I've had negative opinions about Korra's characterization. She's treated as THE AVATAR and not a person; a worthless protoplasmic sack lugging THE AVATAR around. I was deeply hoping this show would turn around and have our heroine show us what she's made of. So they force Raava out. I wanted precisely that to happen; make Korra not the Avatar anymore, stripped of her powers when she needs them most. Understandably, Korra's upset. She's failed and is single-handedly responsible for ending a long and proud tradition. Tenzin steps in and tells Korra that she doesn't need Raava to set things right. This is what I'm banking on. So how do they resolve the threat of an ultra-powerful dark spirit promising to bring 10,000 years of darkness? Simple. Turns out Korra doesn't need to be the Avatar after all because she already has all the PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS AND DESTINY built right in, and uses that to save the day. Except that's not enough, and Jinora has to bail Korra out because it's still too much for her. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I wanted to see Korra solve problems without taking her powers and destiny for granted. Bolin demonstrated heroism all by himself, being in the right place at the right time, not accountable, said "I've got to do something about this!" and did it. Korra grew in power, but she still hasn't grown as a person. Even her breakup felt tacked-on. She says that their relationship isn't working out, but she doesn't address the reasons: Korra often acts unreasonable and Mako is afraid of disagreeing with someone who could bend off his head for disagreeing. Korra can't push others around because she's the Avatar. Her judgements aren't infallible, given her sheltered upbringing and youthful lack of life experience. And she can't use the previous Avatar's wisdom as a justifying crutch if she never used their wisdom and then lost them anyway. Well, there's always next season, I suppose. Hopefully they can paint THE AVATAR as someone who doesn't need to rely on her PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS AND DESTINY to help the world and can solve problems like a responsible human being. And show how Korra's unwise decisions will give her bad karma that will bite her in the butt and she'll have to own up to it.
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