Radar: The Legend of Korra
Avatar: The Last Airbender
got plenty of crap past the radar itself - let us see how its successor holds up.
As with all 'Korra'' pages, SPOILERS AHOY!
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Book 1: Air
"The Spirit of Competition"
Book 2: Spirits
- Ginger's demonstration of what the new invention of movies (or movers, as Varrick calls them) can do. We get the distinct impression that Varrick is looking to go into stag films.
- In real life, when "moving pictures" were first getting popular, they were often used as ways for people to view "mature" material. The Rule of First Adopters, and all that.
"A New Spiritual Age"
- Lin's "What the flameo?" is Gosh Dang It to Heck! like Aang's "Monkey feathers!" line in the original series.
- Also a Shout Out to Aang's use of it when they first visit the Fire Nation in season three.
"Night of a Thousand Stars"
- As one can see from the page picture, it's shocking on how they got away with showing a genuine human corpse in a more realistic stage of decay (likely naturally mummified by the dry desert air) instead of using the typical bare-boned skeleton. Good thing the shot itself was quick...
- After seeing President Raiko in Varrick's mover, Mrs. Raiko leans toward her husband and says, in a seductive whisper, "the seal lion seemed a bit far fetched, but the portrayal of this president is right on the money." Raiko responds with a sly smile toward his wife.
- In the "Nuktuk" movers, Naga's character Roh-Tan had a dubbed voice with the Verbal Tic of adding "Nuk" to the beginning of or in front of some words, such as "Nuktastrope" instead of "catastrophe". A sneaky Unusual Euphemism version of this trope is arguably used during Pabu's character Juji's death scene in the final mover: Roh-Tan's reaction is "Nuk No!"
- Varrick and Zhu Li go to prison together, and both share a cell — with only one bed.
Book 3: Change
"A Breath of Fresh Air"
- Watch carefully when Korra and Asami's car stops in the middle of the road during Korra's driving lesson. The frustrated driver behind them passes them, and very subtly moves as if to flip them off right before he moves out of the shot.
- It's only onscreen for a frame or two in both cases, but when Ghazan turns his shuriken on the White Lotus Guards, a liquid a little too dark and red to be lava accompanies each slash.
"The Earth Queen"
- Ming-Hua and Ghazan are rather liberal with their mutual battle tactic of throwing their opponents into molten lava.
"The Metal Clan"
- P'Li is said to have been in a relationship with Zaheer. When Zuko shows up to check on her, she figures Zaheer must have escaped and, in the most treacly voice she can muster, quips "I'm feeling warmer already."
- When Korra asks Tenzin about how the Earth Queen's like, his answer seems like a Last-Second Word Swap from the "b" word:
I hear that she can be quite [beat, with a suspicious "a" sound]
"Long Live The Queen"
- Lin and Suyin are half-sisters, which is unusual for a cartoon but not unheard of. Less common is the fact that neither met their fathers, which raises some interesting implications about Toph's love life.
"Enter The Void/Venom of the Red Lotus"
- In a scene at the desert crash site, Korra is looking down at Asami, who is bending over and examining a piece of wreckage. When Asami straightens and turns around◊, Korra visibly blinks and raises her gaze, giving the impression that she was absentmindedly ogling Asami, especially in light of the Grand Finale.
- After seeing Zuko's dragon, the airship captain heads off to get a drink.
- P'li is shown lounging around with what looks like a martini.
- Something just too distant to identify can be seen falling back to earth after P'li blows herself up.
- Word of God has confirmed that Ming-Hua is dead. What hasn't been confirmed is whether she died in the cave-in or when Mako electrocuted her. If the normal rules of electricity apply here (Harmless Electrocution has happened before in the Avatarverse, but it's been averted more often than not), it's almost certainly the latter.
- The "metallic poison" the Red Lotus used on Korra is mercury, and mercury poisoning is, suffice to say, a very nasty way to go.
Book 4: Balance
"Battle of Zaofu"
- The berry vomit scene. Why does Meelo get a Vomit Discretion Shot but his flying lemur Poki not only gets a Vomit Indiscretion Shot but then eats his own vomit? Probably on the technicality that Poki isn't a depiction of a human. Also note that even despite the discretion shot, Meelo still has vomit-stained teeth in the aftermath. It really looks like the storyboarders and animators got away with as much as they could have concerning the grossness of the scene.
- Varrick's speech sounds suspiciously like he's about to blow himself up because his girlfriend left him. Only the way he delivers it makes it funny instead of creepy.
- Bataar Jr. says Varrick was "crazier than a sewer pipe elephant-rat." which sounds rather similar to the old saying, "crazier than a shithouse rat."
- Kuvira's "reeducation camps" are sounding more and more like concentration camps, especially after The Reveal that she's "purging" anyone who isn't from the Earth Kingdom and sending them there.
- Both "purging" and "reeducation camps" are things that are commonly associated with communist regimes such as that of the former USSR.
- Lin tells Bolin "It's suicide" in reference to saving Zhu Li basically being a Suicide Mission. It heavily averts Never Say "Die" and such language is pretty unknown in a TV-Y7 kid's cartoon.
- Though it's hard to tell because of the distance and clouds of dust, several Earth Empire soldiers appear to get crushed underneath massive boulders during the fight by the spirit cannon.
"Day of the Colossus
- Kuvira is all but explicitly stated to have killed the soldiers in a UR outpost when she fired the spirit vine cannon on it.
"The Last Stand"
- When Varrick proposes to Zhu Li, he asks her "will you do the thing for the rest of our lives?". It kinda sounds like he's referring to sex.
- It doesn't take a huge mental leap to figure out why we never see Korra dragging Kuvira's copilots from the Colossus. We never see any of the other soldiers walking away from the wreckage, either...
- The ending comes as close to confirming a romance between Korra and Asami as possible without an actual kiss. While the wedding is still going on, Korra and Asami have a heart-to-heart talk with Asami admitting that she wants a vacation. Korra then offers to take Asami anywhere she wants and it'll only be the two of them, and Asami suggests that they visit the Spirit World because she always wanted to see what it is like. At the portal site, in the final scene of the show, they hold hands, walk into the new Spirit Portal, and then put all four of their hands together, turn to face each other, and lovingly gaze at each other as they teleport away.