Mini-Review Monday: The Legend of Korra – Season One

My reviews of seasons two, three, and four.

WARNING: Huge series finale spoilers for Avatar: The Last Airbender lay ahead. You have been warned.

The Legend Of KorraRelease: April 14 – June 23, 2012

Story: There are four nations: water, earth, air, and fire. Some in those nations are born with the ability to bend and control one of those elements. In the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, a long war between the Fire Nation and the other three nations finally ended thanks to the help of the Avatar (the only person who can use all four elements), his friends, and the eventual ruler of the Fire Nation. Many decades have past and the old Avatar, an airbender named Aang, has died. He, like the many Avatars before, has been reincarnated into someone else. This time it is a water bender named Korra (voiced by Janet Varney). Korra is headstrong and impatient, but after many years of training, from childhood into her teenage years, she become proficient in water, earth, and fire. She is unable to get a grasp of air and the spiritual side of bending. Her training for mastering the element takes place in Republic City, formed long ago by Aang as a city representing the renewed alliance between the four nations. Unfortunately, Korra’s training by Aang’s youngest son, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), is interrupted when a mysterious man named Amon (Steve Blum) launches a campaign against all benders. Amon is the head of The Equalists, a group which seeks to eliminate all the bending in the world so everyone can be “equal.” Amon’s ways are violent and crazy, however. It is up to Korra; her new friends, who are brothers and fellow benders voiced by David Faustino and P.J. Byrne; her teacher; and the head of local police (voiced by Mindy Sterling) to stop this madman before he takes away the bending of everyone in the world. But with Amon always being one step ahead of our heroes and opposition around every corner, can Korra and her friends stop Amon in time?

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