Ok so I saw the finale on Korra and now some people (ie; one person) wants my reaction on it haha.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. I know it came with some flaws but I give it credit for being a miniseries compared to the 3 season long ATLA which had the one striving goal, whereas Korra will be having different challenges.
There were a lot of moments that had me on the edge of my seat with ‘NO’ and ‘OMG’s. I just want to get the critical stuff out of the way because I may have seen the ending 10 minutes ago but I’m already bummed out by the negativity towards it. I’ll probably avoid tumblr for most part because a lot of people I follow seem to be raining on the things that I was happy about :’D anyway onward.
Amon and Tarlock as brothers. Now that history, I’ve had some friends tell me they were sad by it but it just… I don’t know. I could see where they were coming from but it made Tarlock look like the innocent one and I DON’T WANT TO LIKE TARLOCK. I fell in love with Amon when he took away Tarlock’s bending and now you’re going to rub it in my face on how he was the weak one? NO don’t do that to me. He’s a jerkbender dammit and I just have a hard time seeing him as this innocent boy who hated to bloodbend… and then grows up to be an asshole with a quest of power, using bloodbending to get his way. From what I understand he probably never used it again until he had to save himself from Korra— and then he was just using it willy-nilly.
As for Amon… It seemed almost disappointing that Amon himself was a waterbender, lied about his past. Not to mention it still makes me wonder how bloodbending can be used to take away someone’s bending. If he didn’t get it from the spirits then where did he learn that technique? Also that motive kind of seemed out of nowhere after that. ‘The avatar took your bending and is more powerful than you. Off to take everyone’s bending now.’ The idea that Amon was then a hypocrite by being a bender himself just bummed me out a little because what made him so challenging was that he had strong points about anti-bending. He had a giant following and it made him a challenging foe with the uncertainty of how to deal with him, so the instant he turned out to be a bender I lost a lot of excitement for him. But I guess that might have been the whole point of it all. The lieutenant was just about the embodiment of what we were all meant to feel. This betrayal of hypocrisy, wanting to support this leader and then suddenly it’s all a lie. Even though you feel strongly about this cause, you’re suddenly conflicted because of who you’re following. Amon turns into this character that you’re meant to detest- or at least until the last 5 seconds of his life but I’ll get to that.
General Iroh. I loved Iroh and his awesome firebending but he felt like a last minute and then all this focus was on him taking down the planes when maybe that role could’ve gone to a more established character. Taking down the air fleet by yourself, that’s a huge job and it’s given to the character that showed up at the end of the series. But I know that Bolin wouldn’t have been able to earthbend in the sky and Mako was busy being with Korra. Asami also had to have a resolution with her dad so I’m not sure who would’ve been more suitable. In a sense Iroh was perfect for that role but it did make Bolin and Asami’s job seem a little less important when they were the bigger characters.
Asami and Bolin’s just weren’t so built up. It was short and anti-climatic in a sense that more time could have been dedicated to their scene, but I still loved what happened for them and I kind of got some shipper feels because of it. I’m glad that Naga got to do something too. And actually that what I love about the series. Every character does something even the hobo did something. Well Lin didn’t do anything but her big sacrifice in episode 10 made up for it. Whether or not there was enough time to show a lovely amount to each respectable character may vary but they still had their moments.
Now to Amon, Korra and Mako’s battle. A lot of it was putting me on edge. I was almost shouting ‘NO’ when I saw the airbender family. And when he took Korra’s bending away (haha, I love how people predicted avatar state and it didn’t happen). I was pretty shocked and unsure what was going to happen. When he went up to Mako I was freaking out and then my ovaries exploded when he shot lightning at him.
Korra finally being able to airbend I think was a nice touch and better than the avatar state if I do say so myself. There was all this build up dedicated to her trying to produce air throughout the whole series rather than her unleashing the most powerful state of the avatar. If they had gone with the avatar state then it would’ve made that whole build up for nothing.
The only disappointing thing was that Amon didn’t really fight at all. Just psychic bloodbending and yeah why not use it if you can, it just made it seem like the fight wasn’t a big showdown like we had been lead to believe there would be. Instead it was more like a couple of airbend attacks. OUT THE WINDOW WITH YOU.
From the fight scenes we had in the whole season so far, there was a lot of action and combat and when finally facing Amon, it had almost none of it. It’s like they ran out of ideas for fighting, I don’t know. That was the only disappointing thing I could pin from that though because even with that I was still eager to know what was going to happen and if a series can do that then it’s doing something right.
Defeated Amon and Tarlock going away together just broke my god damn heart. I didn’t care for them anymore now that one was a sham and the other a jerkbender, but then oh no wait. Looking at the equalist gloves. The sad music. Amon’s TEARS.
And then in an instant they’re gone forever.
How dare you make me feel for these people! You made me feel hate and love for them so much I was determined to not like them in the end and then you had to go and give that finishing touch. This was such a rollercoaster of how I’ve felt about characters… so all in all I think it’s good. It’s just that you’re manipulating my feels Bryke.
And Korra lost her bending but got airbending. I was starting to think that the next book was going to revolve around her trying to get it back but I do feel happy that in the end Aang was the one who gave it back to her. That she was finally in touch with her airbending and spiritual side. I also just got emotional seeing Aang finally being able to speak to Korra. We had flashbacks but I was always waiting for him to be able to communicate with her and I got that.
And of course, we get to see her in the avatar state.
Also Lin got her bending back. FUCKING. GOOD. I needed that. Even if this means that everyone with their bending removed will be able to get it back from her (loltahno) it’s just satisfying to see Lin’s bending be restored to her.
And… I guess that’s it.
OH OK THE SHIPS. Most of you already know that I am a loving Makorra fan so… I WAS /HAPPY/ THAT THEY GOT TOGETHER. Even with everyone shitting their hate on Mako, I still loved the character. He was flawed and that’s good. I don’t want /perfect/ characters. Just because he was caught between the feelings of two strong women didn’t make him the biggest jerk in the universe. When he messed up with Korra, he apologized to her for it. He realizes when he’s wrong, he does what he can to make things right and he will do anything to protect the ones he cares about. And it’s clear that he loves Korra and she had already well established that she loved him.
I also liked how she was upset about losing her bending and didn’t consider herself the avatar anymore, and for that reason considers herself to be useless for a moment. To which Mako tells her that he doesn’t give a spider-rat’s tail if she’s the avatar or not.
But of course the big question I was kind of asking throughout the whole ending was ‘uh… so… gonna end it with asami or something…? nope? … ok..’
Unless they already did and I kind of missed it. What was it back at that scene where she gave him that kiss on the cheek?
Was that the breakup? Had they broken up before that and then he was just trying to tell her that even though they’re not together anymore, she’s still important to him and wants her to be safe? Personally I really like that last one and that’ll be my headcannon but that’s also the problem. It’s a headcannon. I could use a little clear scenery to prove that they’re no longer together. (Though watching the scene more it does have a very break-up feel to it. And in which case I’m still happy that that’s how it went. There was no bitterness between them. Asami was focused and ready to face her dad ect).
That’s all I have but I’m still a loving supporter of the two, I’m happy with their relationship and interaction. But most importantly; AN OTP OF MINE FINALLY BECAME ENDGAME. THIS IS BIG FOR ME, OK. LET ME HAVE THIS.
The finale has some flaws but I think Bryke get’s a free pass for life due to ATLA. Plus there’s still season 2 to look forward to. I’m curious on what the next threat will be because I have no clue what challenges Korra will need to face. Now that she can use all 4 elements and has unlocked her spiritual side, obviously you need something big to make her struggle.
And thats how I feel about the ending.