Expect Korra to be Severed from her Past Lives for Most of Season 3

Earlier this morning, I was browsing through several authoritive websites, such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and reading up on whatever content they had published relating to The Legend of Korra. I mostly read through generic content, which highlighted key elements of The Legend of Korra as a whole. At one point during my browsing, I stumbled upon a two-part Wall Street Journal interview (conducted by Christopher John Farley) with co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino. After spending some time skimming the interview, I noticed that it was familiar content.

Back in November of last year, this two-part interview was the source that confirmed Book 3’s title to be Change. Along with that, we learned that the co-creators intend to put Korra’s love life in the backseat because “[fans] get completely angry when [they] have fun with the teen romance stuff.” What I noticed, however, is that I never reported on a crucial portion of the interview because I hadn’t noticed it until today.

Farley asked the co-creators about their decision to cut Korra off from her past lives. He elaborated by also asking whether or not this was something they plan on exploring more. Mike DiMartino answered the question, and his response was both disheartening and re-assuring:

“At the end of any season we try to come up with big dramatic sacrificial moments that are going to have a big effect on our characters. Especially Korra. We thought this would be a very powerful way to have her in a very dark place where she is really all alone now. She doesn’t have her past lives, she doesn’t have her Raava, she doesn’t have her Avatar spirit with her, and what is she gonna do when she’s faced with that? It also just seemed like Korra’s whole journey was on a spiritual path and finding out who she truly is and it seemed better that she can’t rely on the past Avatars because they’re not there anymore. It’s a chance for her to move forward and create her own future and destiny.”

We certainly saw the “big dramatic sacrificial moment” at the end of Book 1 when Korra lost her ability to bend three out of the four elements, but the drama was short-lived when Avatar Aang came in to set things right. However, Korra was not so lucky upon the conclusion of Book 2. As shown in the finale, Korra lost Raava which severed her connection to her past lives.

What does Mike think about this unfortunate scenario?

It certainly sounds like he’s excited for Korra to face challenges without her connection to her past lives. Mike explains that this challenge will give Korra a chance to move forward and create her own future and destiny. Essentially, Korra’s loss of Raava will allow her to grow as a character and continue her spiritual journey of finding out who she truly is.

That being said, I genuinely don’t think Korra will be re-connected with her past lives until the finale of Book 3. As unfortunate as this may be, this may just be what Korra needs. This challenge will give Korra the opportunity to grow on a new level. She will learn what she is truly made out of and be forced to face the world head-first, without the support (or crutch) of her past lives.

Over the years, I’ve stressed how important character development is for the success of this show. Severing Korra’s connection to her past lives was done completely from a developmental standpoint. Therefore, I’m happy that Korra will likely be without her past lives for a season. It will allow her to grow as a character and truly be an Avatar.

Throughout the course of Book 3, we will see what Korra is really made of. And when she falters, she will grow. The moment Korra realizes who she truly is and what she’s really made out of will be the moment her connection to her past lives will be restored.

I think that moment will be during the finale of Book 3, so we can see a fully-realized Avatar take on the world in Book 4.

Do you think Korra will ever regain her connection to her past lives? If so, when?

  • Jay

    I personally hope they don’t bring back the past Avatars

  • Nathaniel

    Yeah, I really hope she never reconnects with her past lives, that is what this show needs.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      It would be an interesting twist, but for the sake of the Avatars after Korra, I think a connection to the past lives would be necessary.

      Or would the next Avatar be connected to Korra?

      • Nathaniel

        I assumed that it would just restart and Korra would be the new “first avatar”. Everyone would be connected to Korra and every Avatar coming after.

        • Yung Nasib

          korra being the new “first” avatar, will mean the past Avatars will most likely be forgoton, Roku has a really good story, a tale of how his former best friend took advantage of his restraint and contributed to his death, especially of all stories i dont want angg’s story to be forgoten

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          I could see that happening for sure. Hopefully Book 3 brings some clarity to that topic.

      • Zuzu

        I think we will see a new tale of an Avatar, i mean there are 10,000 Avatars before Korra. I think the ending of Book 4 may hint to another series, like how ATLA had many questions. But I think that Bryke would do something more ancient if they were going to continue the series.
        But Bryke did say that they would take a long break from Korra, and maybe later on develop a new series. So I don’t think we’ll be seeing a new series in like 4-6 years.

  • Erin

    Frankly, I don’t think it’s possible for her to regain her past lives. They got erased when raava ‘died’. If they do bring back the past avatars, however they do it will be stupid so I don’t think they will. Also not really related but has anyone given any thought to what will happen once lok ends? I doubt they’ll go to the next avatars because if they continue down that road the avatars world will keep getting more and more modern which would be stupid. Could they go into past avatars? If they do I vote Kyoshi.

    • Erin

      Also unrelated but does anyone know how to watch season 3 of Sherlock it’s not on Netflix I just finished the season two finale I NEED to know what happens.

      • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

        Google Project Free TV and see if you can find the episodes there.

      • Aeri

        I use watch-serie.tv or something, it should be one of the first results if you google sherlock episodes. You have to click through a few tabs of crap, but it only takes a few seconds and for Sherlock (I’m assuming you mean BBC version with moffat) use nowvideo when you find the page with 100 or so different links. Enjoy, season 3 is amazing. I won’t even spoil anything.

      • Erin

        Oh would u look at that it is on Netflix as of today, Monday. That’s convenient. If you’ll excuse me…

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      In the same interview, Mike and Bryan said that they believe the Avatar World will draw them back in (after Korra) once again after another hiatus. What they decide to do is up to them, but I agree, as the show becomes more modern, it will be become less appealing. Hopefully they go back, and I also vote for Kyoshi.

      • Laneskeeper

        I’d love to see a Prequel of Kyoshi, Yangchen, the unnamed Fire Avatar, and any of the avatars prior to the unnamed Fire Avatar that we know nothing about.

        Although seeing an avatar in the modern era intrigues me too, but not as much as a prequel.

  • Raavatar

    Ever since the end of book 2, losing her connection to the past avatars is what I have been thinking amd worrying about. Simultameously though, I get very excited on how she will handle on balancing that world, now specifically, that the spirits and humans linger in one realm. We all know that she is–or fairly was– hot-headed. But the events of book 2 had a great impact on her spiritual being.

    • Yung Nasib

      to be honest it will be really sad bcuzz one of the reasons why i like korra so much is because they do flashbacks of ATLA, when angg appeared in the season 1 finale and gave korra her bending back my eyes were almost teary , i think getting rid of her past avatar connections will ruin the show, i mean who else will guide her

      • Raavatar

        Totally agree. All the flashbacks and reminiscence gave us all chills and nostalgia. Let’s just see what happens then

        • Yung Nasib

          when unvaatu destroyed korra’s avatar connections, i felt like that was nick’s way of saying stop asking as to do flashbacks to ATLA

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I, too, am excited to see how Korra grows from this event. Character development is what I’ve always wanted, so I can’t really complain about Korra losing her connection to her past lives. In the short-run, it’ll be a bit depressing, but I’m sure it’ll pay off in the long run.

      • Raavatar

        Agree.. We’ll just trust Mike and Bryan! HEHE

  • crystalline

    I don’t know how much I am going to like this upcoming season considering there will probably be little to no romance. As annoying as it gets at times, it makes the show that much more dramatic and exciting, as any other teen romance movie or show. I feel as though this next season will be more of a bore for me. Hopefully by play it down they mean they will make it like ATLA and have small subtle hints of a romantic connection to keep me entertained. If not, I won’t be that excited about this next season unfortunately….

    • Loklover

      I know how you feel. I really like the romance in Lok and imma hardcore Makorra shipper, but this season feels like it will be a lot different from the past two. And I’m pretty sure that M&B will throw in like a long glance or touch (not in a sexual way lol) between Mako and Korra to show us that they still really do love each other. I mean, they wudnt build up their relationship this far if they aren’t going to be together in the end. So, from what we’ve heard so far about book 3, it sounds promising. I have a good feeling about it :D. Hey, maybe you’ll end up enjoying Lok without the romance. This will be the 1st season without it. You never know… (:

      • crystalline

        Yeah I understand what you’re saying. It would be a let down to build a relationship up and then forget it altogether. I am certain by the end of book 4 they will be together or at least make a definite decision on their relationship. However, it is more difficult to enjoy the show without the romance drama after it has already been present and built up. It’s not like ATLA where the romance was light all throughout the entire series with small romantic gestures. I REALLY enjoyed the way ATLA was put together without all the romance and drama because that’s the way it always was. Contrastingly, since they already started up with this crazy love drama in LOK it’s hard to just take it away all of sudden after it’s built up and got you on your toes. That’s why I am not so thrilled and worried about how great the season will be. I’m sure they will show small romantic gestures like lengthened smiles and stares as each other or whatever in small instances but it won’t be as interesting.

      • crystalline

        I also would kind of rather there be a whole other guy besides Mako altogether, I am kind of getting sick of Mako, we need someone new and less of a douche and conflicted.

        • Yung Nasib

          i am really praying that korra and mako do not end up together, she deserves better than him and besides he is better with asami, when he was with korra they were constantly butting heads, im really shipping masami for the rest of the korra seasons

          • crystalline

            Yeah they hardly got along. They just don’t work out. They have too much going on in their lives. But I’d rather Asami be with Bolin. I don’t know who Mako can have…….

          • Yung Nasib

            mako is the jealous type and i know he would not be happy if asami and bolin ended up together because of the way he reacted when bolin had a crush on korra, besides asami is a year older than bolin and he is waaaaay to immature for someone like asami

    • Zuzu

      Bryan said we wouldn’t be getting any romance in Korra’s life, however we may see an interesting romance with Bolin, and maybe some Masami. Possibly even Bumi getting someone!

      • Loklover

        I thot that Bryan said that they aren’t exploring Korra’s love life just in Book 3. Idt they ever said anything about Book 4. I could be wrong tho. But honestly, if Masami happens I’ll throw myself in a ditch and be pissed for the rest of my life. I HATE Asami.

        • Zuzu

          They actually said they would just stop with the stupid love triangle which makes fan angry when Bryke play with teen romance and edge the romance down a bit, possibly like ATLA.

        • Yung Nasib

          i actually really like asami, and the thing that i am really looking forward to in season 3 is asami and korra’s friendship, i thought it was really annoying how they NEVER talked to each other, it really made asami look pointless in the show, but please dont hate asami if there is anyone who we should dislike its mako bcuzz he is the one that is playing with korra’s and asami’s hearts

      • Yung Nasib

        if Bumi and Kya got married they would have airbender children which would be really cool besides tenzin only having airbender kids

        • Zuzu

          WTF THAT’s incest. What did I just read

          • Yung Nasib

            dude WTF, i mean if bumi and kya married OTHER people like tenzin married his wife, then they would have airbender offspring, not brother and sister marrying each other ewww lol

          • Zuzu

            Ok lol that makes more sense. I don’t know if bending is a form of genetic make up, it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility if they did have some sort of genetic make up, but considering the episodes entitled the beginnings we learn that the ancients received there bending from the lion turtles and that has nothing to do with their birth, they were able to utilize bending, and that “gene” is able to pass on from bender to bender, where if your parents are a bother firebenders the off spring will also be a firebender.
            As blood was kept pure for a long time in ATLA, not many people married other people from different nations, so i don’t know how the bending passes on. For Aang, he is born an airbender and even though he has mastered all 4 elements it’s fairly obvious that his off springs don’t know Earth or fire. If the “genetic thing” were supposed to be true than Bumi would have be a bender, but he isn’t one. xD

          • Yung Nasib

            but katara is a waterbender and ang is airbender, kya became a waterbender through katara and tenzin an airbender through ang, ursa herself wasnt a bender but firelord azulon relied on her ancestry through roku to mate with ozai and have offspring who have superior bending abilities compared to an average firebender, so if you really think about it bending is passed through genetics, i think it is really disgusting the way the firenation royal family took advantage of it and how firelord azulon pared ozai and ursa as if they were animals just to have superior children, no wonder zuko and azula are so messed, they come from parents who dont love each other….maybe ursa did love him but ozai is a straight up douch

          • Zuzu

            But Zuko is not one of them, he is the child of Ursa and Ikem, Both non benders. How does he know how to firebend.

          • Yung Nasib

            they explained everything in the search part 3, zuko is ozai’s son and ursa herself confirms it, she wrote that letter just to piss off ozai because as usual he was being a douche and he wouldnt let her see her parents or her town in hira’a

          • Yung Nasib

            did ursa love ikem while she was with ozai of course but at the same time i believe she did in a way love ozai cuzz she has 2 kids with him but i really doubt ozai loved her

          • Zuzu

            1 kid, Azula that’s why she’s so crazy, like her father.
            Zuko is the son of Ikem and Ursa, and i believe the “genetic” make up does work, as Rokus’s firebending has been passed down Zuko.

          • Zuzu

            Wait you are right, I am a bit confused.

          • Zuzu

            I was actually going to mention Zuko’s lack of lightning bending but then i realised that many people know how to do it in Korra. I thought lightning was a rare technique on people of the royal firenation academy could learn.

          • Yung Nasib

            in zuko’s time it was rare but somehow a couple of streetthugs know it from korra i blame the writers for that

          • Zuzu

            At least they make up or with energy and hopefully something new in Korra book 3. Many people know how to use lightning especially in the development of Satomobiles.

    • Link9150

      I cannot disagree any more.

      The romance is what actually ruined this show. Instead of seeing Korra train her spirit-bending, to connect to Unalaaq as a villain or misunderstood extremist and feel something during the climax of the finale, to develop Mako, Bolin or Asami, to see how Jinora got her spiritual prowess, we get to see a team getting disbanded because of a subplot that only extists to please fanboys & fangirls.

      Hell, we didn’t even learn how Unalaq and Vaatu got in contact in the first place, because apparently Mako and Asami getting together is way more important.

      Having romance as a minor subplot is never a bad thing, but to have it take much more screening time than anything more important just makes the show sloppy. Just remember that the show is called The LEGEND of Korra and not The LOVE LIFE of Korra.

      • Loklover

        I love the romance in Lok and I really want it in book 3 but unfortunately we aren’t going to see any of it. It’s okay tho book 3 sounds like it’ll be great with or without it

      • crystalline

        Honestly, this whole situation is just based on people’s preference. It’s like people who love action movies or shows (Avengers or Agents of Shield) versus people who love romantic movies or shows (The Vow or The Bachelor). We will never agree. However, i wish they had never built up this love triangle in the first place if they weren’t going to finish it properly. I would have been much happier if they gradually built up a Makorra relationship, like Kataang, throughout the whole series that did not get in the way of the major plot but was still very entertaining. Although, Korra learning to cope with her love life issues could certainly contribute to her character development and learning to not let in get in the way of her avatar duties, just like in the real world. People can grow from relationships too, it’s a very real part of life. It changes you, and causes you to look at life differently.

        • Link9150

          Well it’s kind of like what you said; If they hadn’t built up a love triangle maybe I wouldn’t have a problem with the romance in this show. I’m not asking for zero romance, what I’m asking for is that the creators do not prioritize it over what’s important. I said it before and I’ll say it again it’s The LEGEND of Korra not The LOVE LIFE of Korra. Korra’s avatar duties, the villains, the team chemistry, character development and consistency/cohesion of the plot all comes before any tiny bit of romance. And looks like the creators understood that for Book 3. Let’s see how they’ll perform.

  • GXrevolution96 .

    That dosent make much sense when they said she won’t have Raava anymore. Her and Raava rejoined at the end of book 2, which means she can turn to Raava for support
    As for the romance, Book 3 had already been written prior to book 2, which means they couldn’t have decided to take it out of book 3, in response to fans dislike of the mako-korra-asami romance.

    • crystalline

      Yeah I was questioning the same thing. I was pretty sure Korra and Raava re-fused at the end and she only lost connection to her past lives. Also that’s very true (the romance idea). Although, I feel like they possibly could have already toned the romance down before they even announced they did, in response to reactions to Book 1, but I hope that’s not the case and what you’re saying is right. :P

  • Legama

    If it’s all on developing Korra as a character, there’s no doubt we wont be rejecting the idea of her not reconnecting to the past avatars. Although I think it would be nice to still have the past avatars on the reach, in case Korra requires some assistance in issues about the past and history. I mean we havent had but a small look at Aang’s wisdom, it would really be nice, to have a bit more of him in future episodes. That said, Korra still wont require much of past avatars’ help, since she still have Tenzin on her side.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Seeing Aang again would be fun. However, seeing Aang in adult form just isn’t as nostalgic to me as I thought it would be. I sort of hope the writers find a plausible way to re-introduce the 12 year old Aang to give Korra guidance. Perhaps in the Spirit World?

      And I agree, Tenzin is a great resource in the absence of Korra’s past lives.

      • Legama

        Yeah. Maybe we will see a young Aang on flashbacks, specially if we are going to see Lin’s backstory with Toph and the team. The spirit world is also a good chance to see him in his 12 y/o form :) and specially if he reunites with Katara or Tenzin, that would be really a hearth touching moment.

  • Kyle Edgecomb

    I had a thought, what if she is still connected to her past lives? But the previous avatars are currently deciding to see how Korra copes without them for a while, the avatars are purposely doing this to allow Korra to develop on her own will (also as a consequence of her actions)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      It’s an interesting theory, no doubt, but I’d be surprised if the past Avatars decided to throw her to the wolves just so she could grow. I’m sure they’re more concerned with the fate of humanity than Korra’s personal growth. Just my opinion.

  • Link9150

    I’m totally fine with Korra not being reconnected with her past lives. However, if she were to be reconnected with them I do not want it to be used as a Deus Ex Machina whenever she’ll have the slightest challenge when facing an opponent. Mike and Bryan seem to have a love for Deus Ex Machinas with Korra.

    Some people believe that Korra will represent a new line of Avatars, a new cycle. I would totally love that since it will live up to her being a legend just as Wan was a legend as well by forming a new cycle of avatars. The show is called “The LEGEND of Korra” after all.

    In the end, as long as Korra’s character development doesn’t get ruined because of something related to the past avatars, I would have no problem whatsoever.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I never really thought about Korra representing a new line of Avatars, but the more that I think about it, the more it makes sense. Like you said, this is the LEGEND of Korra. I could see this idea panning out quite well. Although, I don’t think I’d be particularly interested in seeing an Avatar series that takes place after Korra. I’d rather go backwards than forwards.

      • Link9150

        You read my mind. I’d love to get a look on Avatar Yangchen, when the airbenders were still alive or any other previous avatars where technological development didn’t matter and we’d get much more of a feudal Asia feel.

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          I never thought about getting a look at Yangchen! I’ve always been stuck on Kyoshi, but learning about Yangchen would be a great way to look at the Avatar World from a new perspective since there would be an abundance of airbenders.

          • Link9150

            Having a “Heisenberg-like” avatar like Kyoshi would be badass. I say Heisenberg-like because she seems to be a sort of sociopath that still has the best interest at heart but goes to extremes to get it.

          • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

            Speaking of Heisenberg, I thought I’d let you know that I’m starting up a ‘Better Call Saul’ blog that will be very similar to this ‘Korra’ blog.

            I just started it yesterday, but here’s the link in case you’re interested in keeping up:

            http://calltosaul.wordpress.com

          • Link9150

            Thanks a lot. I’ll be visiting it as much as I’ll be visiting this website.

      • daniel yefru

        it would be suckeish If she represented a new line :(

      • Sibis

        I also never understood Korra as setting up a new Avatar Line. Instead I read it as Korra just inherits Unalaq’s project and continues from where she left off in it. A chance to redefine the Avatar role and in a way to make it easier for her as Wan’s original plan was much more difficult for the Avatar alone.

    • Raphael Duffy

      I don’t think the writers love deus ex machina for Korra, I think it’s what they’ve always tended to stray towards. Think about the end of The Last Airbender with the lion turtle. Or even the end of book 1 with the huge moon spirit water monster thing. It’s a habit I would like to see them break but one they have pretty unarguably had since before Korra. I love the whole Avatar franchise to death, believe me, but The Last Airbender wasn’t perfect either.

      P.S. I kind of jumped the gun but it just seemed as if you were insinuating that it never happened on The Last Airbender. Perhaps I was a bit too aggressive, I didn’t mean any offense.

      • Legendary

        Actually, you have a point. I agree with you on that one. You aren’t being aggressive at all either. It’s a blog. Everyone has a right to their own thoughts and opinions. It’s just a matter of who’s grown up enough to handle opposing ones or not.

        • Raphael Duffy

          Thanks. I often get scared in comments section people will take offense if I have an opinion too critical of theirs because I don’t actually know anyone.

          • Legendary

            I hear ya. But no worries. If people get offended, then maybe they shouldn’t participate in a blog where all comments are posted. You say what you want. Forget those who have issues. They don’t have to read comments if they don’t like them.

      • Link9150

        If you think I’m wrong, always argue back. I don’t mind. Not to mention you replied to me in a very polite and respectful manner.
        I completely agree with you. They’ve done it in Avatar The Last Airbender as well. But I didn’t feel like mentioning it since we’re talking solely about Korra.

      • Jenga

        I read somewhere that in an interview with Mike and Bryan like a month after TLA ended, some fans were upset with the lion-turtle and said that it was Deus Ex Machina. Mike and Bryan responded with saying that the concept of energybending was something that they had in mind since the beginning of the series.

        Everything just works out for a reason.

        • Raphael Duffy

          I think just because they had it in mind doesn’t make it not deux ex machina. Even then, although I think it is still flawed I love the end of Avatar just as I love the rest of it. I also think energy bending is a cool concept and makes sense in the show but it was just made us ex machina as the end to that story/problem. To Kill A Firelord is a valid ethical dilemma particularly in Aang’s case for reasons he supplies. I just feel the solution offered felt kind of like a cop-out because it wasn’t offered earlier and it sidesteps a common (often used in superhero comics) but still interesting problem: How to stop a villain once and for all. Hence I believe, in that story, energybending was misused deux ex machina.

          • Jenga

            Well isn’t Deus Ex Machina generally just something that writers pull outta their ass at the last minute because they wrote themselves into a ditch? I see Deus Ex Machina as something with no thought in it and as a simple means to just wrap up the story with some OP skill or some crazy event. Energybending seemed like something that they were planning since the beginning, since they also referenced Lion Turtles in I think season 2.

          • Raphael Duffy

            Wikipedia: ‘Deus ex machina is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object.’

            The moral question of how to deal with the Firelord was an interesting question that was resolved abruptly. It doesn’t matter what the writers were planning or whether the lion turtle was mentioned earlier because energybending wasn’t mentioned to the audience and felt pulled ‘outta their ass’. Regardless of the definition of deus ex machina, an apparently vague term as I have learnt from this discussion, the energy bending was still a solution that tied everything up in a neat little bow too nicely particularly when it was a solution to a problem so grounded in reality. I think that’s why the problem has endured for so long, particularly in superhero comics, because it’s such a grounded problem. The reality of the situation is if this person is fundamentally evil what good does their presence do? The counterpoint is of course, life is a beautiful accumulation of coincidences and should be treasured no matter the horrors it has produced. I think denying the reality of the situation defeats its purpose. And introducing a solution with no sacrifice is not a good way to solve the issue, no matter the spiritual analogies, metaphors and ideals I’m sure exist in the story.

            On a probably irrelevant note I did like the solution the past avatars gave because it wasn’t a solution. ‘Be decisive’ didn’t mean kill the Firelord it just meant that an alternative would have to be just as good. Basically what they were saying was ‘That’s what I would do because I can’t see anything better to do.’ I thought it was a neat way of maintaining the avatars’ wisdom without giving away the solution and also displaying Aang’s set in stone morals. I also loved how it highlighted the futility of the problem, how there wasn’t really another solution.

            I would say the only time I’ve ever been satisfied with a solution to the issue was in Ultimate Comics: Death of Spider-Man. It’s in title so it’s not a spoiler. However I will be talking about it coming up so

            SPOILER ALERT

            When Peter Parker kills the Green Goblin he sees it as the only way and he’s satisfied because his family and friends are finally safe. He believes that’s more important than his morals. Kind of interesting that the only solution I’ve been satisfied with was murder huh?

            END SPOILERS
            Gah, that took me a while!

    • Singe

      When it came to those important fights with Amon and Unalaq/Vaatu, Korra has been more bark than bite.

      She really needs to get a win without some Dues Ex Machina stepping in.

      • Link9150

        Exactly, it would give her much more credibility. To be honest, I feel that in Book 1, Aang was the hero and Book 2 it was Jinora.

        • Sibis

          So far, Korra seems more weak and flawed than the strong prideful female character they are trying to portray. When it’s all put together, it makes her come off as muddled.

          • Korrava

            I would try and argue, but I know that you are extremely stubborn to even consider another’s opinion.

          • Sibis

            I don’t debate with those who just want to turn it into a heated argument.

            You’re the one who has said to have an issue with this, not me.

        • Sibis

          Book 2, Jinora cleaning up big sister Korra’s mess. lol

      • Korrava

        Hm let’s see all of Aang’s deus ex machina’s.

        Book 2, Katara saved him from dying with the oh so special healing water.

        Book 3, the lion turtle just gives him energybending

        Book 3, he slams against a pointy rock and is able to enter the avatar state again.

        • ALance

          I’m pretty sure the lion turtle didn’t give him energybending. The Avatar did already possess that ability. All the lion turtle did was impart to him the knowledge about it I believe.

        • Raphael Duffy

          To be pandantic, Aang did die and was revives, he wasn’t saved from dying. But I digress. What’s important here to me is I only really agree with one of those (energybending). The magic water was introduced a whole season ago (pretty much exactly to the minute) and was a major plot point just earlier in the episode so it didn’t pop out of nowhere, nor was it introduced and then never mentioned again until convenient. I also thought the rock freeing the flow of the chakras made sense because the chakras are a concept with physical and spiritual aspects. It linked back to events that had already happened and been explained. So I don’t know about you, but I didn’t really feel cheated by that. The other one people talk about is Koizilla in book one. This one puzzles me because I don’t know why, I guess just because of the coolness factor and the mystery of what these spirits can do I, again, didn’t feel cheated by it. Just my thoughts but I guess I really disagree with you.

    • Sid Ribeiro

      I do hope, and as it seems it will happen, Korra restores her connection to her past lives. In my opinion I find that one of the beauties of the Avatar. Yet, I wouldn’t like it to be a “Deus Ex Machina”. It’s too commonly used and it gets boring.
      I saw your conversation about the abuse of this greek concept. I don’t agree much with it tho. On TLA I would only consider the solution to solve Aang’s ethical problem as being a Deux Ex Machina . And only because of it being unexpected and being added out of no where, but I believe they added it then to explore it now. And so that we had an idea and could relate Wan’s history to something we had a small idea about.
      On the LOK I believe they kept doing it to show she wasn’t fully evolved and that she needs to discover herself to be able to fully ascend as a true Avatar and not because they couldn’t find any other way to make her win or to solve the problems. So can we really consider it a Deus Ex Machina? I guess it depends on our interpretation of it.

      Sorry for bad english, just saw your coments and need to get ready for college. If someone doesn’t understand what I said feel free to answer and I’ll try to explain myself better later. :D

      • Link9150

        I agree it depends on the interpretation of her reconnecting with her past lives. When I say Deus Ex Machina, it’s because I want Korra to accomplish something on her own. In Book 1 she had Mako alongside with her against Mako and in Book 2 what could have she done without Jinora.
        So, in the end, I just want Korra to earn her reconnecting with her past lives. Because when she lost them, it wasn’t really a sacrifice. Unalaq just stripped Raava out of her.

        • Raphael Duffy

          Sorry for digging up an old article but someone replied to me so I’ve been reading more of the comments. Jinora in book 2 was probably the worst Deus ex machina in all of Avatar. I know I’ve gone on and on about the energybending in Sozin’s Comet but it paled in comparison to that.

          • Link9150

            Jinora’s Deus Ex Machina was just terrible lazy writing. She literally told Korra to pick up Raava and boom it’s done… I felt so underwhelmed.

  • Link9150

    As for character development, the creators just need to steer clear from any irrelevant romantic subplot and everything will be fine.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I don’t mind the romantic subplots as long as they are minor and firmly set between two specific characters rather than three or four.

      • Link9150

        Even when you think about it a minor romantic subplot can help improve a character’s development. But the way it happened in Books 1 & 2 was just messy and got in the way of more important stuff.

      • crystalline

        agreed

    • Sibis

      Better if they can do other character development besides romance and not try to sprinkle almost every plot with romance.

      • Link9150

        This would be my dream.

  • Nico

    I hope she never gets reconnected to her past lives

  • macmile

    Hey what happened to the podcast tab on the website?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      It appears as though Cast Bender and I had a bit of a nasty split-up. They were angry that I joined Korra Scope to conduct interviews, and they were upset with the fandom’s negative reaction to their Podcasts. So, they quit and I removed my partnership with them. It was quite dramatic, actually.

      • macmile

        Wow. Ok. I actually enjoyed their podcasts. But yeah I understand.

  • Sibis

    Maybe not much of an impact for Korra since she barely used the wisdom of her previous Avatar incarnates compared to Aang.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I agree. But I think that’s because she always had the wisdom of Tenzin, which is something Aang never had. Perhaps Korra will have a run-in with a situation that even Tenzin can’t help with in Book 3?

      • AirMonkAang

        I think we saw that with when Tenzin was trying to help her pass into the Avatar world and he couldn’t. Korra should have just contacted Aang or something haha

      • Sibis

        If Korra was talking to her past lives, then things like Tenzin/her father lying to her for most of her life and Unalaq/Vaatu plan would have all been given away.

        Book 1 showed that even Aang can step in a few times to help Korra.

        The only thing I can think of is that Korra reverted and hindered her own ability to talk to her predecessors.

  • Ifreke Umana

    Not sure how likely it is but I would want to see conversations between Korra and Raava in the future.

    • Legama

      Yeah Raava may still have some of the knowledge the past avatars had. She my be a great help in future episodes.

  • Korrava

    This topic is likely the most controversial topic in the fandom.

    Interesting read! Honestly though, I personally wish Korra does not reconnect with her past lives in Book 3, even at all. I personally love the direction that they are going to be taking with Korra developing and doing things on her own, solving her own problems, starting a new cycle etc. In the end she truly will be a legend!

    If they do plan on reconnecting her with her past lives, I hope it’ll be at the end of Book 4. Think about it, Korra officially succeeds her goal of spirits and humans co-existing, the world is finally in peace between the two. Korra being now extremely spiritual *said by the creators* just like Aang before his speech will be meditating with beautiful scenery behind her, and suddenly she finds herself into a gaze of stars and space like material much like the scenery when all the avatars were being wiped out, are now re appearing in front of her. Korra with an astonished look on her face is standing in front of her past lives. The past avatars have a proud look on their face, and there is no dialogue whatsoever. That’s it, she did it, she is officially reconnected. Korra then awakens from her meditation with entering the avatar state, and the symbol of Raava is appearing on her chest like before. Beautiful scenery is now much more visible. *The end*

    Now wouldn’t that be a fantastic ending to the show?

  • Ariana Moreno

    All I know for sure right now is I am ready for some new Korra adventures! Bring it Nick!

    Oh and if anyone else is looking for ways to keep busy till then, Attack on Titan is an amazing anime. Check it out! People who don’t even like anime are becoming fans of it! :D

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Lots of my college friends (ones not into Animes) would sit around and watch Attack on Titan all the time. Seems like a good show.

      • Ariana Moreno

        it really is Keval. I wouldn’t be surprised if in time, you decided to add on an Attack on Titan blog for yourself! You seem like the type to like it to be honest. If you haven’t already, I would suggest giving it a try :p

  • crystalline

    One thing I have felt throughout this entire series is that the bending compared to ATLA seems a lot less explosive and exciting. I felt like the moves and tricks in ATLA were way more incredible and thrilling to watch. With this series, I feel like most of the bending is small quick moves, and there’s hardly any big bending moves. For example, in ATLA Aang made tornados, Katara made like a water octopus, the swamp guy, Kyoshi split a whole island, Azula used fire to fly(and it was blue), Toph made a metal suit, the earth bending in The Earth King episode was some of the best of the series, and it just goes on. Comparing these moves to those that we have seen in LOK, I feel like the bending abilities have gone down. The only big moves we see are when Korra is in the avatar state, but that’s like cheating. When she’s not in the avatar state she hardly does anything. The only great bending i feel we have seen so far was with Wan and some of Lin’s moves. I think part of why I hated the pro bending stuff so much was because the bending was weak and boring. Other than that, I hope they amp up the bending in these next two books and we see some epic crazy moves that are the same or even better than in ATLA.

    • Sibis

      Bending has been toned done to give the Equalist a chance to be viable opponents. That’s just the way the show set it up.

      Earth Rock Armor would have negated the poking and electric gloves. Mako wouldn’t have been badly lobbing those lame fireballs of his at Amon.

      • crystalline

        That does not explain book 2 and really doesn’t fully explain book 1…just saying. Mai, Ty Lee, Sokka, and Jet for example were all non benders and no one took it easy on them….Azula would have struck Mai and Long Feng took down Jet

        • Sibis

          It just seems they just aren’t into doing the advanced, fancy, flashy, and big moves anymore.

          In TLA a number of the characters were prodigies or very experienced in their ability to fight during the war.

          Compared to LOK where they are just weaker in the peace era.

          Non-benders no longer carried weapons or had any need to learn fighting styles. While the benders still retain their powers requiring nothing more than basic level bending.

    • Raphael Duffy

      I never really thought about this before… Kind of a shame and I don’t think I’m going to stop noticing it now… I wouldn’t say the avatar state is cheating though. If anything it jus gives the choreographers a chance to let loose. To go crazy. To do anything they want. The book 2 finale had some pretty cool stuff with the avatar state vs. avatar state and the kaiju battle (although the latter was kind of stupid to me). I think that whole last 2 (or maybe 3?) episodes had some pretty cool stuff with the airship raids and the sibling battles.

  • Guest

    I do hope, and as it seems it will happen, Korra restores her connection to her past lives. In my opinion I find that one of the beauties of the Avatar. Yet, I wouldn’t like it to be a “Deus Ex Machina”. It’s too commonly used and it gets boring.
    I saw your conversation about the abuse of this greek concept. I don’t agree much with it tho. On TLA I would only consider the solution to solve Aang’s ethical problem as being a Deux Ex Machina . And only because of it being unexpected and being added out of no where, but I believe they added it then to explore it now. And so that we had an idea and could relate Wan’s history to something we had a small idea about.
    On the LOK I believe they kept doing it to show she wasn’t fully evolved and that she needs to discover herself to be able to fully ascend as a true Avatar and not because they couldn’t find any other way to make her win or to solve the problems. So can we really consider it a Deus Ex Machina? I guess it depends on our interpretation of it.

    Sorry for bad english, just saw your coments and need to get ready for college. If someone doesn’t understand what I said feel free to answer and I’ll try to explain myself better later.

  • Marissa B

    Does anyone else feel like this series is not as serious as the last airbender series? Because I mean.. I hope it gets more serious in the third book, because right now with bolins jokes and aangs like farting airbender grandchild I feel like the series is a joke..