After the unfortunately poor reception of The Last Airbender, some may have thought the Avatar franchise was dead. I hoped not, because I, unlike most of the world, actually enjoyed The Last Airbender - but that's a subject for another place. In any case, the franchise is now back and better than ever with this amazing sequel series. Sure, a lot of the story feels a little cliched, what with the four-way romantic troubles between Korra, Mako, Bolin and Asami, and the strong female lead a la Katniss Everdeen or Buffy Summers. But overall, the storyline of the first season alone makes up for all of those shortcomings. It's Darker And Edgier, not just compared to the original show, but to any other kids' programming anywhere. It's exactly this sort of stuff that I wish had been around when I was in the target demographic (I think at that time the darkest stuff available was The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy and Danny Phantom, both of which are still among my all-time favorites but are really more humorously black than anything else). It is also the sort of stuff that is the reason why I will never join the ranks of the Bronies, because I'm just not into light-hearted fare so much. The shorter seasons help too, because they allow for faster pacing like most cable shows for adults. And the lavish art design really adds to the appeal for me too. My sister is about the same age I was when Avatar The Last Airbender first came out, and she's watching this show in the same innocent way as when I first watched the original. It's a little bit sad, seeing this show now and knowing that my sister is still too innocent to know about all the hidden metaphors throughout. But, because this show is very daring in its depiction of more adult issues than usual for a seemingly kids-only show, I have to give the creators their props. I hope Book 2: Spirits starts up as soon as possible. There's no set premiere date yet, as far as I know, and I'm really starting to feel sick of the long wait. It's getting almost as bad as the gap between Books 2 and 3 of the original show.
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