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The Legend of Korra
The premiere episode of The Legend of Korra’s fourth and final season finds the Earth Kingdom navigating choppy waters. In the three years since season 3’s finale, Kuvira has gone from the seemingly content captain of Su Yin’s guard to the “Great Uniter” of a fractured world. She has 90% of the Earth Kingdom under her thumb and, as we learn over the course of the episode, has accomplished this through a campaign of forced labor, manipulation of resources, and a burgeoning cult of personality.
We watch as the governor of Yi, initially committed to independence, is brought to heel by the lawless reality of his state and the temptations of Kuvira’s “generous proposal” of takeover. Idealists like Bolin and Baatar Jr. have joined her cause, as have opportunists like Varrick. Figures of murkily extrajudicial power, like Kai and Opal, urge caution in the face of her might, but by the end of the episode, that’s all they can do—urge caution.
Avatar: The Last Airbender's four-episode finale starts with a beach party. Sokka cracks jokes as he scrambles across a crumbling airship. The last spoken line is a blind joke. It is clear to me, in a way that it wasn't when I first watched it, that these characters are young teens. Young teens dealing with genocidal dictatorships, Orwellian city-states and the general mayhem of war, absolutely, but their age lends the whole affair a constant, underlying levity. The adults that exist are kept at arm's length from the action—present, but unmistakably marked as “grown-ups,” and thus distant. Youth, and all its connotations of hope and humor, are the engine of the show.
Legend of Korra, in contrast, is downright grim.
After weeks of limp ratings, the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra has been passed off to the Nick.com website, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for the series. Confusion is never far from the discussion, whether it's from spurned fans or crowing critics. The fans haven't so much hit a rough patch as been dragged through a ravine. Now it holds its breath, unwilling to be hurt again.
Which is all really unfortunate, because season three of Korra is easily the best yet. Voice actor Janet Varney’s Korra continues to be one of TV finest heroines, full of grit, passion, and unbridled talent, while David Faustino’s Mako has mellowed from a high-strung athlete to… well, a high-strung cop, but one who wears his heart on his sleeve. ComicsAlliance sat down with Varney and Faustino at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about where the series has been, where it’s going, and what its legacy will be.
Though it won't air on television until this Friday, Nickelodeon posted the finale to The Legend Of Korra Book 2: "Spirits" online over the weekend, which means that it's already been widely discussed on the internet. It also means that series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are likely a bit more comfortable publicly discussing some aspects of the season's conclusion, as well as the title for the upcoming Book 3, which was revealed today.
If you haven't already seen the finale, fair warning: there are significant spoilers after the cut.
As a culture, we've become pretty bad at waiting. Whether we're reading our favorite comics in trade paperback or streaming an entire season of our favorite television shows to watch in one sitting, there's less need for us to be patient than ever. So, yeah, we collectively kind of suck at it now.
Fortunately, the folks at Nickelodeon recognize our recently developed collective failing, and have decided to be kind: The season finale to The Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits, scheduled to air on television next Friday, can be viewed online right now.
Nickelodeon's presence at major comic conventions seems to grow with each passing year, and this month's New York Comic Con is no exception. Following the launch of the latest season of the network's eminently popular The Legend Of Korra series, as well as the news that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will return for its second season on October 12, Nickelodeon plans to celebrate both shows at the upcoming convention in New York. In addition to revealing panel times for each program, Nickelodeon has announced it will be screening a brand new episode of The Legend Of Korra at the show's panel, where cast members and executive producers will be on hand to answer fan's questions. Further, the network will have an exclusive poster -- featuring Korra and Wan, the first Avatar -- to be used for signings. As for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the entrance to the convention floor will feature a display of TMNT action figures, from the '80s to present day, with fans having an opportunity to participate in social media sweepstakes to win the toys.
Nickelodeon has provided ComicsAlliance with a first look at the exclusive Legend Of Korra poster, and you can check out more details of the network's convention plans below.
I think it's fair to say that The Legend of Korra is one of our favorite animated series in the whole wide world, so the wait between seasons has been nothing short of absolute (slightly hyperbolic) agony. Tonight on Nickelodeon, however, our long nightmare is over as Book Two arrives to continue the story of Republic City, the Avatar who protects it, and -- perhaps most importantly -- the professional sports team that she hopes to lead to victory.
To ramp up our excitement even more, we've talked to series producer and director Joaquim Dos Santos about his accomplishments in Book One, what he learned from working on Justice League Unlimited, and what we can expect from Book Two.
With the premiere just two days away, Nickelodeon has released the final trailer for The Legend Of Korra Book Two. Titled "Spirits," the second season will be the first from either of the Avatar shows to not be centered on a particular tribe. Instead book two will focus on Korra's connection to the spirit world and all her past selves, leading to the introduction of Wan, the first ever Avatar.
You can see Wan, Korra, Mako, Bolin, Tenzin and the rest of the crew -- as well as a few new allies and threats -- in the trailer below.
For fans of The Legend of Korra, it's been a long wait since the Avatar's triumph at the end of Book One, but now, we're finally closing in on the debut of the show's second season. At Comic-Con, we sat down with show creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, as well as cast members Janet Varney (Korra), PJ Byrne (Bolin) and David Faustino (Mako) to find out how they approached the intensity of the first season and what they've got in store for the next three.