number of Google Searches for the most popular Ships in the franchise. Korrasami's beats all the others combined, three times over.
- Nick.comís #1 reason for why 2014 rocked. See all 10 here.
- Four Ways ''The Legend of Korra'' Respected Its Younger Viewers: Death, Sympathetic Villains, Depression, and Queer Representation.
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