This offseason has been tough on the Legend of Korra fandom so far. The long hiatus has taken a tole on many fans and it’s starting to show as many of them are beginning to reach their breaking point. Their frustration and disgust with the lack of consistent news is beginning to show and, to a certain degree, it’s almost expected. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessary.
What if told you that I’m actually happy that Book 2 is taking this long to come out? What if I told you that the longer we wait for Book 2, the happier I’d be? You’d probably think that I’d gone crazy somewhere along the lines of writing this blog. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that either.
But the crazy thing about it is that these are in fact my current views. I really am happy that Book 2 is taking this long to be completed. I’m happy to wait as long as it takes. But before you start looking for an insane asylum to check me into, let me explain my self.
Avatar has always been a show defined for its story telling. The way Mike and Bryan have been able to create the Avatar World through story telling and the development of characters has truly been remarkable. It’s an art that requires quality-time and patience. It’s not something that can be rushed and completed at will.
One television series that is able to crank out episodes at will is South Park. I remember watching a documentary called “Six Days to Air” where they basically showed the process of creating an entire South Park episode. It was an entertaining watch, no doubt, but it showed how the South Park team is able to crank out a single episode in 6 days. Keep in mind that one episode of South Park is equally as long as an episode of The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. 6 days is absurdly fast.
The reason why I bring this up is because South Park episodes weren’t always prepared in 6 days. The studio used to take its time with it, but slowly the time per episode decreased until they hit the 6 day mark. And as a result, the quality of South Park has been on a steady decline ever since.
By complaining about the wait time for Book 2, we are essentially asking Mike and Bryan to rush the creative process behind developing episodes. If Mike and Bryan ever decided to pull a “South Park” and rush the process of developing episodes, it would be all too obvious as the quality of Avatar would also take a massive dip.
Avatar would lose its identity because its a show that’s been praised for its quality, not its quantity. If you felt that Book 1 had its fair share of issues, imagine how it would’ve turned out if Mike and Bryan rushed it even more than some people felt they did. Imagine what it would’ve been like if they cranked out each episode in 6 days. For the record, I don’t think this would be possible even if Mike and Bryan wanted to, but I think you get the idea. Rushing the creative process behind Avatar should not be done.
Every day, Mike and Bryan are hard at work, doing their best to complete Book 2 in a timely manner. And the longer they take, the more effort they are able to put in. The more effort they put in, the better the Book.
So in a sense, the best way to look at this long off season is that the longer we wait, the better Book 2 will be. So what if we don’t get a trailer? So what if we’ve been left in the dark? The only thing information on Book 2 will do is raise our level of excitement. But in the end, there will never be a substitute for the excitement we will feel when Book 2 actually airs. We may not know exactly when that is, but again, who cares? So what if Book 2 airs during the Summer or the Fall? Obviously most of us would prefer the Summer, but if it happened to premiere in the Fall, that just means the Book will be even better. And why would you want Book 2 to be deprived of quality? The wait for Book 2 is temporary, but the quality that defines Book 2 will last forever.
We wouldn’t want Mike and Bryan to mess that up just to cut a few months off the planned premiere date, would we?
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