Fanfiction did it better.
Q:mako is better than zuko
Opinion: Yes, We Should be Critical of Korra (And point and laugh at breakthroughd)
yeah but do you have anything better to do than get all pissy about people getting pissy? dude, it’s a free country and i will spend my time doing what i want which includes fighting over legend of korra all the while juggling work and school and drinking with friends. multitasking 101
Oh, so this is what the fandom’s turning itself inside out about. Okay, to Bill Rinaldi et al’s credit, we do acknowledge that he and his fellow crew members have put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the Avatar and LOK franchise. So it’s understandable that backlash from the viewers is going to sting a bit.
That being said, though… I’m not sure why Rinaldi would think LOK is on the same level as Dora the Explorer or Spongebob. It’s a cartoon, yes, but it has a linear plot, its own mythology, and it takes itself very seriously. Dora the Explorer is a children’s education show, and Spongebob is basically a sitcom about underwater creatures. To expect the viewers to hold LOK in the same regard as those shows is like asking viewers to equate NCIS or Breaking Bad to Sesame Street and The Big Bang Theory. It’s apples and oranges.
Now, you create something of such a high caliber like Avatar and (theoretically) Legend of Korra, there are going to be people who like to get into the nitty-gritty of the show itself, from analyzing characters and story to appraising the animation and art direction. You also have the casual viewers, and both are fine. But when you have a more discerning audience watching your show, they’re going to be wise to the choices you make as a showrunner, as a writer, as a director, as an animating team. Some may or may not like the choices. Some will rage-quit. Some will be endlessly loyal to the showrunners. Some will feel betrayed by what they feel is a sudden lack of quality in the work, and they’ll take to picking apart what they do or don’t like, or suggesting ways to improve upon the execution.
Since June of last year I have railed against many of the narrative and characterization choices of the LOK crew. In Book 1, Mako was an inconsistently-written jerkface, Korra was an entitled brat who learned nothing, characters were sidelined or gratuitously mauled, the story made a mess of itself and there were many troubling elements to the plot and mythology of the new story world. But the animation was flawless, and the art direction beautiful. In Book 2, the story’s still shaky and poorly paced, but the characterization is improving somewhat at least. But it’s got potential, and that is important. There are signs of improvement. Animation is shoddy and inconsistent in its quality, though, and this is most likely due to the temporary switch to Perriot or whatever that studio is.
It is what it is. Many of the people raging about the show’s weaknesses are doing so because they are seeing a story they want to love deteriorating right before their eyes. Bill Rinaldi may think they’re being unnecessarily harsh, but LOK is going to be judged at a higher standard than other shows on Nick simply because its predecessor set the standard for smart and well-crafted animated television. I think he’s doing a disservice to himself and his fans if he wants the fans not to use their brains on a series that’s trying to tout itself as being this dark, edgy, and complicated show. Should we treat it as a B-level soap opera, or should we treat it as a nuanced genre-busting dramedy coming-of-age story? You tell us.
Q:Why do you think the writing for Korra is shitty? I think its a bit confused right now but I'm kind of excited they are setting up two sides that you can't just say 'this one is good' 'this one is evil'. Also that Korra is sort of an idealist but still so young and inexperienced as far as diplomacy goes. Anyway I'm just wondering your opinion! :D
good question! okay let me try to explain this (i’m bad at explaining myself sometimes eek)
it was shown in the last season that the writers are totally willing to drop the real plot (Equalism/Amon) in favor of poorly written romance (Makorra what the fuck happened to u I thought you were gonna be cool). and that made the first season suffer. grievously. we never got any real closure on the equalist movement apart from “and then they all went away the end!”
this season, unfortunately, doesn’t look like it’s going to be much different. we have our main civil war plot (which looks like it could be super interesting) but then it’s littered with sideplots that just don’t contribute to the overall narrative and make everything so clumsy: the fucking Makorra romance which they are making as obnoxious as possible; the Boleska monstrosity (I had been willing to give it a chance bc a bunch of good writers/fanartists shipped it but the show ruined it cOMPLETELY) which adds to my conviction that the writers literally hate Bolin; Jinora’s side-quest (or is it Ikki’s? where the fuck is Ikki? what the fuck????); the KATAANG FAMILY DRAMA WHICH IS SUCH BULLSHIT they are expecting me to believe that Aang showed such blatant favoritism among his children are you fucking kidding me?
and then there’s just the terrible characterization going on — once again the writers clearly hate Bolin because he’s just a loser who we get to laugh at; where the fuck is Asami why don’t we get to see her why is Bolin literally the only one to interact with her; Mako clearly has no respect or concern for his brother this season; Korra is being played up as this shrill irrational girlfriend for laughs; and where the fuCK is Katara? 99% sure that all the problems in this show would be fixed if they put Katara in-character and let her deal with the issues, yo.
hahaha i don’t know where I was going with this but basically the writing for LoK has been underwhelming at best and outright disappointing at worst, from my point of view.
lmao i am legit sfing angry about korra rn and how it manages to posthumously drag the names of beloved characters through the mud
eat my ass, bryke.
between korra’s irrational decisions, her almost forced (at least imo) relationship with Mako, and the dragging aang’s character through the mud, p sure im not going to be around much for this season tbh
I’m only going to watch cause I run this blog, but otherwise…I probably wouldn’t.
this whole show is an au of ‘what if the Avatar was well-intentioned and she tried really hard but she was raised by absolute shitbrained morons’
KORRA BOOK ONE GIVEAWAY!
So I won the first season of Korra on iTunes via KorraNation. However, since I brought said season back when it first came out with the season pass, I don’t need it. (Especially now that I have the first season on DVD.) So I thought why not a giveaway?
Here’s what you need to know:
The giveaway starts today (September 10) and ends on October 9, the day before I go to New York Comic Con.
You must click these KorraNation links Since I can’t check specifically who clicks, I’ll be using the word of honor system. Just message me when you do:
Reblogs only, likes don’t count. You don’t have to follow me but you’re always welcome to.
I’ll be using a random number generator to decide the winner.
Have at it, people!
Reblogging for the evening crowd…
Not required for contest entry but it’d be nice if y’all clicked: http://sot.ag/S7Cq
*reblogs since Book 2 premieres in just 12 hours*
Mary: 4 hours and 40 minutes to go…
Mary: Added some more links as you can see above!
I’m awake and feeling better…anyway click? I’m at #13 but want to get in the top ten…
IMPORTANT NOTE I FORGOT IN THE ORIGINAL POST: You may reblog more than once to increase your chances, but you also have to click the links again if you do. That’s a
Mary: NEW IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DON’T click the bolded link in the original post; it’s the wrong link and goes to a completely different site. I’ll get it replaced with the proper link later.
Click cause it’s my birthday maybe?
Mary: I’m turning 24 today! Click for my birthday? :)
I fell to #15 so help me out please? (Just click the links)