WARNING: The Legend of Korra season one spoilers ahead.
Story: Korra has learned airbending, thus ending her bending lessons. But she still has much to learn about herself, her duty, and the long history of the Avatar. She’ll need these lessons if she hopes to conquer the difficulties that lie ahead. She’s tricked into opening a dangerous portal to the spirit dimension by her power hungry but spiritually connected uncle. The leader of the Nothern Water Tribe, her uncle proceeds to move his troops into the Southern territory, practically declaring martial law on his Southern counterparts. Korra’s dad, a Southern who hasn’t been home to the North for some time, joins in a civil war between the two tribes. Korra must decide how to end this conflict while also stopping her uncle from enacting his terrible plan that might just spell doom for everyone. Korra looks back to the very beginnings, to the first Avatar for answers on what is happening and how to stop it.
Thoughts: The first Avatar wasn’t what I expected but he was cool, epic, and had a great storyline that tied in wonderfully with Korra’s correct trials and tribulations. The drawing style changes for these flashback sequences, which was also unexpected but a nice touch. That mixed with the additional lore makes it clear how much time, research, and love the people behind the show put into it. You just don’t see this much dedication in most recent shows aimed at kids.
On the downside, the story is tight, gripping, and enjoyable, but not as much as last season’s. That’s not the show’s fault as much as mine. The writer’s are still steadfast against repeating themselves, which, as I believe I mentioned in the season one mini-review, is a quality I admire. The problem is the season wasn’t as fresh as the first season was when compared to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Understandable. I’m comparing two seasons of a show as opposed to two different shows. But there was something about each season of Avatar that kept the story new. Maybe it has to do with Avatar having one continuous arc as opposed to a different villain and tale every season. I also missed the based first season that took place almost entirely in Republic City. Korra and the gang leave the confines of the city for much of this season. A difference that took away from one of the elements that made Korra standout from the globe trotting nature of Avatar. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as last season, the creators continue to produce quality animation and story with season two coming out a definite winner.