What an incredible journey it’s been. If you told me that I would’ve successfully cultivated an online community three years ago, I would’ve laughed in your face. After numerous trial-and-error failures, I was ready to give up on blogging back in 2011. I created numerous blogs – ranging in topics from video games to other entertainment mediums – and none of them took off. Television was my last shot, and I wasn’t going to attempt the new niche with any ordinary show. Fortunately, The Legend of Korra rolled around and, well… here we are now… three years later.
I can’t begin to tell you what these past three years have meant to me. Writing for this fandom taught me so much about myself as an individual. This fandom gave me the opportunity to express myself creatively in ways I never thought possible. Sure, there were some ups and downs throughout the journey, but being able to share this adventure with you – the Avatar fandom – was priceless. You, the readers, are the reason why this blog was successful. You, the readers, are the reason why I continued to write. You, the readers, are the reason why I will continue to write (more on that soon). You, the readers, truly changed my life for the better and I can’t express how grateful I am for each and every one of you. Your willingness to read and comment over the years has meant so much to me.
I remember doing an interview about this site with other fellow fandom members, and they told me that I had the best Avatar community out there because all of you were so friendly and mature. Sure, there were the occasional ass-hats and trolls, but for the most part, this community has been raved about positively. When I heard that, I couldn’t help but to feel like a proud father. That’s when I realized that all of us here… we’re basically family. We fight, we argue, we discuss – but in the end, our love for each other is strong because we all share a common interest: Avatar. Over the past three years, this community has been amazing, and it truly fit the mold for what I hoped to create. Thank you all for being so incredible.
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Ever since I found about The Legend of Korra (less than a week prior to when the first episode aired), I followed it each week with passion, never imagining I’d be writing a review of the entire series. Now, the day has come. A bittersweet Christmas present for Korra fans, including myself. Let’s take a trip down memory lane together as I recount the best and worst moments from Books 1-4 and analyze how those moments influence the overall quality of the series.
My favorite part of The Legend of Korra, hands down, is the characters. Mike and Bryan are master character crafters, as they’ve proven with Avatar: The Last Airbender, and there’s no seize to their genius with The Legend of Korra, which features characters from every age, nation, gender, and as we would come to find out later, sexual preference. The sheer diversity is absolutely tremendous, and every character contributes a unique personality to the melting pot of characterization permeating from the series very roots.
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Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who provided their ideas for this list in the comments section. You guys (non-gender specific) are great! Seriously, most of the categories on this list were derived from community input, so give yourselves a pat on the back. Okay, that’s enough patting. Let’s get started!
Top 10 Episodes (the season/Book is represented in the parentheses):
10. And the Winner Is… (B1) – Start off with a fantastic probending sequence, throw in an Equalist attack, and top it all off with important development between Lin and Korra, and you’ve got yourself the understated little brother of Book 1, only inferior to ‘Endgame.’ It’s easily one of my personal favorites.
9. The Ultimatum (B3) – There’s something very rewarding about watching all our favorite heroes get their ass handed to them in a devastating (and lengthy) action sequence. Maybe it’s because we know they’ll work their way back on top again, or perhaps its the emotional response it evokes in us that carries all the weight. Either way, ‘The Ultimatum’ is a powerful episode.
8. Endgame (B1) – Many fans may disagree with me, buy I consider ‘Endgame’ to be the best episode from Book 1. Sure, the ending doesn’t exactly resonate with most people, and I can see why after stepping away from it for a while, but there are very few episodes in the series that pack so many amazing scenes so tightly together. Mako’s big hero moment, Korra losing her bending, Korra airbending, Asami stopping Hiroshi, and Amon and Tarrlok’s death, are some of the standouts.
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