The first season of the Legend of Korra began with a bang. I liked pretty much everything about it before it launched and throughout the first half of the season. In the second half, my excitement began to wane, culminating in a severe disappointment in the finale. The biggest problem is probably the pacing. For the first half of the season, roughly speaking, it's fine. But from Episode 7 onward, it gets worse. Everything happens too quickly, and no subplot is finished properly. Characters aren't developed, Team Avatar being perpaps the biggest offender - there's no chemistry between them. Even the fights are rushed and stiff. All in all, the story really deserved more than 12 episodes. So that's one thing. Another is the the Equalists. They started out so great! An army of badass normals who aren't happy with the current social order that puts people who get their powers handed to them on the top of the totem pole. But also radicals who don't care if their victims are innocent. Ultimately, a great contrast to the enemies of the previous series. Sadly, it was wasted. Their motivations are shallow - Hiroshi is the only one who even gets a spelled out one, which is "Firebenders killed my wife!". Yawn. They come off as crazy hatemongers because the "oppression" against non-benders is never actually shown. Weren't the Equalists supposed to be morally ambiguous? Finally, their competence had waned so much by the time of the finale it was just sad. And then there's Amon. Gods, he was such an awesome villain. Steve Blum's voice, intimidating speeches, masterful planning, incredible fighting skills, mysterious origins and power... and then he turned out to be a bloodbender with daddy issues. His power was revealed to be inexplicably powerful bloodbending. How did it work? Beats me. Why did he want to rid the world of bending? We're left to guess. His father was horrible, but there's quite a leap of logic between that and an insane quest to end all bending. The whole revolution was reduced to a joke, since they'd all been duped by a bender. The finale itself tops it off. It's horribly rushed, as I said. Korra gets her bending taken away and "discovers her spiritual side" (somehow) in all of 10 minutes. Then Aang shows up and everything is fixed. No struggle, no development, no attempt to overcome her limitations. Just a clean wrap-up.
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