The Biggest Problem with the Legend of Korra is the Unlikability of its Characters

People often tell me that the Legend of Korra, “Just doesn’t feel the same.” I typically respond by saying, “You’re right, it doesn’t.” But why is that? Why does the sequel to arguably one of the best animated shows on television seemingly fail in comparison to its predecessor? There are numerous reasons why Avatar: The Last Airbender can be seen as the superior series – most of which are strictly opinion based. Perhaps you enjoyed the inclusion of filler episodes that The Legend of Korra has avoided. Or perhaps you enjoyed being immersed in a storyline that has several seasons to develop?

One thing I think we can all agree on is that the characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender are far superior to those in The Legend of Korra. I understand that comparing these characters is a bit premature since The Legend of Korra has just hit the half way point, but one thing I noticed during Book 2 of The Legend of Korra is that a lot of the characters seemed to have regressed.

With only 12 episodes, I thought the writers did an above-average job of introducing and developing Team Avatar in Book 1. The development was by no means perfect, but it would be unrealistic for characters such as Bolin, Mako and Asami to be fully developed after one season. The expectation was that the writers would start making the characters more dynamic in Book 2 and essentially pick up where they left off in Book 1.

Unfortunately, these expectations were missed by quite the margin. As I mentioned before, many of the characters in Team Avatar seem to have regressed in Book 2 and they’re on the verge of becoming almost unlikable.

The old Team Avatar was likable from top to bottom.

One of the main reasons why Avatar: The Last Airbender succeeded was due to the likability of its characters. They were charming, they had good relations with one another and they were developed well throughout the course of each season.

At the end of Book 2, Azula struck Aang in the back with a volt of lightening, killing him in the Avatar State. At that moment in time, I feared for the life of Aang. I related to his character and mourned his death because he seemed real to me. Seeing Katara try to fend off the Dai Li was heartbreaking and seeing Uncle Iroh give himself up to allow Katara to escape made me a bit emotional. The emotion in that seen was unmatchable and the reason for that was the superb development of the characters.

One difference between Book 2 of The Legend of Korra and Book 2 of Avatar: The Last Airbender is the amount of episodes leading up the finale of the respective season. The Legend of Korra has 26 episodes leading up to the Book 2 finale while Avatar: The Last Airbender had 40 episodes. The difference of 14 episodes is certainly notable because a lot can be done with characters in that span of the time. But, once again, the thing that strikes me about the characters in The Legend of Korra is that they’re regressing.

Several days ago, I used the Reddit community’s opinions to formulate a post on how to use Book 3 to drive suspense or anticipation for Book 4. Many posters advocated the death of one of the main characters. I thought it was a bit silly at first, but when I really thought about it, it didn’t seem like a bad idea.

Team Avatar

The new Team Avatar? Not so much.

Why not kill off Bolin? It’s not like he provides anything useful to the show. Or how about Mako? If he died, there would be fewer feuds within the fandom about his character. Killing off Asami would be a bit harsh since I do like her character, but she provided less in Book 2 than Bolin did – and that’s saying something.

After I finished writing that post, a peculiar though came upon me: I really don’t care for any of the characters involved in Team Avatar outside of Korra. And even if something happened to Korra, I’m not as emotionally attached to her as I was to Aang at the end of Book 2.

When Korra developed amnesia after being attack by the Spirit in the ocean, there was certainly a sense of shock. I was worried for her character in a way, but at the same time, there seemed to be more good that could be derived from the situation than bad. Perhaps she will end up spending more time with Tenzin so she can regain her memory? Perhaps the whole feud between Mako and her will dissolve because she no longer has feelings for him? Perhaps Korra will find a new set of friends who actually accompany her in her journeys?

When I look back at Book 2, Mako, Bolin and Asami provided next to nothing throughout the entire season. All three of them were wrapped up in a Varrick plot that ended up going no where. Korra, on the other hand, was single handedly trying to save the world on her own (with some help from Jinora, of course). It wasn’t until the last few episodes when the rest of Team Avatar got off of their lunch break and gave Korra a hand.

And what was Mako doing while Korra was trying to save the world?

“You’ve been smooching with everybody. Snuffy, Al, Leo, Little Moe with the gimpy leg, Cheeks. Boney Bob. Cliff.”

That’s a Home Alone 2 reference to end the holidays on a high note. In all seriousness, Mako was “smooching” with Asami and that brought the feud of the love triangle back into the mix. As much as these characters are lacking development, they’re also tearing each other a part.

Constantly formulating this rift between Korra, Asami and Mako is just not healthy from a developmental standpoint and, frankly, it’s getting a bit difficult to watch from a viewer’s perspective. I’m not a huge fan of the romantic arcs in this series, but if it has to be a part of the narrative, can’t it include characters outside of Team Avatar? Do the writers have to undermine the characters a part of Team Avatar by creating a romance that induces ‘cheating’ and ‘back-stabbing’?

Few people enjoyed it in Book 1 so why was it included in Book 2? All it did was hinder the growth of the characters and put them on the verge of unlikability.

While the romantic arcs in Avatar: The Last Airbender did focus within Team Avatar, it didn’t intensify until much later in the series. The romantic arcs in the series also did not have any negative impact on the characters or the storyline. In fact, some of the moments were a bit humorous such as when Toph thought Sokka had saved her after she fell into the waters of the Serpents Pass.

As much as I believe that the writers haven’t done the best job developing the characters in Team Avatar, I think they did a great job with characters outside of the group such as Tenzin and Jinora. Learning about Tenzin’s complex relationship between his siblings and him was interesting and seeing Tenzin interact with his father in the Fog of Lost Souls gave my heart a tug.

Tenzin and Jinora were two of the best characters this season.

Tenzin is one of the few characters that I genuinely cared about during Book 2. In the beginning of Book 1, he seemed to be a bit of nuisance due to the control he had on Korra. It was obvious that he was only doing what was best for her, but as a viewer I could see why Korra was upset with him and I agreed with her.

This season, however, Tenzin has taken strides to be one of the best, if not the best, all-around characters in the series. He has depth, he has likability and he has importance.

Jinora is also another character that was well developed this season. Seeing her go from ‘one of the siblings’ to a monumental factor in Korra’s spiritual development proved her importance and worthiness to the series. Tenzin and her are two of the characters I’m most looking forward to seeing in Book 3.

I’d like to see the writers handle the characters a part of Team Avatar similarly: give them importance, give them depth and give them likability. Build an unbreakable bond between the four of them and don’t let romance interfere with it. We’ve already seen the impact of romance on Team Avatar for two seasons now and it’s not pretty.

I want Book 3 to succeed, and more importantly, I want the Legend of Korra to succeed. Hopefully the writers use Book 3 to re-set some of these characters and get them back on track. In order for a series to succeed, likability is the key and it starts with the characters.

  • Heisenberg

    Dude, that was my article idea, what the hell?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Sorry, I never read your article. This was on the list of topics I wanted to cover so I wrote this.

      • Guest

        Then why say you’d post it? I respect the idea of you not wanting to post it, it’s your website and you’re the boss, but… is it because of yesterday’s controversy?

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          No. This is a busy time of season and I just never got around to it. And then I forgot about it. Sorry.

          • Heisenberg

            Nah, nah it’s cool whatever. You’re the boss

          • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

            I would’ve have posted it, but you have to understand that my inbox gets flooded with like 50 emails a day from blog stuff. I just got lost in the mix and I forgot about it,.

          • Heisenberg

            I respect your judgement and I should simply be grateful that you didn’t ban me yesterday. So thanks for that.

      • Heisenberg

        Whatever, forget it.

  • Greenfire32

    Which is why I think Books 3 and 4 MUST contain the same story arc. 12 episodes is not enough time to develop a character. And while Korra technically has 24 episodes now, each Book has essentially hit the “reset” button on character development.

    Which is why they’re by and large “meh” compared to ATLA’s cast and crew and, likewise, the situations they get into are equally as “meh.” How are we supposed to root for the good guy, when we don’t really know who he is or care enough to know who he is?

    Books 3 and 4 MUST contain the same overall Story Arc. They have to…

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I completely agree. Having a plot arc over between Books 3 and 4 would be the best possible thing for the writers to do. There would be more continuity with the characters and much more excitement for Book 4.

  • Bella

    I thought that was a really great article, and it’s totally spot on. There aren’t very many perilous moments in the series where I really connect with the character. However, those moments ended up being best in the series, for example: korra losing her bending, Jinora being lost in the spirit world, asami facing her father with bolin, Bumi battling the spirits, and mako explaining his past to korra. More of these moments that really expand how the view feels about the character would really build the quality of the show.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Thanks for reading, Bella! I agree, the show lacks those moments that really allows you to connect with the characters. It’s not completely absent of them, but it lacks to it a point in which you know something is missing.

      Hopefully Book 3 and 4 can add some more of those signature Avatar moments.

      • Avatar Xane

        Hey Keval. This doesn’t have to do with the article at hand, but I wanted to know what you thought of the Book 2 finale and with Jesus Jinora. Did you think of it as a Deus Ex Machina? Is it bad writing?

        Speaking of bad writing, did you think this season’s writing was bad? What did you think of it in general? Is reasons as to why the writing would be considered bad merely opinion-based?

        I’d like your input. Thanks, and great article! Can’t wait for Book 3!

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          Writing was awful this season, for the most part. There were too many episodes in which one episode just sucked while the next episode was descent. Terrible pacing. The characters well badly written (like I explained in this article) and I thought the plot was not developed correctly. Unalaq was not developed well as a villain. The Book was just very scattered, in my opinion. Book 1 was far superior because the plot was more intelligent.

          • Ariana Moreno

            not to mention team avatar wasn’t split up, which therefore meant that there was no need to jump around. honestly, they should’ve just stayed together in book 2, and had the same goals like book 1. how much do you wanna bet a result definitely would’ve given more use out of team avatar’s characters, and could’ve raised chances of character development, had they not split up and regressed into their own little worlds?

          • Lamar Johnson

            i agree book one was superior but they did sidestep all the political and ethical issues of the social hiearchy inequalitys between Non benders faced against benders when they had greater rights that amon raised nor korra didnt bother to address them and then pulled asspulls in the later season.

      • NikeFiend__

        I agree, ATLA was sillier but its emotional moments were 100x more powerful than LOK.

        Examples:

        The Avatar state- the raw emotion in those scenes were so powerful.when Aang would go into the Avatar state like in “The Desert”.

        In “Tales of Ba Sing Se” when Iroh sing Little Soldier Boy oh my God that makes me cry every time.

        The whole “The Guru” episode

        All the things the show teaches you like the things Iroh said or Aang’s conversation with the lion turtle.

        And IMO the most powerfully emotional scene in the show- the end of “The Crossroads of Destiny” I don’t know how LOK can even try to match the emotion that scene has. The music as Aang ascends from the crystals. And that short clip of the tears just rolling down Katara’s face just makes it so real it really hurts.

        LOK will never be able to do that.

  • Erin

    I don’t think the creators will hit therthe reset button on the characters. While Korra is more mature now, she still has tons of room for development like say dealing with the stress of everyone wanting her to fix everything since she opened the portals. Your right keval. Someone needs to die or leave. I vote mako. In terms of development he’s a lost cause. Bolin and asami have some potential at least. In place of mako a new character should come, like someone they meet in the earth kingdom. Not that it should be a big part of the plot, but maybe a new love interest for Korra? It would have to take the backseat to the main plot. And their relationship would have to develop, instead jumping right into the romance like makorra. And no freaking love triangles!!!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I’m not advocating that anyone should die. But I agree that if someone DID die, I wouldn’t necessarily miss them. If Mako died it would be interesting to see how that would impact the characters. Especially Bolin. Thanks for reading, Erin :)

  • Sibis

    The writers could just kick Mako, Bolin, and Asami from the team. Bring back the White Lotus. Give Korra three bodyguard peers that travel with her for the rest of the series.

    Mako is just too independent for the team.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I don’t particularly like any of those characters and as much as I’d like them to leave, it would be too extreme of a solution at this point. Especially since we’re half way through the series.

  • ilovefoodandkorra

    I and many many others on Tumblr can say that most of the fandom is emotionally attached to Korra. Mako, Bolin, and Asami are useless. I have faith though.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      If I’m being completely honest, I’m starting to lose faith in Mike and Bryan to actually correct these characters. They’re all so damaged and unliked by the fandom that it’ll take a huge turn around. I hope I’m wrong. Thanks for reading!

      • lakajahaga

        Let’s not blame it all on Mike and Bryan. There are multiple writers responsible for the characters.

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          Sorry, I meant to type “writers” not “Mike and Bryan.” I just edited it.

  • Volan

    I think the Mako die, would bring a much greater connection with Bolin and Korra and Asami for us. See how they handle this would be something interesting for the series would be a great character development.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I would be interested to see how Bolin handles that. Would be interesting to get some real emotion outside of all the silliness that the writers have brought to his character.

    • Eliminator

      And? I don’t want to see Korra and Asami getting friends. I’d like to see they become enemies or Asami a villain, or just kill her off. It sucks, we deal with spirits and earth bending in book 3, there is no place for a love drama causing girl, who is a non bender at the same time, who doesn’t contribute to Team Avatar anyway. Equalists are gone, and so should she, too.

    • Ariana Moreno

      that’s a good idea i think for me it’s a win win: mako is a douche, so if you kill him off=one less douche in team avatar, a chance to see how the others will deal with it, more development and depth for the characters, more interaction, and who knows! an incident like that might even bring them closer together as a team and they might be able to reach the quality of characters everyone in atla had! rock bottom equals change, even Aang said so himself: when we reach our lowest points, we are opened to the greatest change. think about it: for example, when Aang lost Appa, the whole team came together, and katara’s true role and potential was revealed in that moment as the mother of the group and the one that provided love and encouragement that everyone needed in the sad time! if this happened with Mako, then we’d probably see someone step up to the plate, they’d get some more to their character, and you’d probably care for them more! You’d see them become more important, like holding the group together and helping one another focus on the goals in book 3 and probably into book 4! it would definitely make it harder to hate characters that show how much they care for one another, instead of seeing them treat each other like burdens like we saw all throughout book 2. everyone had their own selfish motives in book 2 and every time they crossed paths, it seemed like the other person only got in their way of their own goals, so, they all need one goal. they all need to stick together and Makos’ death would certainly force more of that, especially since Bolin depended on Mako for so much up to this point.

  • ilovefoodandkorra

    Also. I forgot to mention the death of a cahractr. It would actually be a great idea. I vote Mako, he’s just useless. But, also found something interesting on Tumblr, many people are demanding Korrasami friendship, as well as me. DUring a convention, someone asked Bryan about it, and he confirmed that it would happen in Book 3. Now that is great news, it could develop Asami even more, plus romance is out of the way, Frienship is the key and that could make us connect more to the characters. Especially Asami, maybe Bolin. Source: http://owldee.tumblr.com/post/58446298624/so-more-on-what-bryan-said-when-i-asked-about

    • ilovefoodandkorra

      character*

  • Dragon Heart

    I think the Zuko episodes really showed why the Gaang was so great. Put any two characters from the group together and you get a interesting episode with great interactions.

    You don’t have that with this new Team like many of you are saying.Book 2 in general made me dislike Bolin quite a bit. So really the characters I ended up liking the most
    come from Aang’s family.

    And hopefully Lin goes back to being a competent, smart, badass. And not that body double that was in book 2.

  • Sibis

    In Book 2, I’ll give Asami credit for one really good part for her.

    Asami’s best moment in Book 2 was her giving up. She finally realized her limitations, accept it, and was going to move on. This was her one and only moment where she was about to stand up and walk away for her wallowing self.

    This had potential to redeem Asami. It left open the door to possibilities of where should she go from here. She was rock bottom as Korra in Air.

    But Mako and love triangle ruined it.

  • Wyatt

    I agree with the majority of what you said, though not always in equal measure. One thing I do have to back up from my own opinion however is which character, if any should be killed off, and like you, Keval, I found the idea more interesting the more I pondered it. This is what I would like to see happen in either Book 3 or 4: A lot of Asami – the show should completely develop her character before having her sacrifice herself in a heroic manner to save the rest of Team Avatar. The writers seemed to have written themselves into a corner with her character at this point, so I think it would make the most sense for her to be killed off, as opposed to Mako or Bolin who still maintain some wiggle-room for future incursions/development… Thought’s anyone??

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      That’s an interesting idea. I always though killing off Asami would be cruel, but I get what you’re saying. I think the writers have done what they can for Asami. Get as much out of her as possible and then kill her off to get a mournful reaction from the audience.

      You never really know what you have until you lose it…same is true for a character like Asami. I like it!

      • Wyatt

        Also, because she has such a close tie with the rest of the main cast, we could see an interesting situation unfold with Team Avatar coping with her death. I’m just not sure how far Nickelodeon is willing to let loose on the reigns… they have allowed Amon and Tarrlok’s, along with Unalaq’s and some fishermens’ so far. Who knows?

        • Sibis

          Korra is rash and reckless. If any kind death is going to shake her up, an accidental death or sacrifice to save her during that situation would be best..

          Aang burning Katara shook him up that Fire Bending was not a play thing.

    • Sibis

      I was thinking that at some point Asami should just realize that the danger factor is too much for her. She’s a CEO of a company and responsibilities should be enough where she can’t just drop everything to go running off to save the world.

    • Eliminator

      Exactly. Mako and Bolin still have potential for Team Avatar, we need water fire earth and air in the Team. Asami cannot do anything. The avatar world turned into a real magic world with spirits, Harmonic Convergence, energybending and so on. But I am not that sure, whether Asami should get much screen time to develop. I mean, her character is quite admirable already.
      Anyway she should sacrifice herself.

    • m

      I’d prefer Mako or Bolin to die off, or preferably both of them. I don’t think either of them really contribute to team Avatar, since Korra can bend all the elements anyway, and it’s not like there was too many times where they needed a certain bender to get the job done or help Korra. Like Keval said, they weren’t around in book 2, at least not enough to warrant being considered helpful. It’s not like Mako is teaching Korra how to bend lightning, and Bolin can’t even bend metal. I see Asami as the person with a creative mind in the group, like the idea person/brains behind the missions. Mako is a boring, cheating, moody dude, who just causes romance problems in the group, and at this point Bolin is just a whiny doofus. I think Bolin has potential to be the diplomat in their group, because it seems like he can easily get along with most people, and if we have to keep Mako then he can be the detective, both in Republic City and more underwraps on Team Avatar (kinda like Batman on the JL).

  • Lord Friday

    I don’t think it has anything to do with characters being unlikeable. More just the ability for being unconnected to the audience.

    • Lord Friday

      To further clarfiy, the audience cannot create a connection to the characters, such as Bolin and Mako. This is because they are borely characterized and leasts to audiences being uninterested. There’s nothing unlikeable about them: it’s more apathy.

      • Lord Friday

        Not borely, but underdeveloped.

      • Sibis

        Quite right.

        The joke of an angry Mako using his Fire Bending to heat the water to scald Bolin. Then there is the background story that their parents were killed by Fire Bending.

        If the writers put much thought into their material, Mako wouldn’t be using his Fire Bending to harm his brother.

  • Loklover

    Honestly, I don’t think the creators can save Asami. Kill her off.

    • Eliminator

      Also she is a non bender! In a spiritual world. Who cares about her anyway.

      • Ariana Moreno

        you and loklover have to admit that you are subconsciously saying all of this because you guys want korra to have mako to herself XD that’s the only reason why! other wise, who’s saying she’s to blame for the way the creators hindered her potentially awesome role? or made a wrong decision to keep her after book 1? it ain’t her fault. her character itself is awesome, but she can use more development, and stop being too soft when she isn’t treated right by the mako douche. XD also, she could’ve been done after book 1, but you wanna blame the poor quality of the writing for that mistake, not her character itself. XD

        • Eliminator

          that’s not true! I totally didn’t expect Asami having a role in book 2 at all. I htought her temporary plot was done! I didn’t even need book 2 to convince me of her uselessness. I don’t worry about the Mako Korra thing. It will get fixed anyway.
          Besides Mako’s mistakes, she did many, too. And do you know what? Her character isn’t awesome. It’s rather boring to be honest. If Asami is ina scene, I know, it can’t be that great. And I am right.

          • Ariana Moreno

            she was badass in book 1! her morals were mixed here and there-competing for mako, but also going against the hatred of her father despite it being for the loss of her mother-i thought she was pretty awesome! she had purpose in book 1 way more than book 2, but if you say she is boring and uninteresting i can only agree now in book 2, because she was rendered useless and pointless. and to be honest with you, i’m not sure if I expected her to be in book 2 either, but if she was, then i did expect her to be a lot more fulfilling and useful. so your opinion about her now is true, but i didn’t think so back then when she had more potential. of course, this leads back to my source of blame-poor writing in book 2.

  • that was a long-ass article

    In the old Team Avatar picture, it looks like Toph is farting and everyone else is gagging and covering their mouth.

  • Wise Lion-Turtle

    Okay, I see here are a lot of people who would like for Asami, Bolin and speacially Mako to die. Idk why are you all hatin on him so much. Why? Because he became an asshole in book 2? Okay, if we wanna play this game, then Korra should die, because she has been the worst asshole of them all. She hurt her family, Mako and Tenzin with her acting. She was really annoying and I couldn’t understand what happened to her from the 1st book. Mako has even then been nice to her, till his limits went off. I know how he feels I had the same experience with it. She hurt him, cooled his feelings and bam! over. So stop saying that only he is an asshole. Okay he is, but not because he is actually just an asshole, it’s because she made him to one. Second, neither Bolin, Asami nor Mako should die. Book 2 was there to show us more of Bo and Asami, so at book 3 they could all speak with eachother and come together as the team Avatar. They have all matured in the 2nd season, even Bolin. Yes, he is still funny and crazy, but he also became a bit maturer then before. Anyways, I think Katara should die. Why? I will make it short. She dreams of that moment where she can join her friends and husband again, because she is all alone in this world, her generation and time has passed. Even though Tenzin, Bumi and Kya are there, they cant replace her friends. So they should make a dramatic ending where she passes away, and we see how her soul becames young again and she joins the friends and everyone welcome her. Aang comes and hugs her, like her brother too…. I think that would be the best thing (my opinion) – haters gona hate and fight and use rude words and stuff.

    • Dragon Heart

      Korra can’t die obviously, it’s her show.

      • Ariana Moreno

        what if she died at the end?? haha XD that would be one wacky way to end it. it’s just a joke somewhat. but what if it was actually considered? what would you think?

        • Eliminator

          If Korra dies, then… I am excited to see the ratings of the episode and the following. ;)

          • Ariana Moreno

            so, is this a good thing to you? or a bad thing and you are just using sarcasm? O.o

          • Eliminator

            sarcasm! -.-

          • Ariana Moreno

            thought so! i think i’d be mixed if it happened, but mostly sad/pissed off.

          • Eliminator

            This show is called Legend of KORRA. Why should I watch it, where the main character dies, and we focus on Mako, Bolin and Asami! The next two books! only idiots and jerks. That would be my worst nightmare I could have.

          • Ariana Moreno

            dude, that’s stupid!! are you kidding me?? i’m talking about at the end of book 4. what if she sacrificed herself for someone in book 4 at the end? what if it ended that way? of course not have her die in the middle of book 3 before its over! that’s nuts! otherwise you might as well call it the death of korra XD but i’m talking about at the end when her work is complete. psssh, it’s a thought and nothing else. i mean it would be cute to imagine korra with a future, and a family like Aang, but she seems like the type to also be independent…who knows.

          • Eliminator

            Nah, it would be sad. I mean, she is 18 years old. She was a “prisoner” in that compound till she moved to Republic City, when she was 17. Now, after 6 months of airbending training, after confronting a breakup and a heart breaker Mako, realizing, that her uncle was a power hungry monster, losing connections with her past lives, maybe helping to bring peace between humans and spirits – she should die? I doubt she really enjoyed her life… would be sad, for me at least.

          • Ariana Moreno

            it would be sad. you’re right. i’d be pissed off man XD but at the same time, it would be different to finally have something happen to the main protagonist of the story…do you always need the happily ever after ending for every story? every once in a while people should twist it up a bit. yes, i’d be pissed and sad, but if you think about it, it’d make the story different than every other thing, but of course, they want to limit death and violence anyway, so it’s not like it would happen.

          • Eliminator

            Well, what’s the point in letting Korra die in book 4 endgame? It’s not like we need suspense after everything is done. It stands out’ but I don’t think, there will be much positive feedback from the fandom. Did any Avatar die young before? When I saw all the avatars in book 1 endgame, they were all old people.

            Anyway if Korra dies, that’s it for Avatar. I doubt, it would be still a successful end and we can withdraw our hope for another sequel to Avatar.

          • Ariana Moreno

            dude, it’s just a thought haha XD chill. i’m just saying, what would people think if it happened, and what if it did? it’s all hypothetically speaking. anyway, the creators are gonna stop for a while when they’re done with korra. someone said they wanna spend more time with family anyway. plus, maybe that is best. they already showed us they’re too burned out to pay attention to the quality of their work anyway…plus, continuing again after korra would be fatal i think. it’s the same thing with movies. a sequel is as far as i think people should go. a 3rd and 4th movie after that is just a joke, and the quality in all aspects continues to decline anyway. it’s not gonna continue after this. i don’t see it happening.

      • Wise Lion-Turtle

        I didn’t really meant for her to die. I just said that people have no rights to spit on Mako and blame him for everything, and because of that, to wish for him to die. It’s unfair and it isn’t the right solution. But I think it will be interesting to see how the relation between Korra and Mako will be now.

  • Link9150

    It’s simple:
    ATLA characters: Wondrous, interesting and full of potential.
    LOK characters (New Team Avatar aside Korra): Bland, generic and less relevant than background characters.

    • Avatar Xane

      Like Keval said, that’s not to say that Books 3 and 4 will not see development.

      • Link9150

        Sure, but we’re already halfway through the show and there is no sign of the slightest of potential coming out of any character [aside Korra]. Not to forget they’re all the same as they were when we met them [again, aside Korra].

        • Adam

          Korras different? To me shes the same arrogant teenager with mood swings. She learned Air and spirit bending without actually growing past that brash side of herself.
          Shes exactly the same, and was really unbearable in season two with all the whining she did

  • Ariana Moreno

    I just hope the creators can fix this mess. it had a lot of potential, but they seemed to have made a lot of mistakes with how everything was executed, and how things were prioritized this season. scratch that. so far in the series.

    • Wise Lion-Turtle

      That’s true. The fans of the great ATLA were so desperate and sad because the most epic and aweomse show has ended. Everyone was so exited about the ending in ATLA and the whole journey, though. So first, they came with comics continuing the story of Aang and I must say, the comics are as amazing as the show is. Then they wanted to bring a new Avatar to life because they saw also many people asking eachother who would be the next Avatar and stuff. They really wanted the story to continue and even some people atached themselves to the series, even I did, because it’s so awesome :D ( I won’t say that there aren’t bigger fans then me, but still I FREAKING LOVE AVATAR! xD) Anyways, they had money and time to plan a new series, which was for me pretty awesome. The epic begining music, the intro, the new Avatar… They created Korra the way she is now on those thing fans complained for Aang, for example: Why isn’t he alwaying giving his best and trying always to escape or quit a fight? That didnt personally bothered me, but anyways, they decided because of that, to make Korra a tough nail. And btw, say what you want, I LOVED THE ROMANCE in book 1 (only in book 1). The 2nd season wasn’t that good because Nick ordered more and there wasn’t much time + much time passed before. Also, my thinking is, that the team who is creating Avatar series, including Bryke, is running out of fuel. Not literally, but they are working on avatar 11 years, and after some time, you just lose your will, like they did. No new ideas, no new options. They tried everything for the show so it could look new and not like a copy, even though it had to be a bad season. OMG I wrote too much, sry xD Im stopping here lol

      • Ariana Moreno

        hahah no problem! i have written books worth of comments haha XD people complain too so no worries! thanks for your comment! i agree with everything! yeah, it does seem like the creators are losing their “kick”. i don’t really blame them either, but then again, why not go all out with something for your fans and think out of the box? yes book 1 was more successful than book 2. but i hope they can make it better from now on. lets see what happens.

        • Wise Lion-Turtle

          It will sound maybe stupid, but I really think book 3 will be a big succes. If I’m right, promise me to buy me a cookie xD but yes, I don’t attack Bryke, in fact, I understand them and they have my respect for doing even all this. The comics, atla, lok, miniseries of atla… Those guys brought a show to life in which I could actually really learn something about the real life. I grew up with Aang, and now I’m a teenager togetehr with Korra :)

          • Ariana Moreno

            aw haha! that’s awesome! yes. they have given us a whole nother meaning to entertainment! no doubt about that. lets just hope they can somehow juice up and bring out their true potential with book 3 and 4 and turn lok from an okay series to a kick ass series just like it was supposed to, like atla!! :) i love your optimism. it’s awesome, and if you’re right, you can get all the cookies you want XD

          • Sibis

            The saying “You can’t rush art” applies to this situation with Korra.

            There is no synergy among the characters and the story elements in Korra.

          • Ariana Moreno

            you can’t rush art, but you should at least make art haha XD the creators are way more capable than what they’ve done for fans so far. i hope it improves by the time the series ends, and i hope they make up for the way they have done everything so far.

          • Wise Lion-Turtle

            I just hope for Bryke that they have drunk RedBull insted of water all day, so they can go back to energy, because I WANT THAT GODDAMN COOKIE.

          • Ariana Moreno

            hahahaha XD yeah buddy yea Xp

          • Ariana Moreno

            hey, lion turtle, i’ll trade you a cookie for some fire bending!!! XD

          • Wise Lion-Turtle

            The true mind can weather all the lies and illusion without being lost. The true heart can tough the poison of hatred without bein lost. Since begining-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifiyng light. In other words, nope xD

          • Ariana Moreno

            wow. that was harsh XD

          • Eliminator

            I agree. That was mean!
            Hey great lion turtle! I ask you to grant me the power of energybending!

          • Ariana Moreno

            you owe him a dozen cookies haha maybe he’ll change his mind!! XD

          • Aangism

            “You can’t rush art” but what from I’ve seen so far from the creators of ATLA (one of the best series’ to date) definitely aint art.

          • Ariana Moreno

            that’s why i’m saying they should make art, because i didn’t see it as a true work of art yet :p

          • Aangism

            hmm i dunno. Are we unfairly criticizing the show?..we are only half way through…

          • Ariana Moreno

            yeah, but that’s too far in for them to have not made any progress. i think we’re being honest. and fair. we never said everything sucks, we said most things suck. all we’re saying is for them to step it up to the way they really know how to make amazing entertainment for us.

          • Singe

            It mostly lacks sense.

            Example: White Lotus freed Bai Sing Se from Fire Nation control. Korra’s home was under seige by Northern Water Tribe. White Lotus was involved with Tenzin and Korra in Air.

          • Ariana Moreno

            yeah. things can be rushed and unexplained. and those are examples to the lack of sense as well. i think the solution that could fix it is them conintuing the same plot between books 3 and 4 as supposed to keeping them separate. so far what they’ve been doing hasn’t worked, so they should try the atla method XD =continued plot=more development=same villain, and more excitement for fans!

          • Sibis

            Has sense:
            Sokka told Kyoshi Warrior Azula the Day of the Black Sun plan. Then it comes back to bite the Gaang in the ass.

            Lacking sense:
            Mako tells the President on the plan. Everyone forgets what Mako did.

          • Ariana Moreno

            yeah. i get it. they just need to try harder and put the atla effort into it.

          • Eliminator

            Equalists were a real danger. Besides, The White Lotus had to protect Korra, since she hasn’t mastered Air yet.
            In book 2, the Civil War is something different. I don’t think the White Lotus can just help the SWT and they probably left the South Pole after Korra went to RC.

          • Eliminator

            Yeah I was 12, when I started to watch ATLA. Now I am 18, like Korra. What a coincidence! :)

      • Eliminator

        Oh my good… You are exactly like me. How you like ATLA and how excited I was when I heard, that they make a sequel (LoK) and I liked the romance in book 1. The drama and the love triangle return in book 2 sucked pretty much.

        • Wise Lion-Turtle

          Yeah :) I know there are a lot of Makorra haters, but I’m not part of them. I liked it very much till book 2.

  • Talos

    LOK doesn’t even have any characters with a disability. TLA had Toph who is blind and one who can’t walk. Boom Boom Guy who lost his limbs.

    Instead of killing someone off, the character could suffer a permanent life changing disability or loses a limb.

    We also have Spirits with possession and disfigurement. So they could seriously freak over a character.

    • Ariana Moreno

      you know what i think would be awesome? to see even someone like korra lose something and still be able to pull off being the avatar. it’d be sweet! XD but more than anything, everyone else in team avatar needs a purpose that’s important and they need a character that makes us care for them like we did for the atla characters.

      • Talos

        Mako being disfigured by a Spirit would be a better thing than just simply killing him off.

        • Eliminator

          Why so much hate…

        • Ariana Moreno

          really? if they killed him off, it would force the others to get closer together. loss always results in bringing people closer in one way or another. it forces others to be them true selves, it forces them to get creative and make adjustments in life. it forces people to appreciate what they have and learn not to take things for granted. all of this adds up to…..wait for it….drum role please……character development!!! XD it would definitely result with characters like Bolin and Korra and Asami getting more depth because it seems like everyone took one another for granted in book 2 since everyone was so interested in accomplishing their own things instead of being the team they should’ve been.

    • MG

      ATLA deals with Aang mastering the 4 elements. This involves finding a good teacher. Toph was chosen because of her unorthodox means of earthbending, which made her an indispensable ally and teacher to Aang. The other characters’ past have also changed them throughout the series:
      Katara, feeling abandoned by her father leaving to aid in the war effort, became a motherly personality.
      Zuko learnt a lot from his banishment, ultimately causing him to betray the Fire Nation and join the Avatar.
      Toph, sick of her sheltered life, left home to be Aang’s teacher, and also developed a rebellious side.

      Bryke didn’t want TLOK to return back to Korra learning the 4 elements, and so the storyline changes to something more than the elements. As it’s only halfway through, we have yet to see the characters develop as much, but they did develop.
      Mako and Bolin, being street orphans for years, had really toughened up to adversary.
      Asami, learning of her father’s involvements with the Equalists, turned against him, choosing morals over blood. Her subsequent takeover of Future Industries has also made her a stronger person.
      Korra, sick of her father keeping secrets, resulted in some estrangement in their relationship, but she’s willing to break the law just to protect the people she loved.

      • Ariana Moreno

        this is very true, but the characters are still lacking to the point where you don’t really care for them as much as you did with everyone in atla. some characters like Mako and Bolin and Asami have flaws about them that overshadow their strengths. at least with atla the flaws they had didn’t hinder your ability to love them and care about them. you still loved them. maybe this will all change, but lets see. these are all good things about them, but it doesn’t cut the quality of the characters in atla.

        • MG

          I agree, Aang’s Team Avatar stayed true to the plot while the characters developed, while Korra’s Team Avatar was pushed to a B-plot when they were the main protagonist. The lack of their involvement was what made their likeability plummet (or plunge, whichever sounds less drastic).

          • Ariana Moreno

            definitely, the fact that they were useless, and their roles were limited to being in a pointless subplot that lead to nowhere, and kept them from reaching some good depth and development and even made their quality decline.

          • MG

            I wouldn’t really agree with the use of “useless”. Much like the old Team Avatar, the characters also started out being basic, slowly developing new skills like metalbending, bloodbending, original firebending, and swordsmanship.
            The problem is that the new Team Avatar already picked up specialized skills. Bolin and Mako have incorporate the modern bending styles, and Mako has also picked up the specialized skills. Nothing much of their skills to develop, unfortunately.

          • Ariana Moreno

            well, useless as in they wouldn’t make or break team avatar. they wouldn’t make a difference. korra could do without them. that’s what i mean by uselessness.

        • Eliminator

          I think, the main problem at the moment is the lack of Team avatar. Korra, Mako and Bolin just have to hold together and save the world together, showing a strong friendship like the Gaang had.
          We just see too much Korra alone, so we only love her!

          • Ariana Moreno

            exactly. hopefully throughout book 3 and 4 they won’t separate any more like they did in book 2. it’s called TEAM AVATAR for a reason!! haha not PART TIME TEAM AVATAR or SOMEWHAT TEAM AVATAR! they need to stick together till the end, through good and bad times :p

          • Eliminator

            Just thought about a fact:
            The old Team Avatar with Aang was led by Sokka.
            The new Team Avatar (if it exists in book 3) would be led by Korra. Yeah being Avatar and leader! Awesome.

          • Adam

            “so we only love her!”
            Speak for yourself. Personally I think shes the one dragging this show down, I couldn’t stand her in season two

    • Adam

      So?…

  • aidan

    I think that the reason that the romance keeps coming back in LoK and wasn’t really present in TLA basically until the end is because the characters in LoK are that much older. In TLA everyone was kids and the oldest was 15 year old Sokka. Everyone was just at the age where they’re friends. Aang had a crush on Katara but he was to young and awkward to really do anything about it until he matured enough. Team Avatar in LoK is at the age where they would really begin a relationship with someone.

    • Wise Lion-Turtle

      you are my man :D at least someone understands it.

    • Sibis

      Aang was set on Katara, but also interacted with several other one time female characters.

      Sokka was in a romance with Suki and Yue. He also had free time to flirt with other female characters like Tales of Bai Sing Se.

      Katara also had her run in with several male characters like Jet.

      Toph had a small crush on Sokka.

      Zuko also had some female characters he interacted with.

      The Gaang was always on the move going from place to place in which physiological and safety were higher priority.

      LOK characters rarely travel so they can go deeper in romance.

    • m

      True, but at the same time I feel like ATLA’s characters were a lot more mature than LOK’s characters. None of LOK’s characters seem to act their age, and it feels a lot more like a middle school love conflict than people who are in their mid-20′s trying to save the world while also having real world jobs, like being a police officer or running a major transport company that trying to get back on its feet (none of them look like teenagers to me, except Bolin). I’m in college now and have no time for a relationship, in between working, doing schoolwork, and also being involved in a few organizations. Also, I think it would be interesting if we saw Korra with a job. Let’s be honest, being the Avatar doesn’t pay the bills, unless she’s constantly traveling (which she isn’t) and her host city pays for her to live there and resolve their conflicts, which doesn’t seem to be the case as he stated herself in Book 1. I think Korra and Team Avatar living the struggle while also trying to save the world is not only where they would be at their age, but adds a much better dynamic than the love triangle.

  • Aangism

    I wholeheartedly agree with this article. There just ISN’T any chemistry between “The New Team Avatar”. Yes, the characters of ATLA had their faults, but that’s what made them all the more lovable. You have Mako and Asami here who just seem to be regressing every episode..and what really is the point of Bolin being there? He doesn’t really add much to the plot except comic relief. Sokka was comic relief too, but his role in the story was not solely comic relief like Bolin’s is. That’s what made him (for me) the most memorable character, he was serious at certain times and hilarious at others. I do like the direction Korra is going though, I feel as if she has developed and matured quite a bit, and her character is actually quite likeable (when the writers want her to be). TLOK will never be ATLA and vice versa, but I feel as if these things need to be addressed by the creators/ writers before it’s too late.

    WOO LENGTHY RANT

  • MG

    I think Book 2 focuses more on family, while Book 1 focuses on friendship. We’ve seen Korra’s estranged relationships with her father, and even her mother, at the first half of Book 2 take a turn for the better after accepting and learning of the truth about Tonraq’s past. We’ve also seen Tenzin resolve the familial conflicts with his siblings, which stem from Aang’s favouritism; and also Tenzin’s fatherly side with his 3 elder children: bonding with Ikki, which subsequently resolved his conflict with his siblings; training Meelo how to command respect so that he can so something he likes; and even having absolute faith in Jinora, and the strong concern to the point of resorting to violence.

    The main problem with Book 2, however, is that the focus was shifted too much on families, that the rest of Team Avatar took a back seat. Team Avatar was already separate for 6 months following the dissolution of the Equalist regime, and they then separated once again for a good half of the show. The focus was too much on Korra, that the remaining team had not much contributions, even lesser than the side characters.

    • Eliminator

      I liked the focus in Korra, it would be better to make Mako and Bolin follow her, then they would get more important screen time as well.

  • Ace

    I’ve been saying that I love Tenzin’s family a lot for a very long time and wish to see them in Book 3, but this post gives me a logical reason for it. They are great characters, and they aren’t even as perfect as the characters in A:TLA were. Jinora and Tenzin both have flaws, but they are both great characters, and that is why they are so likable. I hope to see them in Season 3 more than any other characters.

  • sarai brooks

    I’m kind of thinking why would the creators use pointless characters AND plot lines for no reason? Why don’t they have importance? I THINK maybe the varrick subplot also team avatar besides korra will have importance in book two for numerous reasons

    1. MABE the creators wanted us to lose interest in characters so we can lower our expectations then give importance in book three plus the elements of suspense and surprise to catch us off guard?

    2.varrick escaped jail so what happened to him?

    3. How would the police respond of varrick going lose? Would they try to find him or let him go? (Which I doubt)

    4. If the third season focuses on lin would team avatar help bring the speculations of our precious fandom to light? If so how or in what way? What would happen if not?

    5. If not helping lin what would they do? I think
    (Like most people) will involve the earth kingdom or something totally unexpected or random or just something
    The possibilities are endless

    6. Mabe in the earth kingdom they meet grey delisle’ s character opal? Since she said (and I quote) “a bad girl”
    Would she be a criminal or just a disrespectful kid? She also said that opal can water bend so that puts in the factor of being in a gang like the triple threats. MAYBE she could be an orphan like bolin and mako and do it to survive?

    7. How would the fight with vaatu effect tenzin and his family? Good or bad? (Off topic question)

    8. If the romance decreases like the creators promised how would that effect team avatar? (HOPEFULLY positive)

    9. Is lin’ s past experiences going to have flash backs? It seems like these experiences are going to be bad for lin

    10. Is nick going to change the time slot back to Saturday or not? (We all hope this) also will nick
    (HOPEFULLY) do better marketing? (Off topic question)

    - burning hearts forever (that’s me!)

  • razorstar90

    I honestly can’t see anyway the writers can make a Korra, Mako, and Asami friendship work. I just don’t see it. I’d say kick Mako and Asami out of the group. Let them be in RC and do what they do. Bolin can stay in Team Avatar cause he’s the only one that cares about Korra and he still has potential. Substitute Asami and Mako for Jinora and Iroh 2.0 respectively and BOOM. Iroh and Korra have a good relationship with each other, one based on respect and admiration. And Jinora is pretty much Korra’s little sister, someone Korra would look out for and ground her. There problem with Team Avatar solved.

    • Loklover

      Agreed! (:

    • Eliminator

      Nope, if Bryke changes Team Avatar, I call them weak links. Besides, Iroh will probably not come back. He was fan service after all. And Jinora is a little child. She has nothing to do with a teenage group.
      Also I still have hope for Mako. I expect development and act like Zuko.

  • ajames123

    The problem is not Un-likability of LOK’s Charaters
    The problem is More-likability of ATLA Characters

    This problem can be solved by including more ATLA Characters in LOK, Just like when they did include Iroh in LOK, All fans gone crazy!

    • Loklover

      Hey um… do u have a twitter? cuz someone just favorited my post and it said @a_ajames. I was just wondering if that was you. (:

      • ajames123

        yes, its me. by the way, i have no idea what is your twitter account. i think someone re-tweeted you, could you please tell/tweet me your twitter account?

  • Josh

    I think that a lot of people are missing the point here. Korra is a separate series from The Last Airbender that aims to take familiar Avatar elements in a more adult, mature direction. It’s natural that some fans will be disappointed and more hostile towards the newer characters because the old ones were the originals and thus set the standard. (Like how some people say that Final Fantasy 13 can never hold a candle to 7 for example.) However, as Avatar fans I believe it can be appreciated in its own right for what it is, and that is a darker and more realistic twist on what began as a free-spirited fantasy world. Now that the main group is older, they have to deal with more complex crises such as civil wars, political strife among citizens, and the confusion and angst that comes from being young adults. The fact that they went their separate ways in Season 2 is quite natural; kids think they’re gonna be together forever and go on adventures for life until they grow up and realize that they have to spend their time pursuing their careers, leaving friendship time more and more on the backburner as they struggle to find themselves in the world. This plays out excellently in Korra; Mako places all his bets on his version of justice as a cop, Bolin finally finds himself in the spotlight instead of being overshadowed all the time by his Pro Bending Star older brother, and Korra finally learns what it is to be the leader of the people rather than just forcing her will down peoples’ throats. Not only that, but it takes a lot longer for a teenager growing up in the world with preconceived notions about how things work to change and get that character development in as opposed to the younger protagonists from Last Airbender, who always seemed to know the right thing to do from the get-go (perhaps save Zuko). Yes the old series was much more lighthearted, free-roaming, and whimsical as it was intended, but Korra provided the “Yang” to that “Yin” using the same elements and materials to a much more streamlined and serious effect. That and there are two more seasons to go, making more than enough room for the characters that were introduced not long ago to grow and find their mojo, this time on a much more believable level.

    • Kit Love

      I completely disagree! I’ve been saying since the start of Korra that the major difference is TLA was a show that adults could watch as well, and Korra is very obviously a tweens/children’s show. I understand they TRIED to make it more mature… btu they tried by adding a bunch of bs drama/romance that appeals more to teens than adults. I was shown the original avatar series when I was 27 and loved every minutes of it. when I watch Korra I feel like I’m watching gossip girl with my friend’s tweens. So much regression… so many bad decisions. It’s cringeworthy really.

      Most importantly, all the major problems are solved way to quickly and easily. Korra has everything handed to her. Even the ONE bending skill she had issues with was handed to her when she got the rest of her bending taken away. Even when she was “disconnected from the past avatar’s forever” it was only for one episode. It’s just really sloppy writing meant to appeal to drama addicted teenagers.

      • sarai brooks

        Are u people even listening to what he has to say!?

        ” I swear sometimes I wonder who is really the blind one” – toph

        See what I mean!? You people are so rapped up in ranting you can’t even compromise or think for a second!?

        LOK is it’s own show not just a spin off series every show has its ups and downs including ATLA so I agree it was bad but stop disagree with every body u see!

        This includes EVERYBODY! >:(

        • Ariana Moreno

          I agree with you, but I also agree with some of what everyone is saying here. You can definitely say that every show has its ups and downs and that ranting is not truly the only thing Korra is worthy of, but we can’t deny that the creators are losing their kick with this show. they aren’t putting the same quality and effort into it that you obviously saw in atla, regardless of the plot and characters. it comes down to simple things that shouldn’t even be a problem. character usefulness is something i think should’ve been the most easy for the creators to work with-Asami for example, Bolin, Mako, they haven’t contributed anything to team avatar. Korra could do without them. Why put a character in a show with no purpose worth fulfilling? Character growth is another one that they could’ve handled easily as well. Heck, for me a think a nice solution would’ve been more flashbacks. ATLA was full of these. it was awesome! but things are left unanswered, and unexplained. things that are too important to be left for the crowd to guess about. but yes, Korra still is a different style than ATLA. But it’s general things that the creators aren’t doing to well with, like i said, the character development, and the plot, and so on. It has nothing to do with anything specific but just the way any creator/author would handle their work. lets just say the creators generally speaking aren’t putting the best quality of work into this series, like they did with atla. i guess that’s what i’m trying to say, even if they are a separate series. even if that’s true, the quality isn’t there.

          • Aang

            You are right LOK is fun but if out of 10 i wud rate korra 8 and ATLA 10.
            This is my opinion.i really feel ATLA was way better and u wont believe tht i watched the whole avatar series frm start to end in the past 2 weeks remember NOT REWATCHED watched for the 1st time ATLA book1 to LOK book 2!

        • Kit Love

          Yes, I am reading. Yes, I am allowed to have my own opinion as well.

          I would say the blind person in this thread is the person who thinks they can tell strangers on the internet what to do… and expects them to listen. Please, feel free to add to the conversation with your next comment instead of just insult everyone who actually had an opinion.

          • Ariana Moreno

            hahah this person isn’t the only one here who has struggled to keep from insulting others for their opinion. XD you should expect it. people don’t know how to get on discuss sites without getting personal with others. it’s crazy. Another thing is people can’t get personal with others and then expect them to not have a problem and return the same kind of treatment. if people want to get personal, they should expect others to do the same in return. there shouldn’t be any surprises.

        • NikeFiend__

          Uhhhh what were the downs for ATLA? That show didn’t have a bad episode.

        • Adam

          “LOK is it’s own show not just a spin off series” hahaha what?
          No its not, ofcourse its a spin off. You expect me to ignore the fact its constantly referencing the old show just so you can ignore the comparison?

      • Spencer

        Some good points, but I would like the point out that her disconnection from the past Avatars was not a one episode thing. She verly clearly stated that she did not regain her connection in the last episode. I thought that was a great decision on the writers part. I agree with on all points about the romantic garbage though.

        • NikeFiend__

          So you like that they destroyed OUR connection to Aang?!?!?

      • Aang

        See its simple ATLA was better b’cuz 1st more adventure.2nd good friendship 3rd good war going on bending has importance the avatar has importance!4th fire nation after aang constantly.5th aang is not master of all elements and avatar state in 2nd season’s episode 1!

    • Brandon

      You hit the nail on the head. Avatar: The Last Airbender may have more “likable” characters but Legend of Korra offers more mature and compelling storytelling. Korra doesn’t need her “team” like Aang needed his. She’s a fully realized Avatar. It makes more sense for the characters in Legend of Korra to operate in their own seperate spheres, which I think Book 2 depicted fairly successfully.

      • Aang

        Friendship is wht i live on.Thts like my source of life.u can be different but an avatar withou friends sounds really bad to me

        • Brandon

          I’m not saying they shouldn’t be friends just that they don’t have to travel everywhere together. I’m sure they will still have Korra’s back.

          • Aang

            Hmm but the way Aang always travelled on Appa with his friends was really nice.Here everyone is doing their own thing Bolin is shooting Mako is solving a police case Asami is trying to save future industries and Korra is trying to get to Fire Nation.The whole team does not share 1 goal tht makes book 2 sucky!

          • Brandon

            They were indeed seperate for most of the season but they did come together in episodes like Civil Wars Part 2 and Harmonic Convergence, which were both great. I’ve always thought the characters in ATLA developed better when they were separated and fleshed out. Like in Tales of Ba Sing Se or Zuko Alone. Personally I think Book 2 did a good job of developing its characters. By the end of Book 2 the only character I was disappointed in was Asami. I was hoping that she would become the Oprah of the Avatar World. The series is only halfway over though and I’m optimistic this will be remedied.

      • NikeFiend__

        That is in no way more compelling.

      • Renjick

        “mature and compelling storytelling.”

        Hahahaha, oh wait. You’re serious.

      • Lamar Johnson

        yeah they sidestep it

    • Aang

      Bro LOK cant even hold a drop of wax to ATLA!Count on tht!

    • Adam

      Well, no dude.
      First of all dont say its completely separate from ATLA, its the same world with many, many references to the old show.
      More adult doesnt mean it should be more dull .How come the show that was aimed at kids has more fleshed out and believable characters than LOK? I could also do without all the relationship drama and mood swings from Korra. I am still wanting to be entertained you know?
      I get where youre coming from but your just plain wrong. Just because its “darker” doesnt mean its better, especially because the bottom line is the writing isnt as good, I wont just “appreciate” it when the quality has decreased. And frankly its not even that much darker. It has its moments yeah, but does anything really compare to Aang struggling with the decision to murder someone? Has the show killed off a recurring character like Jet? Or shown real believable mourning like with Iroh?

      In fact, aside from Amons death and all the relationship nonsense, how is the show more mature? I cant see it.

  • m

    Totally agree with you. Korra’s characters are definitely unlikeable, and the only reason I even like Korra is because when she focuses on her Avatar duties she does a really great job. But I feel like she always makes really poor decisions, and her unwillingness to listen to advice from more experienced people, especially her pst lives which she no longer has a connection to, could’ve helped her out so much more than the rest of Team Avatar. Another thing that I think has caused problems for them is introducing Team Avatar way too soon and not making many strides in changing their dynamics. ATLA had characters from all over the world, while LoK seems to have only one focus per book. Tbh, I hate Republic City itself since it’s so boring. They introduced pro-bending as something that’s significant, but other than the beginning episode of book 2 there was none of it for the rest of the season. I think another character that was missing quite a bit was Naga, and although she doesn’t seem important, in reflecting on ATLA when Aang lost Appa it was a huge deal. Appa was the mode of transportation, held great significance as the Avatar’s guide, and it really developed the gang after losing him and having to find their own means to get to Ba Sing Se, and it really showed how every single character in ATLA was vital to the group. Naga was kind of important, but we barely saw her in book 2. In fact, I think almost every character they introduced had an important role, to the point where a lot of us recognized them in the later Book 2 episodes, like Professor Zei who was only there for one episode helped pushed the storyline along and provided info when the gang needed it, and some of the other 1-3 episode minor characters. I honestly hope Korra just dumps her friends (can they really/do they deserve to be called that?) and then just have a new Team Avatar. They aren’t likeable, and if they made it a point of conflict in kicking them out, I think that would offer up a great way to grow Korra or even change Korra’s personality traits into someone the fandom can really get behind. And on top of that in ATLA they were all young, some of them not even teenagers, so a lot of the focus was also how they developed over the one year time span from Aang waking up to beating Ozai, and I think it felt more real because they developed more like real people, where Korra doesn’t seem to have that development. And with the relationships it’s really ruining the show. ATLA did have some romance, but the ones we really saw were with people outside of Team Avatar (Zuko and Mai, Sokka and Yue/Suki [she's a latecomer to the Team and was never really a major character to me so I don't count her as part of Team Avatar], Katara and Jett). Team Avatar is just an extremely elaborate love square, and the only person who was able to escape after awhile is Bolin, who had a relationship with Korra’s cousin so I’m not sure if that really even counts. All in all, I like the idea of killing a character (I say Mako, that gets rid of the love triangle easily and can also develop all the characters and give them something to create a bond over).

  • Melon Lord

    You know what the biggest thing keeping korra back is? Expectations. In A:TLA, did you expect Aang to take the firelord down? Yeah! But nope, day of black sun he escaped, and even in the finale he used energy bending, something we had no idea he could do. Did we expect Iroh to be a badass Chuck Norris tank in the final episodes? Did we expect Zuko to find his way, to help Appa, to save Aang from the prison? Did we expect Aang to DIE, as early as the season 2 finale?

    NO.

    NONONONONONO.

    There were plot twists everywhere, keeping us on our toes!

    The problem with korra, is that it’s become all too predictable. The characters are bland, you can tell what they are going to say. We know how the plot is going to turn out, with only specifics left in question. We know that when Bolin walks into the room, a joke is about to be made. We know from the very beginning, that Unalaq is evil and wants something more than control of the southern water tribe. We know that Korra is always looking for a fight. We know that Tenzin is always going to be spiritual and wise. We know that in the end, Korra will beat the bad guy.

    That’s not to say all of LoK is unpredictable. Take Asami and her father, Varrick, “Beginnings”, Amon’s identity, Tarrlock’s sacrifice and blood bending, and Linzin … all things that were not only unpredictable … but things that we ended up loving about the show!

    If Korra really wants to make me love it, then it has to be more surprising. Honestly you could watch the first and last episodes of season 2, and not be confused at all. All those episodes in between a start and finish…they are supposed to change the characters, and the plot itself, in dramatic ways!

    TLDR: The trick to making a show successful is taking the audience’s expectations, and flipping them upside down. Plot twists = good characters, good story, good everything.

    • Aang

      You are right about koraa bring predictible moreover i like Aang more b’cuz he found a way to not kill ozai and end the war!I bet if Aang had to face unalaq he wud hv saved unalaq and killed vaatu!If u wanna know how is tht even possible?its simple the way vaatu removed raava frm korra in the sameway and as we saw korra’s spirit without raava was wining!

  • Keith

    I don’t know why but what we know about airnomads,airbenders or airbending is the same as ATLA.

  • Loklover

    Bryan posted this on tumblr!! Book 3 buddies!!! :D

    • Link9150

      I don’t know why, but this picture makes me pessimistic about Bolin….

      • Loklover

        Aww poor Bolin ;)

        • Link9150

          His stance, his facial expression… I really don’t have a good feeling about this… We’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

          • Adam

            Kind of like “Why am I even here? Ive got nothing to do this season. I guess Ill just go stand with the rest of the comic relief, aka the fucking animals.”

  • Sibis

    The show gives us more reasons to despise or ignore them than to like or accept them. They’re more negative than positive.

    The show kept Katara’s dark side under control with it appearing at times like when she frozen those two Earth bender students to get them to spill information. It wasn’t until Book 3 when her murderous intention surface.

  • AwSam Weston

    I’ve said this before, but I’ll bet Book 2′s romantic arc problems were because the writers (probably) started writing it when Nickelodeon approved it. Remember: that was BEFORE Book 1 even aired, meaning they didn’t know how the romantic arcs would be received.
    On a side note, Keval, I recommend you take a writing class or two. I’ve noticed a lot of redundant phrases and misused words, and I think it can be improved. Just some helpful advice.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Lmao, okay. I’m sorry that my free service was not up to your standards. I’ll be sure to take those writing classes and run my articles by you to ensure that they’re up to your high standards.

      • Ariana Moreno

        hey no worries, your grammar is more important than korra obviously. that’s why he visited this site. just to see your grammatical style, and errors XD

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          It doesn’t bother me that much. I believe that my writing skills are suitable enough to write this blog and that’s all that matters to me. I just thought it was an idiotic topic to bring it up in the comment section of a Korra-related article.

          • Ariana Moreno

            hahah okay XD and yeah, he just can’t come up with anything else. but I love your articles, and I thought they were always amazingly and wonderfully written. :p

          • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

            Thank you. Means a lot :)

    • Ariana Moreno

      woah. really? that’s all you have to say after we have been fed some awesome and entertaining information? well, i have to say, if Keval really wanted an opinion on how he writes his articles on his own site, i’m sure he would’ve titled it: What do you guys think of my writing? Suggestions? but save it for english class pal XD

  • tjs

    to be honest i did not like book two of korra at all. ive literally seen every episode of ATLA and season one of korra about 20 times. but with book 2 ive barely re watched any episodes because they bore me. im just not as excited for book 3 as i was for book 1. i hope book 3 has better writing and more bending…

  • PurplePlatypusBear

    Total lack of development. But I don’t want Mako or Bolin to die. More so Bolin, but don’t honestly believe Mako is so awful he should be killed off. For some reason, I just don’t like the idea of that. And Asami? Honestly, I hate her character at the moment but I really don’t want her to DIE. But what really shocks me is that as I imagine this, I am left feeling oddly emotionless. Except for Bolin. I’m kind of sad when Bolin is dead. But the only person that I would really care about if they were dead is Korra. Which is why she should die. Temporarily, I mean. It would be cool if she found her past lives and they helped her get back to he body and the connection would berestored. But Aang temporarily died, though, so it would just be copying to kill Korra. I think it would be better if a secondary character were killed off. Like Bumi. Hey, that could work! What if Bumi sacrificed himself to save someone (like Jinora or Lin or something) and Tenzin was devastated and fell into depression until, dun-dun-da-daaaaaaa!, Bumi is alive to save the day again! Yeah, that just might work…

  • Talos

    Characters in TLA had dignity. The lot in LOK just don’t have it.

  • NikeFiend__

    I agree with all of that. But, the biggest reason I don’t like this show is because of all the change; and that’s just me. At first I didn’t like how everyone but Katara was dead and I didn’t like the modern setting. Now of course that all makes sense on the timeline and that’s just me being unwilling to let go of the magic and love I have for TLAB. But still it never felt right and finally at the end of season 2 it starts to feel like the old show again and then Korra loses her connection to all the past Avatars and she keeps the portal open which changes EVERYTHING and re-ruins the whole show all over again for me. I HATE the change.

    • Aang

      Man i was so attached to ATLA.I did not like LOK in the beginning at all! NO Aang,Sokka,Katara,Toph and Zuko!Last but not the least Momo and Aapa!
      When i saw LOK 1st i saw tht there was not much adventure already mastered 3 elements and no travelling around the world she even mastered controlling avatar state in 2nd season’s 1st episode.No Aang was the main shock.I wanted a plot which continued with Aang’s team Avatar.
      Korra is gr8 but they are messing too much!
      And wht the hell no past life connection no Aang even in flash backs?Past connection better come back in book 3!
      Keval,wht do u think?Did u feel awkward like me when u 1st saw LOK?

      • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

        It was a bit weird, but I thought the first season still felt like Avatar at times. Book 2 didn’t feel like Avatar at all.

        • Aang

          Yup!

      • NikeFiend__

        Yeah it felt wrong that everyone but Katara was dead and still does. I also agree they need to have the connection come back!

  • R

    I think that the whole reason why the characters are so unlikable is because of Nickelodeon. After Nick extended the mini series, the show was already DOOMED. How did Nick expect the writers to change the whole show from being a mini series to an actual one? The number of episodes given to the writers to work with are too small for a complex series as ATLA.

    We all shouldn’t really be angry really, because you can’t have characters developing within a complex story with limited episodes. It would be hard for the show to develop the characters while focusing on the huge story-line with 12 episodes.

    I really wish now that they kept TLOK as a mini series as it would of allowed the writers to focus more on the episodes instead of changing the plots in every season. I heard that originally Mike and Bryan thought that doing Korra would be a ”challenge” since it was a mini series so the show might have came out better than it did now.

    • Jenny

      Thats kinda true I mean if TLOK was a mini series, then I think the plot would be more clearer instead of it changing from Amon and the Equalists to Unalaq to the ‘change’ of the spirit portals being opened. I also think that the main characters would develop if the show was kept a mini series, as the writer would have stuck with the whole Equalist plot than going to the whole spirits thing.

      To save the show they need to either:
      1.Kick out Mako
      2.Develop Bolin and Asami since they have some potential of being good characters
      3.Make Korra likable again
      4.Bring in General Iroh even if he is fan service he is WAY better than Mako

  • Lamar Johnson

    Korra was a terribly written fermale protagnist. i wish the story was about avatar wan and tenzin was the only character that had great character development and im sorry the supporting characters are much more interesting than the main cast.

  • Marcus

    The reason LOK so obviously lacks good character development, world
    building and any kind of ontinuity is simple; the head writer of ATLA (Aaron
    Ehasz) isn’t writing or guiding the show anymore.

    I liked Tenzin development in this season too. But that’s it.
    Concerning Wan’s part (beginning 1 & 2), I’m really conflicted, it was some great episodes but it did ruin the finale with korra opening the portal and basically saying “fuck you” to all the avatars before her. I think that’s the proof she didn’t grow at all, still thinking she knows what is best without thinking and rushing head first.
    Also it completely changes an universe and lore 4 seasons in the making ( wasn’t there already enough to do with it ?)
    Plus, all relationships and character development from the new team avatar has just been stopped. Mako & Korra went nowhere, just NOWHERE. How stupid is that to have forced the romance on us for two seasons to do nothing with it ? They should have stuck with their choices and develloped the character and the relationships for this one instead of fearing the fans reactions and telling us: “Look ! it never happened ! They’re breaking up !”
    Thanks, now Korra is still a douche and Mako too. Moreover
    they’ll never be comfortable to watch again. Maybe if they manage to
    make both characters grow and become great friends but I’m starting
    to doubt they’ll be able to pull it off.Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino said they’ll stop with the romance thing.
    That’s not what I want, I want good romance, and I want writers
    that stuck with the story they want to tell. And not a cheap ripoff
    slowly destroying the previous installment it’s based upon.
    As I said, the headwriter from ATLA (Aaron Ehasz) isn’t on the show anymore, and that’s something that’s really noticeable in TLOK in term of world
    building, character development, continuity and just genuinely funny
    jokes.

    Rant over.
    (didn’t mean to come off that strong butas a writer in training, I’m really angry with the decline I ‘ve seenon an otherwise previously top quality show)

  • Adam

    You dont want them to kill off Asami cause you like her? But she adds way less to the show than Mako or Bolin do.

  • Adam

    My major concern with LOK is the self contained seasons. One of the best parts of ATLA was the overarching, planned narrative. This lacks that and it feels it. Every season a new world threat, every season Korra reverts back to being a moody teenager. Theres no looming threat, no ultimate goal, nothing to look forward to including a well planned ending.