It seems to me like there’s a lot of mental calesthetics going on, to make it ‘ok’ that Korra’s getting the crap side of the stick when it comes to Avatar power. And it’s confusing as heck at how wide the stretching goes. Toph kicks ass as a Master. Avatar Kyoshi kicks ass as a Master and an avatar. But the moment the WoC is actually center, the protaganist, current, suddenly the power isn’t there anymore? Suddenly she needs to be more spiritual, in more danger in more peril, have to be better somehow than a male Avatar?
Aang first lost his cool when he experienced rage/grief. Rage and grief were, in fact his keystones for hitting the Avatar state; loss of others, or loss of something of himself.
Roku was all about righteous anger.
Kyoshi was all about calm kick ass.
The prior water bender (a male) was all about crushing loss (of his love).
But Korra, somehow, hasn’t hit fear and alarm? Fear and rage? Fear and grief? Righteous anger? She somehow cares less for her friends? Less for the people she’s meant to protect? Less for her place as the Avatar? Is that’s what’s being said with all this; she’s just not THERE yet?
Why are so few people paying attention to the fact that instead of a heroine, we’re getting a ’leading lady in distress’. We can’t just be distracted by her muscular arms and think she’s doing heavy lifting. She isn’t - not on the same scale as the others.
So what if she’s got Ripley’s arms. Where the hell is the ‘Get away you B*tch!’? And DOING something?
[And look how this of all things is gonna have me actually commenting and likely effing it up]
I’m still asking this: How is someone who has been bending 3 elements since 5 years old, with expert training LESS capable than every OTHER character who gets a name thus far, even BEFORE we get into having an Avatar State?
There’s also the issue that as far as a plot device goes, the Avatar state served both to a) let a 12 year old barely trained boy kick ass when it’s convenient, to escape overwhelming odds as a “Get out of Trouble Free” card, and b) served often as a way of having to put on a kids TV show a boy going through grief of dealing with genocide or thinking his friends have been murdered.
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming odds? She does something kinda awesome, then she gets her butt kicked, then she’s unconscious, then someone saves her (or, they’re also knocked unconscious, and then someone saves them).
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming emotional threat? She falls crying into the arms of the father-figure character… Does she come out of it more confident, transformed (or at least, in the process of transforming)? Nope. Same thing, same results.
Like I said, my expectations at this point are a well animated trainwreck, and it will require massive turnaround to justify things, though I’m having a hard time imagining any of that will happen.
I told you dating a team mate was a bad idea.
Mary: Says the guy who just CHEATED ON HIS GIRLFRIEND
Korra and the Doorman at a Tea Shop
- Korra: Why do you hate benders?
- Doorman: I don't hate benders. I have friends who are benders. One of my favorite teachers was a bender. I remember she used to build sandcastles for us to run around in on the playground. She was great.
- Korra: But you joined the Equalists.
- Doorman: I did.
- Korra: How can you say all that about your teacher and still want to be an Equalist? You helped Amon, and he was taking away people's bending. He took away my bending. He tried to destroy all benders!
- Doorman: What he said made sense. The benders are too powerful. They don't answer to anybody. My sister used to work at the powerplant. You know where that is?
- Korra: Yeah, I have a friend who lightingbends there. Hardworking firebenders power this city.
- Doorman: Nonbenders work there, too, like my sister. She was around your age back then. She supervised metalbenders and waterbenders and lightingbenders. Her university professor was the one who invented the power plant in Republic City. He was a nonbender, too.
- Korra: I didn't know that a nonbender invented the power plant.
- Doorman: Most people can name ten probenders but haven't heard of Teo--and he's the guy who powered this city.
- Korra: Your sister worked with benders. She knows how hard they work. Just because people are benders doesn't mean they have it easy. There are a lot of poor benders...I know some who lived on the streets.
- Doorman: We were poor, too. Our family lived on the streets for a while. We couldn't make shelter out of dirt. We had to make our own fire. We had to beg for water. We had to defend ourselves from benders who were also poor and would try and steal our food.
- Korra: That still doesn't make sense, why you'd join Amon.
- Doorman: It makes a lot of sense to me.
- Korra: What Amon did...it felt terrible. I felt so powerless. You don't know what it's like to have your bending taken away from you!
- Doorman: You're right, I don't. I don't know what it's like to have bending at all.
- Korra: But that's not my fault, or anyone else's fault, that you're not spiritual enough to be a bender.
- Doorman: I'm plenty spiritual. I just wasn't lucky enough to be born the Avatar. How can you look at someone who is a nonbender and just assume that you're more "spiritual" than they are?
- Korra: What did we do to make you hate us so much?
- Doorman: It's not what benders did...it's more like what they didn't do.
- Korra: That doesn't make sense. It just sounds like something Amon would say.
- Doorman: My sister tried to unionize the plant. Better hours and wages for the people who worked there. Rest breaks for the lightingbenders and the steambenders, fairer wages. She was walking home late one night when she was attacked. First they used earthbending to pin her down. Then they used waterbending to make her feel like she was drowning. Then they firebended her face to shut her up.
- Korra: Did they kill her?
- Doorman: No. But you can see how, after I learned Amon was hurt by firebending too, why I fell for that. I thought benders had hurt us both.
- Korra: They didn't do it because they were benders, they did it because they're gangsters and thugs and horrible people!
- Doorman: But they used bending to do it.
- Korra: Then they don't deserve to have bending. As the Avatar, I can take their bending away.
- Doorman: Chief Beifong personally investigated. They never found who did it, or the person who paid them to do it. Waterbender healers tried to help heal her but she has scars. Chief Beifong tried to teach her how to see with earthbending but my sister isn't a bender so it was no use.
- Korra: But listen to yourself! You're describing how all of these benders tried to help your sister.
- Doorman: Only after other benders hurt her first. Look, I'm not sorry for supporting Amon.
- Korra: Even if he was a liar.
- Doorman: Nonbenders got a raw deal from that, too. Now if anyone even dares to say the word "equality," people look at us like we're monsters.
- Korra: Why did you ask me to meet you here? It wasn't just for a cup of tea.
- Doorman: I wanted to explain why I was working for Amon. And I guess to apologize for hitting the Avatar.
- Korra: It didn't really hurt. I'm tough.
- Doorman: I guess I also thought you've probably talked to Equalists but never really sat down and listened to one. Why did you decide to come?
- Korra: I'm the Avatar. It's my job to listen to people. I'm supposed to represent everyone...even if they hate me.
- Doorman: I don't hate you.
- Korra: I don't hate you either.
I think you mean “Oh no I’m white”
The main problem I had with the show starts with the creators. I don’t understand how two white, cis men thought that they could write a show about oppression without the feedback of anyone else. The show could have been so great, it could have been really great but they just could not get their shit together.
They were too busy trying to establish who were the villains and who were the heros that they did not even deal wit the real problems at hand like the fact that benders were in fact oppressing non benders.
I don’t understand how losing bending was the worst thing that happened to these people when Aang himself used taking away bending as the humane method of punishment for benders who were actively creating problems for people that could not be handled. That was how TLA ended and that was seen as a good thing. Bad Benders + Losing Bending = Happy Ending. It was Deus Ex Machina as hell but it was the good happy ending to everything.
But in this show, Bad Benders (The first were gangsters and thugs that were actively oppressing nonbenders) + Losing Bending = BAD DON’T DO OMG! It flip flopped the entire ending of the last show and turned that into a bad thing.
When Korra goes (since that’s being reblogged a lot right now) You’re oppressing yourselves, that line was not challenged.
Even in FMA when Edward went all ~~~~colorblind we all bleed red~~~~, they also had in the same episode Olivier saying that differences were good, there is nothing wrong with people being difference races because that’s a good thing, it’s possible to work together. Fuck that we all bleed red shit, if we all think the same we’ll die the fuck out up here.
There was no one to challenge the idea that non benders were oppressing themselves because they spent the whole show painting nonbenders as bad guys when really they just want the same treatment as the precious benders that get all the jobs and get treated like heros even when they are lying cheating snakes.
I can go on
and on some more about my thoughts on this show but that’s my main issues at this moment.
DeeDee puts it best.
Confessed by anon
“It really irks me when people say Mako was a pointless character and didn’t contribute anything to the show, if anyone was a ‘pointless’ character it would be Asami by far.”
Mako is probably not pointless, but he sure as hell hasn’t done very much for the Krew.
Asami, on the other hand, has contributed quite a bit to the story. In episode 7, Asami provided a home to Mako and Bolin. On top of that, she betrayed her own father to save her friends and stand up for what she believes was the right thing. In episode 8, Asami stayed classy and refused to make a fuss when she saw that her own boyfriend and new “friend” (using that term loosely) flirting with each other. In episode 9, she still kept her cool and even helped the Krew find Korra despite what had happened in the past episode. In episode 10, Asami used her own car as a weapon against an Equalist mecha only to later take out Equalists in hand-to-hand combat. In the season finale, she faced off against her own father and helped the Krew (or at least Mako and Korra) get their (undeserved) happy ending.
So, to summarise, this confession is a load of shit.
From witchdoctor-cupra here on Tumblr.
Here’s this person’s own words:
- “As you can see for the clothes, this is Korra with her present. I’ve just imagined how she became her main accessory. I don’t think she must be like a dark chocolate, isn’t it?”
After I informed the person that Korra is BROWN and is supposed to be brown:
“I don’t consider it to be the great problem, but I start to think , that you have predjudice against pale skin, isn’t it…”
Typical racist logic.
Deedee: That’s some twisted up bizarro logic right there!!