Book 3 has “More in Common with Avatar: The Last Airbender” in Terms of Emotion

Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn recently appeared on the Podcast titled Republic City Dispatch to discuss their work on Book 2’s sound and music. Just like any Book 2-specific interview, the host of the Podcast eventually asked the two composers about Book 3. More specifically, they asked Jeremy Zuckerman about the level of emotion in Book 3. As expected, Zuckerman was hesitant to give away too many details, but he did say that the level of emotion is “more in common with Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

The conversation started with Benjamin Wynn discussing the new season’s emotion, “This season in a way like the first one is a bit more, emotional. It concentrates more on human emotion, I think. Would you agree with that, Jeremy?” Jeremy jumped in after to give away a few more details, “Um, yeah, it’s hard to talk about because we don’t want to give anything away, but I think it has a bit more in common with Avatar: The Last Airbender. I can’t say why. There’s a specific reason…”

Human emotions? Comparable to Avatar: The Last Airbender? I think we’re in for something special – mostly because the emotion in Avatar: The Last Airbender was one aspect of the show that made it so captivating. Replicating that emotion in The Legend of Korra will allow its viewers to connect with the series on a new level.

The Track Team

I think one of the biggest difference between Book 1 and Book 2 was that Book 1 was much more captivating; it had much more emotion. The fact that Wynn compared the level of emotion in Book 3 to Book 1 was a victory in itself. Hearing Zuckerman disagree and compare Book 3 to Avatar: The Last Airbender in terms of emotion made the deal even sweeter.

The fact that Book 3 deals with more human emotion correlates perfectly with the information we’ve been given about Book 3 so far. As I’ve mentioned multiple times, not every character is going to be happy with Spirits inhabiting the Physical World. The effects of this unhappiness may vary by quite the margin.

Perhaps humans will simply attempt to ignore the Spirits in hopes that they will eventually return to their own world? Or perhaps humans will wage war on the Spirits just like they did 10,000 years ago? Either way, human emotion will be a huge part of the scenario because unhappiness will always be present.

I believe Book 3 will partly focus on conflict resolution between the humans and Spirits which will ultimately invoke the human emotion Benjamin was referring too.

Another interesting point made was that there’s a specific reason why Book 3 is comparable to Avatar: The Last Airbender in terms of emotion. Jeremy was adamant not let any details slip, but I wonder what that specific reason could be?

I’ll stop there and let all of you debate about that because I’m more interested in reading what all of you have to say – but the Track Team really did us a solid today. Comparing anything to Avatar: The Last Airbender always brings about high hopes, and I can tell you right now, I have high hopes for Book 3.

Do you?

  • Quac

    If what they’re saying is true, and Book 3 will be on par emotion-wise with ATLA, it’ll be amazing. Although I have one thing that always stood out to me in ATLA that I’m not sure we can get in Book 3 of TLOK. The emotion you got from ATLA were so strong because you cared for the characters. Whenever something happened to the Gaang, you were emotionally touched, not only by what was happening at the given moment but also because you cared about how it would affect the characters. Something we’ve heard a lot about TLOK is that the characters are simply not as relatable and lovable as the ones in ATLA, so creating emotional scenes for them will be much harder than for the previous main characters. But, we’ll have to see. I already said this but I will say it again; if they pull it off, it’ll be amazing.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I agree with everything you said. It’ll be interesting to see how the series draws such emotion without the type of characters written in ATLA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting :)

      • Quac

        And thank you for writing all these amazing… blogs, you could call them I think? There may be a better word for it, but my English isn’t that amazing ;P But yeah, thank you for writing all this stuff and keeping me and the other readers up to date in the world of Avatar News. I’ve been reading your posts for quite a while now (might be close to a year). I couldn’t place any comments for the past few months because of something weird going on in my browser orsth, not sure. But I’ll probably be commenting more frequently from now on :)

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          Yes, I call them blogs. Your English is great! And I look forward to reading all of your comments :)

  • Josh

    Ever since Book 2 ended I always thought that Book 3 had the potential to be the best book thus far. And with this recent news I guess i’m right! I just wan’t a story that can captivate us emotionally. Whenever I watch ATLA I always feel apart of the show. But with Korra there’s this unexplainable distance. It’s most likely due to the fact that there aren’t many emotional scenes that we as viewers can relate to. The scenes that I felt the most apart of in book 2 were the ones involving Tenzin and his family.

    I think the specific reason that the emotion in book 3 will have a bit more in common with the emotion in ATLA, is because a lot of the emotion will probably focus on Lin as she reminisces about her past with her mother Toph. The creators could draw some similarities between Toph’s childhood and Lin’s childhood. Or it could be that the characters this season will have to deal with losing loved ones. In ATLA many of the main cast had lost a loved one before. I think Katara’s most standout emotional moments occurred when she was talking about her deceased mother. Zuko also had some great emotional moment’s pertaining to his mother that he believed to be dead.

    Similar to ATLA, many of the main cast members in Korra have lost a loved one. Asami’s mother was killed when she was very young, as was Mako and Bolin’s parents. This season we might see how these characters deal with their losses. It’s possible that those three characters will even go on a journey of revenge. Although, none of them strike me as the revenge type, but neither did Katara! You never know.

    (On a side note, Keval, if your reading this I was wondering if you received any of my recent emails. I just haven’t heard from you in a while lol. Then again your a busy guy so it’s understandable.)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Good post. I’ll search your inbox for your latest emails.

      • Josh

        Cool, thanks!

  • Legama

    If this becomes to be true, we can expect a great season, since it will very likely add more profundity to the story and to the characters. As we have seen, we can now safely say that the Earthbenders (Lin and Bolin) will be the focus, and will have deep developments. From a past comments on twitter we can also assume that Tenzin will continue to have an important role. Also from the pic of Korra and Asami training, we can safely assume, they will be having an improve on their relationship. From all this combined I think we can be really positive about this book. Its nice to see the creators seem to be following what seems to be the right way to a great season. Also the fact that this season will be similar to ATLA’s, are good news for those old Avatar fans, that miss that special touch of the old series.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Yes – I’m getting a very positive vibe from this season as well. There’s more than just hype caused by Book 2, it’s hype caused by what we know of Book 3. I’m excited!

  • jessica

    This book is gonna be kick ass! XD But sad at the same time. :’( Considering all of the emotional concepts that are going to be in the book.

    • Legama

      If one thing has Avatar mastered is the feelbending, definitely. It is one of those unique things that make this series great.

      • jessica

        So very true. :)

  • razorstar90

    Hopefully this means that “Team”Avatar 2.0 will actually become a TEAM. In ATLA Aang, Katara, Toph, Sokka that was family right there. Yes Zuko and Suki came at the end but I lived and died with those core 4. It was the relationships that made ATLA so special IMO. Sure the story was great and the characters were great. BUT those relationships are what drove the show. Right now in LOK the characters I care about are Korra and Tenzin’s family and everyone else can go to hell. I believe in that relationship Korra has with Tenzin, with Pema and the kids. I buy into Tenzin relationship to Bumi and Kya. Whereas Mako, Bolin, Asami and even Lin in Book 2 I just didn’t buy it. Why were they there? Why does Korra Love Mako why does Mako love Korra. What the @#$# is Asami even doing on the show anymore? Book 3 has to make me believe in those 3 and Lin again.

    • Loklover

      I agree. Asami needs to go. She don’t do shiz except for being Makos lovesick puppy. Asami has over stayed her welcome

    • BearhuggerKorra

      I agree too. Asami has been nothing but a taxi service and she didn’t have any real significance at all. Plus straight after Mako broke up with Korra, she had her lips all over his. I mean, love wise, Asami is a selfish, desperate slob, who just kissed a guy who just broke up with his girlfriend who he still loves and he has made it clear he’s not interested. As soon as he was available, she pounced on him. In a week, she’s got her hands all over his chest and she’s got her lips all over his. Didn’t she stop and think, “how is Korra gonna feel about this?” or “Maybe i should give them some, time” or “I should talk it through with Korra and see how she’s feeling” or even “I wonder if Korra’s okay. I should check on her.” Instead she didn’t even mention Korra and just kept her eyes on ‘her’ prize. If she really loved him, wouldn’t she see that he was happy and that he loved someone else? If she loved him, wouldn’t she want him to be happy no matter what? Asami, I think you need to wake up and smell some coffee, because open your eyes and just accept that HE DOES NOT LOVE YOU

  • Legama

    Hey Keval, did they mentioned in this podcast anything about if they are going to release Book’s 2 soundtrack, or when?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      No mention of a soundtrack, but I do know that they’re waiting on Nickelodeon’s approval. Nickelodeon wants to see more Book 1 OST sales.

      • Legama

        Ok :/ We should be more patient on that area in that case, well, thanks for the reply :)

      • Loklover

        Whats OST sales?

  • Korrava

    That is extremely great news to read! One thing we all loved about Avatar was how compelling and amazing the characters were, and the friendships. Korra’s hit the nail on most of the stuff, but not quite on the emotions of characters and the friendship of Team Avatar! Now we’re getting it, and I am overly excited about Book 3! :D So far, I’m looking forward to everything it has to offer! Change, Spirits and humans, Korra dealing and helping the two learn to respect each other, Earth Kingdom, Earth Queen, Lin back stories, friendships, character development and emotions, etc! :)
    This could be the best season yet!

  • daniel yefru

    forget the emotion i wanna see lin’s dad and sub airbending

  • daniel yefru

    when is the upfront again?