Saturday, 16 November 2013

Legend Of Korra: Season 2

Avatar: The Legend Of Korra season 2 just ended with a wicked 4 part season finale. Its safe to say i find myself quite hapy with the way things turned out in season 2, however that wasn't the case some weeks ago.

When the season started it came with the promise of exploring the Avatar's spiritual connection and an in-depth look at the Spirit World, a topic The Last Airbender barely touched. The first season was one of self discovery for Korra and exploring her spiritual connection seemed like a good setup for season 2. However after the first few episodes I feel the writers sort of lost their way, its as if they knew where they wanted to go but had no idea how to get there. There were a lot of random elements for a large part of the first half of the season and it wasn't until the episode Beginnings that things started to pick up. The 2 part episode really brought the season back to life with Korra learning about the origin of the first Avatar and his connection to the spirits. It setup a wicked second half of season 2. The 4 part finale really came through with all the characters coming together to play a vital role in the outcome. Korra's personal and spiritual growth brought her closer to realizing her full potential as the Avatar and gave us some pretty epic moments over the course of the season. However I do feel the first season was a more 'complete' experience as compared season 2, that being said it is still a great watch if you are a fan of the series.

As far as the supporting characters are concerned I think the writers really dropped the ball when it came to exploring and developing some of the characters. Bhumi and Beifong top the list for me. The two had so much potential but didn't really get their time on screen. Beifong had some epic moments in season 1 and I was hoping to see more of her in season 2 but alas, it wasn't to be. Bhumi on the other hand was on off screen quite a bit but they reduced him to the family fool rather than showing what really made him a United Forces general. After all he is one of Aang's kids, though he did have his turn in the season finale but it wasn't really what I was expecting. Iroh (the original, not Zuko's son) had a couple of appeareances over the course of the season and personally I was hoping he might have a larger role considering his fondness and immense knowledge of the Spirit World. The twins were a nice addition with their demenour towards other, but at the same time evident symbiotic relationship. They weren't two people called Eska and Desna, they were one entity; if that makes any sense( It did in my head).

The season ends with a bit of a surprise really (won't spoilt it for anyone), but if they do come back for a third installment at least it will be fresh if nothing else; why you ask? Well its because everything's changed! Its quite exciting really, but I just hope they dont turn the Avatar series into garbage, Its one of the few good shows left. They don't make cartoons like they used to.