What do you really need to know here? The sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender hits it right out of the park in almost every way that matters. Characters are complex, charming, and surprising. The visuals are amazing. The animation is unparalleled. The story is compelling and well told. Lead character Korra is worth your attention. Generally speaking, if someone is asking you anything at all about Korra, your response should be: WATCH IT. I watched it courtesy of Amazon: Video on Demand, but you can also get it on iTunes, on XBOX Video, or watch a few episodes on Nick.com. Buy it on all of them if you can. It’s worth it.
Are we clear on the fact that I loved his show? Yes? Good.
Three things bugged me at the end.
First, there is a love triangle between the Avatar Korra, Firebender Mako, and an Industrial Manufacturing Heiress Asami. This triangle is not handled well at all. Korra falls for Mako based on watching him in a sports event and only marginally expands on this crush as the series progresses. There are only rare moments of true chemistry between these two. Meanwhile, Mako is run over by a car driven by Asami and they quickly start dating afterwards. Their relationship also does not grow by leaps and bounds, mostly because they don’t go through a courtship process that we get to see. They are already a couple by Asami’s second appearance. A few very early scenes establish some chemistry between them and they ride that through to the conclusion. Finally, Mako himself seems to utterly incapable of dealing with his mutual attraction to Asami and Korra, and screws things up multiple times without any real recognition that he doing so. He’s clueless. The triangle is resolved by the season finale and all I’ll say is this: Mako is worthy of neither of them.
Secondly, much like seasons two and three of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show seems to suddenly realize that they forgot to give a sympathetic backstory to the villain and does a huge, highly coincidental, story dump in the second to last episode of the season. This is sloppy, but not as aggravating as the love triangle. If you can forgive the contrivance of the last two episodes (a lot of coincidences occur) this is just annoying and not necessarily terrible.
Finally, every plotline is resolved in the last episode of the season. Not just the major ones. EVERY. ONE. It is horribly tidy and defies belief. The contrivance that provided the delivery mechanism for the villain’s backstory was just annoying. But that combined with a series of bone-headed moves by the otherwise brilliant villain that undermines his own planning, the sudden appearance of a new power at a dramatically convenient time, the suddenly appearance of a SECOND new power with the same character at a dramatically convenient time in the same damn episode, and the aforementioned aggravating resolution of the love triangle at the same time… well, it’s just awful. I know you want to make your season finales extra dramatic so people will talk about them until the next season, but this artificial hurry to resolve plotlines was ill advised. I hope things are better next season when they have twice as many episodes to resolve their story.
But again, those three annoyances, which mainly present in the final 2 episodes of the series, are by far not enough to tarnish my joy and love over this series. There are so many well handled moments that you can easily forgive a little clumsy pacing near the end. Legend of Korra is an astounding series that does the impossible: it improves upon the goodwill that The Last Airbender engendered. I cannot wait until season 2.