Well, season 2 has come and gone and I have a strange feeling of deja vu. I'm a huge fan of the series, I enjoyed it while it lasted, but once it was over, I felt a little disappointed and unsatisfied. And the more I think about it the more I start to notice the flaws. Ultimately, I have to say this was the weakest season of both shows. Yeah, it's The Dark Knight Rises, all over again. Both this and TDKR tried to be bigger and more epic than their immediate (and better) predecessors. In TDKR the villain plot involved a nuke wiping out Gotham. In Spirit, an evil entity from the dawn of man is going to break free, destroy mankind, and start a new age of darkness. So there's more at stake, but while the Season 1 villain, Amon, was compelling and iconic, Unalaq is very flat and Vaatu is something of a generic doomsday villain. Both TDKR and Spirit are plagued with problems with their pacing and logic. We won't get into TDKR, but Spirit doesn't really get into the spirit world, the real villain, or the real meat of the season until about halfway in. Korra makes good character development IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON, after completely backsliding in the first half for no apparent reason. And then there's the finale. It starts off promising. (SPOILER ALERT!) Korra loses her avatar powers and there's a new "Dark Avatar" tearing everything up. I was thinking: "Yes! Korra's going to have to save the day using nothing but her wits! It's a complete 180 from earlier, when she relied on brute strength for everything! This makes perfect sense for the character's progression!" Only... it doesn't happen. At all. Instead, she meditates in the tree Vaatu was stuck in and summons a giant blue version of herself (with NO AVATAR POWERS OR BENDING, just because), beats Vaatunalaq in a wrestling match,pulls out Raava and saves the day. Giant blue Korra wasn't foreshadowed AT ALL. Some people complained about Aang and the giant sea turtle, but this is much worse in my opinion. That actually made sense from a characterization standpoint. This is nothing but deus ex machina with no character development. It's the worst part of the season for me, despite it being a cool fight scene. Like TDKR, there's some good stuff here too. The Spirit World is great, as are Tenzin's family's character development and Varrick. Still the weakest season, overall.
In order to post comments, you need to