The Legend of Wan Was Amazing!
So here’s the really frustrating thing about The Legend of Korra. Last week, we learned about the origin of bending and Wan, the first Avatar, in a two episode arc. It was pretty damn amazing. The art direction was phenomenal. I love the watercolor textures and style of the backgrounds. The Lion Turtles were fucking amazing. We learned a lot more about the Spirits and what they have to do with the world. And we got to see a lot of growth from Wan.
It was absolutely amazing. Best episodes yet. And that’s the frustrating part! They clearly know how to develop characters, to make them interesting and flawed, to set up conflicts that are complex and nuanced. They can do all that in just two episodes. So what the hell is going on with the main show?
After seeing Wan’s arc, I could buy the argument that since they have more episodes to play with, they’re taking their time with Korra. I don’t know. I nearly gave up on the show when they gave Korra amnesia. I always look at that as a crutch. Oh, our hero needs to rediscover themselves so we the audience can be reminded why they’re the hero? Then you failed at your job because we shouldn’t need a reminder! But meeting Wan was really awesome and it sort of gives Korra a fresh start. Which is annoying because she shouldn’t have needed a fresh start.
Sooooo I’m still going to be watching Korra like I was anyway. But now I’m kind of excited to see where the show takes her. I’m willing to spend more time with her even if she annoys the shit out of me. Wan figured his shit out in two episodes. Maybe it’ll just take Korra a little longer. BUT THEN WHAT THE FUCK WAS SEASON 1 FOR—no nope, I’m not gonna rage quit. Let’s just give the show a chance.