Our first Book 2 rewatch has officially started on this fine Saturday morning. As you all probably expected, we will be starting with Book 2’s first episode titled ‘Rebel Spirit’. The synopsis of the episode is as followed: “Korra struggles to find a deeper connection with the Spirit World as she and the gang attend a Southern Water Tribe festival.” This week, we will be sticking solely to the first episode as opposed to rewatching the first two episodes on the same day.
You may use the comments below to discuss the episode as you please. I’m not too sure what kind of audience this rewatch will garner so whether or not a heavy discussion even occurs has yet to be seen. Keep in mind that it only takes one person to get the marble moving, so don’t be shy to be that person.
Episode 1 ‘Rebel Spirit’ is embedded below. There may be a 30 second advertisement, but you’ll be able to freely watch the episode once the advertisement ends. Don’t forget to full screen the video, and maybe even connect your computer to your TV for the ultimate experience. Enjoy the premiere of Book 2 – again.
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I still remember waking up unusually early on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. There was this excitement in the pit of stomach that I hadn’t felt in a while, an excitement that made me feel like a kid again. After four long years, Avatar was back – my favorite animated series of all time was back. My day started at 9:00 am sharp and I spent the next two hours reading forums and watching trailers. I hadn’t seen any of the premiere episodes posted online several weeks prior, so my anticipation for that day was at an all-time high.
Each week after, I felt a similar wave of excitement overcome me as my eyes popped open early each Saturday morning. There was something about the combination of Saturday mornings and The Legend of Korra that just felt right. The early morning time slot for Book 1 seemingly enhanced the series for reasons I cannot explain.
When Nickelodeon announced that Book 2 would air on Friday nights, I knew Book 2 wouldn’t be the same. I didn’t like the time, I didn’t like the atmosphere and I didn’t like the feeling. I felt as though the series has lost some of its magic solely due to the change in time slot. It felt darker, it felt grimmer and, frankly, it felt odd to watch after a long day of work as opposed to a good night sleep filled with anticipation.
That’s why I have decided to host a Legend of Korra Book 2 rewatch right here on this blog every Saturday morning at 11:00 am – the original time slot.
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If there’s one feature of The Legend of Korra‘s second season that truly stands out, it’s the level of intricacy and immense variation of design being implemented. No prior season has dealt with such an array of styles, along with a persistent adoption of diverse color palettes and highly distinguishable environments. From the luminous mountain tops surrounding the Southern Air temple to the darkest depths of the Spirit World, the season wows its audience with confidence and ultimately embodies a visual marvel more resembling of an enormous art piece, than a television production.
When delving into the realm of animation, it’s important to remember the amount of effort required to produce a living, breathing world. In a commentary for Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bryan Konietzko recalls a major difference between filming a live-action television series and an animated one, and that’s the work involved in capturing each setting. It’s significantly easier to film real life, where a three-dimensional and functioning society is already set, than it is to draft a location from a blank slate, filling in the details from scratch.
That being said, how many creative staff members do you wager died in the process of designing Book 2? In all seriousness though, the immaculate envisioning of Book 2 was clearly not a weekend chore, and I believe the episodes “Beginnings Part 1 & 2″ and “A New Spiritual Age” are the season’s most shining examples of this.
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Over the past several months, Legend of Korra fans have been flooding Jeremy Zuckerman’s Twitter mentions with questions pertaining to the Book 2 OST (official soundtrack). Zuckerman replied to many of those mentions, stating that it’s up to Nickelodeon to decide whether or not a Book 2 soundtrack will be released. Nickelodeon has not released an official statement confirming or rejecting the idea of a Book 2 soundtrack, so a release is still very much possible.
One way for Nickelodeon to decide whether or not a Book 2 soundtrack would be worthwhile is by monitoring the sales of the Book 1 soundtrack. Upon its release, the soundtrack was the best selling soundtrack album and #5 in the pop sales rankings on Amazon. The popularity of the Book 1 soundtrack certainly paints a bright future for the possibility of a Book 2 soundtrack, but according to Jeremy Zuckerman, there’s much more to be done.
Several days ago, Zuckerman used Twitter to announce that the Book 1 soundtrack would require more sales for a Book 2 soundtrack to be released:
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Before Book 2 premiered, Mike and Bryan made it clear that Lin Beifong would not have much of a role in the season. Like many viewers, I was disappointed because Lin was character that I really grew to like as Book 1 progressed. I was looking forward to getting to know Lin a bit more and seeing how her character develops. Little did I know that Book 2 would hit the reset button on her character and turn her into the Chief of Police that ignores evidence and treats the ‘rookie’ like a child.
Lin’s role in Book 2 began when Team Avatar returned to Republic City to speak with President Raiko about possibly using the United Republic as back up. Upon arrival, Mako returned to his role as cop and Lin Beifong assigned him the task of security at the peace march that would take place later that night. During the peace march, the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center was bombed. Fortunately, Mako got a glimpse of the fire bender who detonated the bomb and he got a hold of the wireless, remote detonator that was used to set off the bomb.
Mako decided to do some more digging and he found that the fire bender he got a glimpse of was an Agni Kai Triad member. When he took all of the evidence to Lin, who had already concluded that the bomber was a Northerner, she immediately blew her top, “What makes a rookie beat cop think he can interrupt my meeting with the president? Give [the evidence] to Lu and Gang you moron. Now get out!”
When Mako handed Lu and Gang the evidence, they told Mako to “give it a rest” because the ones responsible for the bombing were clearly the Northerners. My question is how can you assume this with no evidence?
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