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Season 1: A Delight to Watch
As a whole, I found season 1 to be an wonderful start to the series, with an intriguing plot line, nicely-realized characters, and excellent production value.

Without revealing too much, I will say that the main plot manages to tie together a variety of threads and themes in a very clever way, and the central "mystery" is beautifully handled: the solution is surprising, but not completely out of nowhere and still satisfactorily solvable to the very watchful viewer.

Korra herself is one of the most likable teenage protagonists I've seen in a long time. Talented, funny, good-hearted, but also deeply flawed and human. And kudos to her voice actress, who makes her even more likable with her consistently fantastic delivery.

It's also wonderful to see a kid's show where the adults are so interesting and well-developed. Tenzin in particular is refreshing as an archetypal "wise old mentor" who also happens to be a goofy family man.

As per Avatar standards, the action set pieces are thrilling to watch and gorgeous to look at, particularly in 106, 108 and the finale. The show makes excellent use of combining ancient bending practices and customs with modern styles and technology, giving a very "real" feel to the world.

My only minor qualm with season 1 is that the pacing feels a little off here and there. Though interesting in its essential dynamics, the love triangle bogged down the plot at times simply by taking up too much screen time. But overall there is very little I would change about this season. Can't wait for more.
I agree about the adults being well-developed. In most kid stories, the adults are out of the way, the assumption being that kids won't care. Though this story isn't just for kids anyway, but it still did good developing the adult characters to be more human and interesting.
comment #15126 BonsaiForest 30th Jun 12
Yeah it's a great touch, isn't it? Now that I think about it, even minor adult characters like Shiro Shinobi and Pema have their moments to shine and their own little fanbases.
comment #15782 Em7 13th Aug 12
Ah. I love reading reviews like this, which can state in words what I only feel when I watch the show. Well said, and I hope they tone down the shipping just a bit in season 2.
comment #15820 UchihaKat 15th Aug 12
@Uchiha Kat

Prior to the finale, Legend of Korra handled shipping very well. I'd like to see loose ends tied between Bolin (who also liked Korra) and Asami (who liked Mako). Hopefully something more than an off screen pair the spares.
comment #15861 son 20th Aug 12
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